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MDC Professor Invited to Participate in the American Federation of Teachers Special Task Force in Washington, D.C.

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Miami, February 1, 2012 - Dr. Marlene Morales, an associate professor of science education at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) InterAmerican Campus, was invited recently to participate in the Teacher Preparation Task Force of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT-CIO) in Washington, DC.  

The purpose of the Task Force is to update AFT standards for best practices in teacher preparation. AFT has developed a Quality Education Agenda incorporating the work on teacher development, evaluation, and common core standards.  

“We are proud that Dr. Morales has been invited to sit on the AFT Teacher Preparation Task Force,” said Dr. Susan Neimand, director, MDC’s School of Education. “Her experience in the teacher education program and her role in updating our programs to meet standards make her a perfect candidate for this work. Dr. Morales’ input into this initiative will ensure that teacher education programs nationally maintain rigor and high quality.” 

Morales earned an associate in arts from MDC and a bachelor of science in dietetics and nutrition from Florida International University. Her advanced degrees include a master's in science education from Florida State University, an educational specialist degree (Ed.S) from Nova Southeastern University, and a doctorate in science education from Florida State University. Morales joined MDC in 2001.  

About the Teacher Preparation Task Force 

In 2000, a joint Teachers PPC/Higher Education Task Force developed AFT’s Building a Profession:  Strengthening Teacher Preparation and Induction setting forth critical components to improving teacher education. Some of the recommendations in the report have gained support. However, many are still not widely implemented. Given the political and legislative environment and the need to train and support teachers to provide students the breadth and depth of knowledge, they need to be truly well-educated individuals, therefore making it important to reexamine the work in this area. Task Force members are AFT leaders from higher education and K-12, outside advisors on teacher preparation, and teacher leaders from the field who are involved in new teacher induction programs. This group will develop recommendations and strategies for implementation. Using Building a Profession as the foundation, the group will: define critical components of a quality teacher education program, develop guidelines for evaluating teacher education programs that create incentives for carrying out best practices, and examine other countries that have high levels of student success coupled with strong and well-supported teacher preparation programs.

For more information about MDC’s School of Education, contact Dr. Susan Neimand, director of the School of Education, at 305-237-6152 or

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