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A Partnership for Middle Level Education. -Kutztown University Middle Level Teacher Education Program - Fleetwood Middle School. Participants. Carol Watson Assistant Professor of Education Kutztown University Chris Redding Principal of Fleetwood Middle School

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A partnership for middle level education

A Partnership for Middle Level Education

-Kutztown University Middle Level Teacher Education Program

-Fleetwood Middle School


Participants

Participants

  • Carol Watson

    • Assistant Professor of Education

    • Kutztown University

  • Chris Redding

    • Principal of Fleetwood Middle School

    • Fleetwood Public School District


Background

Background

  • became acquainted originally through 2 of my children attending Fleetwood Middle School

  • FMS has historically hosted KU Education students in PDE’s K-6 program:

    • to fulfill observation hour requirements (30 hours total) for individual students

    • to complete 8 weeks student teaching placements


New middle level certification program

New Middle Level Certification Program

  • changes in requirements and criteria:

    • 40 hours of classroom observation

    • all hours specifically attached to various courses throughout early program

    • grades 4-8

    • course observation hours have a specific focus or task based on the course to which they are attached


Program needs

Program needs

  • KU 4-8 program

    • professors need to arrange observation hours for large groups of students

    • geographically close (1st and 2nd year students)

    • classrooms specifically in grades 4-8

    • buildings accurately reflecting middle level theory and practices

  • Fleetwood MS

    • effective future hires knowledgeable of middle level theory and practice

    • extra instructional help in classrooms

    • capable (free) staffing of after-school remediation program

    • potential of in-services on middle level issues


Accomplished fall 2010

Accomplished Fall 2010

  • EDU 015-Freshmen Seminar

    • requirement of 2 hours

      • 1 primary grade

      • 1 middle level

      • purpose is to compare the 2 levels

    • approximately 60 freshmen observed at FMS

      • 3 different choices of days/times to choose from

      • carpool plan for transportation

      • 1 hour in 5th grade classroom/30 minutes with Mr. Redding (pitch middle level and ask questions)


A partnership for middle level education

  • ELU 212 Teaching Diverse Learners at the Middle Level

    • requirement of 10 hours

      • purpose is to recognize characteristics of diverse learners and identify strategies to accommodate them

    • approximately 30 sophomores shadowed at FMS

      • 3 different choices of days/times to choose from

      • carpool plan for transportation

      • shadowed a student as opposed to a teacher

      • accomplished 7 hours of the 10 required


Results

Results

  • Kutztown University 4-8 Program

    • accomplished my course responsibility with relative ease

    • students missed a minimal amount of classes

    • student response was SPECTACULAR

      • LOVED getting the student perspective

      • recognized everything learned from class

      • saw multiple teaching styles and strategies

      • great future connection with MS education

      • opportunity to work with ML kids after school


Results1

Results

  • Fleetwood Middle School

    • influenced several (3 to date) KU students to switch to 4-8 program from PK-4 program

    • access to observe and gain familiarity with potential new hires specifically educated in middle level theory and practice

    • many students volunteered to participate in after-school remediation program


Future plans

Future plans

  • continue/expand both observation events

    • freshman (1 hour)

      • Fall 2011

      • expand numbers

      • recruit students to middle level

    • sophomore (7 hours)

      • Fall 2011

      • about 20-25 students each semester consistently

      • recruit middle level candidates for after-school remediation program


Expansion under discussion

Expansion under discussion

  • placement of 12-15 ProSem students for 5 week classroom field experience (consistently each year or semester)

  • placement of 12-15 Clinical Experience for 8 week classroom field experience

  • possibility of in-service programs for FMS faculty on specific issues of interest/concern

  • possibility of Mr. Redding and/or faculty speak to KU classes on campus about middle level education


Questions

Questions?

Thoughts?


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