Sherwood School District, in partnership with Tillamook, Newberg and Woodburn school districts as well as Chemeketa Community College, George Fox University and Pacific University, has received a TeachOregon planning grant through The Chalkboard Project to design a blueprint for an innovative model for K-12 teacher preparation.
The grant funds will be used to explore a co-teaching model in which a student teacher and an experienced classroom teacher work collaboratively to plan lessons and take turns leading classroom instruction. Currently, student teachers are observers in the classroom for several weeks before embarking on a six week “solo teaching” experience. The co-teaching model allows for an experienced teacher and a student teacher to work together in the classroom for up to an entire school year.
Sherwood School District, along with our university and district partners, believes that this innovative model is a win-win-win for all involved. Student teachers benefit from first-hand experience with teachers modeling effective teaching strategies. Experienced teachers benefit from university based professional development that translates directly to improved instruction. Ultimately, students benefit from the expertise of two instructors in the classroom.
The district and its partners are looking forward to developing the model and incorporating research based methods of recruitment/selection, clinical practice, hiring, mentoring and induction.
For more information, contact Michelle DeBoard at 503-825-5020.