The Complexities of Teacher Education and the Importance of Teacher Research–Part 1with Guest Frances Rust, PhD

The Complexities of Teacher Education and the Importance of Teacher Research–Part 1with Guest Frances Rust, PhD


Today’s guest is Frances Rust, PhD, Professor Emerita at New York University’s Steinhardt School. Dr. Rust has a distinguished career as a teacher educator and has directed programs at Teachers College of Columbia University, Manhattanville College, Hofstra University, and NYU; most recently she has served as Senior Fellow and Director of the Teacher Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania GSE. Among her numerous awards are the 1985 AERA Outstanding Dissertation Award, the 1998 Teachers College – Columbia Outstanding Alumni Award, the 2001 Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Research Award, and the 2009 National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Outstanding Teacher Educator Award.  She has published widely on topics related to teacher preparation, teacher professional development, and teacher-driven action research and school improvement. As a Fulbright Fellow, Dr. Rust is currently working with the Council of the International Forum on Teacher Educator Development (InFo-TED). In this conversation, we explore the current state of teacher education, Dr. Rust’s vision for the future of teacher education, and the importance of teacher research. 

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