The Wiley College Professional Education Unit has partnered with six East Texas School Districts to provide field and clinical experiences for education majors, inclusive of structured observations and, ultimately, a 12-week student teaching internship experience.
Wiley education majors, faculty, and administrators filled the parlor of the Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel recently to express gratitude to Marshall Independent School District (MISD), Longview ISD, Hallsville ISD, Jefferson ISD, Karnack ISD, and Elysian Fields ISD for forming these new school-college partnerships that are so critical to preparing future educators for their roles in the classroom.
Mark Smith, SuperIntendent of Marshall ISD, said it is an honor to partner with Wiley College. "We can never have enough quality teachers," he said. "I am happy to be a part of this process to provide practicum experience to promising teachers."
Cozetta Robinson, Superintendent of Elysian Fields ISD, and Paula Rogers, Deputy Superintendent for Instruction, Accountability, and Personnel for Hallsville ISD, echoed Mr. Smith's comments by expressing that the end result of the partnership will be to increase the pool of qualified teachers coming into East Texas Schools and beyond.
Wiley's President and CEO Dr. Haywood L. Strickland thanked the school district partners for the "mentoring and guidance" they will provide Wiley's students. "We formed these partnerships to ensure that we, as a College, produce teachers who are ready to serve when they begin their careers," he said. "Our partnership with these school districts will enhance our programs and help us give our students every chance to succeed."