ERIC Number: ED338572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
East Longmeadow [School District] University of Massachusetts at Amherst Professional Development School: A Collaborative Effort.
Seidman, Earl; And Others
The most important part of the teacher education program, the student teaching experience, typically receives the least coordinated conceptualization and collaboration between the key partners: the university and the schools. A clinical site, established in a high school or middle school on the model of a teaching hospital, can address two needs simultaneously: serving large numbers of students and providing a high quality teacher preparation experience. A clinical site can break down the characteristic isolation of the student teaching experience for both students and faculty. This program description provides an overview of the professional development school (PDS) project which was established in 1985 as a clinical site by the East Longmeadow (MA) School District and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Topics covered include: the need for clinical sites; recruitment and selection of students; the annual planning and development seminar for university faculty and cooperating clinical instructors; the end of the semester retreat for student teachers, cooperating clinical instructors, and university faculty; program implementation; program development and expansion; research, evaluation, and dissemination; and intended outcomes. (IAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alice and Patrick McGinty Foundation, Beachwood, OH.
Authoring Institution: East Longmeadow School District, MA.; Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. School of Education.