The Southwest Virginia Professional Education Consortium

The Southwest Virginia Professional Education Consortium, formerly SWVA Clinical Faculty Consortium, was developed in 1998 to formalize the collaboration between K-12 schools in the New River and Roanoke Valleys and the regional institutions of higher education. The purpose of the consortium is to enhance preparation and continuing teacher education. The project is funded by the Virginia Department of Education.

Mission

The Southwest Virginia Professional Education Consortium (SWVA PEC), formerly Southwest Virginia Clinical Faculty Consortium, was developed in 1998 to formalize the collaborations between P-12 schools in the New River and Roanoke Valleys and regional institutions of higher education. The purpose of the consortium is to enhance teacher preparation and continuing teacher education.

Our Goals

  1. Create a community of inquiry into learning to teach and the development of school/university cultures that promote life-long learning for all members of the professional education community.
  2. Work collaboratively to create a supportive environment for the preparation and induction of new teachers into the school community.
  3. Develop and nurture a cadre of teacher leaders who are exemplary models of effective teaching and strong clinical faculty/mentors for pre-service and beginning teachers.
  4. Support school/university research-based initiatives that promote student learning and well-being.
  5. Facilitate greater cooperation and communication among consortium members.

The Clinical Faculty Partnership Memorandum of Understanding outlines the roles and responsibilities of the SWVA Professional Education Consortium participants.