ERIC Number: ED327520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Connections with Practitioners Adds Excellence to Teacher Education.
Stahlhut, Richard; Hawkes, Richard
The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) has established the Regional Partnership Program, consisting of nine regional centers located across the state, so that UNI may be geographically in touch with all areas of the state. All of the centers have a common structure: the administrator of each center is a tenure track UNI professor; all centers have implemented a full semester student teaching curriculum; and all center partnerships have established an advisory cadre of local education practitioners. The program has seven major characteristics: (1) use of a regional network allows expanded student teaching experiences under a centralized administration; (2) in each regional district at least one professor has overall responsibility for achieving goals; (3) in each center a clinical supervisor is under contract to the university and directly responsible to the professor in charge; (4) at least five teachers per center belong to a cadre which works closely with the professor and clinical supervisor; (5) in each region classroom teachers are trained to serve as cooperating teachers on a term-by-term basis; (6) a special relationship has been established between school district and university; and (7) a telecommunications network has been installed. To achieve greater depth in field experience programs, each regional center has established a working structure that best fits the school districts involved in the partnership. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Northern Iowa
Note: Paper presented at the National Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Atlanta, GA, February 1991).