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National Center for Clinical Practice in Educator Preparation (NCCPEP) Announces Its Inception

Updated: Jul 12, 2019

The Center is set to begin its tenure in the Clinical Practice space, leveraging its robust personnel and expertise to maximize the efficacy of relationships and partnerships therein.

Clinical Practice in Educator Preparation finds national support as the National Center for Clinical Practice in Educator Preparation announced its inception at the AAQEP (Association for Accreditation and Quality in Educator Preparation) Symposium held in Louisville, Kentucky on February 21st. The Center will amplify and expand the role of Clinical Practice in the preparation of effective, high quality teachers for America’s classroom. Simply stated, clinical practice asks that all teacher preparation courses be conducted at a school site, in collaboration with university faculty and the teachers/administrators at the school, bridging theory and practice in a dynamic partnership that benefits all members of the educational community.


The Center is grounded on a myriad of strong research initiatives that have been conducted over the past decade, including the work of the NCATE Blue Ribbon Panel report, the NAPDS Nine Essentials, the ATE Clinical Practice Fellows, and most recently the AACTE Clinical Practice Commission report (January 2018). These research foundations provide insight into a framework for practice that guides and supports university-school district partnerships in innovative collaboration as they work together in the preparation of teacher candidates, leveraging high quality practicing teachers, for the benefit of PK-12 students.


The Center will work with to establish Clinical practice centers, support research being done in schools, hold workshops, and provide coaching for nascent sites, or sites that seek revitalization. Central to the mission of The Center is a philosophy that is inclusive and engages all stakeholders, through effective communication strategies that are provided in “real time”. Members of the leadership council at The Center are assigned as liaisons with each constituent group to facilitate effective communication and immediate support with answers to problems of practice that may be experienced in the context of the partnership.


“Simply stated, clinical practice asks that all teacher preparation courses be conducted at a school site, in collaboration with university faculty and the teachers/administrators at the school, bridging theory and practice in a dynamic partnership that benefits all members of the educational community.”

As lead authors of the AACTE Clinical Practice Commission Report, Rod Lucero and Amanda Lester are now shepherding the creation of the NCCPEP as a way of bringing together previous research and knowledge previously to move forward new iterations of clinical practice. This exciting endeavor will benefit university-school district partnerships as they serve as a repository for effective clinical practice partnerships across the United States and share this culminating knowledge across contexts through coaching and workshop conversations.


Harnessing a Breadth of Historical Knowledge, While Keeping a Keen Eye on the Future


President/CEO, Rod Lucero, notes, “This is an opportunity to place educators squarely in the center of innovative practices that improve instruction. The voice of well-trained professionals must be heard as central to renewal efforts, innovative efforts, and the continuous improvement of learning environments for today’s children, and the teachers who teach them. The Center will bring together PK-12 and higher education as one profession, one continuum of services that is developmental and meets the needs of multiple learners. This praxis is the essence of ongoing, iterative growth in the field of education."

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