NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - The Kansas State Board of Education has awarded Bethel College in North Newton a $48,776 grant for the teacher education department. The funds will be used to assist in developing and implementing an evaluation system to assess what prospective teachers know and are able to do. The grant will also be used to develop an institution-wide performance-based assessment system. Allen Jantz, who wrote the grant, sees this as an important goal for the teacher education department and Bethel College.
"Partnership between faculty members in teacher education and in the liberal arts and sciences is crucial to any program which trains teachers for the schools," says Jantz, assistant professor of education. "Educating individuals to be prepared for high quality service in the schools is our goal."
Part of the grant will be used to align curriculum standards with those on the state and national levels. Planning also includes several workshops for faculty in the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas (ACCK) consortium.
"This grant allows faculty to work together collaboratively to analyze, assess and structure the ways students learn and to prepare teachers that are imaginative, responsible and well prepared to make positive changes in our world. We are grateful for these resources," says John Sheriff, academic dean at Bethel College.