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Student teachers board bus to tour DCSS summer classrooms

Student teachers from Albany State University, Darton State College and Albany Technical College line the classroom wall at Southside Middle School Friday as English/Language Arts teacher Jackie Scott instructs her summer school class. The student teachers also visited Sherwood Acres and Monroe High to observe teachers working with underperforming students.

Student teachers from Albany State University, Darton State College and Albany Technical College line the classroom wall at Southside Middle School Friday as English/Language Arts teacher Jackie Scott instructs her summer school class. The student teachers also visited Sherwood Acres and Monroe High to observe teachers working with underperforming students.

ALBANY, Ga. -- A busload of Albany State University, Darton State College and Albany Technical College student teachers toured three Dougherty County summer schools in order to get an up-close view about how experienced educators provide instruction to students who perform below state standards.

More than 25 student teachers first visited Sherwood Acres Elementary School, followed by a trip to Southside Middle School. They closed the visits by sitting in on classes at Monroe High School.

"Since these are the schools where summer school is required for promotion to the next grade level, we feel that it is imperative for ASU future teachers to understand pedagogy associated with high expectations and student achievement," said Erika Carver, ASU's director of Field and Clinical Experiences. "This is important work as schools across the country and in Dougherty County look for ways to retain and increase graduation rates."

According to the ASU director, Dougherty County Schools interim Superintendent Butch Mosely is supportive of the project and each school principal will be on hand to welcome the group.

The soon-to-be teachers divided into two groups at each school and smaller groups once inside classrooms. They were able to work with students one on one and ask teachers questions based on their observations.

At the end of the day, a project was to be assigned and counted toward students' final summer semester grade.

"Our mission is to plan programs that provide our students meaningful, real-life, hands-on experiences that, upon graduation and entry into their first classroom, innovative and transformation will take place," added Carver.