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Creating Student Success Beyond Classroom Walls

by Christy Calhoun, Mathematics Teacher, Bethel-Tate High School, Bethel-Tate Local School District | Nov 19, 2015

Bethel-Tate High School will be implementing a Teacher Academy Program in the spring 2016 semester for 12–16 high school seniors. Learning will be conducted through online videos and once a week face-to-face learning with Becky Storer from Southern State Community College. Remaining assignments will be given via electronic Blackboard and/or Moodle and students will complete work and turn assignments in electronically. In all, students will partake in blended learning, complete a course, and also have required observation hours.

Making the Teacher Academy Possible
Funds from the Straight A Grant allowed Bethel-Tate to be able to purchase the equipment needed to make the idea of a Teacher Academy a reality. It provided an opportunity to have a network to make contacts with those outside of the district to bring this wonderful opportunity to students.

Turning an Idea into a Reality
The Teacher Academy program is designed for students interested in the teaching profession—specifically someone that has aspirations to be a future teacher. Through a blended learning approach, the students will be participating in Intro to Education, a course worth three credit hours. Educators are looking forward to this being the start to more blended learning courses offered to students.

The application process to be considered for the Academy is attendance at a counselor recruiting meeting, completion of a Southern State College application, completion of the college placement test, and attendance at a program orientation. Additional program requirements are still being finalized. The program is ideal for students looking to explore their interest in college but are unsure of a career path. The course(s) includes topics relevant to other career tracks, such as ethics, communication, technology, and social issues. Currently, there are 13 students signed-up and are all college-bound seniors.

What’s Next?
During the 2016–2017 school year, Bethel-Tate plans on expanding the Teacher Academy Program by offering two courses: Intro to Education–intended for juniors, and Principles of Education, designed for seniors.

By enhancing the high school experience and providing the chance for earning credits for college, Bethel-Tate has begun its journey to create student success stories beyond school walls.