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Wilmington College receives innovative grant to evaluate model for student teaching Wilmington College has re- ceived notification of a three-year grant award totaling $184,500 from the United States Depart- ment of Education to implement and evaluate a new model for stu- dent teaching. According to Mr. John Gray, Assistant Professor in the Col- lege's Education Division and the coordinator of the project, this is the first major grant received by the Division. Specifically, the grant award comes from the Fund for the Im- provement of Post Secondary Ed- ucation (FIPSE) which seeks to support research into innovative college level programs which, if successful, can be replicated in other settings by other institutions. The total cost of the project is esti- mated at $237,000; 78 percent with come from the fund and 22 percent, or $52,500 will come from the college. The title of the project is Col- laborative Supervision of Student Teachers, and, according to Gray, its purpose is to shift accountabili- ty for the supervision and evalua- tion of student teachers to teams of "supervising teachers" who are actually on the job. The proposal calls for the col- lege to provide training, beginning this fall, for two teams of ten su- pervising teachers each semester. Each team will also include five Wilmington College student teachers. The actual student teaching ex- perience will begin during the spring of 1997. Each supervising teacher will receive a stipend of $600 for par- ticipation in the training program and each team will receive a $3,000 per semester allotment for instructional support. The college will then provide additional super- visory support for the teams as the student teaching experience pro- gresses. Gray compares the new student teaching model to a medical school internship program where medical students are placed in hospital settings and are super- vised and evaluated by hospital staff and not medical school in- structors. The college received enthusias- tic support for the proposal from the State of Delaware Department of Public Instruction. Evaluation of the success of the program will be accomplished by a team of educators from the Uni- versity of Delaware, headed up by Dr. Doug Archbald, Professor of Educational Leadership and Poli- cy with the University's Depart- ment of Educational Develop- ment. Dr. Archbald, who holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Stud- ies from the University of Wis- consin at Madison, has a national reputation in the field of evalua- tion. His team will make compar- isons between student teachers in the college's traditional model of one student teacher and one coop- erating teacher and the new team concept model. They will take in- to account participant satisfaction, supervising teacher opinion and student teacher success in terms of employability. Among the benefits of the pro- gram for student teachers, the pro- posal cites reduced levels of stu- dent teacher anxiety and increased decision-making opportunities. It also lists the opportunity to ob- serve and participate in class- rooms which reflect different in- structional and management styles. Finally it states that the program should foster the development of a team orientation attitude, rather than one of traditional teacher iso- lation, that should result in a teacher ready to function effec- tively in a more cooperative, col- legial school community. Gray believes the new model should attract the attention of high quality potential supervising teachers and students. Although Gray authored the proposal, he is quick tostate that many ideas for it came from his colleagues in the Education Divi- sion and from the College's Advi- sory Committee for Clinical Stud- ies. The Advisory Committee, which Gray chairs, consists of personnel from assistant superin- tendents to students representing nearly all Delaware school dis- tricts, the Department of Public Instruction, the college itself and some private schools as well. Resource Continued from page 34 sequenced so that teachers can be- gin at a point appropriate to their experience and their pupils' needs. Other activities during this start up year will include publishing a newsletter for K-16 mathematics and science educators and spon- soring special events, such as statewide conferences for science and mathematics teachers and mathematics and science fairs for their students. Hollowell and Duch will also be creating an ad- visory board for the center, in- cluding key individuals from the University and the public educa- tion community, as well as public and non-profit agencies and pri- vate organizations interested in improving mathematics and sci- ence education. The Mathematics and Science Education Resource Center will be located in Pearson Hall on the Newark campus. Georgetown AAUW to meet Jan. 23 The American Association of University Women, Georgetown Branch, will meet Thursday, Jan. 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church. The pro- gram will feature Cpl. Lewis Brig- gs speaking on safety. New mem- bers are welcome. For more infor- mation, contact Rose Snider at 539-7911. Lewes resident graduates Penn State Timothy S. Hudson, the son of Wally and Betty Hudson of Lewes, was awarded a degree in Special Education from Pennsyl- vania State University on Dec. 16. Hudson graduated in 1992 from Manheim Township High School in Lancaster County, Pa. He now resides in Lewes. Cape sets deadline for cap and gown orders The deadline for ordering caps and gowns for Cape Henlopen High School seniors is Wednes- day, Jan. 15. Order forms are available at the school office. Graduating seniors must have a cap and gown to participate in the graduation exercises scheduled for Thursday, June 5. Dover to offer computer classes The City of Dover will provide in conjunction with Delaware CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, January 10 - January 16, 1997- 35 Computer Exchange a variety of classes for youths and adults. For youths ages seven to 14, "Cool Crafts with Print Shop Deluxe" will offer instruction in making cards, signs, and more. The class- es will be held Jan. 15, 22, and 29 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Cost is $30 for the three one-hour ses- sions. Classes will be held at the Delaware Computer Exchange in the Edgehill Shopping Center. Call (302) 735-2270 to register. 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