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WCE Meets with Columbus County School Board and Superintendent of Schools

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Professional Development System Office in the Watson College of Education hosted an informal dinner meeting Feb. 18 with Columbus County school officials to discuss the university's partnership with the school district, undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the Watson College and issues of priority to the district.

Columbus County Board of Education members Junior Dew, Monte Herring and Barbara Yates, Columbus County Schools superintendent Alan Faulk, assistant superintendent Jonathan Williams and district personnel Cassie Cartrette and Kathy Lewis attended the event. Associate deans Carol McNulty and Ann Potts, department chair Donyell Roseboro, PDS director Somer Lewis and faculty members Terri Collins, Robert Smith and Cindy Wiseman attended from the Watson College.

The leaders discussed teacher preparation programs, enrollment at Watson College and current trends in education. The group also explored ways to increase WCE field placements and internships in Columbus County to support teacher recruitment and retention in the district and strategies for supporting special education students through co-teaching and inclusion.

Program requirements, offerings and support for lateral entry teachers were also discussed. Lateral entry teachers must complete the requirements for teaching licensure while working in the classroom according to a plan outlined by the state's Regional Alternative Licensure Centers (RALC). This adds to the challenges beginning teachers face, and it is a significant issue in Columbus County where a large percentage of beginning teachers are lateral entry. School leaders discussed ways the university and the district could partner to meet the coursework needs of lateral entry teachers, not only in Columbus County, but across the state.

February's meeting was the first for the three groups. It was part of an outreach effort coordinated by WCE's PDS Office with the goal of strengthening PDS partnerships by engaging in conversations with school board members as well as superintendents, administrators and teachers in the region.