The State of Florida has awarded Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education a $4.3 million grant to establish a Center of Excellence for Elementary Teacher Preparation. FAU is one of four recipients to receive the grant, “Collaborative Transformation: Establishing Excellence in Elementary Preparation,” which is an innovative partnership between FAU’s College of Education, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, as well as Learning Sciences International and the New Teacher Center.
Broward County Public Schools and the School District of Palm Beach County, the sixth and the 11th largest school districts in the nation respectively, will be partnering with the College of Education to enhance field experiences for undergraduate elementary education majors and better prepare K-5 teaching candidates for classroom success.
“This collaboration is a tremendous opportunity for us to develop and implement a cutting-edge program that will better prepare how our future teachers learn to teach and positively impact students’ learning experience in today’s complex global society,” said Valerie Bristor, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Education and co-principal investigator of the award.
The EXCEED program is in full swing. Our teacher candidates have learned many new instructional strategies aligned to Broward and Palm Beach’s teacher evaluation systems. Teacher candidates are delving into building rigorous learning goals and scales. Embedding them into their practice supports standard-based instruction and helps student progression.
Here are some examples of learning goals and scales that teacher candidates Mary Barnickel and Karly Brown have developed and used during their student teaching experiences. Both are well on their way to being hired as teachers in Palm Beach and Broward.