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2013 Milestone Review Focuses on Next Steps

Three roundtable discussions provided the opportunity for guests to learn about Valley Partnership activities


K-12 Schools discussion table (clockwise L-R): Deb Nieman (West Fargo School District), Kevin Kopperud (MSUM K-12 Liaison), Mark Weston (Central Cass Superintendent), Robin White (fhi360 Consultant), Justin Christy (Bush Foundation), Camille Brandt (MSUM faculty) and Gary Thompson (Dean, VCSU School of Education)


Stephanie Andrews (Bush Foundation) shares a question with MSUM teacher education graduate, Jessica Las, at the assessment table discussion

Clockwise L-R: Jessica Las, Peggy Rittenhouse (MSUM faculty) and Stephanie Andrews


L-R:  Carol Beaton (SEEC) references materials used in New Teacher Academy Summer 2012 together with new teachers, Lindsey Friedt (VCSU) and Chad Boger (NDSU)


Bush Foundation representatives, Stephanie Andrews, Allison Barman, Justin Christy and Rebecca Martin together with fhi360 consultants, Robin White and Eric Watts visited the Valley Partnership teacher education programs on April 9-10, 2013.  Individual meetings with each of the three campus programs and visits with Presidents, Provosts and Vice President for Academic Affairs completed the two days of activities.  A highlight of the event was a luncheon held at the NDSU McGovern Alumni Center with invited guests from K-12 schools, college Deans, Bush team faculty and new graduates from VCSU, NDSU and MSUM.   Table settings were arranged to provide for three topic discussions: K-12 partnerships, candidate final portfolios and new teacher support.  Bush Foundation representatives, fhi360 consultants and Deans were able to rotate between the three table settings to learn more about each of the topics from K-12 representatives, teacher education faculty, and new graduates who had participated in portfolio presentations or the New Teacher Academies in summer 2012.


Stephanie Andrews, Bush Foundation Leadership Development Director, expressed appreciation for the wonderful learning experience and great progress in accomplishing goals set forth since the beginning of the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative.  Valley Partnership team participants were encouarged to take pride in the collaboration developed between three diverse programs across two states to innovate and enhance teacher preparation for current and future candidates.  Meeting participants spent the two days reviewing progress and focusing on next steps going forward. 

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