- Rhode Island Public Radio Interview: Explaining the Common Core Standards
On February 26, as the Rhode Island legislature considered a bill to create a commission to study and evaluate the Common Core State Standards, Deborah Ball was interviewed on Rhode Island Public Radio. Ball described how the specific learning goals contained in the Common Core break down learning into distinct parts—much like learning how to play an instrument like the piano. "You can’t imagine that people learn to play the piano by doing just anything they feel like on the instrument," Ball said. "But it’s actually pretty important to break down what the components are of competent performance and that includes both dexterity and skill but it also includes some kinds of understanding."
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- Deborah Ball Wins Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) will honor Deborah Ball with the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education. The honor recognizes “distinguished service to the teacher education community for the development and promotion of outstanding practices at the collegiate, state or national level.” Ball was chosen for her exceptional contributions to AACTE and national and state organizations involved with teacher education, for her contributions to the development of exemplary teacher education initiatives, and for her involvement in numerous national initiatives, including her role in the development of TeachingWorks. The AACTE will present Ball with the award at its 66th annual meeting in Indianapolis on March 3.
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- Deborah Ball Interviewed on Bloomberg Radio
On February 14, Deborah Ball was interviewed on Bloomberg Radio’s weekly “Bloomberg EDU” program. Ball and host Jane Williams discussed the University of Michigan’s redesigned teacher education program and the essential difference between teaching experience and the professional skills teachers need to teach effectively. The two also discussed TeachingWorks, a U-M group that aims to improve teacher training nationwide.
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- Ball Comments on STEM Education Reform Efforts in Michigan Daily
Two U-M School of Education projects have been invited to participate in 100Kin10, a nationwide effort to provide America’s classrooms with 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021. Each partner in 100Kin10 makes a specific commitment to contribute to this goal. The Michigan Daily published Deborah Ball’s comments on the initiative and the TeachingWorks and LessonSketch projects in a February 12 article. Through 100Kin10, TeachingWorks will engage 250 elementary and secondary mathemsatics teachers, curriculum specialists, teacher educators, math coaches, and school principals in the Elementary Mathematics Laboratory. LessonSketch, a program that helps teachers model possible classroom scenarios, will help 20 mathematics teacher educators to prototype representations of particular teaching practices that can be publicly shared by 2016. The projects are among more than 150 best-in-class partner organizations that comprise 100Kin10.
Read the article at the Michigan Daily site »
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- Deborah Ball Receives Educational Research Award
In December, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) awarded Deborah Ball with the Educational Research Award, an honor that recognizes outstanding achievement that improves children's learning and understanding. Ball’s was recognized for “her outstanding research and contributions to teacher education, mathematics education, and the implications for educational policy,” said Patricia Simmons, chair-elect of CSSP. “Her accomplishments as a leader in education and her recognition as an eminent scholar and educator led the Council of Scientific Society Presidents to nominate and select her as the recipient of our award.”