Marietta College is fortunate to partner with area schools to engage in activities that mutually benefit our teacher education candidates, school faculty, and students.
Each partnership enables our teacher candidates to have rich clinical experiences that help them grow and develop into highly competent beginning teachers. Staff members at partner schools have opportunities for formal and informal professional growth and development and students at each of the school sites gain from having “extra teachers” in the classroom.
Harmar Elementary School
At Harmar Elementary School in Marietta, early childhood candidates experience a clinically grounded approach to early childhood methods courses. During the fall semester, candidates spend a full day per week as pre-interns, co-teaching with assigned mentor teachers. Methods course concepts and lessons are applied at the school site, where the course instructor, Dr. Cathy Mowrer, is embedded as a faculty member Candidates transition to full-time interns with the same mentor and classroom in January. A special project at the school has been the collaboration with Marietta College to create an innovation room where teachers are able to lead students as they work on critical thinking and writing skills with Lego story-starter kits. Marietta interns, Marietta faculty, and Harmar teachers engaged in professional development together to implement the program.
Washington Elementary School
Washington Elementary School in Marietta is the site of our clinical partnership for literacy. Under the instruction of Dr. Carole Hancock, candidates meet at the school periodically throughout the semester for the reading foundations course. This allows the candidates to view and experience real-life illustrations of methods and concepts discussed in class. Candidates in the class are assigned to a mentor teacher at the school and spend additional time in classrooms, teaching lessons and working with literacy skills with students. Other features of this partnership include reading diagnosis and tutoring in conjunction with Dr. Hancock’s reading diagnosis course, candidate planning and implementation of an annual family literacy night, and professional development opportunities for teachers.
Beverly-Center Elementary School
Beverly-Center Elementary in the Fort Frye Local School District is the focus of our intervention partnership, under the direction of Dr. Bill Bauer. Three days per week, intervention specialist candidates meet at the school for class with Dr. Bauer, followed by participation in assigned classrooms. This enables candidates to experience methods and materials discussed in class as they work individually and in small groups with students who need intervention. Additionally, candidates enrolled in Dr. Bauer’s diverse learners class are assigned to the school for a field experience throughout the semester. Teachers in the building have had multiple opportunities for informal and formal professional growth experiences as a result of the partnership.
Jackson Middle School
At Jackson Middle School in Vienna, WV, middle school candidates participate in a variety of experiences to fully understand the middle school concept, including its structure and philosophy. Candidates meet at the school periodically throughout the semester for the middle school concepts course. This experience allows the students to examine the concepts discussed in class immediately and first hand. Candidates in the course are assigned to a mentor teacher at the school and spend time in the classroom working with students and teaching lessons. These experiences begin in the spring of the junior year and continue in the fall of the senior year as students are placed at Jackson for subject-specific methods courses. These pre-internships are followed by a full-time internship in the spring of the senior year.
Belpre Elementary School
Belpre Elementary, located in Belpre, Ohio participates as a site for our early childhood grades 4/5 endorsement program with Dr. Mowrer. Belpre is also partnering with Marietta to implement our new blended license program. Two teachers from Belpre are assisting in program design and will help to coordinate field experience and internship placements in inclusion classrooms at the school.
Phillips Elementary School
Phillips Elementary, located in Marietta serves as a site for our literacy courses taught by Dr. Carole Hancock and Dr. Dottie Erb. Dr. Hancock’s students gain valuable field experience in classrooms at the school while Dr. Erb’s students work in a one to one tutoring program with students. Phillips is also partnering with Marietta to implement our new blended license program. Two teachers from Phillips are assisting in program design and will help to coordinate field experience in inclusion classrooms at the school.
Putnam Elementary School
Putnam Elementary, located in Devola, is one of our newest partner schools. Putnam is working with Marietta to implement our new blended license program. Two teachers from Putnam are assisting in program design and will help to coordinate field experience and internships in inclusion classrooms at the school.