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Teachercorps community engagement center and department of teacher education

TeacherCorpsCommunity Engagement Center and Department of Teacher Education

IARSLCE

Baltimore, MDSeptember 23-25, 2012


State of education in nm

The Annie E. Casey Foundation compiled data to gauge “child well-being” in the United States in its report entitled The Kids Count Data Book 2012: State Trends in Child Well-Being. The domains included are Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family

and Community.

New Mexico ranked 49th in the nation in overall child well-being and as follows in the domains:

  • 48th in Economic Well-Being,

  • 49th in Education,

  • 49th in Health, and

  • 49th in Family and Community.

State of Education in NM


Teachercorps community engagement center and department of teacher education

Idea of TeacherCorps

  • TeacherCorpswas established through the Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve teaching in predominantly low-income areas.

  • Interns under the supervision of master teachers are provided workshops by local colleges, public schools, and community organizations. The workshops give them a better understanding and context of low socioeconomic communities of color, enabling them to more effectively teach in inner city elementary schools.

  • The interns and their team leaders participated in and developed community engagement/service learning activities in various neighborhoods.

  • The University of New Mexico’s Department of Teacher Education and Community Engagement Center has revitalized this TeacherCorps idea in connection to AmeriCorps with foci on critical pedagogy and service learning.


Connecting americorps

  • AmeriCorps is “a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service,an independent federal agency whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.”

  • AmeriCorps Educational Award can be used to pay for college or pay back qualified student loans upon completion of term of service.

  • UNM TeacherCorps are enrolled in 900 hours of service. They will receive approximately $2700 after successful completion of term.

  • Eligibility:

    • US Citizen or permanent resident

  • 17 years and older

  • No felonies

  • Connecting AmeriCorps


    Teachercorps community engagement center and department of teacher education

    • Academics

    • Leadership Development

    • CommunityEngagement

    TEACHERCORPS

    Community-Based Organizations

    Before- and

    After-school

    Programs/

    Family Engagement

    Centers

    K-12 Schools

    Community Engagement Center

    Department of Teacher Education

    TeacherCorps Members


    Teachercorps community engagement center and department of teacher education

    Themes of TeacherCorps

    These themes are interwoven throughout the teacher candidates’ field experiences, reflection sessions, and professional development workshops:

    • Innovative Teacher Preparation with a Focus on Community-Based Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

    • Viewing of Community Issues through an Assets-Based, Antiracism, Social Justice Lens

    • Partnerships with Families, Community Leaders, and Community-Based Organizations

    • Creation of Classroom Communities of Caring Learners

      and Thinkers through Interdisciplinary Teaching Methods


    The basics of teachercorps

    The Basics of TeacherCorps


    Pedagogical approach

    • KNOWLEDGE

    • Value community & parent knowledge

    • Incorporate an interdisciplinary approach

    • Integrate critical pedagogy from an ethnic studies perspective

    • Participate in service learning workshops

    • Learn from community leaders

    • Critique educational system

    • ACTION

    • Engage in civic issues

    • Teach service-learning strategies with connections to content and community identified needs

    • Participate civic engagement activities

    • Student teach in schools

    • Engage with parents and communities

    • REFLECTION

    • Unpack students’ own identities

    • Reflect on self and identity

    • Facilitate reflection seminars

    • Conduct service learning projects

    • Reflect on practice

    PRAXIS

    Pedagogical Approach

    Based on Paulo Freire’s Model of Praxis


    Teachercorps cohort 2012 2013

    • K-12 Teacher Education Candidates (Elementary and Secondary)

    • 17 teacher candidates (10 teacher candidates in 2011- 2012)

    • Field Experience Placements in public and charter elementary, middle,

      and high schools

    TeacherCorps Cohort 2012-2013


    Teachercorps experience

    • Commit to a 2 to 3-semester experience (depending on teacher education program)

    • Work with other TeacherCorps members and Cooperating Teachers to create and implement service-learning opportunities in classrooms and schools

    • Student Teach an additional 1 day per week

    • Serve in community-based programs

    • Participate in critical dialogue reflection seminar (EDUC 493)

    • Learn and share in community-based service learning trainings with Cooperating Teachers

    • Connect methods coursework to TeacherCorps community-based experiences

    TeacherCorps Experience


    Reflection seminar topics

    • Asset Mapping

    • African American Education

    • Bilingual Education

    • Civic Engagement

    • Community Gardens

    • Critical Race Theory

    • Food Insecurity

    • Environmental Justice

    • Indigenous Education

    • Inquiry-based Curriculum

    • Immigration

    • LGBTQ

    • Local & National Policies

    • Parental and Family Engagement

    • Restorative Justice

    • Service-Learning Workshops with Cooperating Teachers

    Reflection Seminar Topics


    Teachercorps community engagement center and department of teacher education

    Service Learning Projects 2011- 2012


    Data collection

    • Pre- and post-teacher, preservice teacher, student, and community surveys

    • Focus groups and interviews with students, teachers, community members, and faculty

    • Document number of service-learning projects implemented, and students and community partners involved 

    • Document lesson plans and curriculum through student portfolios

    Data Collection


    Teachercorps community engagement center and department of teacher education

    Pre-Experience Survey

    • Personal Definition of Community-Based Service Learning


    Teachercorps community engagement center and department of teacher education

    Pre-Experience Survey

    Achievement Gap Between Children of Different Racial and Ethnic Group


    Teachercorps community engagement center and department of teacher education

    Pre-Survey Experience

    Challenges to Children’s Learning in Classrooms to Parents


    Teachercorps community engagement center and department of teacher education

    Pre-Experience Survey

    Assets Seen in the Community


    Teachercorps community engagement center and department of teacher education

    Mid-Year Survey


    Teachercorps community engagement center and department of teacher education

    Mid-Year Survey


    Teachercorps testimonials

    • It has been a growing experience for me and I have learned so much about the community that I am teaching in which has helped me be a better teacher. I am nothing but grateful to this program for showing me that there is more then one way to become a better teacher.

      - P. Albo

    • My involvement with TeacherCorps has helped me understand better the needs of the community in which I teach and helped me know how to teach through service. It has prepared me to teach more effectively because I notice factors outside of the classroom and how they are affecting my students. - B. Divett

    • I have learned so much about the education gap and the factors that contribute to it. It has better equipped to handle social issues that will arise in my first year of teaching.

      - M. Garcia

    • The discussions and goals we have with Teachercorpsare the reasons I am in education. I'm grateful for the encouragement, inspiration, and support that I get.

      - A. Vaughan

    TeacherCorps Testimonials


    Contact information

    Marjori Krebs

    Asst. Professor Teacher Education

    Presidential Fellow

    [email protected]

    KiranKatira

    Director

    Community Engagement Center

    [email protected]

    Contact Information:


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