Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium
Teaming for Quality Education
Collaborative efforts that have successfully enhanced the quality of education in the metro area to date include:
The CADRE Project - an innovative graduate induction and professional renewal program which pairs newly certified teachers with master teachers in a mentor-protégé relationship. The new teachers have an opportunity to complete a Master's degree through a sequence of course work and field components, and are given a year-long teaching assignment in a participating district. The selected master teachers are involved in classroom support roles, district designated roles, and university-related work.
The Mentor Project - a professional development experience which invites experienced teachers to utilize their talents and expertise by providing mentoring assistance to first year teachers. Mentors attend workshops providing them opportunities to upgrade their knowledge and skills through the use of national and local researchers. A strong support system is provided for the first year teacher which strengthens and enhances the induction process.
The Teacher Academy Project (TAP) - a project which is designed to prepare individuals for certification as teachers in the secondary school. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in a major related to a secondary school endorsement area. TAP participants complete coursework for certification while serving an internship in a MOEC school district. In the four years of the program's existence, over 150 candidates have completed the program - many in high need areas such as mathematics, science, or business.
The NBPTS Cohort - a collaborative opportunity for teachers pursuing certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Participants collaborate with other accomplished teachers, analyze the five core propositions of NBPTS, enhance skills related to NBPTS success, gather and analyze portfolio items, and prepare for the NBPTS exam. Participants include teachers from multiple districts and all content areas and grade levels. The program is delivered on a non-traditional schedule, over an eight month period. Graduate credit is available. For additional information on National Board Certification go to http://www.nbpts.org.