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21st Century Teacher Education for FirstSchool: A Model of Collaborative Inquiry

FirstSchool is committed to working with teacher educators from early childhood, elementary, and special education to help future teachers be responsive to the needs of young children. Knowledge of child development and subject matter are both essential; multicultural and inclusive education is built through engagement with families and the community; effective teachers (and teacher educators) work within collaborative learning communities; and teachers’ professional identities embrace the centrality of relationships and inquiry.