Preconference Workshop 1
March 27, 2024
9:00 AM-12:00 PM PST
Developing culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogies in mentoring and supervision of the novice teacher
This workshop focuses on developing skill sets and conceptual understandings of teacher development for those who assume roles as cooperating/mentor teachers and instructional coaches of novice teachers.
Framing questions addressed in this workshop:
Participants will engage in the application of strategies that address current problems of practice in mentoring novice teachers toward integrating culturally sustaining pedagogies in their teaching.
Blake West, Senior Policy Analyst
National Education Association (NEA)
NEA Center for Great Public Schools - Teacher Quality
Blake West is a Senior Policy Analyst, at the NEA Center for Professional Excellence and Student Learning – Teacher Quality. A teacher leader for 40+ years, Dr. West taught high school math and computer science and teacher preparation courses at the collegiate level. Blake created a new-teacher induction program in his school and was an instructional coach for new staff. As a technology integration specialist, he helped educators integrate 21st century skills for students. He has publications in computer science, 21st century skills, music, developing teacher leaders, and transforming schools. Blake joined NEA staff in 2015 as Senior Policy Analyst working with teacher preparation, Aspiring Educators, and creating transformative cultures in schools.
New Mexico State University
College Associate Professor, Science Education
Clinical Director of Alternative Licensure
Cecilia Hernandez is a College Associate Professor of Science Education at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She holds a bachelor and a master of science in biology from Texas Tech University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University. She has taught courses related to science K-16, and has worked with school districts, community colleges, and university faculty in continuously improving teacher education programs. Her interests include diverse learners, culturally responsive teaching in science education, and ESL/Bilingual education. She is currently the Teacher Education Program Clinical Director of Alternative Licensure in the College of Education.
Patricia Tate, Emerita – Associate Professor
The George Washington University
Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Patricia Tate is retired Emerita - Associate Professor -George Washington University- Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. She served as Executive Director of the Office of Professional Preparation and Accreditation. She developed and taught a course in mentoring and supervision of preservice teacher candidates and supported professional development of university supervisors. At the state level she serves on the Executive Board of the Maryland Association of Teacher Educators (MATE). Dr. Tate has served in many capacities within ATE including President in 2019. During her presidency, she appointed the Task Force on Addressing the Needs of the Cooperating/Mentor Teacher to assure that resources and professional development are provided school-based teacher educators who engage in supervision and mentoring roles. She is a former elementary school teacher. Her specialty is in teacher education with a focus on supervision and mentoring of developing teachers.