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Teacher educators confer with national expert
SESSIONS BENEFIT UTTC PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
By Lisa J. Azure, Teacher Education Chair/Child Development Center Administrator

5 October 2012


Dr. Camille Catlett, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. <> DENNIS J. NEUMANN

United Tribes Technical College was honored to host a visit by a nationally acclaimed consultant for teacher preparation in early childhood special education.

Dr. Camille Catlett spent two days on the UTTC campus in August, visiting with staff members in training and working sessions designed to improve the college’s delivery of teacher education programs and childhood development services.

Catlett is an investigator at the University of North Carolina's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She is the principal investigator on two federal Office of Special Education Project-funded projects: Crosswalks: Outreach to Infuse Diversity in Pre-service Education and the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion.

At United Tribes, Dr. Catlett worked with the Teacher Education faculty on ideas for redesigning the Early Childhood Education AAS degree program. The effort was focused on increasing employability opportunities for graduates. In addition, the work group realigned the associate degree program to increase seamless transferability into the college’s growing bachelor’s degree program.

She met with the staff from the Art & Grace Link Child Development Center and shared resources with them for working with children and their families from culturally, linguistically and ability diverse backgrounds.

Dr. Catlett coordinates the weekly Natural Resources listserv, co-authors a regular column on high quality, low cost resources in Young Exceptional Children, and co-edited the 2008 publication “Practical Approaches to Early Childhood Professional Development.” She also served as co-editor for Reforming Personnel Preparation in Early Intervention: Issues, Models & Practical Strategies, Resource Guide: Selected Early Childhood/Early Intervention Training Materials, 12th Edition and Walking the Walk: A Guide to Diversity Resources for Trainers.

In the spirit of thankfulness and generosity practiced in Indian Country, Camille was presented with a beaded lanyard and two pairs of earrings made by Barb Strikes the Enemy (Cheyenne River), Art & Grace Link Center director, and a beaded necklace from the Teacher Education department.

Dr. Catlett’s visit to United Tribes was sponsored by the Monarch Center, a technical assistance center located at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and funded by the Office of Special Education Program in the Department of Education. Thank you to the Monarch Center for providing this opportunity.

 

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