Learning From The Past, Preparing For The Future

CITES Publishes its 2011 Annual Review

The key to understanding an organization’s purpose is to examine its aspirations, according to Steve Baugh, Director of BYU’s Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES). With this principle in mind, CITES published its 2011 Annual Review in September, the eighth in a series of reviews for CITES.

CITES is the operational unit of the BYU-Public School Partnership (BYU-PSP), which facilitates the goals and objectives of the Partnership through professional development, education support, and education research. The Partnership is a collaborative effort of three entities: five public school districts (Alpine, Jordan, Nebo, Provo and Wasatch), the McKay School of Education, and colleges and departments at BYU responsible for secondary teacher education.

"The BYU-PSP aspires to ensure that every student learns."

In addition, the review closely examines the role and contributions of the Leaders Associates program, which brings together senior leaders (deans, superintendents and their associates) from the university, school districts, and Utah State Office of Education to explore issues that affect the Partnership’s ability to ensure that all students are learning. Past themes include the art and science of teaching and learning, assessment, citizenship and learning skills for the 21st century, and diversity. Each theme is outlined in the Annual Review, along with statements from presenters and ideas that were presented and discussed. In addition, the Leaders Associates program provides an excellent opportunity for such leaders to collaborate and build relationships.

In an opening message for the review, CITES Director Steven Baugh wrote, “The BYU-PSP aspires to ensure that every student learns. We believe that to provide ways for every student to learn, effective partnerships must envision a better future, embrace ideas and commitments in ways that unify the partners, and execute its plans and ideas in ways that successfully transform its vision into practice.”

The annual review has been sent to Leaders Associates participants and facilitators, McKay School faculty, members of the University Council for Teacher Education, the Partnership Governing Board, public school principals, and central office administrators. “This review will help us continue to move forward,” explained Baugh. “By reviewing what we have already accomplished, we can ask ourselves which topics are still current, what improvements can be made, and whether our ideas are truly benefiting students.”

Download the CITES 2011 Annual Review here.

14 November 2011