Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, Brockport Central Schools, the Hilton Central School District, and The College at Brockport have designed a partnership that will address the shortage of substitute teachers and enhance the educational and employment opportunities for The College at Brockport undergraduate and graduate students.
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Candidates must meet specific requirements and be accepted into the program to participate. Program benefits include substitute teaching, which can be credited toward professional certification requirements, participating in staff development, and receiving a consistent work schedule with compensation. Districts benefit by having ready substitute teachers who are well versed with the district and have relationships with district personnel and students.
How do we collaborate?
District administrators from Hilton CSD and Field Experience Office staff began the partnership in the 2015-2016 academic year, when the district reached out to try to address their substitute teaching shortage. The program was advertised through the College and the online application process developed. After a successful fall and spring semester, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES and the Brockport Central School District joined in the collaboration and will expand the program to all three districts for fall of 2016. Follow up meetings and emails continue the conversation and fine-tuning of the process.
In 2017 the program was re-named the Teacher Immersion Fellows Program (TIFP). On March 18, 2016, the partner schools presented the program to current student teaching candidates at the Student Teaching Conference, and were available for questions during the lunch break. A brochure and video were created, with feedback from teaching candidates who are currently in the CELT program, and shown to the prospective candidates. The video can be viewed at this link: https://ensemble.monroe2boces.org/Watch/Nf2y5AFg