Friday, May 10, 2013

EKU Ed School Receives $500K for Corbin Initiative

The Council on Postsecondary Education has awarded $1.5 million to fund model clinical programs for teacher preparation in Kentucky. The three programs seek to improve the effectiveness of how universities provide teacher training.
The recipients include:

  • Eastern Kentucky University, in partnership with Corbin Independent Schools;
  • University of Louisville, in partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools; and
  • Western Kentucky University, in partnership with Bowling Green Independent Schools and Simpson County Public Schools.
Each partnership will receive $500,000 from an appropriation from the General Assembly to support the implementation of Senate Bill 1 (2009).

“Investing in Kentucky’s future and current teachers is one of the best investments we can make to move the education needle,” said Dr. Aaron Thompson, the Council’s senior vice president.

The partnerships will focus on developing clinical models that aim to improve P-12 student and teacher education candidate learning, facilitate the placement of teacher candidates in model P-12 settings, and provide professional development for pre-service and practicing teachers.

A guiding Blue Ribbon Panel report, Transforming Teacher Education through Clinical Practice: A National Strategy to Prepare Effective Teachers, was issued in 2011 by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The report calls for dramatically different models and strategies for preparing teachers in clinical settings, including more rigorous accountability, strengthening candidate selection and placement, revamping curriculum, and incentives and staffing. Other strategies include supporting partnerships and expanding the knowledge base.

Kentucky’s Education Professional Standards Board endorsed the NCATE report recommendations in 2011and voted to become a state partner in NCATE’s Alliance for clinical-based models. With this agreement, Kentucky became the 10th state in the nation to support this effort.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This one kind of confuses me. Corbin is a top performer that is 50+ miles down the road. Why not serve the students of the county or use their lab school right next door? I congratulate them for getting the $500,000 grant but how many pre-service teachers are being trained in Madison County vs Corbin Independent and isn't it ironic that the College has its own lab school next door that it could be implementing this any time these last few years.

I understand that the grant with Corbin had a criteria that was small school competition, but seems like there are a lot of closer small schools nearby who would benefit more from this sort of training and investment than a highflyer like Corbin that is on down I-75.