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WKU to partner with schools to develop new teacher prep model

WKU will use a $500,000 grant to partner with Bowling Green and Franklin-Simpson high schools to create a new clinical experience model for teacher preparation programs.

The grant is one of three approved last week by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. With it, WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and the Potter College of Arts & Letters will develop a program to transform teacher education in four areas: clinical teacher preparation, curricular enhancements, professional development and stakeholder benefits.

“We believe the preparation of high quality teachers is a shared responsibility between institutions of higher education and public school systems,” Dr. Sam Evans, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, said. “This collaborative project will allow WKU English and social studies teachers to better prepare students in Common Core State Standards and to be college and career ready.”

The new Clinical Experiences and Practices in Teaching (CEPT) calls for dramatically different models and strategies for preparing teachers in clinical settings such as more rigorous accountability, strengthening candidate selection and placement, revamping curriculum, incentives and staffing, supporting partnerships and expanding the knowledge base.

The model builds and expands upon the lessons learned from WKU’s SKyTeach program for math and science programs and will ensure integration of the Common Core Standards, adopted as the Kentucky Core Academic Standards by the Kentucky State Board of Education in June 2010.

Other clinical preparation sites funded by CPE were Eastern Kentucky University (in partnership with Corbin Independent Schools) and the University of Louisville (in partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools).

For additional information, contact Gary Fields, Bowling Green High School principal, at (270) 746-2300; Joe Tinius, Bowling Green Independent Schools superintendent, at (270) 746-2200; Jim Flynn, Simpson County Schools superintendent, at (270) 586-8877; or Tim Schlosser, Franklin-Simpson High School principal, at (270) 586-3273.

Contact: Sylvia Dietrich, (270) 745-2317.

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