Rupal Jain, the WW Academy’s Director of Clinical Practice and Student Support, recently spoke with the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili) about the new master’s degree program. Ms. Jain discussed the history of the program, the challenges faced during launch, and the school’s mission:
“The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning seeks to transform the existing model of teacher and school leader education by instituting a personalized, competency-based program, which shifts the current focus of education from how long candidates must be taught to what they have learned and can do. It changes the emphasis in education from establishing uniform time-fixed processes—credits that must be accumulated, courses that must be completed and lengths of time students must spend in college classes—to achieving common, personalized, time-independent outcomes: the skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful teacher or school leader from day one. The WW Academy is being created to prepare teachers both to succeed in today’s classrooms and to move those classrooms into the future. It models the future in its curriculum, activities, and design.”
Read the full Q&A here.