A University of Northern Colorado (UNC) faculty member was one of four individuals
who received this year’s Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to
Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
David Slykhuis, Ph.D., assistant dean of UNC’s College of Natural Health Sciences, interim department head
of Human Services and director of the Math and Science Teaching Institute, was part
of a four-person team who developed the Teacher Educator Technology Competencies (TETCs). The goal of their research is to offer recommendations on what teacher educators
so know about technology so they can better prepare future teachers to use technology
in their classrooms.
Others who received the award were Teresa Foulger, Arizona State University; Kevin
Graziano, Nevada State College; and Denise Schmidt-Crawford, Iowa State University.
The Edward C. Pomeroy Award recognizes contributions through either distinguished
service to the teacher-education community, or the development and promotion of outstanding
practices in teacher education at the collegiate, state or national level.
“We are deeply honored to receive this award from the AACTE because not only is it
prestigious, but we collectively feel that this is recognition of our work in moving
the teacher-preparation field forward in better preparing teachers with technology,”
In 2017, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology released
the National Educational Technology Plan, which stated that teacher-preparation programs
are responsible for preparing teacher candidates to successfully utilize and become
familiar with technologies in their classrooms. Slykhuis, Foulger, Graziano and Schmidt-Crawford
took this and developed the TETCs to support the redesign of teaching in teacher-education
programs, resulting in 12 competencies with related criteria to define each competency:
The 12 competencies state that teacher educators will:
- Design instruction that utilizes content-specific technologies to enhance teaching
- Incorporate pedagogical approaches that prepare teacher candidates to effectively
- Support the development of the knowledge, skills and attitudes of teacher candidates
as related to teaching with technology in their content area.
- Use online tools to enhance teaching and learning.
- Use technology to differentiate instruction to meet diverse learning needs.
- Use appropriate technology tools for assessment.
- Use effective strategies for teaching online and/or blended/hybrid learning environments.
- Use technology to connect globally with a variety of regions and cultures.
- Address the legal, ethical and socially responsible use of technology in education.
- Engage in ongoing professional development and networking activities to improve the
integration of technology in teaching.
- Engage in leadership and advocacy for using technology.
- Apply basic troubleshooting skills to resolve technology issues.
“At that time, the most common way to teach technology was to have students take a
standalone class as part of their teacher-prep programs,” Slykhuis said. “We developed
the TETCs with the idea that every future educator in a teacher-prep program would
have all of these competencies so that when teacher candidates finish the program
then they would be better prepared to use technology.”
Slykhuis and the others were recognized at the virtual AACTE Awards Program in February. The program recognizes excellence in schools, colleges and departments
of education and includes a rigorous selection process. The AACTE’s awards encourage
all member institutions to strengthen the profession of teacher preparation through
innovation, high standards and leadership.
–Written by Katie Corder; photo at top by Woody Myers