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UCO Hosts Strategy Session with Metro Educators to Improve Preparation for Future Teachers

The UCO College of Education and Professional Studies Educator Preparation Program hosted its annual Partnership Planning Program at the CHK|Central Boathouse in July. From left, UCO Program Coordinator for Dance Instruction Hui Cha Poos, Mid-Del School District Chief Human Resources Officer Rick Mendenhall, OSRHE Director of Teacher Education and the Oklahoma Teacher Connection Goldie Thompson, OSRHE Oklahoma Teacher Connection Coordinator Melissa Michie discuss best practices in clinical experiences for student teachers.

Aug. 4, 2016

Media Contact: Lorene Roberson, Communications Coordinator, UCO College of Education and Professional Studies, 405-974-5408, lroberson1@uco.edu

UCO HOSTS STRATEGY SESSION WITH METRO EDUCATORS TO IMPROVE PREPARATION FOR FUTURE TEACHERS

For the Educator Preparation Program at the University of Central Oklahoma, graduating effective teachers is more than ticking off a series of boxes on a certification checklist. It’s also about making sure students have practical, relevant experiences in classrooms throughout the Oklahoma City metro.

Each July, UCO’s program administrators meet with metro teachers and administrators to ask questions — “What’s working?” “What’s not?” and “What can be improved?” — regarding the in-classroom experience for the university’s students. This year, more than 30 attendees took part in the three-hour conversation at UCO’s Partnership Planning Program at CHK|Central Boathouse.

“Preparing teachers for certification involves intentional clinical experiences and a high quality teaching internship with both a strong instructor and an excellent mentor,” said Bryan Duke, Ph.D., director of UCO’s Educator Preparation Program.

“Both are critically important to preparing effective teachers — ones parents would want for their own children.”

To earn a bachelor’s degree, teacher candidates are required to spend almost 600 hours in an Oklahoma City metro classroom under the supervision of a carefully chosen, certified classroom teacher. Central places approximately 1,000 students in schools across the metro each year.

Jessica Hightower, UCO’s coordinator of school partnerships and clinical experiences, said annual planning meeting improves students’ clinical experiences and to ensure that the voices of UCO’s partners in education are heard.

“The student teaching experience is one of the most important phases of a teacher’s beginning profession preparation,” Hightower said.           

“Here at UCO, we take our partners’ input very seriously. In this year’s planning meeting, our partners stressed that teacher candidates need to have a big-picture view at the completion of their internship.”

Big-picture outcomes include understanding the scope and sequence of a full school year, developing a classroom management style, learning technology integration and being exposed to a variety of instructional areas.

Teachers and administrators from Edmond, El Reno, Midwest City, Del City, Moore, Mustang, Piedmont and Oklahoma City attended the session, along with state leaders from the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability and Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE).

To learn more about UCO’s College of Education and Professional Studies, visit www.uco.edu/ceps.

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Cutline: The UCO College of Education and Professional Studies Educator Preparation Program hosted its annual Partnership Planning Program at the CHK|Central Boathouse in July. From left, UCO Program Coordinator for Dance Instruction Hui Cha Poos, Mid-Del School District Chief Human Resources Officer Rick Mendenhall, OSRHE Director of Teacher Education and the Oklahoma Teacher Connection Goldie Thompson, OSRHE Oklahoma Teacher Connection Coordinator Melissa Michie discuss best practices in clinical experiences for student teachers.