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AACTE discussion

The Patton College’s partner schools discuss the benefits of the clinical practice partnership for their teachers and students.

Photo courtesy of: Patton College of Education

AACTE speaker

Faculty and partner school personnel discuss how clinical practice facilities innovative exchange between mentor teachers and teacher candidates.

Photo courtesy of: Patton College of Education

AACTE speakers

Faculty and students describe what an effective clinical practice model looks like.

Photo courtesy of: Patton College of Education

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AACTE recognizes The Patton College of Education’s clinical model of education as one of the best


The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) continues to feature The Patton College of Education in its Research-to-Practice Spotlight Series, recognizing its clinical model of education as one of the nation’s best. 

AACTE’s Research-to-Practice Spotlight Series is part of an AACTE initiative to highlight universities that participate in innovative practices. The AACTE has focused on schools of education offering clinically rich curriculums and hopes to convince other schools of education to do the same, for teacher candidates learn more and learn best when they take an active, not passive, role in their education. 

The entire series features 11 videos. The most recent set of videos released on June 13 focuses on operationalizing clinical practice through the award-winning partnerships of The Patton College. The accompanying article highlights messages from the next three segments, which feature faculty and administrators from the partner schools as well as Patton College students, and includes links to the three videos: “Growing Together,” “Sharing Knowledge,” and “Preparing for the Future.”

In “Growing Together,” administrators of The Patton College of Education’s partner schools discuss the benefits of the clinical practice partnership for their teachers and students. Elementary principals Heather Skinner, Roger Nott, and Penny McDowell explain that teacher candidates bring new ideas and serve as valuable resources for PK-12 students, such as by providing quality intervention for children with reading gaps in English language arts.

In “Sharing Knowledge,” The Patton College faculty and partner school personnel discuss how clinical practice facilities innovative exchange between mentor teachers and teacher candidates. Hear how teacher candidates inspire in-service teachers to continuously reflect on their teaching practices. Discover ways the coteaching model provides opportunities for university students to implement fresh pedagogical practices in the classroom incorporating technology and other innovations.

In “Preparing for the Future,” The Patton College of Education faculty and students describe what an effective clinical practice model looks like. Teacher candidates share how having access to the same classrooms over the course of a year or more has helped them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with administrators, in-service teachers, and PK-12 students. Candidates also address challenges of practice in their methods courses for a deeper understanding of good teaching practice.

And the grand finale video, which will be released later this month, features interviews with Marcy Keifer-Kennedy, director of the Center for Professional Development School Partnerships, and Dean Renée A. Middleton.

“The Patton College’s collaborative work with our partner schools has cultivated a clinical model of preparation that benefits not only our teacher candidates, but also P-12 students and mentor teachers,” said Dean Renée A. Middleton. “It’s rewarding to see our efforts recognized nationally by our peers.”

The Patton College is the fourth school of education to be featured in the series; previous features have spotlighted schools of education at Montclair State University, Winthrop University, and Colorado State University.