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ERIC Number: ED429061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb-25
Pages: 4
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Master Teachers in Residence: Bringing a Classroom Perspective to Course Reform for NSF's Oklahoma Teacher Education Collaborative (O-TEC).
Ramsey, Sarah; Neathery, Faye; Fholer, Gwen; Weger, Elayne; Voth, Bonnie; Townsend, Joyce; Campbell, DeAnn; Boedecker, Martha
Master teachers can be influential in course revision. The Oklahoma Teacher Education Collaborative (O-TEC) teacher reform effort is a consortium of nine higher education institutions working with the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) reform effort to produce teachers better equipped for teaching science and mathematics. The reform emphasizes inquiry-based instruction for all teacher preparation courses. O-TEC plans to pursue systemic enhancement of teacher preparation by providing innovative teacher recruitment, reform of the undergraduate curriculum, and increased emphasis on retaining new teachers. Its programs are designed to attract, train, and retain teachers. O-TEC features summer academies that provide model teaching experiences for potential teachers. The program has multiple entry points. Each O-TEC institution has added a Master-Teacher-in-Residence to the faculty to assist in course redesign and participate in team instruction. These master teachers liaison with the community, develop connections with local school districts, observe classes, provide beginning teacher support, reform undergraduate block classes and methods courses, research causes of student failure, improve math labs, and plan summer institutes. Each institution has a site plan to enhance courses in science, mathematics, and education for preservice teachers. The revised courses reflect best practices in teaching and apply to real-world settings. Inservice programs for beginning teachers reinforce concepts taught during preservice instruction. O-TEC institutions stress the use of technology in preservice training and classrooms. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma