COATT: A statewide initiative to improve pre-service technology education in Michigan
Thomas Fox McManus, Saginaw Valley State University, United States ; Michael T. Charles, Eastern Michigan University, United States ; Reuben A. Rubio, Albion College, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-37-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Like many other states, Michigan has recently instituted minimum technology standards for pre-service teachers. A diverse group of teacher preparation institutions in Michigan who believed there was a need to recognize those who reach a higher standard got together to form the Consortium for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching with Technology. The purpose of the Consortium is to set in place a formal process to recognize pre-service, and eventually in-service, teachers for going beyond the mandated standard. Here we discuss both the process of bringing the Consortium together and the progress of our students as they apply for the M-COATT certificate, the first of which will be awarded in the spring of 2000. At this writing our students are preparing their electronic portfolios to showcase their work integrating technology into their classroom teaching. By February our students will have nearly completed the first submissions to our Consortium.
McManus, T.F., Charles, M.T. & Rubio, R.A. (2000). COATT: A statewide initiative to improve pre-service technology education in Michigan. In D. Willis, J. Price & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2000--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1220-1224). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).