Teacher education program goes to school

West Kootenays to be training ground for young educators

WKTEP student teachers volunteering on Volleyball Day in SD No. 20

The University of British Columbia is delighted to announce that in September its 25 year-old teacher preparation program (WKTEP) will locate in area schools for 2014-15.

Working in partnership with the four regional School Districts, WKTEP staff will deliver a unique program immersing student teachers into school life for three days each week, all school year long.

Host schools will adopt student teachers who will learn to teach alongside experienced educators, support K-12 students, and debrief with peers on organized “hub” days that link them to UBC courses and community experiences.

Program coordinators and instructors, UBC teacher educators and District leaders believe the time is right for a bold step forward.

Andy Leathwood, SD8 Director of Learning is enthusiastic: “Through this immersion experience, student teachers will get to know the life cycle of a school year, form more ongoing and meaningful learning relationships, and be able to observe and take part in many more types of classes and extra-curricular activities.”

“This is a teaching and learning adventure,” says Linda Farr Darling, UBC Advisor to WKTEP. “We have gifted coordinators in Kristi Crowe and Geoff Burns, a creative team of instructors, and wonderful mentors in all four districts. Working together we can enrich education for teachers and students, our teacher candidates, and the communities we serve.”

The University of British Columbia is delighted to announce that in September its 25 year-old teacher preparation program (WKTEP) will locate in area schools for 2014-15.

Working in partnership with the four regional School Districts, WKTEP staff will deliver a unique program immersing student teachers into school life for three days each week, all school year long.

Host schools will adopt student teachers who will learn to teach alongside experienced educators, support K-12 students, and debrief with peers on organized “hub” days that link them to UBC courses and community experiences.

Program coordinators and instructors, UBC teacher educators and District leaders believe the time is right for a bold step forward.

Andy Leathwood, SD8 Director of Learning is enthusiastic: “Through this immersion experience, student teachers will get to know the life cycle of a school year, form more ongoing and meaningful learning relationships, and be able to observe and take part in many more types of classes and extra-curricular activities.”

“This is a teaching and learning adventure,” says Linda Farr Darling, UBC Advisor to WKTEP. “We have gifted coordinators in Kristi Crowe and Geoff Burns, a creative team of instructors, and wonderful mentors in all four districts. Working together we can enrich education for teachers and students, our teacher candidates, and the communities we serve.”

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