Local colleges send future students out into the field

Marilyn Banks, 1st grade teacher at West Town Elementary School and Zara Hall student teacher
/ Albany State University

Albany State University, Darton College, and Albany Technical College student teachers will tour schools in Dougherty County Friday to get an up close view about how experienced educators provide instruction to students who perform below state standards.

The stops on the tour include Sherwood Acres Elementary School, Southside Middle School, and Monroe Comprehensive High School, where they'll walk the campus and visit classrooms.

"Since these are the schools where summer school is required for promotion to the next grade level, we feel that it is imperative for future teachers to understand pedagogy associated with high expectations and student achievement," said Erika Carver, ASU Director of Field and Clinical Experiences. "This is important work as schools across the country and in Dougherty County look for ways to retain and increase graduation rates." According to the ASU director, Dougherty County School Superintendent Dr. David Mosely is supportive of the project and each school principal will be on hand to welcome the group.

The soon-to-be teachers will divide into two groups at each school and smaller groups once inside classrooms. They will be able to work with students one-on-one and ask teachers questions based on their observations.

At the end of the day, a project will be assigned and counted toward students' final summer semester grade. "Our mission is to plan programs that provide our students meaningful, real-life, hands on experiences that upon graduation and entry into their first classroom, innovative and transformation will take place," added Carver.