William Paterson Education Professor Julie Rosenthal and her Paterson School 12 Team Chosen to Participate in National Teacher Preparation Summit

Rosenthal's team was one of 16 education teams selected nationwide out of 94 applicants to participate in a “Teach to Lead” Teacher Preparation Summit, scheduled for November 3-4, 2016 in Washington D.C.

Julie Rosenthal, associate professor of elementary and early childhood education at William Paterson University, and her collaborative team of University faculty, a teacher and an administrator from School 12 in Paterson, NJ, and a student teacher have been chosen as one of 16 education teams -- out of 94 applicants nationwide -- to participate in a “Teach to Lead” Teacher Preparation Summit, scheduled for November 3-4, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The Summit is focused on helping teachers exercise leadership to improve teacher preparation and develop national education policy and practices to benefit student learning.

“The University’s College of Education has long collaborated with school partners like School 12 to support educator preparation,” says Candace Burns, dean of the College of Education at William Paterson. “We’re very proud that our team, led by Julie Rosenthal, will play a central role in developing policies that affect the work of teaching and learning in the classroom.” 

Rosenthal’s team, which is unique in offering multiple perspectives including University and school faculty, a school administrator, and a student teacher, is comprised of Betsy Golden, an adjunct professor in the College’s Department of Secondary and Middle School Education and “Professor in Residence” at School 12; Tyeshia Hilbert, vice principal, School 12; Anissa Martin-Conyers, veteran third grade teacher, School 12; and Chidinma Emenike, a teacher candidate at William Paterson.

For more than a decade, William Paterson’s College of Education has taught the initial certification literacy course on-site with its partner schools. The William Paterson professor and classroom teacher co-teach the course so that teacher candidates are exposed to different knowledge bases, and gain practical and research-based insights while working directly with children in the schools.

The “Teach to Lead” series is an initiative jointly convened by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the U.S. Department of Education. The program’s mission is to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership. This is achieved by providing resources, facilitating stakeholder consultation, and encouraging professional collaborations to develop and amplify the work of teacher leaders.