HomeExemplary PracticesExemplary Faculty PracticesFall 2012Texas Woman's University | Pioneer School and Library
  • The TWU Pioneer School and Library

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    Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Karen Dunlap

  • About Our Practice

    The Texas Woman's University Pioneer School and Library project is an online laboratory school for pre-service classroom teachers, pre-service administrators and school librarian candidates. Our goal is to provide “characters” and resources that can serve as case study materials for these educator candidates. This faculty practice helps teacher candidate students develop knowledge in the discipline, integrate appropriate technology tools, exemplify experiential and collaborative learning, and effectively utilize student self-assessment.

    Pre-service teachers participate by creating fictional students and designing instructional lessons/strategies and interventions (both behavioral and instructional) to meet the needs of students in their “classroom.”  Pre-service administrators can participate by creating a fictional campuses and selecting from a “pool” of teachers from which to “interview” for employment.  Pre-service school librarian candidates are involved in investigating, analyzing, and solving problems related to the critical role of school librarians and the library programs in the 21st-century.

  • Key Practice Features

    The Texas Woman's University Pioneer School and Library project is an online laboratory school for pre-service classroom teachers, pre-service administrators and school librarian candidates. Our goal is to provide “characters” and resources that can serve as case study materials for these educator candidates. This faculty practice helps teacher candidate students develop knowledge in the discipline, integrate appropriate technology tools, exemplify experiential and collaborative learning, and effectively utilize student self-assessment. The librarian portion of the project especially is an opportunity to positively predispose the learning community to value school library programs and the instructional partnership and leadership work of school librarians. Key participatory aspects of the project for various pre-service candidate types include:

    • Creating fictional students with unique and stereotypical academic behaviors
    • Creating and applying instructional lessons, strategies and interventions on the fictional students
    • Creating a fictional school campus according to different leadership styles
    • Interviewing, analyzing and hiring fictional teachers to meet various campus academic needs
    • Investigating, analyzing, and solving problems in a way that demonstrates the critical role of school librarians and the library program in 21st-century teaching and learning.
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About Faculty Practices

Exemplary faculty practices are innovative methods of conveying both knowledge and experience to teacher candidates in such a way as to prepare them to excel as leaders in the classroom.

Such practices may be the work on one faculty member, a group of faculty members or a department-wide practice in a teacher preparation program.

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Exemplary Defined

Exemplary faculty practices are those that provide teacher candidates a deep understanding of both content and the ability to put that content into classroom practice.

The ability to effectively translate knowledge into student learning helps make the difference between ordinary teachers and exceptional teachers.

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Key Practice Elements

Exemplary faculty practices share a common thread of creativity and innovation in their design.

These practices are intended to provide the optimum environment for teacher candidates to put learning theory into practice.  Often, exemplary faculty practices sharpen one or more key teaching competencies.

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