The Transformative Teacher-Educator Fellowship (TTEF) is a selective program for talented, social justice-oriented teacher educators that seek to develop their instructional knowledge and skills in the areas of critical digital literacy, connected learning, digital citizenship, and participatory social media/practices in order to better prepare future teachers for the social realities of teaching today.
The aim of the the program is to transform education to foster greater equity and social justice, starting with a focus on teacher education. The central theory of change that guides TTEF is that relationships matter in professional learning; that pre-service teachers must learn how to organize and build networks, both online and face to face, to build agency in advocating for social justice in education. Therefore, this work starts with teacher educators changing teacher preparation.
The program consists of a 7-day Summer Institute for teacher educators, monthly check-ins for a year, and an end-of-year conference presentation and co-edited book publication. At the Summer Institute, Fellows have the opportunity to learn from notable experts on the topics of social media, connected learning, and participatory practices. Fellows work to re-design one or more syllabi during the Summer Institute, which they implement during the following year, and evaluate the outcomes. Fellows are invited to participate in a joint teacher-research project on the implementation of their work, and results are published in an edited volume. Fellows have many opportunities to collaborate with others on research and publications, and are invited to join the Connected Learning in Teacher Education (CLinTE) group, a network of leading scholars who collaborate on research, pedagogy, and advocacy.
Read more about the 2018 Summer Institute here.
TTEF is housed at Arcadia University School of Education, in the Philadelphia metro area. Dr. Kira Baker-Doyle, the Rosemary and Walter Blankley Associate Professor of Education, is the Program Director. Dr. Baker-Doyle is known internationally for her scholarship on teacher networking, leadership, and professional development. She is the author of Transformative Teachers: Teacher Leadership and Learning in a Connected World and The Networked Teacher: How New Teachers Build Social Networks for Professional Support.