The Tomorrow’s Teachers: Growing Our Own program at Indiana University Kokomo is designed to identify, encourage, and prepare individuals in one’s local community who are interested in becoming an educator or educational professional. This program is based on a Grow Your Own (GYO) approach and only works through great partnerships. The IU Kokomo School of Education and local school districts work together to create a pipeline of future educators that will meet local school staffing needs and shortages.
Some of the highlighted features and advantages of this program include:
Students will be taught by School of Education faculty through a blended format that includes on-campus meetings as well as meetings in local high schools.
Students will participate in school-based field experiences. These are hands-on and intentionally sequenced in P-8 classrooms that are coordinated and supervised by district educators and integrated into IU Kokomo education courses.
Students will experience hands-on engagement activities on campus where they’ll build community and network to gain a better understanding of the profession.
The Tomorrow’s Teachers program matches students interested in education with the resources to help them launch their career earlier. This program is currently running in area high schools. Courses can be utilized for dual-credit purposes and as part of a graduation pathway.
IU Kokomo Education Courses
Four pre-professional education courses taught by IU Kokomo Education faculty through a combination of in-district, virtual, and on-campus class sessions.
One course per semester, over two years (high school junior and senior years).
School districts may utilize these for dual-credit purposes.
On-campus orientation before classes begin in the fall.
School-based Field Experiences
Structured field experiences are completed in the districts’ schools and classrooms.
Experiences are 1 part of the Education course and are coordinated with course content, standards, and assignments.
On-campus Engagement Activities
Students participate on-campus events/activities each semester.
Students are members of EdSAC (Education Student Advisory Council) and are invited to all events, meetings, and social.
Through career exploration and discovery, mentoring, extra-curricular activities, observations and experiential learning in P-12 classrooms, and Education-focused coursework, Tomorrow’s Teachers will develop knowledge and skills in the five areas below.
Understanding the Profession: Tomorrow’s Teachers will learn about the profession, explore grade levels and areas of specialty, and understand the college preparation and licensing process to inform their decision about pursuing a career as an educator.
Understanding the Learning Process and Individual Differences: Tomorrow’s Teachers will learn about the process of teaching and learning and develop an understanding of individual differences among students across various grade levels and from various backgrounds.
Developing and Sustaining Relationships: Tomorrow’s Teachers will learn communication skills and professional behaviors to interact with fellow future educators, P-12 teachers and administrators, and university faculty and staff.
Planning, Instruction, and Evaluation: Tomorrow’s Teachers will learn to engage in thoughtful planning, use effective strategies to promote learning, and assess student progress and growth.
Reflective Practice and Professional Growth: Tomorrow’s Teachers will learn to use reflection to develop an understanding of oneself as a future educator and advance professional knowledge and skills.
Sound like something your district needs?
If you’re interested in exploring a Grow Your Own partnership with the IU Kokomo School of Education, please contact the Dean, Leah Nellis Ph.D., at 765-455-9287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description of the video:
[Kids screaming and cheering.]
I knew that I really wanted to be a teacher and as soon as they told me
about this class I just like automatically jumped on it because I
thought it would be a super awesome opportunity.
Tomorrow's Teachers is a different kind of program
where we have myself and future colleagues, who are
going out to different school districts, we have four different school districts,
and those districts have students who want to become teachers. Elementary
teachers, early childhood teachers, secondary teachers. And they are taking
our courses, receiving dual credit, and they're taking the courses at the site
through canvas with me going around and interacting with them, teaching them, but
this is an opportunity to take what they're learning, philosophies that we
talked about, teaching methods that we talked about, historical aspects and
actually put it together and to understand how it's playing out in the
early field experience.
It's really... it's helped me understand what being a
teacher means, because you know, the generalization of teachers is they teach
a class and they grade homework. That's it. But you're like when you're a teacher
you have to deal with the ethics that most people don't really see. With this
class I'm really learning the background and the experience for being a teacher. I
think it's really cool just to see, you're like, oh there's more to being a
teacher than what is originally thought.
It helps you get ready for college. It's still, it's still
running me up and it's showing me what I need to do to prepare for my college classes.
It also gives you an idea of how other teachers teach and you can see how
you do want to teach and how you don't want to teach and that kind of thing, and
so, I think that if you want to pursue teaching in any way or if you're
thinking about it, this class is definitely a very informational and
great class to take even if you're not 100 percent sure.
Overall I really enjoy the class because it's different. It's not like co-teaching
it's... you're not only helping the teacher,
you're helping the students, you're learning more about the school and
learning more about being teacher and what it takes.
Our field experience, you
get to be the adult and you get the show, "hey I'm kind of the person that I want
to be," like I want to be a teacher and it gives you that experience to say, "hey I'm
comfortable doing this. I know what I'm doing."
And I really like this class. I absolutely
recommend it to anybody who wants to step up or they want that experience.
And they really like teaching.
It is just a great program. I've...I've... It's I've been
thrilled and it's just been so much fun being able to work with IUK and
everything they have to offer.
These kids were so proud when they had that ID from
IUK this year. They were holding it up and they were just, they were proud to be
IU Kokomo students. It was it was wonderful.
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