Teacher program relaunched - Parkside redesigns training

2013-04-06T05:53:00Z 2013-12-18T13:07:08Z Teacher program relaunched - Parkside redesigns trainingLINDSAY FIORI lindsay.fiori@journaltimes.com Journal Times

SOMERS — The University of Wisconsin-Parkside will begin accepting students into its new teacher training program within the next month, with classes starting this fall, the university announced Friday.

The announcement was the latest step in a years-long teacher training revamp that replaces Parkside’s old Teacher Preparation Program with a new Institute of Professional Educator Development that organizers say incorporates the latest trends in how to best prepare America’s next generation of educators.

The name is only the beginning of what’s changed. The new institute will have education students doing more reflection, getting into real classrooms sooner and working in tandem with actual teachers using a “co-teaching” model backed by national studies, explained Pat Hoffman, the institute’s director of educator development.

“We’re on the cutting edge,” Hoffman said. “We’ll be one of the first universities in the state to engage in the co-teaching model.”

Co-teaching has two teachers work a classroom at the same time. Strategies include having both teachers deliver a lesson together and having one teacher give a lesson while the other walks the room answering kids’ questions.

Co-teaching has been gaining popularity in districts like Racine Unified, where special education and regular education teachers co-teach to help include special education children in regular education classes.

There will be even more co-teaching in Unified next year. Parkside will partner with the district and Kenosha Unified to have student-teachers co-teach with actual teachers who volunteer for the job and get principal approval, a process that should ensure the actual teachers are both willing and able to mentor a young educator, Hoffman said.

Co-teaching provides more guided experience for student-teachers and offers more immediate feedback than Parkside’s previous student-teaching model, which had student-teachers go from watching to full classroom control in three weeks, Hoffman said.

With the previous model, student-teaching often happened at the end of educators’ collegiate careers and they typically had one or two placements. Moving forward, Parkside will start student-teaching sophomore or junior year and aspiring educators will have seven placements, Hoffman said.

The earlier, more frequent field placements are key, she said, because the days of teachers learning during their first year on the job are gone. The student achievement stakes are too high for principals to hire new teachers and train them “on my own dime with my kids,” she said.

Other changes to Parkside’s teacher training program include:

- better advising so students finish in the planned five years;

- lessons on how to reflect on one’s classroom performance, often by recording video of it;

- and courses focused specifically on literacy and on “culturally-relevant” teaching that takes children’s backgrounds into account.

The literacy and cultural components are especially important to Racine Unified Superintendent Ann Laing, who said some of her teachers don’t know how to best incorporate writing or relate to diverse cultures.

Parkside’s program has “done a great job of capturing all the skills teachers need,” Laing said.

John Thibodeau, assistant provost and vice president of institutional effectiveness and student success for Gateway Technical College, similarly called the program “impressive” and said it would result in better developed teachers.

Driving the change

Parkside, at 900 Wood Road, began revamping its teacher training program after a 2009 state investigation found “serious deficiencies.” Advisers were providing inconsistent information about program requirements and some students had been allowed to student-teach without having the required courses or tests completed.

The state gave Parkside 60 days to make changes, which they did. But university staff wanted more improvement and in May 2010 the Faculty Senate voted to phase out the Teacher Preparation Program. Its remaining students will graduate in May and the Institute of Professional Educator Development will take its place this fall with state approval, 20 to 40 students and two founding faculty members, Hoffman said.

Enrolled students will declare an eligible Parkside major like English or math and complete that degree while also earning an education license. Parkside’s institute is so far approved to offer licenses to teach core subjects in grades six to 12 and elementary licenses should be approved by the fall, Hoffman said.

The cost of the revamp was not available Friday.

To enroll

For information on enrolling in the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Institute of Professional Educator Development, contact Dawn Baldwin, educator development program advisor, at dawn.baldwin@uwp.edu.

Changing teacher training terminology

Students in Parkside’s new Institute of Professional Educator Development won’t “student-teach.” Instead they’ll have “clinicals” or “residencies.”

The different terms are taking root across the country as part of a movement to increase the professionalism associated with teaching, said Pat Hoffman, director of educator development for the institute.

The terms put teaching on par with occupations that typically garner more esteem, like those in the medical field. They also provide consistency, so educators across the country all speak the same language, Hoffman said.

And, she added, some of the new terms, like calling a “student-teacher” a “teacher candidate,” result in more respect from K-12 children.

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  1. BrokenTrust
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    BrokenTrust - August 14, 2013 12:43 am
    Count me a skeptic. Parkside broke the trust of the students and community with the problems that ultimately lead to the closure of the program. I don't see any remorse or mending of ways and of course there was never any apology to the students that were affected. To be truthful this really is just window dressing because the problems of the Secondary Education department stretched much farther into history than was ever revealed in the media. Much of it had to do with the substandard low level individual professors running things. These people were finally let go after and silently disappeared. UWP turned a deaf ear to early complaints about the substandard quality of these professors and the program overall. Shows me upper management could have cared less.

