Preparing teachers to teach in K-6 classrooms has been and must continue to be a very practitioner-based process to prepare these teachers to meet the ever changing needs of 21st Century learners. In our continuing paradigm of face to face and brick and mortar instruction, we have been able to establish tools and patterns to provide structure and gatekeeping to assure that appropriately trained individuals are prepared to address our K-6 learner's needs. In the more asynchronous, virtual, and socially distanced world in which we are entering, these same needs of pre-service educators exist. Institutions of higher education tasked with teaching, supervising, and recommending these learners for licensure are faced with unique and challenging dilemmas with nurturing their learners success in both of these worlds. Tony's presentation will invite participants to walk alongside him as he outlines and identifies the value-added activities and approaches the Teacher Education Department at Southern Utah University has adopted to engage face to face and synchronous learners and their learning while simultaneously engaging their distance, online, and asynchronous learners to prepare themselves to meet the needs of their learners in our new socially-distanced world.
Tony Pellegrini, Southern Utah University, United States