Update: Teacher Prep & Professional Development
The preparation and professional development of educators for the 21st century has a new look and new path at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Oct. 1 brought the merger of two UW-Parkside programs: the former Teacher Education Program, under the direction of Pat Hoffman, and K12 Education Outreach, directed by Shannon McGuire, to form the new Teacher Preparation and Professional Development Program. Hoffman and McGuire have teamed up to develop and offer an innovative program with easy access for educators at every stage of their education and development.
During the past year, UW-Parkside has been sun-setting the current teacher education program. Staff is now busy developing an innovative new program with an emphasis on 21st Century skills. A coordinating council of university faculty and staff as well as members of the civic, business and academic sectors in southeastern Wisconsin is creating the structure and operating principals for the new program. This fall, nine design teams are working to craft the learning pathways. The university is working collaboratively with the community to design this new program to fit the specific needs of the region and to ensure the program meets current and future needs. During this process, UW-Parkside continues to offer professional development and serve as a resource to licensed educators.
Hoffman joined the university Aug. 15 to oversee the Office of Teacher Preparation, working closely with faculty and staff on our teacher prep initiatives. Hoffman, who served on the coordinating council, brings excellent administrative skills, a reputation for productive collaborations, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in K12 teacher education to the position. She has 40 years of education experience having spent five years as a classroom teacher, 12 years as an administrator at Kenosha Unified School District, and 23 years as assistant superintendent of the Burlington Area School District before her retirement in June 2011.
K12 Education Outreach had been housed at the Center for Community Partnerships under the direction of Shannon McGuire. The department has served the needs of educators by offering quality professional development programs and by actively connecting community educators to resources for their students at the university. A 1995 graduate of UW-Parkside, McGuire has 13 years of professional development experience.
Denise Hancock continues to work as certification officer and student services coordinator and Michelle Pliml continues as coordinator of student teaching and field experience. They serve on design teams focusing on pathways, partnerships, qualifications, and assessment. Moreen Travis Carvan, Ed.D., continues as academic planner and is facilitating the design teams. She also focuses her efforts on learning curriculum, local and global factors, and assessment. Marisella Malacara is the program associate for Teacher Preparation and Professional Development and Mary Jo Jiter has returned to campus as marketing coordinator. She also serves on design teams related to communication and partnership logistics.
The Teacher Preparation and Professional Development Program offices are housed in D111 of Molinaro Hall.Pictured in the photo, from left, are Pat Hoffman, Shannon McGuire, Mary Jo Jiter, and Marisella Malacara.