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Shepherd to develop student-teacher mentoring program

ISSUED: 8 April 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd to develop student-teacher mentoring program)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University, in conjunction with Berkeley County Schools, is developing a student-teacher mentoring program to encourage improved teaching and learning in West Virginia that will be adapted statewide as required by recent state law.

As part of that development, the department of education at Shepherd will host the Berkeley County Mentorship Workshop for education students, Tuesday, April 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Erma Ora Byrd auditorium.

"The fact that assistant superintendent (Margaret) Kursey invited Shepherd to collaborate on this model, I believe, makes a very broad-brush statement about the quality of the partnership that all entities have worked toward," said Dr. Dawn Raines Burke, associate professor of education and liaison to Berkeley County Schools at Shepherd.

Members of Shepherd's Professional Education Unit Council and Department of Education met with officials from Berkeley County Schools to determine the workshop material and framework.

Workshop topics will include school district philosophy, diversity, exceptionality management, common core curriculum, ESL/ELL and general literacy, math and science programming, staff and professional development, technology availability, district-based assessments, mentoring, and school policies, procedures, and common practice.

"We are excited to see how the model develops and the positive outcomes for student teachers, school-based partners, and the students served by those school-based partners," said Dr. Douglas Kennard, director of teacher education at Shepherd.

House Bill 4236 was signed by the governor last month and will go into effect 90 days from then. It calls for a comprehensive system for teacher induction and professional growth.

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Pictured above (l. to r., front row) are Dr. Dawne Raines Burke, associate professor of education; Betty Anne Powell, Berkeley County assistant director of federal programming; Sharon Paxson, academic instructional mentor, Berkeley County Professional Development Programming; (back row) Dr. Virginia Hicks, dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies; Dr. Douglas Kennard, professor of education and director of teacher education; and Nancy Warrenfeltz, academic instructional mentor, Berkeley County Professional Development Programming.

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