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FUTURE EDUCATORS 4-YEAR PROGRAM PLAN NJ Future Educators Association Conference May 15, 2009 Montclair State University Dr. Jennifer Robinson Executive Director, Center of Pedagogy
WHY FEA? WHAT’S YOUR VISION? FEA provides an opportunity for communities to “grow their own” future teachers and raises the status of the education profession. FEA extends the vision of the profession by enlarging the talent pool. It creates a positive image of teaching for students, parents, and other citizens. It encourages an influx of new ideas and diverse points of view. Well-functioning FEA’s promote high achievement, leadership, positive self-esteem, college attainment, and service in and outside of school.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS? Interest students in the education profession Recruit future educators with diverse ethnic, racial, social, and economic backgrounds Promote academic excellence and leadership development Enhance the quality of the school’s educational program through an appreciation of excellent teaching Encourage members of the faculty and professional staff to become positive role models in the school, the organization/program, and community.
FRESHMAN YEAR – YEAR 1 Identify and invite new students (interns) to become a part of the FEA. Conduct monthly meetings to help FEA interns understand the nature and expectations of the program. Teach key pledges, mottos, tenets. Help FEA interns establish personal goals regarding GPA, school citizenship, and overall conduct. Spring semester, invite FFEA interns to plan and implement a Moving-up Ceremony in anticipation of the sophomore year. Encourage FEA interns to observe the FEA Induction Ceremony.
SOPHOMORE YEAR – YEAR 2 Assign a mentor teacher to each FEA intern. Hold weekly and monthly meetings. Weekly meetings occur between mentor and intern to discuss academic progress, interest in teaching, observations of mentor, etc. Monthly large group meetings occur to plan annual activities. Monthly meetings should have a focus such as “Working with our Mentors,” “Planning Motivating Lessons,” or “Preparing for College.” Engage students in leadership activities in and outside of school. Establish relationship with Guidance Dept. Take students on field trips to Colleges of Education, FEA State, Regional, and National meetings. Conduct Induction Ceremony for 2 nd year interns.
JUNIOR YEAR – YEAR 3 Engage students in teaching and learning activities such as tutoring, assisting in classrooms, peer teaching in lower grades, after school programs, etc. Prepare students to compete in FEA National Conference – Feb. 12–14, 2010, San Antonio, TX. Encourage students to apply for PDK scholarship that will be available their senior year. Investigate summer enrichment programs such as Summer Teach, MSU Honors Teaching and Learning Program, and mathematics, ESL, special ed. or science-related internships.
SENIOR YEAR – YEAR 4 Continue activities from years 2 and 3. Focus on preparing college applications 80% of the time Sept. – May. Engage in scholarship searches. Establish elementary and secondary internships, teaching in schools with cooperating teachers.
KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL FEA PROGRAM Strong, committed building administrator who sees the benefits and potential of FEA. This person “makes room” for FEA in the budget, the academic programming, and the school culture. Strong, committed coordinator who can promote the program and enlist support from other faculty. A go-getter and “go-to” person who coordinates activities, recruits students, and mentors.
KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL FEA PROGRAM Emphasis on FEA as an Honor Society with high standards and criteria for membership and participation. Faculty mentors who monitor student academic progress and work hand-in-hand with the FEA coordinator and guidance department to prepare students for college. Connection to a middle school FEA program in an effort to build a bridge to your program.
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