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School of Education Dean Addresses Conference

Dean of Kendall College School of Education Addresses Teacher Preparation Programs at Illinois Association of Teacher Educator’s Annual Conference
Dr. Paul Busceni wants the new generation of teachers to have the tools and training needed to become more effective in the classroom

Chicago—December  22, 2011—Dr. Paul Busceni, dean of the Kendall College School of Education, delivered a presentation on “Creating the Right Teacher Prep Program: What Makes Sense for Your School” at the Illinois Association of Teacher Educators (IATE) conference held at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. His presentation focused on the key questions Schools of Education should consider when developing new teacher preparation programs. Kendall College adjunct faculty members Dr. Debra Van Maldegiam and Judy Dahl collaborated with Dr. Busceni on the presentation.

Dr. Busceni’s outlined the questions and processes that higher education institutions should follow to create stronger teacher preparation programming within their Schools of Education. His framework incorporates research, industry and market trends, with the goals of better preparing teachers to be more effective and competitive in the workplace.

“The need for an education experience that nurtures and encourages learning in children is key for our schools,” said Dr. Busceni. “Adequate processes and programming are necessary to succeed in training a new generation of teachers. It has been an honor to share the Kendall College School of Education program development strategies, as well as our experience in providing future teachers with the knowledge, resources and commitment they need to become mentors and develop the young minds entrusted to them.”

Dr. Busceni has presented on a variety of topics including effective leadership in today’s schools, assessment of student learning, the student teaching experience, multicultural education, and team building and leadership in schools at conferences across the state, including the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Professional Development Convention, the Opening Minds Conference, the Illinois Institute of Art Professional Development Workshop Series and the Illinois Computing Education Annual Conference.

He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education), Association for the Supervision of Curriculum Development (ASCD), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Dr. Busceni graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Economics. He received an M.A. and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change from Roosevelt University.

About the Kendall College School of Education:
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in business, culinary arts, early childhood education, foodservice management and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2500 students. The Early Childhood Education program in the School of Education is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for Type 04 Illinois Teacher Certification preparation (birth through Grade 3). The program incorporates current research and theory on how young children learn; this prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for success in early childhood education careers. Kendall College, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org.

Media Contacts:
Amber Cerda, 312-752-2472, amber.cerda@kendall.edu
Maria Alexandra Velez, 312-752-2088, maria.velez@kendall.edu