Journal of the Effective Schools Project, Volume 18, 2011 Page: 59
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Wild about Westpark! Education Majors from
Tarleton State University's Southwest
Metroplex Campus Experience Their First
Week in the Schools
Laurie A. McAdams and Jennifer B. Copen
During late September 2010, undergraduate students in Tarleton State
University's Teacher Education pPogram participated in a Week in the
Schools partnership at Westpark Elementary in Fort Worth Independent
School District. Aligned with Tarleton's Quality Enhancement Plan,
this hands-on field experience enabled Tarleton's preservice teachers to
assume teaching responsibilities over the course of a week. Teachers at
Westpark Elementary served as a phenomenal resource to the Tarleton
students and were also able to participate in on-campus professional du-
ties. From this experience, Tarleton's education majors connected con-
tent addressed in their courses to real-world applications. This experi-
ence enabled the Tarleton education majors to experience the im-
portance of classroom management, time management, and how to cre-
ate an effective learning environment.
"This has been a rare and wonder-
ful opportunity for our campus,"
stated Richard Penland, principal
of Westpark Elementary School in
Fort Worth Independent School
District. Mr. Penland was refer-
ring to the Week in the Schools
partnership between Fort Worth
Independent School District and
Tarleton State University's South-
west Metroplex campus. During
the week of September 20t-24th,
2010, the College of Education
undergraduate students enrolled in
Tarleton's EC-6 Teacher Educa-
tion Program received their first
"real" professional teaching expe-
rience in the kindergarten, 1st
grade, and 2nd grade classrooms at
Westpark Elementary in
While students in Tarleton's
Teacher Education program have
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