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Mentoring Teacher Candidates through Co-teaching, a Train-the-Trainer Workshop

In the TERI Partner Network, we're working with P-12 school partners to mentor teacher candidates by adapting a pre-service co-teaching model into some of the redesigned clinical experiences in our initial licensure programs.

This first Train-the-Trainer Workshop for TERI partners was held May 2-3, 2011. Drs. Nancy Bacharach and Teresa Heck of St. Cloud State University facilitated the training. Fourteen participants in TERI attended, including representatives from each of our six partner districts, TERI faculty, UMN-TC doctoral students, and EDRC staff. Those who attended are now prepared to train their colleagues in this critical element of the TERI project.

The co-teaching model for pre-service teachers developed over the last seven years by St. Cloud State University has received national attention and awards, including identification as a promising practice by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning. (The Blue Ribbon Panel's report is available at:

http://www.ncate.org/Public/ResearchReports/NCATEInitiatives/BlueRibbonPanel/tabid/715/Default.aspx

Another Train-the-Trainer workshop will be held in June 2011, expanding the number of co-teaching specialists in the TERI Partner Network to approximately 30 people.

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