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Reinvesting in Teacher Education Initiative

Reinvesting in Teacher Education Initiative

Reinvesting in Teacher Education Initiative

The Reinvesting in Teacher Education initiative is making significant progress. Based on the collaborative efforts of The Core Curriculum Committee and with approval of the School of Teacher Education faculty, the following framework is in place to develop the Core Curriculum:

Five Core Courses:

  1. Intro to Teaching 

  2. Knowing and Learning

  3. Behavior/Classroom Management

  4. Differentiation and Diversity

  5. Assessment

Three Integrated Themes:

  1. Technology

  2. Literacy

  3. Professionalism

The sub-committee phase of the curriculum process is now underway. The 6 sub-committees (one for each of the respective core courses and one for the three integrated themes) include faculty associated with Teacher Education from across the university as well as representation from local school districts who have expertise in these respective areas. The sub-committees will do detailed work for this framework, working towards the development of course proposals.

It is important to note, the content of this model can (and perhaps will) change during the sub-committee phase, with modifications occurring based on the sub-committee’s work and continued feedback from across the university and districts in the region.

Charge for Core Course Sub-Committees:

  • Nominate and elect a sub-committee chair
  • Develop learning objectives and outcomes
  • Create content outline (keeping syllabus in mind)
  • Offer textbook recommendations
  • Recommendation to develop new course or revise existing course
  • Consider number of fieldwork hours for respective Core Course.
  • Sub-Committee Chair coordinates with/reports to Dr. Szymanski, Interim Assistant Director, who will work with these Chairs to write the curriculum proposal.

Charge for Integrated Themes Sub-Committee:

  • Work with Dr. Maxwell, sub-committee chair.
  • Think creatively about different modules that could be integrated into core courses and throughout courses across students’ respective majors.
  • Consider a variety of options for course delivery.
  • Explore how to incorporate experts related to these themes across the curriculum as well as possibilities for co-teaching.
  • Consider additional themes that you might be integrated to enhance students’ experience.
  • Dr. Maxwell will stay in touch with the other sub-committee chairs, Dr. Szymanski (Interim Assistant Director), and Interim Director keep each other informed/updated on the work across committees.

Here, we include the current schedule (additional meeting times forthcoming) and composition of each sub-committee (these sub-committees are open to all to attend):

Core Courses

Erin Margarella (Chair), Jeanine Huss, Rico Tyler, Miwon Choe, Roxanne Spencer


Date Time Location
12/10/2018 11:00 - 12:00 Bealuah Winchel Library - ERC
1/7/2019 11:00 - 1:00 Bealuah Winchel Library - ERC
1/14/2019 11:00 - 1:00 Bealuah Winchel Library - ERC

Meeting Notes 12/10/2018
Meeting Notes 1/7/2019Meeting Notes 1/14/2019

Course Proposal

Lisa Duffin (Chair), Toni Szymanski, Martha Day, Jenni Redifer, Qin Zhao, Dan Clark

Date Time Location
12/7/2018 10:00-11:00 GRH 1089
1/16/2018 2:00-3:00 GRH 1072

Meeting Notes 12/7/2018

Meeting Notes 1/16/2019

Toni Szymanski (Chair), Julia Roberts, Tracy Inman, Lisa Murley, Susan Keesey

Date Time Location
 12/3/2018 1:00 - 2:00 GRH 2009
 12/10/2018 2:00 - 3:00 GRH 1072

Meeting Notes 12/3/2018

Course Proposal

Christina Noel (Chair), Melissa Stephanski, Pam Jukes, Kay Gandy

Date Time Location
 12/6/2018 1:30 - 2:30 GRH 1089
12/11/2018 1:00 - 2:00 GRH 1072
 1/8/2019 12:00 - 2:00 GRH 1003

Meeting Notes 12/6/2018
Meeting Notes 12/11/2018

Course Proposal

Julia Mittelberg (Chair), Toni Szymanski, Marge Maxwell, Catherine Wilson, Dusty Knotts

Date Time Location
12/10/2018 9:00 - 10:00 GRH 1072
1/4/2019 1:00 - 2:30 GRH 1072

Meeting Notes 12/10/2018

Course Proposal

Integrated Themes

Marge Maxwell (Chair), Michael McDonald, Stasie Harrington, Lynn Hines, Andi Paganelli,  Kandy Smith, Nancy Hulan

  Date Time Location
Technology 1/23/2019 9:00 – 10:30 GRH 3073
Professionalism 2/13/2019 9:00 – 10:30 GRH 3073
Technology 2/27/2019 9:00 – 10:30 GRH 1072
Professionalism 3/13/2019 9:00 – 10:30 GRH 3073
Technology 3/27/2019 9:00 – 10:30 GRH 3073
Professionalism 4/10/2019 9:00 – 10:30 GRH 3073

Marge Maxwell (Chair), Kristy Cartwright, Nancy Hulan, Kandy Smith, Elisa Brown, Catherine Wilson,  Stasie Harrington

Date Time Location
1/8/2019 9:00 - 10:30 GRH 1072
1/15/2019 9:00 - 10:30 GRH 1072
2/20/2019 9:00 - 10:30 GRH 1072
3/20/2019 9:00 - 10:30 GRH 1072
4/17/2019 9:00 - 10:30 GRH 1072


*The deadline for Core Course proposals to the School of Teacher Education for department level review is January 18. 


The efforts of the sub-committees will be meaningful for the future of Teacher Education at WKU as well as to school districts throughout the region. Thank you to all have contributed to  the Reinvestment in Teacher Education, whether that be through committee work, attending forums, or individual conversations.

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 Last Modified 2/21/19