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New Position Opening: Transition to Teaching Lead

The College of Education and Human Development is currently hiring a Transition to Teaching Lead coordinator position. This new full-time, 12-month coordinator will work within the TERI project and be housed in the EDRC (Educator Research and Development Center). The coordinator will focus on the development of beginning teacher support (induction) as teachers transition from their preparation programs and begin their teaching careers. We aim to develop programming jointly built between the University and school partners that will support beginning teachers, engage practicing teachers in mentoring and coaching roles, and work with administrators to develop system plans and practices for teacher support. The Transition to Teaching Lead will have three main duties:

  • Design, develop, and coordinate regional infrastructure for beginning teacher support at the university, school, and school administration levels
  • Engage in activities that bride university teacher preparation practice with a school partner network.
  • Engage school partners and the university community in practices that identify teacher effectiveness.

More information is available: postingId=544313

Nine Additional Co-Teaching Specialists Now Trained

In May 2012, nine additional co-teaching specialists completed the "train the trainer" sessions with Nancy Bacharach and Teresa Washut Heck of St. Cloud State University. They are listed below. Welcome to the team!

  • Kristin Bird (St.Paul)
  • Nancy Gates (St. Paul)
  • Michelle Leba (St. Paul)
  • Dan Wrobleski (Columbia Heights)
  • Michelle Dewitt (Columbia Heights)
  • Erin Stutelberg (UMN)
  • Terry Wyberg (UMN)
  • Susan Ranney (UMN)
  • Shelly Berken (UMN)

We now have over 40 co-teaching specialists in the TERI Partner School Network!

Co-Teaching Workshops to have an ONLINE Option

Part of implementing co-teaching as a student-teaching model includes sufficient preparation in the model and concrete strategies for the classroom. Two workshops have been developed by the EDRC and provided throughout our TERI Partner Network in face-to-face workshops in 2011-2012.

The Co-Teaching Foundations workshop is intended not only for co-teaching pairs, but also for university supervisors, faculty, and school principals and staff in our TERI Partner schools. The Foundations workshop includes an overview of the co-teaching strategies and the research and rationale behind the model. It is followed by a Co-Teaching Pairs Workshop that gives co-teachers time to connect, build rapport and collaboration skills, and also carves out some time for co-teachers to co-plan together.

Normally, the two co-teaching workshops are held face-to-face, on site with teachers. However, sometimes this is difficult logistically, or someone is not able to attend. To ensure that all those invested in co-teaching can benefit from these workshops, we are designing online modules as an alternative. The staff in Academic Technology Services at CEHD, led by Yelena Yan, is preparing these online modules during summer 2012.

Co-Teaching Brown Bag Discussion May 24, 2012

On May 24, 2012, Stacy Ernst and Patsy Vinogradov held a Co-teaching Brown Bag session for faculty and staff at the College of Education and Human Development. This session was an informational session with three key topics for sharing and discussion:

  • Overview of co-teaching workshops used at school sites

  • District and CEHD's plans for co-teaching implementation next year, 2012-2013

  • Preliminary data from co-teaching evaluation study

TERI Curriculum Summit Held May 15-16, 2012

This two-day event included over 80 CEHD faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as TERI Partner Network Curriculum Directors, TOSAs, PAR mentors, and classroom teachers.

Participants learned more about and had opportunities to discuss the following:

  • Service learning
  • Elementary Education's first year implementation process of new student-teaching and coursework format
  • Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) and its first-year implementation
  • New Common Content curriculum (revised with school partner input)

    o Child & Adolescent Development

    o Academic Language & English Learners

    o Cultures, Schools, & Communities

    o Teaching Students with Special Need in Inclusive Settings

  • Classroom management task group's work

  • Clinical experiences effective Fall 2012 for UMN-TC teacher candidates
  • TERICurriculumSummit_May15_2012.pdf
    TERI_Curriculum Summit Agenda - May16_2012.pdf

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