Rising Out of the Ashes: A Case Study on Teacher Preparation During a Pandemic

Conference: The Paris Conference on Education (PCE2022)
Title: Rising Out of the Ashes: A Case Study on Teacher Preparation During a Pandemic
Stream: Higher Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Sheilah Marion Paul, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, United States


At the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, New York City recorded one of the highest infection rates and the highest daily death rate for three months, earning the distinction as the pandemic epicenter in the US. A shelter-in-place mandate in March 2020 that led to the closure of schools and businesses ushered in the era of total remote learning in higher education institutions. New York’s public higher education institutions that pride themselves on meeting the needs of diverse students, while providing opportunities and services to local communities relied mostly on in-class instruction and campus-driven administrative and support services as staples of their educational practices. The ongoing pandemic and increased uncertainties catapulted public colleges into a new normal that resulted in decreased enrollment and retention, as well as poor student learning outcomes. How did teacher education programs survive?
This case study looks at the Medgar Evers School of Education during the period of distance learning education to evaluate its performance during the pandemic, shelter-in-place period. Using data on admissions, persistence, and graduation, in conjunction with instructional methods and engagement, progress monitoring strategies, and student learning outcomes, this case study will identify what worked, and what areas can benefit from improvement. The purpose is to ultimately ensure that in-person academic institutions are able to transition from one modality to another, while maintaining the highest standards of education during periods of crisis.

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