In the third installment of my on-going series of blog posts (1, 2) about Towson University’s university-community partnerships, I’m going to explore professional development and training.
Professional development and training takes many forms at Towson University. It ranges from working with a government agency to providing continuing education and training to area teachers. One thing that all of the programs have in common is that they are meeting Maryland’s needs for citizens who have the skills necessary to advance the state. Below are just a few examples of ways that Towson University is working with the community to provide quality professional development and training through university-community partnerships.
Professional Development Schools
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) requires that all full-time teacher candidates who are seeking certification through regular teacher education programs be trained in a Professional Development School (PDS). These partnerships exist as collaborative coalitions among colleges and universities, school systems, and individual schools. The PDS prepares TU interns with the standard-based knowledge and skills to become successful teachers; improves P-12 student achievement; and provides professional development for current teachers.
Construction Innovation and Education
The Division of Innovation and Applied Research has been working closely with the Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation (MCCEI) to advance professional development and training for the state’s construction industry. Groups within the Division have worked with MCCEI to advance Building Information Modeling (BIM) through a forum and a course, to develop construction education curriculum for high schoolers, to create a GIS application that shows where to access industry-specific education and training, and to provide research on the industry and its future.
Math in the Middle
TU’s Office of the Presidential Scholar, the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, and Baltimore County Public Schools are collaborating to provide a summer professional development workshop program for Baltimore County mathematics teachers. The program improves teachers’ effectiveness in teaching mathematics in middle school and informs teacher preparation at TU.
University-community partnerships and relationships at Towson University provide a peek into the great work that our faculty, staff, students, and community partners are doing in the area of improving education in Maryland. I’ll be exploring more impact areas in the coming months, so keep an eye out for those posts!