Educational Reform Institute Brings Partner Teachers to Campus

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PULLMAN, Wash. — In 1999, the U.S. Department of Education invested $10 million in CO-TEACH, a five-year project of the Washington State University College of Education designed to create model teacher preparation programs for the Pacific Northwest.

CO-TEACH (Collaboration for Teacher Education Accountable to Children with High needs) university faculty and 160 teacher partners will share the preliminary results of their research at a summer institute scheduled for June 26-28, at the Pullman campus, said program director Mea Moore.

Topics planned for the interactive workshops include:

— Discussion of assessment issues for native students with teachers representing schools serving students from six tribes (Quinalt, Skokomish, Lummi, Yakima, Spokane, Colville).
— Sharing in the use of Microsoft’s recent educational technology donation to the WSU College of Education of $500,000 in software and hardware.
— Developing mentoring programs for new teachers to increase retention rates.
— Providing enough experiences in diverse classroom settings to fully prepare future teachers.
— Successes in building partnerships between university and K-12 school faculty from 23 high need districts across the state.
— Bringing science education in line with international education standards.
— Building collaboration with the faculty from WSU colleges (colleges of Sciences and Liberal Arts, and the General Education Program) and the five community colleges statewide offering WSU teacher preparation programs.