UTTC teacher educators confer with national expert

Feb 25th, 2013 | By | Category: 24-3: The Science of Place, Tribal College News
By Lisa Azure
DELIVERING KNOWLEDGE. Dr. Camille Catlett, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, visits UTTC. Photo by Dennis J. Neumann

DELIVERING KNOWLEDGE. Dr. Camille Catlett, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, visits UTTC. Photo by Dennis J. Neumann

UTTC, Bismarck, ND) 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 a principal investigator on two federally funded projects: Crosswalks: Outreach to Infuse Diversity in Preservice Education and the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion.

At UTTC, Catlett worked with the teacher education faculty on ideas for redesigning the early childhood education associate degree program. The effort was focused on increasing employment 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 and Grace Link Child Development Center and shared resources with them for working with children and families from culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse backgrounds.

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

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

Catlett’s visit to UTTC 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 Programs, U.S. Department of Education. UTTC thanks the Monarch Center for providing this opportunity.

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