ERIC Number: ED395912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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Collaborating for Quality: Partnerships for Excellence through Education Reform.
Tutt, Betty; Newbold, Susan
The teacher education program at William Woods University (WWU) in central Missouri has developed five partnership projects that have served as the impetus for the gradual restructuring of the university's education program into a more holistic, interdisciplinary experience for the preservice teacher. This restructuring effort has blended professional development opportunities for K-12 educators and higher education faculty. The projects are: (1) an annual special education conference, which has been in place for 10 years, including a paraprofessional training segment introduced during the past two years; (2) two grants from the federal Eisenhower Professional Development Program to promote professional development in mathematics and sciences ("Mathematics and Science Teacher Education Resources" focusing on techniques for helping students, especially female students, in grades 3-8, and "Science and Math Are for Everyone" centering on incorporating technology into the teaching-learning process of both regular and special education science and mathematics curricula); (3) "Mid-Missouri Re:Learning Cluster" a collaborative effort between institutions of higher education and three central Missouri school districts; (4) a professional development school relationship with a local elementary school; and (5) the "Connection Project," a professional development effort funded by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and housed at WWU. (ND)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, School Districts, Science Education, Special Education, Teacher Education Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: William Woods University MO
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (48th, Chicago, IL, February 21-24, 1996).