Parents as Partners


School of Education Professor Joan Walker, PhD, recently received the 2013 Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education Article Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, a premier professional organization for American teacher education.

Walker was honored along with co-author Benjamin Dotger, PhD, from Syracuse University, for their article “Because Wisdom Can’t Be Told: Using Comparison of Simulated Parent-Teacher Conferences to Assess Teacher Candidates’ Readiness for Family-School Partnership.” The article describes the study of teacher candidates’ communication strategies in parent-teacher conference scenarios via online video case studies.

“This award comes at an ideal time,” says Walker. “Since the original publication, I have expanded this work into a free online course that I am eager to share with teacher educators, teachers, and K-12 administrators across the country. The three-part interactive course uses real-life, classroom-based challenges, video examples, and other tools to help beginning teachers successfully conduct parent-teacher conferences. The future of teacher professional development is online, and it is exciting to be recognized as a leader in this new direction.”

“Pace University is embarking on a much more research-focused trajectory, and Professor Joan Walker’s research award highlights the strong academic programs in our School of Education,” adds University Provost Uday Sukhatme, ScD.

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