8/5/2010 - Education Department receives an 'A' from state
By Michael J. Brooks
Judson College received her annual report card from the Alabama State Department of Education this summer and was given an "A."
"The department of education at Judson College is committed to the goal of providing highly qualified teachers for every classroom, and this news verifies our efforts," said department head Dr. Gwen McCorquodale.
"It's a tribute to everyone in our department, and especially to our students who were rated so highly by their professors and their principals."
McCorquodale explained that the report is based on a number of factors including pre-teaching experiences, educational partnerships with local schools and performance-based assessment for graduates in their first year of teaching.
"Our teacher candidates spend four hours each week in local schools observing, tutoring, assisting and teaching small and large groups of K-12 students in all subject areas," she said.
And members of Judson's education faculty continue to offer workshops, service learning activities and professional development opportunities to partnership schools in Perry, Hale, Dallas and Bibb counties. These partnerships with elementary and secondary area schools are recognized in the report, McCorquodale said.
"The evaluation process doesn't end," McCorquodale said. "We'll use the information from this report to set expectations, goals and plans for our future work with teacher candidates."
The college provided documentation to the ADE last spring, and the evaluation process for the upcoming academic year begins next month, McCorquodale said.
The full ALSDE report can be accessed at www.alsde.edu/AllReportCards/CollegeReportCards2009.
* Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department.