Dear Graduating Senior or Recent Graduate: If you have a major in physics, chemistry or mathematics, I sincerely invite you to consider GSKyTeach as your next career development experience. GSKyTeach is an innovative program developed jointly between Western Kentucky University (WKU) and the Jefferson County (Louisville, Kentucky) Public Schools that prepares new teachers to create an inquiry learning environment for high school math and science students. Read more...
GSKyTeach Program Components
- Teacher residents spend four days per week in classrooms and one day per week in rigorous graduate studies closely aligned with their clinical experiences.
- Graduate instruction is delivered on-site by university GSKyTeach faculty members.
- Candidates are trained in cohorts with subgroups joining other math or science teachers along with their mentor teacher in learning communities.
- Mentoring and professional development continues for the new teachers in the second year with a focus on increasing their capacity to produce learning with all students.
- Kentucky's Center for Parent Leadership provides instruction and assistance in communicating with and involving parents.
- Upon completing the year-long residency program, candidates are awarded a Master of Arts in Education degree and recommended for the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP).
- GSKyTeach provides professional development to other experienced math and science teachers.
- Kentucky's Education Professional Standards Board provides resources and partners with the residency program to mentor first-year teachers and complete KTIP assessments.
- Recruit, retain, and employ high quality and highly diverse math and science teacher residents
- Prepare graduates to meet all state certification requirements at high levels
- Prepare graduates to teach using the NRC’s Inquiry-based Model for Teaching and Learning
- Develop the capacity of all math and science teachers in high-need schools to use the NRC’s Inquiry-based Model of Teaching and Learning in their classrooms
- Build the capacity of math and science Mentor Teachers in high-need schools to use the New Teacher Center Mentoring Model to support teacher residents
- Enhance the effectiveness of GSKyTeach program completers as they begin their first years of teaching through a well-coordinated two-year induction program
- Demonstrate the effectiveness of GSKyTeach program completers through well-documented and defensible evidence of their impact on student learning
- Demonstrate program effectiveness and efficiency by increasing one- and three-year teacher retention rates beyond current retention rates in JCPS high-need high schools
- Institutionalize the GSKyTeach program as a continual source of high-performing new teachers for high-need schools in JCPS and throughout Kentucky
- Use lessons learned in GSKyTeach development and implementation to improve other WKU preparation programs
- Edvantia of Charleston, West Virginia, will serve as an independent third-party evaluator and will provide both formative and summative evaluation of GSkyTeach’s progress toward these objectives.