Tine Sloan of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education was an invited keynote speaker at the Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS) 2011 Conference held September 8 and 9. Sloan’s talk – “Collaborative Practice for 21st Century Educators: The Case of Co-Teaching” – outlined specific co-teaching strategies that are gaining traction in multiple classrooms in the U.S., strategies developed for the purpose of differentiating instruction and engaging more students in classroom activity. One of the other invited keynote speakers was Arnetha Ball, current American Educational Research Association (AERA) president. Participants in the conference came from countries including: Hong Kong, Pakistan, Iran, U.K., Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Korea, India, Japan, Dubai, New Zealand, Bahrain, Vietnam, and South Africa.
The Educational Research Association of Singapore was established in 1986 as a nonprofit organization to promote the cause of educational excellence in Singapore and the region via the conduct, promotion and use of relevant educational research. ERAS is very aware of the need to involve practitioners in defining and finding solutions to educational problems and issues. ERAS aims to: promote the practice and utilization of educational research with a view to enhancing the quality of education; promote and facilitate collaborative research efforts; improve the training and facilities for educational personnel; promote critical discussion of problems, methods, presentation and use of educational research; disseminate educational research findings; and facilitate closer ties with the international research community.
Sloan is currently Director of the Teacher Education Program in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. She also represents the University of California on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the body responsible for setting certification policy in the state. She served on the development team for the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT), a version of which is undergoing adoption in over 20 states in the U.S. Her courses focus on issues in human development, educational psychology, teacher education, and assessment. Her primary research interests revolve around teacher education, particularly with respect to the use of performance assessment in candidate and faculty learning, and the use of performance data for program improvement. All of her work is framed by her primary interest in understanding and advocating for the well being of children in educational contexts. Sloan completed her teacher certification at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1988, and her master’s and doctoral work at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1996. Sloan lived in Singapore for three years, and during that time served on the faculty in the National Institute of Education at the Nanyang Technological University.
[Tine Sloan is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
Photo Caption: Tine Sloan (third from left) at the 2011 ERAS Conference.
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