Centenary education professor chosen for national initiative

SHREVEPORT, LA —  Dr. Terrie Johnson, assistant professor and education department chair at Centenary, has been selected to participate in the inaugural “Inquiry Initiative” sponsored by the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). The Initiative is a “first of its kind” collaborative exploration of teacher education practices and research, focused on opportunity gaps in education. Opportunity gaps are unequal or inequitable distribution of resources and options individuals or groups encounter in schools, colleges and universities, and employment and professional contexts.

Johnson is one of just 80 university and school-based teacher educators and education scholars from around the United States chosen to participate in the Initiative, which aims to cultivate and support collaborative research inquiries across geographic and institutional contexts over a three-year span. The inaugural Inquiry Initiative will run parallel to the ATE Nashville 2022 Summer Conference to be held July 29 through August 2. Follow-up events will occur during the next three years at and between ATE’s annual meetings and summer conferences, with the goal of creating sustained and sustainable professional partnerships that result in pedagogical innovations, research reports and presentations, and education policies.

“I am excited to be partnering with an intentionally matched ‘crew’ of other educators, scholars, and advocates from around the United States (and potentially beyond) to explore practices and policies related to my identified research ideas and interests about, examinations of, and experiences with opportunity gaps,” said Johnson.

The Association of Teacher Educators is the nation’s oldest professional organization dedicated to the preparation of teachers. It aims to promote advocacy, equity, leadership, and professionalism for teacher educators in all settings and supports quality education for all learners at all levels. An individual membership organization, ATE enhances quality teacher education through both exemplary clinical practice and research.

Johnson joined Centenary’s department of education in 2020 following a long career in K-12 public education.


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