Collaboration provides students with resources to succeed
The State Press (ASU WebDevil)
April 29, 2008
ASU teams up with Department
of Education to prepare education graduates for real world
In collaboration with the
Arizona Department of Education, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona
University, ASU will be providing education graduates with access to a new and
unique resource library.
The resource library will provide new teachers, students and parents with
instruction tips from veterans in the field, education materials and state
guidelines and research.
The program, known as the Integrated Design to Enhance Arizona's Learning, or
IDEAL, will also be free to all University students.
Maureen Gerard, coordinator for the Office of Professional Field Experience at
the College of Teacher Education and Leadership, said she sees plenty of
potential in the program.
"This is a tool kit for education students that will grant them access to lesson
plans, state standards and preps for teaching different subjects," Gerard said.
"[IDEAL] gives students interaction with a bigger educational community,
creating a better and more efficient learning community through a platform that
helps examines our teachers when they get out into the classroom."
Gerard said the program was initiated through the ASU Tempe campus and the
Arizona Board of Education this semester before it spread to all of the campuses
across the state.
According to an e-mail from Matt Crum, of the ASU West Public Affairs office,
the IDEAL model enables University education programs to "monitor, assess and
support students" and is currently being funded by the Arizona Community
Foundation, a charity of 29 years that is committed to improvements in Arizona
Fallon Yaro, an education senior, said the program as a very ambitious
undertaking by the University.
"After reviewing the Web site, I concluded that the Web site, if used to its
fullest potential, can revolutionize teaching in the state of Arizona," Yaro
said. "Teachers, parents and students can stay interconnected, and teachers have
the ability to apply methods from other teachers in the state in their
respective courses. I simply love the whole feel of the program."
Gerard said she feels strongly that the wonderful array of resources should
bring all new teachers together in a secure environment for the purpose of
growing in their development as teachers and that the program, which she
believes is here to stay, will be utilized properly.
"There is a huge national push to know more about teacher results and how their
students are doing and for that reason this program will sustain itself."
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