Secretary of Education Arne Duncan just finished October 22, 2009 speech at Columbia's Teachers College. Of special note is his mention of Emporia State University's Teachers College:
At Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, home of the National Teachers Hall of Fame, the Teachers College is the crown jewel of the school. Roughly 80 percent of students are supervised by full-time education faculty instead of adjuncts-and all elementary education professors are in the public schools every day. Senior year is a 100 percent field-based program in Emporia's public schools, where student teachers do everything from assisting with grading to sitting in on parent-teacher conferences.
Full text is available at - http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/2009/10/10222009.html
I am happy to see that The Teachers College finally has been recognized for its outstanding work. This is a great day for ESU, The Teachers College, and the Instructional Design and Technology Department!