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The Pathways program at Armstrong Atlantic State University (Georgia) is taking non-certified school district employees who have exemplary work records, better than average grades, and a sincere commitment to teaching and offering them tuition and other support so that they can take college courses and earn degrees leading to teacher certification. The employees must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and upon graduation remain employed by the local public schools for at lest three years. Faculty teaching in the program have been encouraged to emphasize techniques that work well with children in urban environments. All lesson plans include a statement of relevance and must focus on participatory activities with ample opportunities for oral language development. Assignments encourage the use of materials and resources available in most urban homes. Community site visits include local museums featuring the local history and the accomplishments of local residents. This project has been accomplished through the collaboration of representatives from three institutions in Savannah (Georgia): Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah State University, and the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. Four tables are appended. (JLS)

Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Minority Group Teachers, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Recruitment, Urban Education

Autor: Dandy, Evelyn Baker


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