Tarleton, Waco ISD enter teacher education agreement

Tarleton PDS

Tarleton State University

Monday, September 16, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton’s College of Education and the Waco ISD have partnered to establish two Professional Development Schools in Waco that will enable future teachers to learn and practice effective teaching strategies in an elementary school setting.

One of the schools is at Lake Air Montessori School and the other is at Cedar Ridge Elementary School.

The inaugural ceremony for the schools was held Sept. 11. Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio and Dr. Karen Murray, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs represented the university. Other attendees were Johnette McCown, president of McLennan Community College, and Dr. Bonnie Cain, superintendent of Waco ISD.

“The traditional semester of student teaching will be extended approximately fourfold, and Tarleton students will have multiple opportunities to apply effective teaching methods and classroom management strategies,” said Dr. Jill Burk, dean of the College of Education. “Teacher candidates will begin by tutoring individual students and advance to teaching small groups. They will develop and teach individual lessons and eventually progress to having full responsibility for a classroom of students.”

Burke added that students would be trained similar to the manner in which doctors are trained in teaching hospitals, with close supervision and feedback from multiple sources.

“Through the Professional Development School,” said Dottavio, “Tarleton students will have the opportunity to learn with and from the students in the Waco ISD, be mentored by educational professionals, and collaborate with community members in order to develop the competence, confidence and consistency needed by today’s educator.”

For more information about Tarleton's College of Education and its Educator Preparation Services, please visit http://www.tarleton.edu/EPS.


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