Hi, I'm David Nurenberg. I'm Associate Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University, I want to welcome you to the middle and high school program where I'm one of the program's three core faculty members. I also want to congratulate you, not only on your acceptance to Lesley, but also on your decision to become a teacher or to enhance your existing teaching credentials and experience. It's a challenging profession. But one that gives you the chance to really make a difference. And that's not just a cliche or platitude. I can look back at my 20 years as a high school English teacher and know that I've made an impact in a way that I can't imagine I would if I'd taken any other job. Of course, there's no harder job in the world than teaching and sometimes it seems to get harder every year. We're asked not only to be experts in our subject area, but in supporting students from many backgrounds with a huge range of learning academically and socio-emotionally, often with insufficient resources and always without sufficient time, but you've picked the right program. Our courses and field experience will prepare you to take on these challenges. That's what our graduates tell us. And I can confirm that because I'm one of those graduates. I came back to teach at Lesley. Because this is a program that knows how to help teachers create engaging student-centered, hands-on lessons that go well beyond worksheets and test preparation, with an eye towards cultural competency and social justice. Schools know they're getting a quality teacher when they hire a Lesley graduate. I can't wait to meet you and see what kind of difference you're going to make out there. Feel free to stop by my office room 2-071 University Hall, or check out my podcast Ed Infinitum. See you soon.
Welcome to the middle and high school teacher licensure programs at Lesley University's Graduate School of Education. I'm Dr. David Nurenberg, Associate Professor of Education and core faculty in our middle and high school program. I'm going to start with a question. If you know how to drive a car, how did you learn? I'm going to go out on a limb and bet that it wasn't through that helpful manual the RMV provided you with, I'm willing to bet that you learned to drive a car through well, driving it. Volumes of research in teaching and learning tell us that the way people learn best is through doing. That's why we train our teacher candidates and student-centered active learning pedagogy and that's also how we teach the classes that you'll be taking with us. That's why you won't find a lot of lecture here at Lesley, you will find a lot of hands on project based experiential methods that ask you to try out and practice the procedures and best practices and teaching that you'll be reading about, experimenting and adapting them for use with a wide variety of learners. Our coursework focuses on what decades of research have shown us about effective teaching. That includes effective classroom management practices, assessment that promotes as well as just measures learning, and using that data to help plan your own instruction. All along the way, it'll be keeping abreast of the latest technologies that enhance or in some cases even enable the work that we do with students. Our program of study includes a course in adolescent development, including the neuro psychological aspects of learning, effective management of secondary classrooms, differentiation of instruction, including the use of technology to help us reach all learners regardless of readiness levels, special learning needs, cultural background or just different learning styles. You'll get a lot of deep instruction and curriculum design and classroom assessment both in general and specific to the content area in which you'll be certifying. Our course in teaching English language learners ensures that you'll graduate with the SEI endorsement required to work in almost any Massachusetts school. There is even a little room for elective courses including project based and service learning, equity and achievement or a deeper dive into your subject. All of the coursework in our program is aligned with the Massachusetts State Teacher Licensure Standards, curriculum planning and assessment, teaching all students, family and community engagement and professional culture. These are the same standards by which your teaching will be judged and evaluated out in the field. So we get started early, making sure that you've got the skills in all of those areas to be successful with students. We also align our program with relevant standards from Massachusetts curriculum frameworks, the InTASC and STE standards for technology integration and the WIDA standards for teaching English language learners. Every course you take will have an integrated field experience component to get you into the classroom early and often. Culminating of course in your practicum your student teaching with performance assessment, with supportive seminar sessions to help you all along the way in collaborative programs, in secondary schools, public and independent to help you get experience in a number of different settings. From the very first course here, you'll be developing an ongoing professional electronic portfolio. Portfolio assessment is being used as a part of the Massachusetts teacher evaluation system. And it's a great way for you to not only track your own growth, but to demonstrate your capabilities. We also have blended and fully online courses. Our classes meet late evenings, weekends, or will be delivered via distance learning. Our dedicated staff of professional advisors are there to help you through every stage of your program. We have licensure officers who can help you find the best path to getting the license you need as a teacher, support workshops for helping you pass the MTEL teacher tests, writing assistance and other supports if you find that's needed, field placement officers to help you find the best possible placements in schools or for your practicum and of course academic advisors who assist you with coursework and other academic issues. There’s far more to our program of course, but as you know, by now the best way to learn that is through doing it. In the meantime though, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to seeing you soon and to helping you become the best teacher you can be.