Programs and Techniques

Collection of examples of clinically rich educator preparation programs at different phases of development and related materials to assist with building and scaling of clinical practice program infrastructure and partnerships.

Transforming Clinical Practice through Partnerships: A Model for Advancing Clinical Practice

The University at Albany School of Education implemented a grant-supported Adolescent Special Education Clinically Rich Pilot Program with local educational partner, Amsterdam High School. Based upon the successes of the pilot model, the University at Albany scaled this work through the development of a “practicum loop” clinical model for the Adolescent Special Education program which engaged additional partner districts while also addressing the end of grant funding by applying best practice from the pilot using existing resources.

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Developing a Professional Development School (PDS)

A Professional Development School (PDS) is a mutually beneficial collaboration and significant partnership among Institutions of Higher Education and P-12 schools. The PDS model provides students majoring in education with extensive classroom experience, based on the philosophy that teaching effectiveness is best learned through mentored immersion in the classroom.

One of the most exciting attributes of the partnership is its commitment to impacting all members. Not only do college faulty, teacher candidates, school principals and mentoring teachings collaboratively explore effective teaching practices through authentic classroom practice, but they promote and encourage professional development and educational innovation.

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Establishing School-Based Family Outreach Center

Model for establishing a Family Resource Center. The center functions as a place in a school that is set aside for the purpose of making the school accessible to families and encouraging adult involvement in children’s education. Research shows family and community involvement greatly influences student development and achievement. Teacher candidates design and run parent workshops, tutor students, conduct outreach efforts and plan events.

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