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March 4, 2010 Partner Meeting

Partner Meeting to determine the criteria for selecting school sites
Thursday, March 4 from 10-12, in Minneapolis

Participants at this second meeting first reviewed decisions and discussions from the previous meeting regarding PDSs and the range of relationships between Institutes of Higher Education and partnership schools and districts. Then discussion moved into recommendations on ways to identify clinical placements that assure strong models of practice. Research indicates that more extended time in schools with increasing responsibility is key to preparing excellent teachers, as is collaboration with a Teaching Mentor and partnering school where the Teaching Candidate has a community of practice and can immediate relate his/her coursework to the school context.

Next, participants talked about identifying Teaching Mentors and building strong relationships with Teaching Candidates, and official documentation of partnerships between the University and schools (memoranda of agreement).

Topics included:

  • Benefits and expectations of Teaching Mentors and partnership schools
  • Professional development offered; what could this look like?
  • Induction for new teachers?
  • Expectations of schools, districts, and the university?

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