Book Talk: Navigating Teacher Education in Complex and Uncertain Times, with Carmen Mercado

Connecting Communities of Practice in a Borderless World

This event is open to all

Dec 11

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Russell Hall 306

Gottesman Libraries 3rd Floor

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"This conversation begins by drawing comparisons between the principles of the new Teacher Education Program at Teachers College, that are strikingly similar to those that have guided my individual approach to teacher preparation over a 40-year trajectory:


A deep commitment to meeting the needs of all learners by recognizing their capacities and challenges;

Preparing teachers to be deliberate and reflective decision-makers

Shaping quality teaching by focusing on content and community


I will share examples of how I bring these principles to life as we begin to explore how these principles are/may be enacted differently mindful of the range of differences that are included in context-specificity.


We will explore how these principles may shape innovations in teacher education differently in different contexts, specifically in Teachers’ College new teacher education program."

-- Carmen Mercado


Carmen Mercado was the last of two Latinx full Professors of Puerto Rican origin to retire from the Hunter College School of Education in 2011, a trajectory that began in 1969 as an elementary classroom teacher in a small community school, an experiment designed to address the neglected instructional needs of Spanish-Speaking American citizens born in Puerto Rican and African American children whose parents valued instruction in two languages. In 1977, Dr, Mercado accepted a position as “curriculum specialist” in the new Bilingual Teacher Preparation Programs at Hunter College, and soon awarded a federal fellowship for doctoral studies in the new field of bilingual education. A Ph.D. in biliteracy and teaching experience, led to a full-time faculty position in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, where she approached teaching and research as a collaborative project that promoted reflective practice and built on resources of local communities, shaped by experiences as a child, as a student and as an educator as she describes in, “Navigating Teacher Education in Complex and Uncertain Times: Connecting Communities of Practice in a Borderless World.”


This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development (CITED) which is co-directed by Professors Mariana Souto Manning of Teachers College, Columbia University, and Viv Ellis of King's College London.


Please rsvp by Monday, December 9th to assure a seat.


Where: 306 Russell



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