AUGUSTA, GA. – Elementary Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education was recently honored at the Augusta University Teaching Excellence Awards for Program Teaching Excellence. The honor is given to a program or department that “promotes, supports and recognizes excellence in teaching and in service to students.” Elementary Education was noted for innovation and success in its collaboration with local elementary schools and faculty-in-residence arrangement.
“The faculty in the program are actively engaged in ongoing professional learning and reflective continuous improvement,” said Dr. Judi Wilson, interim dean of the College of Education.
Dr. Gordon Eisenman serves as the program coordinator, and collaborates with faculty to manage an innovative community-oriented professional development curriculum that places teacher candidates inside local schools instead of university classrooms. In this delivery model, students are taught a concept and then immediately move into a real classroom where they observe the teacher, as well as participate in co-teaching, small group teaching, or whole class teaching.
“This provides realistic field experiences and better equip our students for the real world of teaching,” Wilson said.
All winners from the Augusta University Teaching Excellence Awards will go on to compete for the Regents Teaching Excellence awards next summer.