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A Well-Prepared Teacher: Aligning K–12 and Higher Education Expectations

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Time: 12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

The Library of Michigan
Lake Michigan Room
702 W. Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48915


This in-person event, co-hosted by REL Midwest and the Michigan Department of Education, focuses on aligning expectations for new teachers between K–12 and educator preparation institutions. The event covers existing research on new teacher competencies, information about high-leverage practices, and examples from educator preparation institutions and K–12 schools and districts in Michigan working together to prepare novice teachers for success. The event concludes with audience members taking part in facilitated table discussions around strategies to achieve shared expectations for new teachers at the state, K–12, and higher education levels.

Partnership: Midwest Alliance to Improve Teacher Preparation


  • Sarah-Kate LaVan, Ph.D., Assistant Director of the Office of Educator Excellence, Michigan Department of Education
  • Natalya Gnedko-Berry, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, REL Midwest
  • Steve Dibb, Principal Technical Assistance Consultant, REL Midwest
  • Paula Lancaster, Ph.D., Department Chair, Grand Valley State University
  • Douglas Braschler, Director of National Accreditation, Hope College
  • Joe Lubig, Ed.D., Associate Dean & Department Head, Northern Michigan University
  • Betty Kirby, Ed.D., Interim Dean, Central Michigan University
  • Sarah Kemppainen, Ed.D., Principal, Graveraet Elementary School
  • Doug Ammeraal, Principal, Mona Shores Middle School
  • Katie Rinke, Principal, Fancher Elementary School