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T.E.A.M.:

Teaching for Equity, Achievement, and Meaning

 

“PARTNERING TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”

These words greet those who enter the Tom and Betty Petway Hall on UNF’s campus, the home of the College of Education and Human Services. These words also greet those who visit the college’s website.  The faculty, staff and students live these words on a daily basis.

 UNF student and elementary student giving high five

The College’s Professional Development School partnership has been working to make the world a better place for more than 25 years.  Its purpose is to recruit and prepare a diverse cadre of well-trained, knowledgeable teachers who are invested in providing equitable, high quality educational experiences for every student.  The curriculum prepares UNF graduates to positively impact PK-12 students’ learning, developmental growth, and academic achievement in order to prepare them to be engaged, responsible citizens within their community in an increasingly diverse world.


CAMPUS COMPACT PARTNERSHIP AWARD

In 2017 Florida Campus Compact awarded this partnership second place among statewide partnerships; this is especially impressive, given that Florida Campus Compact has more than 50 institutional members.

 

UNF student teacher and middle grades student working together.

 

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Based on student data, the college is intentionally reimagining the PDS model to meet 21st century school needs.  Faculty are revising and updating programs for an even more cohesive learning experience for undergraduate students. Recent improvements to the curriculum include the revision of the Pre-K Primary Teacher Licensure program, leading to a bachelor’s degree in education for students who seek to work with children and families in non-school settings.

 

 

Seaside Charter School students doing an activity with their teacher

 

IMMERSION IN THE COMMUNITY

Those outside the College of Education and Human Services might think, “of course, education majors work in schools,” but UNF does not limit student experiences to nationally required “Field I and Field II.”  Students take four or five pre-service learning courses in Title I schools before they do their traditional field experience. 



THE EFFECTS OF THE COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY

In both breadth and depth, UNF students have a powerful impact. This partnership places on average 500 students in PK-12 schools throughout northeast Florida.  To focus on just one example, each semester 130 UNF students provide over 2,500 hours of extra human capital for one elementary school. That number does not include the impact of students enrolled in field classes or internships. This immersive preparation works and the data shows it. In 2013, state tracking found that approximately 50 percent of new teachers leave their jobs within the first five years, over 85 percent of UNF PDS graduates hired five years earlier were still teaching.

 

 

For more information on the Urban Professional Development School Partnership (UPDS), please visit: https://www.unf.edu/coehs/cuep/Educator_Professional_Learning.aspx