– The University of Texas at Arlington College of Education and Health
Professions has received major recognition for its efforts to provide beginning
teachers with extensive clinical practice and ongoing professional development.
The National Professors of Middle Level Education has
named the College of Education and Health Professions as an Outstanding Middle
Level Education program. NaPOMLE is an affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education, formerly the National Middle School Association.
Kimberly K. Ruebel
the organization designated Kimberly K. Ruebel, UT Arlington associate
professor and associate chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction,
as its sole Outstanding Professor of Middle Level Education for 2011.
awards confirm what we already know – our mid-level faculty are creative and
innovative and are preparing our mid-level candidates to enter the teaching
field fully equipped to be teachers of tomorrow,” said Jeanne Gerlach, associate
vice president for K-16 Initiatives and dean of the College of Education and
Middle Level Education program distinction is shared with only one other
school: Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga.
her award by NaPOMLE, Ruebel said the credit should be shared with her
colleagues in the College of Education and Health Profession’s Middle Level
have worked tirelessly over the last few years in response to the clear push
for restructuring of current teacher preparation,” Ruebel said. “The first and foremost
goal of UT Arlington’s Middle Level Education program is to make certain that
novice teachers are equipped to teach the young adolescents of today.”
into what academics describe as “the induction years” has shown that teacher
development is a process, which begins during teacher training and continues
into the first several years of teaching, including much more than mentoring.
districts, by and large, view this as an opportunity to mold and develop future
hires over an extended period of time. Extensive and ongoing professional
development, as well as peer interaction for reflection, planning, and data
analysis are all necessary components of the induction process.
Level (grades 4-8) Certification program at UT Arlington consists of two years
of clinical training. Prior to student teaching, candidates engage in
approximately 600 hours of fieldwork, while student teaching is a full-time
experience lasting 18 weeks.
nominating Ruebel for the honor, Nancy Ruppert, president of the National
Professors of Middle Level Education, highlighted Ruebel’s dedication.
advocacy for middle level education and her collegiality is an example to all
of us of what it means to be a good team member, to be visionary, to be an
advocate, to work tirelessly, and to share one’s passion,” she said.
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