The program, HU105, is recreating how teachers are prepped. Mark Cheney with ESD 105 said the program is based on a medical model, using the idea of a residency.
“Instead of them being in dark lecture halls, we have them right in the classroom,” Cheney said.
HU105 is a program that started in 2010 when ESD 105 received a $9.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. While the program is in it’s fourth year, this is the first year it’s been in place in the Grandview School District.
This year there are several classrooms throughout the district that are using the HU105 system. The system takes college students who have finished two years of college, or those with their AA, and places them in a classroom with a core teacher. There are typically three teacher candidates assigned to one core teacher, which means that in classrooms using the HU105 system there are four adults in the classrooms helping students learn.
These teacher candidates spend Monday through Thursday in the classroom, and then on Friday then get together for their only day of theory. The teacher candidates do this for two years, and when they are finished they have their Bachelor of Arts degree in education with a K-8 certificate.
The program is also open to people who already have their bachelors degree and are interested in getting a Masters degree in education. These teacher candidates go directly into the classroom, but they are just required to spend three semesters – or a school year and a half – in the program before finishing with their Masters degree.
Cheney said spending so much time in the classroom gives teacher candidates a real grasp of what working in education is like. They get to interact with students daily and have a chance to work with an experienced teacher who can help guide them. He said it also gives the teacher candidates a chance to learn about everything that is happening in education. It’s putting them on the frontlines when it comes to being a part of the switch to Common Core and learning about new testing and benchmarks.
And because of the experience the teacher candidates gain, Cheney said they have a nearly 100 percent placement rate for their graduates.
Arthur H. Smith Elementary School has two HU105 classrooms under its roof this year. Principal Jared Lind said he’s enjoyed watching the growth of both the teacher candidates and the students over the year.
Superintendent Kevin Chase said after seeing the program in action in the neighboring Mabton School District he was interested in seeing it come to Grandview.
“It’s a great model for teacher education,” Chase said.
Teacher candidate Kara Duckworth takes the reigns in Gloribel Andrades’ first grade class. Duckworth is one of three teacher candidates who work with Andrade at Smith School.
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