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ERIC Number: ED484230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Teaching Scholar Partnerships: A Fresh Approach to College/School Collaborations
Bearce, W. Hutchinson
Council of Independent Colleges
This document is intended to be a handbook for independent college and university leaders interested in learning about a fresh approach to cooperation with local elementary, middle, and high schools. It draws from the Teaching Scholar Partnerships (TSP) program, a successful demonstration project that involved ten private institutions working in partnership with their local schools. This demonstration project was partially subsidized by a grant from the National Science Foundation, but (as indicated in the final sections of this paper) many of the participating colleges and universities have continued this work without that support?suggesting the possibility that other institutions may be intrigued by this model and find ways on their own to begin similar initiatives. A Teaching Scholar Partnership is a relationship between a college or university and a nearby K-12 school that enables undergraduate science and mathematics students to help out in K-12 classrooms. The undergraduate students, designated as Teaching Scholars, use their preparation in science and mathematics to provide a resource for K-12 teachers. In return, Scholars receive a small stipend and gain insights into the profession of teaching. Scholars are trained for their classroom work by both a college faculty member and the K-12 teacher. This paper summarizes, for chief academic officers and college faculty, the experiences of the participating institutions in this project. In so doing, it provides a touchstone for other institutional leaders as they design their own partnerships with local schools. Each new project will need to build K-12 partnerships, determine local needs, identify financial resources, and establish internal support mechanisms. The following are appended: (1) Council of Independent Colleges Participating Institutions; (2) Program Synopses; and (3) AACC and ICO Participating Institutions.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A