ERIC Number: ED405339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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A Focus on Diversity and Change: Professional Development, Partnership, and Commitment.
Berkeley, Terry R.; And Others
Jessup Elementary School (Maryland), Towson State University (TSU) (Maryland), and Anne Arundel Community College (Maryland) have joined in a effort to change the notion of partnership in professional development schools (PDSs). The focus is not only the preparation of early childhood teachers but also the professional development of faculty and staff. The elementary school has a diverse student population that includes many from military families, students with disabilities, and students from different racial and ethnic groups; the socioeconomic make-up of the school ranges from very low levels to upper middle class. The purposes of the partnership redesign include: create a PDS at Jessup Elementary School; design and implement an extended internship program; create and update personal professional development plans (PDPs) for teaching interns, beginning teachers, and experienced educators; and integrate and align program and course content with PDPs and school improvement plans. Historically, TSU pre-service education students completed their professional field experiences in predominately white middle class schools. Some dissatisfaction was expressed regarding their level of preparation for teaching in diverse classrooms. Through the pilot program, preservice teachers are actively involved in all aspects of the school for three semesters. Education classes are taught at the school and the pre-service teachers become part of the elementary school gaining an in-depth experience of diversity. (JLS)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Cultural Awareness, Elementary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Multicultural Education, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, Student Teaching, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Improvement, Two Year Colleges
Department of Early Childhood Education, Towson State University, Towson, MD 21252, Attention: Dr. Terry R. Berkeley.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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