School of Education Offices
« A full-day co-teaching workshop was held for cooperating teachers on August 23. Seventy-one teachers attended.
« The College of Education has agreed to institutionalize the co-teaching workshop for teacher candidates by incorporating it into the curriculum in each department. This fall, 8 sessions have been held for teacher candidates in special education, elementary education, secondary education and child and family studies, with 171 students attending.
« An overview was held on September 21 for area administrators wanting more information on the TQE initiatives. 20 administrators attended the meeting.
« The university level co-teaching began a new initiative inviting faculty to arrange for co-teaching for a day rather than requiring a full semester co-teaching commitment. This facilitates two things. It helps move us toward sustainability of co-teaching (less expensive to arrange co-teaching for one or two sessions) and it also enables more P-12 educators to team with faculty during day-time courses.
« Secondary and K-12 teacher candidates began co-teaching. There are 12 K-12 and 7-12 pairs this semester. They attended the pairs workshop on September 13th.
« Applications for the fall co-teacher for a day program were sent out to faculty.
« The Professional Development Consortium has continued to meet monthly. The group now includes representatives from 10 of the 11 partner districts.
« There will be a number of Professional Learning Communities available through the TQE initiative this year. There will be an organizational meeting in the near future for any interested participants.
« A beginning teacher meeting was held on Tuesday, Sept. 20th. Over 90 teachers attended this session.
« The Mentoring group has begun a research group of mentors with beginning first year teachers. There are 15 pairs of educators in the research group. This group will be participating in mentor activities throughout the year.
« Mentor training has been developed and was provided on Sept. 19th to all the mentors in the research group. A second mentor training session was held on Sept. 29th for other interested educators. Twelve people attended the second training.
« The mentoring group has created a mentor handbook that will soon be available to any interested partner district.
« A report entitled The Academic Effects of the TQE Project as Measured via the Woodcock Psychoeducational Battery has been completed by Dr. John Hoover. This report outlines the findings related to the effects of co-teaching on P-12 achievement. Similar reports have been completed by Kathy Dahlberg outlining the effects of co-teaching on MCA achievement, P-12 attendance and discipline.
« TQE representatives have had papers accepted for presentation at the following conferences: Association of Teacher Educators, American Association of College Teacher Educators, and the American Educational Research Association.
« Woodcock Johnson testing occurred in the P-12 classrooms from September 19th - 28th. Substitute teachers from District 742 were trained in the assessment procedure and met individually with over 500 students. Results continue to be processed.
TQE Events / Activities - August 2005
TQE Events / Activities - September 2005