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Patricia Sari Tate Faculty Member

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Patricia Tate completed her term as Past-President of the Association of Teacher Educators in spring of 2020; and continues to actively support work to raise the profile of the teacher educator and supports needed for teacher educators to deliver quality mentoring and supervision of developing teachers. Dr. Tate’s scholarship and career work encompass a focus on the ethical practices of teacher educators who carry out their roles as boundary spanners between school and university contexts. She has engaged in three key areas at university, state, and national levels as it relates to teacher education: 1) creation of a support system for university supervisors and cooperating teachers, 2) establishment of recognition for distinguished teacher candidates at the state level, and 3) engagement in research about clinical aspects of educator preparation. Over the past 30 years Dr. Tate has supported teacher education roles and activities in the Graduate School of Education at The George Washington University. She began as Director of the Office of Laboratory Experiences in 1991 and now assumes an expanded role as Executive Director of the Office of Professional Preparation and Accreditation. Under her leadership she has developed: 1) a support system for university supervisors, which includes an inquiry-based professional development community that engages in self-study and case writing; 2) a blended hybrid course to prepare doctoral candidates in mentoring and supervision of teacher candidates; and, 3) various types of delivery models for professional develop of the school-based mentor/cooperating teacher that aim to provide knowledge and skill development in clinical practices for supervising and mentoring. Dr. Tate is past president of the Association of Teacher Educators serving a three-year term as an elected officer. She also served as Interim (2010-2015) and Past-President (1995-1997) of The Maryland Association of Teacher Educators (i.e. ATE state unit), Dr. Tate instituted a yearly awards brunch that recognizes distinguished teacher candidates from colleges, universities, and alternate route providers in Maryland and DC. Dr. Tate also participated as Co-Chair of the ATE Commission on Clinically-Based Teacher Preparation (2013-2016). The CBTP Commission addressed the call for reforms of clinically-based practices in teacher preparation put forth by the 2010 NCATE Blue Ribbon Panel report. Two books sponsored by ATE and Rowman and Littlefield Publishers were a result of this effort as well as the creation of the Clinical Fellows Program designed to engage school and university-based clinical faculty in practitioner inquiry. Dr. Tate carries forward the work of this Commission with the theme of her Presidency: Educators at the Forefront: New Dimensions for Clinical Preparation and Development of Educators as well as in creation of a task force aimed to address the needs of the school-based teacher mentor and in creation of a Commission to study and bring together research on teacher educator development. Dr. Tate continues to participate in and facilitate goals of the Taskforce and Commission, which have resulted in workshops conducted at the summer and annual conferences and a research initiative that includes two book chapters (in press) and a white paper.

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