Valley Partnership Celebrates December 2012 Graduating Candidates
MSUM celebrated new graduate success with cake and cookies at an evening reception
VCSU hosted a pizza buffet for new graduates and their families
NDSU student teaching candidates share introductions and highlight experiences
MSUM Professor Dean Mollerud shares reflections with early elementary graduates
VCSU School of Education Dean, Gary Thompson, with new graduates at luncheon
Some celebrated with cake and cookies. Others were greeted with a pizza buffet. The December 2012 graduating candidates were all congratulated with warm wishes for a successful start to their professional careers as educators and promises of continued support during their first years of classroom teaching. The end of the fall semester was a time to say good-bye to friends and to celebrate with family while reflecting on the hard work and wonderful memories that are a part of every student's university experience.
Classroom teaching is not new to these candidates. They are among the first to complete an innovative and aggressive regimen of coursework and field experiences in preparation for 21st century classrooms that are diverse, highly technical and demanding in content area knowledge and pedagogical skills. Graduation is a transition of the training and skill building for these new teachers who will now continue their growth through collaborative efforts between their preparation programs and the K-12 districts where they teach.
The three Valley Partnership teacher preparation programs (Minnesota State University Moorhead, NDSU in Fargo and Valley City State University (ND) received a Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) grant from the Bush Foundation in 2010 to begin revising and innovating the way teacher education candidates are recruited, prepared and supported to become effective education professionals. Bill Martin, head of the NDSU School of Education, summed up the Valley Partnership as "a unique and strong program of leadership and change that has brought together university teacher preparation faculty with K-12 district administrators and teachers to create a seamless system of preparation and support for professional educators focused on the success of all students." These new graduates, as role models in their classrooms and schools, will positively impact how society views the teaching profession.