Educator Named to State Board That Helps Teachers

Anne Jones begins term on the board of directors for the California Council on Teacher Education on July 1

Anne Jones in the classroom

Anne Jones, assistant dean for academic programs and student affairs in the Graduate School of Education

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — A University of California, Riverside educator has been named to the board of a statewide association devoted to improving the education of soon-to-be and current teachers.

Anne Jones, assistant dean for academic programs and student affairs in the Graduate School of Education at UC Riverside, begins her four-year term on the board of directors for the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) on July 1.

“This is a great opportunity to make a difference, especially at a time when there is such a large focus on how we prepare teachers and how they are evaluated,” said Jones, who is also director of teacher education at UC Riverside.

The goals of the CCTE include engaging in and disseminating research on educational policies and practices, and informing policy issues at the State and national levels. Towards that end, the CCTE conducts a biannual conference in order to explore current issues in teacher education. The fall 2012 conference will focus on Clinical Practice in Teacher Education in the 21st Century, which is a focus of national teacher education reform movements.

Jones will be the only administrator from a University of California campus on the nine-person board. The other members come from Cal State universities and private colleges.

Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in teacher education from UCLA and a doctorate in educational leadership through a joint program then offered by UC Irvine in conjunction with UCLA. She holds a multiple subject teaching credential and taught elementary school and in full inclusion programs for students with severe disabilities.

Her research background includes study of performance assessments for teacher candidates. She is currently designing and implementing a comprehensive information system to collect and manage data for teacher preparation programs.

Founded in 1945, the California Council on the Education of Teachers (now the California Council on Teacher Education as of July 2001) is a non-profit organization devoted to stimulating the improvement of the pre-service and in-service education of teachers and administrators. The Council attends to this general goal with the support of a community of teacher educators, drawn from diverse constituencies, who seek to be informed, reflective, and active regarding significant research, sound practice, and current public educational issues.

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