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This is the only introduction to teaching text that is specifically built around the new Texas standards for teacher certification. It is also the only Texas-specific book that combines practice with solid grounding in theory (unlike available practice TExES books that provide only limited theoretical information). With Nath and Cohen's text as their guide, students will pass the Texas certification test—and also learn a great deal about effective teaching techniques.
Dr. Janice L. Nath serves as a University of Houston—Downtown faculty member in the Department of Urban Education. She served as the Coordinator for Elementary Education, Director of the PUMA TRACS Program for Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification, and Assistant Director of the Internship Program; and headed a Professional Development School (PDS) site for many years at the university. She has been actively involved in field-based teacher education for many years, formerly serving as the chair and program chair of the AERA (American Education Research Association) Professional Development School Research Special Interest Group (PDSR SIG) and as the president of the Teacher Coordinators for Teacher Certification Testing (formerly known as the ExCET Coordinators Association of Texas). In addition to her work on BECOMING A TEACHER IN TEXAS, she co-edited FORGING ALLIANCES IN COMMUNITY AND THOUGHT: RESEARCH IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOLS.
Myrna D. Cohen is a faculty member in the Department of Urban Education at the University of Houston—Downtown and serves as Director of the Center for Professional Development and Technology. She is currently chair-elect of the Consortium of State Organizations of Texas Teacher Educators (CSOTTE). She is past president of Texas Directors of Field Experience and has served as an officer and board member of CSOTTE. She also served for several years as co-editor of the Texas Teacher Education Forum and as a board member of Texas Teacher Educators (TTE). Dr. Cohen was Director of Field Experiences and Coordinator of Secondary Education in her previous position at the University of Houston—Main Campus. Her areas of interest include teacher education, second language education, and student-centered strategies such as cooperative learning. She is co-author of the assessment monograph for the Reconstructing Texas Teacher Education Series published for the Texas State Board for Educator Certification. In addition to undergraduate and graduate university-level teaching, Dr. Cohen has had fifteen years of classroom teaching experience encompassing grades 2-12.
COMPETENCY 1. 1. Understanding Human Development in Children (EC-6). Stephanie L. Knight, Robin A. Rackley, Texas A and M University, College Station. COMPETENCY 2. 2. Using Diversity to Promote Student Learning. Myrna D. Cohen, University of Houston—Downtown; Janice L. Nath, University of Houston—Downtown; Eileen R. Westerman, University of Houston; Emilliano Gonzalez, University of St. Thomas; Gena Jerkins. COMPETENCY 3. 3. Making a Difference in Student Achievement through Planning and Instruction. Janice L. Nath, University of Houston—Downtown. COMPETENCY 4. 4. Understanding Learning Theory and Other Factors That Impact Learning. Janice L. Nath, University of Houston—Downtown; Sandy Cmajdalka. COMPETENCY 5. 5. Attaining an Equitable and Excellent Classroom Environment. Myrna D. Cohen, University of Houston—Downtown; Angela Spaulding. COMPETENCY 6. 6. Managing Texas Classrooms. Diane Mullins Clay, Terry Brandt, University of St. Thomas—Houston. COMPETENCY 7. 7. Good Teaching is Good Communication. Myrna D. Cohen, University of Houston-Downtown. COMPETENCY 8. 8. Actively Engaging Students in Learning. Janice L. Nath, University of Houston—Downtown; Sandy Cmajdalka, University of Houston—Downtown. COMPETENCY 9. 9. Technology for Texas Teachers. W. Joe Kortz, University of Houston—Downtown; Janice L. Nath, University of Houston—Downtown; Mary E. Parker, Del Mar College. COMPETENCY 10. 10. Assessment: Monitoring and Measuring What Students Learn. Pam Lindsey, Tarleton State University; Veronica Lopez Estrada, The University of Texas—Pan American; Isela Almaguer, The University of Texas—Pan American; Janice L. Nath, University of Houston—Downtown; Myrna D. Cohen, University of Houston—Downtown; James Gentry, Tarleton State University. COMPETENCY 11. 11. Working with Texas Families: Home/School Relationships. Jennifer L. Martin, JoAnn Engelbrecht, Lillian Chenoweth, Texas Woman's University. COMPETENCY 12. 12. Interacting and Communicating with Other Educators. Donna Cunningham, Lin Moore, Texas Woman's University. COMPETENCY 13. 13. Laws, Ethics, and the Structure of Education in Texas. Gary R. Clay, University of North Texas. 14. Studying for and Passing the EC-6 PPR TExES. Janice L. Nath, University of Houston—Downtown; Cynthia G. Henry.