The College at Brockport's education programs have partnered with the East Irondequoit CSD since 2008 to provide field experience and student teaching placements for our teacher candidates.
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In addition to working with School-based Teacher Educators (SBTEs) in the classrooms, teacher candidates have been learning about and participating in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, providing tutoring to students in the district, with a program goal of those students attending college after graduation from high school. Many of the AVID tutors are offered paid tutoring positions after completing their field experience.
How do we collaborate?
In addition to making mutually beneficial field experience and student teaching placements, the East Irondequoit CSD district personnel meet with Field Experience Office staff and EHD department faculty to determine needs for the AVID program. Teacher candidate orientations are held both on the College at Brockport campus and at the East Irondequoit school district. East Irondequoit Middle School students have made a field trip to The College at Brockport for the past three years to learn more about options for college, as well as campus life. The students visit EDI classrooms, hear from ROTC members, have lunch in the Union, and tour campus.
In addition to the required field experience and student teaching assessments, which are delivered via and stored in Tk20, an online survey is sent to each AVID participant at the end of each semester, to help gauge the necessity and effectiveness of participation in the AVID program, how it is managed, and the benefits for the teacher candidate.
In March, 2016, a school district administrator will participate in a mock interview panel as part of our Student Teaching Conference for current student teaching candidates.
A video of the AVID program was produced by David Yates, EI, spring 2015.