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School of Education

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St. Cloud State University (SCSU) will strengthen its teacher preparation program through a strong, active collaboration with Arts and Science faculty, Education faculty, and P-12 school districts and communities.  Together we will explore many initiatives, including but not limited to co-teaching, diverse and numerous clinical experiences, and strong P-16 partnerships in the five areas of teacher preparation: Recruit, Prepare, Support, Assessment, and Technology.

Recruit

SCSU will target recruitment efforts on people and areas of high need in education: 

  • Teachers of color, men (P-8), non-traditional
  • Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM), Special Education (SPED), English Language Learners (ELL)

These efforts will be undertaken through strong Recruitment Partnerships with P-12 Districts, administrators, and faculty at SCSU.

Prepare

SCSU’s teacher preparation will explore:

  • 21st Century knowledge and skills needed for 21st Century learning.
  • Alignment of curriculum to build upon P-16 initiatives and university-wide efforts.

Support

  • SCSU will explore ways to support its graduates through induction and mentoring programs, for up to 3 years, including professional development and other support, on-site and virtually, at P-12 schools.
  • SCSU will develop strong partnerships with P-12 districts to understand future hiring needs in order to prepare the needed teachers (e.g., math, science).

Assessment

Assessment and Evaluation are important aspects of our program.  When we consider graduate effectiveness, SCSU will explore ways to:

  • Ensure all candidates, teachers, faculty, and administrators from the P-16 systems understand and are able to use data to inform instruction.
  • Require graduates to complete a Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) to demonstrate how their students learned during their student teaching experience.

Technology

SCSU will examine how technology can be utilized to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teacher preparation.

  • Determine the professional development needs for teacher candidates relative to the effective utilization of technology.
  • Determine the professional development needs for P-16 faculty relative to the effective utilization of technology in the preparation of teacher candidates.
  • Determine role that technology should play in the preparation of teacher candidates and develop a plan to implement that role.
  • Connect with TPI Working Groups to determine how technology can assist them in meeting their goals.

Technology Working Group members distribute themselves among the other Working Groups and come together to discuss the technology needs across the initiative.

The Teacher Preparation Initiative (TPI) will maximize teacher effectiveness and increase student achievement by transforming and strengthening teacher education through collaborative partnerships between SCSU and P-12 school districts.

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