Necessity is often the creator of innovation. In Boulder, seeing the need for a hands-on, residency teacher preparation program led a private elementary school — Friends’ School — to create an alternative licensing program nine years ago, according to an article in the Boulder Daily Camera.
Operating under the belief that things are best learned when applied, the residency program allows its teacher candidates to spend four days in the classroom with a mentor teacher and a day a week attending seminars and workshops that will further their skills. In addition, the teacher candidates are observed each week and provided with constructive feedback. They are also given the opportunity to work concurrently towards a master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Currently, there are eleven Boulder-area schools participating in this important training program, and this year there are 33 teacher candidates who are gaining valuable hands-on experience. In order to enter the program, each candidate was required to earn a bachelor’s degree, pass state tests, submit fingerprints and undergo a rigorous interview process which also requires the potential candidates to be observed with a small group of students. This is one of 25 programs that the Colorado Department of Education has allowed in which teachers may earn their alternative teaching license.
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