The Jacksonville Walmart Supercenter has awarded a $1,000 grant to Illinois College to provide co-teaching training for K-12 teachers and their Illinois College student teachers. These K-12 teachers provide the workplace supervision that teacher candidates need to prepare for teacher certification exams.
“The state’s teacher preparation guidelines continue to advance, requiring K-12 teachers to receive ongoing training that qualifies them to supervise student teachers; however, these types of co-teaching training sessions do not fall within all school districts' regular in-service training schedule. This grant will immediately touch the lives of many K-12 teachers and children in west central Illinois,” stated Illinois College President Axel Steuer.
Co-teaching allows two teachers to work together with groups of students and share planning, organization, delivery and assessment of instruction, as well as the physical space. This reduces the student-to-teacher ratio, allows for the diversity and size of today’s classrooms, enhances classroom management, creates greater student participation and engagement, increases instructional options for all students and enhances collaboration skills.
Teachers participating in these 2011- 2012 training sessions represent all public schools in Jacksonville District 117, as well as Waverly Elementary Junior High and High Schools; Winchester Elementary Junior High and High Schools; Beardstown Dual Language/Elementary at Gard School, and Beardstown Middle School and High School; Springfield High School; and Ridgely, Enos and McClernand elementary schools. The training program uses the Co-Teaching Model for Student Teaching which was developed, researched and implemented at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.
The teachers receive no compensation for these additional training sessions. The grant will be used to provide training materials and evening meals during the training.