Wednesday, October 12, 2011

SMC Teacher Ed. Programs Shine

For the past four days the Teacher Education programs at St. Mike's have been undergoing intense scrutiny by a team of educators appointed by the VT State Department of Education Standards Board. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure that all the SMC teacher licensure programs comply with the VT State DOE regulations and standards for teacher licensure. At the exit interview this morning we learned that not only were all the programs approved, we also received four commendations which is highly unusual.

The commendations described how our students are encouraged to excel in all they do, they are well-versed in working with students from diverse populations, they are committed to inclusive education and they use the assessment of student work to drive instruction.

For the past several years we have been assembling a 67 page self study which formed the basis for their assessment. In addition, they spent time talking with graduates, visiting local schools to talk with teachers and administrators, visiting college classrooms and reviewing course materials

We also assembled a Presentation of our programs to introduce the team to the teacher licensure programs at St. Mike's.

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the assessment; the graduates, undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, administration, local area teachers, administrators, public school students and to those who were part of the DOE team.

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