Did you know the consortium has provided service and training to…
- Over 70 schools
- 10 school divisions
- Five institutions of higher education
- Over 70 Lead Clinical Educators
- Over 1400 Clinical Educators
A historical overview of the consortium…
- Dream Team 2.0 (Module Revision for 21st Century Educators) and Lead Clinical Educator Training
- Launch of Online Modules
- Dream Team (Training Material Redesign)
- Pilot Mentor Program designed to retain teachers in high need areas begin research phase.
- All cooperating teachers for student teaching candidates/interns must participate in both Level I and Level II training workshops.
- The SWPEC organizes to support teacher professional development with required training modules Level I & II
- VDOE expands the clinical faculty grant requirements to include collaboration with research-based school mentor programs; Roanoke College joins the consortium; need to engage more of our cooperating teachers with clinical faculty activities, experiences, and recognition.
- National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) requires training of cooperating teachers
- VA Legislature allocates $300,000/year to statewide clinical faculty programs
- Partnership members:
- Higher education institutions: Hollins University, Radford University and Virginia Tech
- Roanoke Valley school divisions: Roanoke County, Roanoke City, Salem City, Botetourt County
- New River Valley school divisions: Montgomery County, Giles County, Pulaski County, Floyd County
- Purpose: to enhance the quality of student internships in pre-service teacher education via a collaborative effort by:
- Developing the attitudes, knowledge and skills of supervising teachers related to teacher preparation and assisting the novice teacher
- Promoting a partnership between highly trained and professional clinical faculty in public school and higher education personnel;
- Effecting closer collaboration between school divisions and teacher preparation programs in colleges and universities
- Developing a professional network that includes electronic exchange, that enables and encourages on-going communication among teaching interns (student teachers), clinical faculty, and administrators in schools in higher education personnel involved in teacher preparation; and,
- Engaging clinical faculty in experiences that will enhance their abilities to articulate what they know about teaching and learning so that they not only assist pre-service teachers in their development, but also have begun the preparation to become mentor teachers or to become a National Board Certified teacher.
- VA Department of Education (VDOE) funds first clinical faculty initiative; Hollins University and Virginia Tech led initial effort with Roanoke Valley and Montgomery County School divisions