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#WestCAST 2012 Keynote presentation by Dr. Deborah Ball

On February 23, the WestCAST 2012 conference kicked off with a keynote address by Dr. Deborah Ball, dean of the University of Michigan School of Education.  Dr. Ball’s talk, “Great Teachers are not Born—They’re Taught”,  challenged the widespread belief that teach­ing is an art that has to be figured out individually, and that it is pri­marily a matter of personal style. Ball believes that teaching responsi­bly is highly skilled and unnatural work, and that leaving its development to chance puts learners at risk and reduces the profession to little more than commonsense. She says that what is needed is to articulate the capabilities fundamental to responsible teaching and to de­velop strong infrastructure for their development.

Click on the links below to listen and watch to her presentation

Introduction by Dr. Brent Davis

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Dr. Deborah Ball talk “Great Teachers are not Born—They’re Taught”

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