The College of Education’s 21st Century School Improvement project supports school improvement through a comprehensive, multi-year partnership program focused on embedded professional development for teachers for school improvement, 21st century skills, project-based learning, and the integration of digital media.
This program pilots a school improvement model that included forming a MSU/School District Team to: conduct a comprehensive needs assessment, develop and implement a customized action plan, and build capacity. With the completion of this one-year pilot, the model will be available for duplication with customization for school districts within the MSU service region.
Thus far we have extended the project into elementary, middle, and high school. All the teachers in Inez and Eden Elementary schools and Sheldon Clark High School have been involved directly with workshops and one to one mentoring. Also, Inez and Warfield Middle School has been involved through digital project-based learning projects. Finally, all of these schools have been involved in the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification project. So far ten teachers in Martin County have completed the TAKE ONE! Program, the initial step to completing the National Board Certification, with the mentoring of the 21st Century Education Enterprise.