ERIC Number: ED448131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Evaluation of the Renaissance Project for Improving Teacher Quality.
O'Neal, Marcia R.; McLean, James E.; Pankratz, Roger; Craig, James
This paper describes the evaluation of the Renaissance Project for Improving Teacher Quality. The Renaissance Group is a national consortium of 16 colleges and universities committed to improving teacher education. Ten of these institutions, in collaboration with their schools of arts and sciences and their partner schools, have engaged in the 5-year project to reform their teacher education programs. The project includes a comprehensive evaluation component that responds to the unique character of each program. The study includes performance data from teacher candidates and partner school students; teacher candidate ratings by higher education and partner school faculty; classroom observations within teacher education and partner school classrooms; surveys and interviews with teacher candidates, higher education and partner school faculty, and business partners on project accomplishments; demographic data; document analysis; and site visits. Year 1 accomplishments include developing a system to track candidate performance at admissions, pre-student teaching, exit, and first year; developing a mentoring team model with adaptations for each site; identifying local business partners; and developing a dedicated project Web site. Three appendixes present: the overall 5-year project objectives and progress indicators; year 1 project activities and evaluation tasks; and a description of the project. (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Mentors, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Bowling Green, KY, November 15-17, 2000).