    Has Parkside learned their lesson? I wouldn't trust them. I would recommend Carthage. Steer clear of Parkside.
  2. Ma Hambone Banjo
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    Ma Hambone Banjo - April 07, 2013 9:40 pm
    When I done saw how Parkside had restarted up they teacher program I figured it the same as you. It is all part of some kind've new world order cosmic syndicate and whatnot. These terrororists and Obama is all behind it.
  3. Zigmond
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    Zigmond - April 06, 2013 11:41 pm
    No, I was totally unaware, but it does not surprise me in any way. To see it in K-4 would not surprise me a bit either. I can't wait to see the Obama/Ayers/NEA. version of K-3 babysitting/indoctrination.

    “Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.” ― G.K. Chesterton

    “It is always a much easier task to educate uneducated people than to re-educate the mis-educated.” ― Herbert M. Shelton, Getting Well

    “The very power of [textbook writers] depends on the fact that they are dealing with a boy: a boy who thinks he is ‘doing’ his ‘English prep’ and has no notion that ethics, theology, and politics are all at stake. It is not a theory they put into his mind, but an assumption, which ten years hence, its origin forgotten and its presence unconscious, will condition him to take one side in a controversy which he has never recognized as a controversy at all.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
  4. tell-the-truth-please
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    tell-the-truth-please - April 06, 2013 10:59 pm
    Zig were you aware of the fact the on the front cover of every UW Parkside Student Teacher Handbook received by the students was a proudly displayed quote of Bill Ayers. This was just before the DPI in Madison found enough serious violations within the program to shut it down over three years ago. Let us hope that the radical left that has been allowed to run wild at UWP for years has finally realized the error of their ways.
  5. Zigmond
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    Zigmond - April 06, 2013 10:42 pm
    More food for real thinkers,,,

    The Pedagogical Dimension of Indoctrination: Criticism of Indoctrination and the Constructivism in Education - http://www.metajournal.org//articles_pdf/88-105-mariana-momanu-meta7-tehno.pdf
  6. Zigmond
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    Zigmond - April 06, 2013 10:31 pm
    Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. - Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich

    That thought has been enriched, like Iranian uranium into today's academia for teaching the future teachers. Check out a few current headlines with "60's" radical murderous Weather underground terrorist ties. Do you see dots collecting?

    Convicted cop killing murderess and Weather Underground member Kathy Boudin is a Professor at Columbia - http://frontpagemag.com/2013/david-horowitz/this-is-columbia-university/

    During the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, a controversy arose regarding Barack Obama's contact with Bill Ayers, a Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a former leader of the (domestic terrorist group) Weather Underground, a radical left organization in the 1970s. Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, hosted a gathering at their home in 1995, where Alice Palmer introduced Obama as her chosen successor in the Illinois State Senate. Obama and Ayers' nine years of service on the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago overlapped three years 1999–2002 -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Ayers_presidential_election_controversy

    Current Video of Bill Ayers (he retired from writing school children's curriculum) : Leftist can use schools to promote their radical agenda - http://eagnews.org/bill-ayers-leftist-power-is-in-schools/

  7. Ma Hambone Banjo
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    Ma Hambone Banjo - April 06, 2013 5:10 pm
    I like these contrabution of gg oddslum to discussion. He always redy with reflexive anti gov'ment rant. It so nice of oddslum to take timesout from glen beck to endlessly bash education an' whatnot.
    Any story about gov'ment, no matter how mundane, gg is redy. He like buzzard circles overheads and descend on rotten meet tossed out for them rabid ditto heads to devour.
  8. youknowme
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    youknowme - April 06, 2013 2:41 pm
    Congrats Parkside! This is awesome.
  9. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - April 06, 2013 10:24 am
    Teacher program relaunched - Parkside redesigns training

    Repackaging failure with new terms at a greater price.

    It's all failed government institutions can do.

    Pull a Voo-Doo on you! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th0V-fxo9CE
  10. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - April 06, 2013 10:18 am
    I'm getting my Tony Evers approved "White Privilege" bracelet. This is vitall to the future success of RUSD graguates, well, at least for the few who do graguate - and can read - although they should ask a teechur to rite it for them - as pri-vi-lege is a big word and is kinda complex to rite.

    say - whoz payinmg for the bracelet? Does that come with my free skool lunch. I want chicken!
  11. Gearhead
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    Gearhead - April 06, 2013 9:30 am
    No Granny, we also noticed "the cost of the program was not available Friday." What a surprise!
  12. granny grits
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    granny grits - April 06, 2013 8:18 am
    That's all you got from this story?
  13. Give Me a Break
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    Give Me a Break - April 06, 2013 7:45 am
    Culturally relevant. Or in other words, how 2+2=4 needs to be taught differently based on someone's skin color.
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