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April 14, 2016



Education faculty, clinical instructors present research at national Professional Development School conference

By Patrice Scott

Several individuals representing the College of Education's department of curriculum and instruction presented their research at the Professional Development School National Conference April 7-10 in Orlando, Florida.

David S. Allen, associate professor and director of the office of field experiences; Lori Goodson, assistant professor, and clinical instructors Twyla Sprouse, with USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden and Allison Rothwell, with USD 475 Geary County Schools, presented "Progressing Through Distance Supervision: Navigating the Bumps in the Road." The presentation focused on the group's efforts to build a distance supervision program for student teachers.

Vicki Sherbert, assistant professor of English/language arts, and clinical instructor Jennifer Ruffley with USD 475 Geary County Schools presented "Through New Eyes: Supporting Teacher Candidates to Work with Military-Connected Learners." Sherbert and Ruffley collaborated to share their research regarding student teachers' experiences with military-connected students.

Todd Goodson, associate professor and chair of the department of curriculum and instruction, and Lori Goodson provided details on their ongoing research with their presentation,"The Art of Good Teaching: The Value of Field Experiences." They are collecting and analyzing data regarding preservice teachers' field experiences in the college's partner schools.

The College of Education has maintained successful partnerships with several area school districts since 1989. School district teachers and administrators collaborate with college faculty to support students and provide learning opportunities in the teacher preparation program, including student teaching and other field experiences. The Professional Development School conference is an opportunity for universities and schools to share their programs and research at a national level.

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