Though few would dispute its value, the job of providing apprenticeships for teacher candidates each year in real classrooms is a massive and complex undertaking, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).
The Harlan County Board of Education recently approved an agreement with Midway College to accept student teaching and field placements in the Harlan County School System.
In a letter to Superintendent Mike Howard from Midway College it says, “Student teachers should be placed on a one-to-one basis with supervising teachers. These supervising teachers will be paid a stipend of $100 per eight-week placement for each student teacher.”
Higher education institutions work with thousands of school districts across the United States to place, mentor and supervise teacher candidates in what is known as student teaching.
According to the NCTQ, “during the typical semester-long experience, student teaching candidates must synthesize everything they have learned about planning instruction: collecting or developing instructional materials, teaching lessons, guiding small group activities and establishing and maintaining order — not to mention meetings with faculty and parents and, in some districts still, taking on lunchroom and playground duties. Passing or failing student teaching determines whether an individual will be recommended for certification as a licensed teacher.”
During a recent meeting of the board, members also agreed to enter into an agreement with KCEOC Community Action Partnership of Knox, Clay and Harlan counties.
In this contract, KCEOC will provide preschool services of health, social services and parent involvement for eligible “at risk” 4-year-old children when placements are available.
The board agreed to pay KCEOC $357,035 for these contracted services.
One classroom will be provided at each of the following elementary schools: Black Mountain, Cawood, Cumberland, Evarts, Green Hill, James A. Cawood and Wallins.
Three classrooms will be provided at the Verda Child Development Center, two classrooms at the Grays Knob Child Development Center and two classrooms will be provided at the Tri-Cities Head Start Center.
The board will also provide transportation of 138 children to these sites. KCEOC will be required to utilize the classroom teacher associate as a bus monitor for one bus route per classroom. The board will provide additional bus monitors for multiple bus routes. The board will also provide training to drivers and monitors regarding state regulation requirements, job responsibilities and special needs of this age group.
“The board desires that the children and families served under this contract receive enhanced services as provided by the Head Start Program,” said Howard, in a contract between the board and NCEOC.