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ERIC Number: ED476203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
So What If Education Survives! Who Cares and Who Should.
Madsen, Kim
Nebraska, like the rest of the nation, is experiencing a shortage of teachers in the areas of special education, English as a second language (ESL), mathematics, science, and early childhood education. In addition, a growing emphasis on the importance of teacher quality has collided with the reality of a shortage of qualified teachers. Chadron State College (CSC), in western Nebraska, is implementing several strategies for teacher recruitment and education. One project unifies course offerings in early childhood and special education at CSC and Western Nebraska Community College. Students are involved in coursework and field experiences that support natural, inclusive environments. CSC participates in a program that integrates early reading, bilingual education, and ESL programs across the state through interdisciplinary coursework and training opportunities within communities and higher education institutions. CSC has two early childhood laboratories that focus on hands-on learning; parent interaction; relationships with peers, parents, and children; and field experiences in developmentally appropriate environments with child-centered learning opportunities. CSC collaborates with area community colleges to articulate the transfer of credits and build smooth transitions for those desiring to improve their education. College faculty are implementing a system to assess the performance of graduating teachers using multiple assessment measures. (Contains 22 references) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska