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June 13, 2005

CCNY PROFESSOR BEVERLY FALK CHOSEN FOR GOLDMAN-CARNEGIE FELLOWSHIP TO DOCUMENT TEACHER EDUCATION BEST PRACTICES

NEW YORK, June 13, 2005 – Beverly Falk, Professor of Education at The City College of New York (CCNY), and 16 other outstanding teacher educators were chosen as the first Goldman-Carnegie Quest Fellows by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  The group will work with the Institute’s Quest Project to create a multimedia archive of the best practices in teacher education.

The project is the first attempt to document the work of classroom teachers and teacher educators in order to make public the practice of K-12 teaching as well as the practice of preparing novice teachers.  Teacher education programs will be able to use multimedia materials generated through the project to help students connect theory and practice and understand the hard work that goes into making good teaching look easy.

“I’m delighted and grateful for the opportunity to play a role in the groundbreaking project,” said Professor Falk.  “Since I represent an urban, diverse public university this also provides a chance to show the quality of work that can be done at an urban, diverse public university.”

Each professor in the program will create a website to showcase the kind of work he or she is doing.  Professor Falk’s website will focus on the Masters Thesis course that she teaches at CCNY.  It will consist of videos, the course syllabus and assignments, her reflections on the work and student projects.

“What I try to do is make the connection between what is taught in the teacher education classroom and what is taught in the classroom for children,” she explained.  “Good teaching for adults has many of the same qualities as good teaching for children and I try to model the quality of teaching my students will do with their students.”

Professor Falk directs Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education at The City College of New York School of Education and has served as a teacher, administrator, researcher, and consultant at the school, district, state and national level. Currently, she is the Editor of The New Educator, the School of Education's new quarterly journal.

In addition, she is the author of numerous publications and books. Her latest book, co-authored with Megan Blumenreich, is The Power of Questions: A Guide to Research for Teachers and Students (Heinemann, 2005).  Other books include The Heart of the Matter: Using Standards and Assessments to Learn (Heinemann, 2000); A Teacher's Guide to Standardized Testing: Knowledge is Power co-authored with Lucy Calkins and colleagues (Heinemann, 1998); and Authentic Assessment in Action, co-authored with Linda Darling-Hammond and Jacqueline Ancess (Teachers College Press, 1995).

The Richard and Rhonda Goldman Fund and the Carnegie Foundation are jointly funding the Quest Project for $3 million over 18 months.  For more information about the project, visit the Carnegie Foundation website at http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/Quest/Index.htm.

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