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ERIC Number: ED404315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-19
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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University and Public School Collaboration: Developing More Effective Teachers through Field-Based Teacher Preparation and New Teacher Support Programs.
Robbins, Veronica; Skillings, Mary Jo
The Collaborative Learning Network: Project Genesis, a partnership between California State University, San Bernardino, and the Ontario-Monclair School District (California) and its consortium districts is a multi-faceted program consisting of three levels of training and support. Phase one, Undergraduate Service Learning, recruits potential teacher candidates by providing undergraduate credit for working in elementary and middle school classrooms. Phase two, Project Genesis, Preservice Training, integrates teaching, learning theory and methodology, and classroom management courses with classroom practice during the preservice year. In phase three, Beginning Teachers: Project Learn, new teachers are assigned to mentor teachers for their first 2 years of teaching, and also attend workshops covering topics such as planning instruction, teaching models, classroom management, assessment, and cultural diversity. Of the 79 teachers who received their credentials between 1992 and 1996 through Project Genesis, 99 percent are still teaching, and 97 percent of these are still teaching at their original school site. While 25 percent of Project Genesis participants became bilingual teachers, all worked in classrooms with limited English proficient students. Also project participants, after their first year of teaching, indicated that they felt well prepared to take on responsibilities of full-time teaching and more able to meet the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students. The blending of coursework and practice during the preservice year helped participants learn how to develop and implement curriculum effectively. (ND)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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