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


Fall 2017

  • Dream Team 2.0 (Module Revision for 21st Century Educators) and Lead Clinical Educator Training


Fall 2013

  • Launch of Online Modules


Summer 2011

  • Dream Team (Training Material Redesign)


Spring 2008

  • Pilot Mentor Program designed to retain teachers in high need areas begin research phase.


Fall 2008

  • 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


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