Future teachers eye education reform


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A University of Michigan student wants other aspiring teachers to join him in a club that would address their concerns with the teaching profession at large, according to a report in The Michigan Daily, the campus newspaper.

Dave Metler, a senior in the School of Education, has founded the Michigan Education Reform Club to bring together undergraduates and education professionals for discussions about best practices and teacher preparation, he told the Daily.

“I think reform begins with ourselves first,” Metler said. “There is no consensus in the nation for how to prepare teachers. I am working with the club in developing an assessment of the science of education that kind of sets standards for teacher prep. … We are trying to identify the high leverage practices that we need to master as teachers.”

U-M Education Dean Deborah Ball already is heading a project to reform teaching practices within the School of Education, she told The Daily, but said that Metler’s club would be a practical supplement.

Metler has already contacted members of Illinois State University’s club, Urban Needs in Teacher Education, for advice, The Daily reported. He also is working with Kappa Delta Phi, an education honor society, and the Student Michigan Education Association.

The Michigan Daily, “Student group aims to reform the education profession,” March 25, 2009

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “A Teacher Quality Primer,” June 30, 2008