Chadron State College Embarks on Innovative Partnership
Chadron State College Teacher Education Program, Educational Service Unit No. 13, and four panhandle public school districts are partnering in a new “pilot” professional development partnership program for the purpose of preparing pre-service teachers.
This program has benefits to all partners, but most importantly it will improve upon the quality of the student teaching experience by extending it from one semester to a full academic year within a participating school. In addition, the program will work to better meet the growing shortage of qualified teachers in panhandle school districts, provide improved training for student teachers, and provides districts with additional staff assistance during this time of increased budget constraints.
Scottsbluff, Sidney, Alliance and Chadron school districts have pledged their participation in this unique elementary/middle grades program. Cohort groups of four to eight student teachers will be placed for a year-long experience at one of these four school districts. Students will be able to observe a full academic year, work with all faculty and staff, serve as para-professionals, reading coaches, tutors, and substitute teachers. The student experiences will include co-teaching assignments, shadowing school nurses, counselors, special education directors, serve on committees, and ultimately come to a broader understanding of how schools function.
During the second eight weeks of the fall semester each student teacher will be placed with a specific grade level teacher for a five-week continuous placement experience– where they plan, coordinate, teach or co-teach. Then, again during the spring semester each student teacher will be provided a similar nine-week placement experience with a specific grade level teacher. These two placements will consist of one upper grade level experience (grades 4-6), with the other being a lower grade level experience (grades K-3).
This innovative partnership program works to address several issues, including the growing concern for highly qualified teachers, the shortage of qualified substitute teachers, and the increased demand on teachers for testing and accountability, while providing districts with additional physical resources, and a ready pool of candidates to draw from when facing future teaching vacancies. Chadron State is proud to partner with our regional schools in an effort to address the growing demands on public education.
"Chadron State College is proud to partner with our regional schools and ESU13 in an effort to address the growing demands on public education, and thank them for their on-going contributions to the preparation of teachers!“, said CSC Education Professor and Department Chair, Dr. Donald King.