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Pennsylvania 2007 Grantee Abstracts

Grantee Name:Drexel University
Project Name:Transition to Teaching: Eastern & Southern Partnership (TESP)
Project Director:Fredricka K. Reisman 215-895-6771
Partner Districts/LEAs:Charleston County School District (Charleston, SC), Mobile County Public School System (Mobile, AL), Charter schools located within the School District of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) and in the rural areas throughout PA - Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter and West Oak Land Charter

The multi-state TESP project partners include the Charleston County School District (Charleston, SC), the Mobile County Public School System (Mobile, AL), several charter schools located within the School District of Philadelphia (PA), and Drexel University. Program candidates will engage in their respective state's alternative teacher certification programs with rigorous pedagogy and content learning experiences via online course work through Drexel's state-approved Teacher Education program. The high need areas addressed by the TESP project are mathematics, science, and special education. Course work is taken while the teacher participants are engaged in their first year of teaching whereby they implement learned pedagogy immediately into their classroom teaching. The project will produce a total of 210 teachers, (30, 60, 60 and 60 in Year 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively), recruited from mid-career professionals and recent college graduates. Project activities include certification course work; creation of streamlined hiring processes via online technologies; modification of an artificial intelligence system for recruitment and screening, hiring and tracking purposes; and production of a video series of classroom-based simulations of critical issues encountered by novice teachers for just-in-time access and support. Additional online mathematics and science support provided by The Math Forum @ Drexel and Drexel's College of Engineering helps ensure that the mathematics and science teacher participants are able to provide their students with the content knowledge and skills needed in the 21st century workplace.

Grantee Name:Temple University
Project Name:e=mc²: Educating Middle-grades Teachers for Challenging Contexts
Project Director:Heidi A. Ramírez 215-204-7194
Partner Districts/LEAs:Chester Upland, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia

The College of Education at Temple University, in collaboration with the Temple University College of Science and Technology and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), will develop a statewide model for the preparation of middle-grade mathematics and science teachers. This alternative certification program will recruit and train cohorts of mid-career and early retiree mathematics and science professionals to help meet the state's need for highly qualified teachers in these disciplines. The program will also pilot the implementation of Pennsylvania's new standards for middle-grade certification. Thus, e=mc² will build the capacity of both Temple University and PDE to promote and support the development of teacher preparation programs in high-need subjects. Over 5 years, the program will train approximately 230 new mathematics and science teachers-30 the first year and 50 each subsequent year-to teach in three high-need school districts. The project includes the following special features: innovative teacher preparation program design, emphasizing (a) in-depth conceptual understanding of content and content-specific pedagogical knowledge, aligned to the state's middle-grade mathematics and science content standards; (b) the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of middle-school students; and (c) differentiated instruction, accommodating the needs of English-language learners and students with disabilities; innovative instructional delivery, including school-based, team-taught, and on-line instruction; extensive and ongoing field supports, including (a) intensive, integrated field experiences-early, often, and strategic; (b) continuous on-site supervision, mentoring, and peer support; and (c) comprehensive induction; and continuous progress monitoring and improvement.

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