Educator Development ready for leading, learning
"We are ready to launch!"
Pat Hoffman has anticipated making that statement in public for nearly three years. Today, before a roomful of educators and her department colleagues in the Student Center, Hoffman said this fall the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Educator Development program will welcome its first 20 to 40 students to a program that will prepare them for the classroom of today and for the learning space of the future.
"Many of you have been part of this journey from the very beginning and your support and your collaboration with us has, indeed, resulted in a responsive program ready to prepare educators for learning and leading in the 21st century," Hoffman said.
The new Educator Development program is currently recruiting students for teacher licensure programs in biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, political science, and sociology. Programs in history, middle childhood-early adolescence, broad field social studies, and broad field science are in development.
Regardless of the licensure they pursue, all students will benefit from a robust set of guiding principles.
"Each candidate will have a strong academic base," Hoffman said. "Our candidates must earn a college degree and earn a professional license to teach."
Other guiding principles call for:
- Students to receive frequent feedback so they know where they stand in their programs, and
- For the university to provide accessible and reliable advising and support structures to give students clear pathways and strong support.
Hoffman said the heart of the Educator Development program is clinical experience. A co-teaching model will be used, pairing teacher licensure candidates with the best possible cooperating teachers.
"The novice and the expert...work side-by-side in the planning and delivery of instruction. [T]hen to analyze results and plan again for meeting the needs of all children," Hoffman explained.
And, Hoffman said, the learning and development of students won't stop when they become graduates. The candidates the university endorses for licensure, she stated, need support throughout their careers because there is no end to learning."The teacher of today--right now--must be able to meet the needs of all children and raise the achievement level of all children to the same high standard," she said. "These is no telling what the teacher of tomorrow may have to do?but Parkside will be shaping those educators of tomorrow and arming them with the tools necessary for success."