- Kansas City Star Quotes Deborah Ball on Teacher Preparation
Deborah Loewenberg Ball was quoted in a November 14 article in the Kansas City Star discussing current major efforts to reform first-year teacher preparation. The Star referenced Ball’s comments from her recent keynote address at an Education Writers Association symposium: “There is an overwhelming lack of public respect for the work of teachers” in the U.S., and new teacher preparation “should be a public issue of vital moral, practical and political urgency.”
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- Education Writers Association Features Deborah Ball Keynote
On November 3, the Education Writer's Association published a feature on the keynote address Deborah Loewenberg Ball delivered at the organization's October 21 seminar on teaching in Detroit. Ball discussed improving the teaching profession–which will require addressing a "legacy of benign neglect." Her talk ranged from teacher preparation, to diversity, to teacher evaluations.
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- EdWeek Article on New Teaching Assessment Exam Quotes Deborah Ball
EdWeek quoted Deborah Loewenberg Ball in an October 15 article discussing TeachingWorks' and the Educational Testing Service's joint effort to develop a real-time, practice-based teacher performance exam. The new exam will be capable of measuring teacher-candidates' ability to execute key aspects of instruction, such as leading a class discussion and asking probing questions to gauge students' understanding. Ball, the director of TeachingWorks, emphasized, "We should debate less about entry standards to teacher education, and we should agree more on what the exit standards are."
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- Time Magazine Features Deborah Ball in “Building a Better Teacher” Excerpt
On September 5, Time magazine published an excerpt from Elizabeth Green’s book, Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) that features Deborah Loewenberg Ball’s “revolutionary” early teaching career.
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- Deborah Ball Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
On April 23, Deborah Loewenberg Ball was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ball was one of five U-M faculty members and leaders invited to join the elite honor society and independent policy research center this year. Founded in 1780, the Academy is one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to address critical challenges facing our global society. Members include many of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders, including more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. Members of the 2014 class will be formally inducted on October 11.
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- 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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