Connecting High-Quality Educators with Urban Students: Comprehensive Teacher Education and Community Partnerships (Paperback)
Recent national attention has focused on the benefits of school-university-community partnerships to increase the pipeline of highly qualified teachers for urban students, but little has been published about large-scale partnerships. This book about one urban teacher education partnership is written for those who want to plan, direct, work in, or study a full-scale, pre-K-12 school, university, and community partnership. The book offers a comprehensive approach to urban teacher education. Topics cover (1) recruitment; (2) a large-scale Professional Development School model (e.g. 400 candidates per semester) and an early childhood residency graduate program (20 candidates per cohort)-two partnership programs embracing all university preservice teacher candidates; (3) induction support for new teachers, and finally, (4) professional development for candidates and experienced, in-service teachers. Each of the six chapters show how the separate parts of teacher education can be interrelated to build a stronger, more cohesive, integrated system to serve teachers and ultimately Pre-K-12 students. A review and reflection on a single teacher education partnership, this easy-to-use book, is clearly documented by interviews, five-year evaluation outcomes, and a retrospective analysis that embraces sociocultural themes.
About the Author
Sharon Iorio, Ph.D., is Professor of Communication and Dean Emerita of the Wichita State University College of Education. She began her 28-year academic career as a teacher of high school history, English, and journalism and through the years was also a researcher, author, consultant, and speaker with focus on the areas of communication and curriculum development.