The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our program is integrated and University-wide. TPI is not only recommending changes to courses within the teacher preparation program but also to the liberal education program. For example, we are recommending the incorporation of National Educational Technology Standards (ISTE-NETS) into our general education courses across the University.
TPI is changing how our curriculum will be delivered. We will be expanding our nationally recognized co-teaching approach from student teaching to our courses. We anticipate that all students will take courses that are co-taught by a combination of School of Education faculty, content faculty, and P-12 teachers.
TPI is focusing on recruiting students in high needs areas, including: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); English Language Learners (ELL); Special Education (SPED); and teachers of color. We have also created Future Educators Clubs at SCSU and in our six partner districts that will kick off in Fall 2013. We are also actively marketing our Teacher Education Program, and recently launched our new recruitment campaign with an advertisement in Seventeen magazine.
We are investigating a new Educational Foundations core that will be taken by all students regardless of their intended licensure. Currently there are four different introductory courses, with students having little interaction with individuals pursuing licenses outside their own. All candidates will come into the teacher preparation program as a cohort and engage in conversations regarding teaching in the 21st century across the P-12 spectrum.
The Support Working Group is focusing its efforts on identifying an integrated and collaborative model of three-year support for new teachers. This model will build on the current programs in place at our P-12 partner districts and will investigate ways to share resources across districts and with the University. We have implemented a field study of a first year induction program with 3 of our partner P-12 districts.
TPI is collaborating with our NEXT partners around common metrics for gathering data for program improvement from our candidates that we can use foir program improvement. This is the first time that multiple institutions will have collected, analyzed and shared data from common instruments.