Preparing teachers for the unforeseeable. Dr. Deborah Hirsch on An Imperfect Map.
Dr. Deborah Hirsch is currently the President of the Woodrow Wilson Graduate School of Teaching & Learning after previously serving as the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and the Founding Executive Director. Dr. Hirsch has provided leadership in the planning, development, and launch of the Graduate School, which is a competency-based teacher education program. Dr. Hirsch is a champion of the “Try, Learn, Try” mantra at the Graduate School.
The Woodrow Wilson Graduate School of Teaching and Learning is a place where teachers learn to teach. As you will hear their approach is quite different from other teacher preparation programs. This podcast episode is a “two-fer” in that we talk both about adults learning in a formal graduate-level setting, and how those graduate students (or “Teacher Candidates” as they call them), are making adjustments in teaching their middle and high school classes.
In this Interview, Dr. Hirsch mentions Ela Ben-Ur and her innovation tool called the Innovator's Compass. This is a fantastic tool that you can start using within a few minutes of learning about it. Check it out!