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Florida Initiative for the Advancement of Teaching. A proposal presented by Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education Gregory F. Aloia, Ph.D. Dean and Professor 777 Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33431 561-297-3564 gfaloia@fau.edu. 10-15-2006. PBCC – FAU Collaboration.

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florida initiative for the advancement of teaching

Florida Initiative for the Advancement of Teaching

A proposal presented by

Florida Atlantic University’s

College of Education

Gregory F. Aloia, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor

777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL 33431

561-297-3564

gfaloia@fau.edu

10-15-2006

pbcc fau collaboration
PBCC – FAU Collaboration

Dr. Dennis Gallon, President – PBCC

Dr. Beverly Robinson, Provost – Belle Glade

fiat provides
FIAT Provides
  • Increased Realistic Classroom Experiences
  • Continual and Intensive Mentoring
  • Direct Support for Teacher Education Majors
mission fiat
Mission FIAT
  • Florida Initiative for the Advancement of Teaching (FIAT) will provide practical, research-based, and scalable solutions for improving Florida’s PK-20 educational system by recruiting, preparing, and retaining quality educators in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of Florida schools.
  • IFASInstitute of Food and Agricultural Scienceshttp://www.ifas.ufl.edu/
primary functions
Primary Functions
  • Expanding the Potential Teacher Pool (Long-term)
  • Educator Training Initiatives (Ongoing)
  • Research and Evaluation Initiatives
  • Organizational & Strategic Planning Activities
1 expanding the potential teacher pool
1) Expanding the Potential Teacher Pool

Project Good FIT (First Introduction into Teaching)

  • Places college freshmen/sophomores into schools as Instructional Interns one day a week with model classroom teachers and principals who mentor the students during their induction into teaching. Project Good FIT is designed to work collaboratively with community colleges . Each Good FIT student is paid a stipend.
2 educator training initiatives ongoing
2) Educator Training Initiatives (Ongoing)

Project SMaRT

(Substituting with Mentors and Realistic Teaching)

  • Places college juniors/seniors into schools as substitute teachers one to two days a week under the supervision of a university Master Mentor who supports the learning experiences of substitute teachers. Each SMaRT student is paid a stipend.
  • Accelerated Induction into Teaching Program (AIT)
2 educator training initiatives ongoing1
2) Educator Training Initiatives (Ongoing)

Project AIT (Accelerated Induction into Teaching)

  • Places highly qualified student teachers in their own classrooms for one semester as the instructor of record under the supervision of a university Master Mentor who works with the AIT teacher every day. Each AIT student is paid a stipend. Expand the Accelerated Induction into Teaching Program (AIT) to two additional Florida universities with partner school districts.
3 research and evaluation initiatives part 1
3) Research and Evaluation Initiatives- Part 1

Initial questions identified for further investigation are:

Research Initiative Para’s to Teachers:

  • What is the most effective way to enable highly qualified paraprofessionals (especially bilingual and rurally located) to complete their degrees and obtain initial teacher certification?

Research Initiative HOME:Home Ownership and Mortgages for Educators

  • What strategies can be implemented to address the cost of housing in many Florida counties for individuals relying on teacher salaries?

Research Initiative International Teacher:

  • What is the most effective way to recruit and support foreign-born nationals with expertise in critical shortage areas (e.g. math and science) and train them to be successful in managing a Florida classroom?

Research Initiative teacher longevity :

  • What are the reasons that teachers stay instead of leave the profession after five years?
4 organizational and strategic planning activities
4) Organizational and Strategic Planning Activities
  • Establish a statewide commission representing all PK-20 institutions and agencies to…
    • Develop a five-year strategic plan for FIAT.
    • Provide program oversight and accountability.
  • Create an accountability and performance incentive system for participating consortia members and individual prospective teachers.
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Innovative Principles of FIAT :

  • Provides practical and realistic, professional experiences for prospective teachers (FIT, SMaRT, and AIT)
    • Total Professional Experience Days (FIT = 72, SMaRT=108, AIT=90) = 270
  • Reinvests millions of existing public dollars into effective teacher recruitment, training, and retention. Paid Internships
    • (FIT= $4,320, SMaRT= $6,480, AIT=$5,000) = $15,800
    • 73% of $15,800 Reinvested = $11,534
  • Provides performance based scholarships for pre-service teachers who demonstrate a professional commitment to teaching and an academic commitment to earning their degree.
    • Cost of replacing a teacher = $12,000-14,000* (American Management Association 2004) Tuition FAU $13,200 4-years