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ERIC Number: EJ842390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0196-786X
The CLASS Professional Development School Initiative: Redesigning Teacher Education through Effective Collaboration
White, W. Bumper; Schaible, Robert
Professional Educator, v26 n1 p47-61 Fall 2003
The innovative CLASS professional development school initiative seeks to redesign teacher education through effective collaboration to better meet the needs of a changing pre-service student population. Non-traditional, often part-time students are entering undergraduate pre-service education programs across North America and in other parts of the world in greater numbers. The timing for this is fortuitous because many states in the United States, Maine included, predict that half of the teachers currently in classrooms will be retiring within the next five to ten years. Pre-service programs, including Professional Development School (PDS) school-university partnerships, face new challenges to meet the needs of diverse populations of students. The University of Southern Maine's College of Education and Human Development on the Gorham campus and the Lewiston-Auburn College in Lewiston jointly developed undergraduate professional development school (PDS) K-8 programs called Teachers (for) Elementary And Middle Schools (TEAMS). In planning this program, university and school representatives reviewed the current literature and focused their attention on meeting the needs of current teachers, the needs of K-8 students, and non-traditional, part-time teacher candidates. This descriptive paper provides an in-depth look at a TEAMS program on the Lewiston-Auburn campus where it is called "Collaborative Learning And School Success (CLASS)". By "telling/sharing our story" of the implementation, early experiences and challenges of this collaborative and interdisciplinary program that is designed to meet the needs of diverse populations of students, we hope to expand the knowledge base and promote dialog for those institutions embarking on a similar exploration within the PDS context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine