Dec. 8, 2010
For Immediate Release
|Attending the signing of the agreements with Marion and Green County School Systems were from
left: Donald Smith, third from left, superintendent of Marion County School System; and Jim Frank,
fourth from left, assistant superintendent of the Green County School System. Others from left are:
Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Brenda Priddy, dean of the School of
Education; Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of CU; and Norma Wheat, instructor in special education/
special education program coordinator. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)
By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University has signed collaborative agreements with five school systems to cooperate with one another in pre-service and in-service teacher training.
The agreement covers a five-year period (through August 2015) at which time evaluation will be conducted to determine extension of the collaboration agreement.
CU educators met with two superintendents of the school districts recently to discuss the partnership and the new changes in the two teacher leader master’s degree programs – teacher leader master of arts in education and teacher leader master of special education.
Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, said he was “excited about the new master’s programs and about supplying teachers to districts in years to come.”
Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs, said a lot of hard work was done in redesigning the programs, and he commended the School of Education for their work.
The dean of the School of Education, Dr. Brenda Priddy, said the five school systems, Campbellsville Independent, Taylor, Marion, Green and LaRue counties, will help Campbellsville University determine what areas in which teachers need training, such as differentiating instruction, etc.
Priddy said the revised program will prepare teachers as leaders, providing them the skills needed to make a difference in student learning.
Jim Frank, assistant superintendent of the Green County School System, said it is nice to have Campbellsville University close by to work with. “We appreciate your support and guidance,” he said.
Donald Smith, superintendent in Marion County Schools, said, he appreciated the Christian aspect of CU, and, “We need more teachers with heart.”
Carter said CU wants to produce the teachers who have heart. He said there is a “wonderful legacy” at CU with teacher education being the oldest program at the institution.
“Thank you for your commitment for the next generation of teachers,” Carter said.
In the agreement, the Campbellsville University School of Education agrees to: provide services to the school systems for professional development and technical assistance; provide high quality instruction to pre-service teachers and work with the school systems’ teachers and administrators in field and student teaching placements; provide high quality instruction to in-service teachers in the districts through job-embedded experiences related to teacher professional development plans and school improvement plans; provide collaborative experiences between university faculty and school administrators and school faculty in developing classroom action research projects designed to make a positive impact on student learning.
The schools will: provide field and student teacher placements; work collaboratively with CU faculty, on mutually beneficial initiatives, including design of new and/or revised educator preparation programs; participate in the design and implementation of action research projects, including presentations to school councils and/or school boards; and provide representation for advisory councils.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate programs, 17 master’s degrees and five postgraduate areas. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.