Erikson president Samuel J. Meisels has been named to an expert panel that will recommend ways to increase emphasis on child development within teacher preparation curriculum nationwide.

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is revising its standards for teacher education to require an increased focus on child development. NCATE’s move recognizes that teachers who understand how children develop cognitively, psychologically, physically, and socially will be more effective teachers – the very reason why Erikson was founded more than 40 years ago.

In collaboration with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health, NCATE convened the panel to advise on how teacher colleges can revise their curricula and tapped Meisels to participate.

As part of their briefing for the task, each member received a packet of fundamental readings on the subject. Three of the packet’s fifteen articles were authored by Erikson faculty.