WASHINGTON, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert M. Lippincott was named Chief Executive Officer of TEACH-NOW, the rapidly growing, Washington, DC based online teacher preparation and certification program.
TEACH-NOW provides an approved program to prepare teachers for licensure using a custom-designed online platform. Directly addressing the growing need for fully certified and effective teachers, TEACH-NOW provides a highly collaborative, project-based program that enables candidates to apply proven instructional methods and develop the competence and confidence to utilize evolving educational technology tools.
"If we want 21st century learners, we need teachers with the skills and self-efficacy to use 21st century technology and techniques. TEACH-NOW is designed to achieve this goal," Mr. Lippincott said. "By creatively exploiting the unique advantages of online learning, the best pedagogical approaches for teacher preparation and an approved pathway to certification, TEACH-NOW offers the best and most scalable solution to license the next generation of teachers. I am thrilled to join Emily and her talented team in this timely opportunity to transform the profession of teaching throughout the US and the world."
Rob Lippincott's executive experience spans software, publishing, media, and education businesses where he has led the creation and growth of products and services that serve millions of teachers. As Senior VP at PBS for Education Strategy & Partnerships, he led PBS TeacherLine and PBS LearningMedia. He was also Senior VP of Product Development at Discovery Education, responsible for the full line of digital video streaming products for the home and school markets, reaching two thirds of US classrooms. At Pearson, he was Senior VP and GM of the Family Education Network, including TeacherVision. Prior to joining Pearson, he served as President & CEO of Children's Progress. A lifelong educator, Mr. Lippincott has been a classroom teacher, an assistant headmaster and on the faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and a Master's degree in Educational Technology from Harvard University.
"Rob is exactly what TEACH-NOW needs going forward, and we are so fortunate to have him at the helm," said Founder and President of TEACH-NOW, C. Emily Feistritzer, "as we prepare teachers for tomorrow's learning world." Dr. Feistritzer, who founded and led the National Center for Education Information and the National Center for Alternative Certification, is a leading authority on teacher certification and a recognized thought leader in teacher preparation. Feistritzer created TEACH-NOW as a stand-alone solution as well as to integrate with existing providers of teacher preparation programs.
TEACH-NOW (www.teach-now.com) is a revolutionary global teacher preparation and certification program designed on a custom platform to equip, enable and empower tomorrow's teachers for tomorrow's students in tomorrow's learning world. TEACH-NOW is a unique, approved, patent-pending program that improves pre-service and in-service teaching skills, including the preparation needed for a teaching certificate.
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Why was Rob Lippincott selected as CEO?
Rob Lippincott has joined TEACH-NOW to guide its expansion. Rob's experience both building and managing the explosive growth of teacher services makes him an ideal choice. TEACH-NOW was launched in 2013 and is serving hundreds of educators. The next phase of growth will allow thousands of aspiring educators to become highly-effective 21st century teachers.
Rob's executive experience spans software, publishing, media, and education businesses. He has led the creation and growth of products and services that serve millions of teachers:
- as Senior VP at PBS for Education Strategy & Partnerships, he led PBS TeacherLine and PBS LearningMedia:
- Using PBS TeacherLine, over 100,000 teachers completed online professional development courses
- PBS LearningMedia offers more than 50,000 free media resources to more than 1.5 Million registered teachers
- as Senior VP at Discovery Education he rebuilt and extended its full line of digital video streaming products for the home and school markets, reaching two thirds of US classrooms:
- United Streaming (now known as Discovery Streaming), Science Connection (now known as "TechBooks") have set the standards for use of media in the classroom.
- as Senior VP for Pearson and GM of the Family Education Network, he oversaw the buildout of a full-featured educational community, including TeacherVision
- TeacherVision is a prototypic Teacher Resource Repository and Professional Learning Community with more than 1 million members.
How successful is TEACH-NOW?
The program is designed to be selective, innovative and comprehensive, iteratively validating its effectiveness. TEACH-NOW launched an inaugural cohort of 11 candidates in March 2013 and began accepting approximately 3 cohorts of 12 candidates each month in January 2014. TEACH-NOW has enrolled higher proportions of men (40%) and minorities (35%) than conventional teacher preparation programs. TEACH-NOW requires at least a Bachelor's degree, a 3.0 GPA, an extensive interview and a commitment to teach, and matriculates approximately one- third of its applicants. All of its graduates are in the process of receiving a teaching certificate and all but 2 have already found teaching placements. Tests of the system validate its scalability and ability to accommodate continued growth. Financially, TEACH-NOW has achieved break even and is projected to be profitable for calendar year 2014.
What is the TEACH-NOW Program?
TEACH-NOW is an online alternative teacher certification program that prepares tomorrow's teachers for tomorrow's students in tomorrow's learning world. Teach-Now is designed to be the ideal program for those embarking on their first career as well as those already in the workforce who want to become innovative, effective teachers in a digital age.
TEACH-NOW offers a competitively-priced option ($6,000) for candidates who only need a teaching certificate. It also offers a Master's degree option in partnership with existing teacher preparation programs. The essential goal of the program is to build effective teaching skills in order to help candidates change the life outcomes of their students.
The TEACH-NOW program is built on these fundamental principles:
1. The effective use of technology is at the heart of the program. Candidates will learn to think critically about technology in the classroom and in a personal learning community.
2. Collaborating to learn. Research demonstrates that teachers learn best from other teachers. Therefore, the program is structured so that candidates learn as much from each other as from their instructors.
3. Learning by doing. Candidates learn through activities which are designed to be immediately useful for professional development and in the classroom. These activities are assessed using four point rubrics rather than conventional quizzes and tests.
4. Clinical Practice. No reading or activity can substitute for time spent in a classroom with real students. TEACH-NOW weaves clinical experiences throughout the program and culminates with 3 months of practice teaching in real schools with a mentor.
Why is TEACH-NOW needed?
Teachers need an approved pathway to credentials that builds the skills required by today's and tomorrow's students. Children are digital natives before they set foot in a classroom and need an environment that will motivate them to learn. Around the world, 60 million educators teach 21st-century skills with 20th-century tools in a 19th-century school system. Technology has radically changed the way people live and work, but not how traditional schools teach. The US employs nearly 3.7 million teachers and will replace more than one million in the next 5 years. Therefore, if we want to change life outcomes for students, we need to prepare teachers to think digitally. Many current teachers do not have these skills and on-the-job professional development programs have been slow to integrate technology.
Who Built TEACH-NOW?
The founder of TEACH-NOW, Dr. Emily Feistritzer, has been at the epicenter of teacher education and certification since the mid-1980s. In 2003, she received a multi-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create a clearinghouse for information about alternative certification programs. These efforts led her to seek a solution to the growing need for an out-of-the-box, technology-based program for training teachers. In 2011, Dr. Feistritzer partnered with Kunali Sanghvi, an instructional designer and e-learning solutions architect, to create the ideal teacher preparation program and platform that is TEACH-NOW.
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