August 15, 2017

Experience the Best Teacher for Educators-in-Training

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School of Educational Studies students conduct classes at the School of Arts and Enterprise in Pomona in July.

CGU’s Department of Teacher Education was the first in the nation to put student-teachers in school classrooms for a simple reason: The best learning happens through experience.

This summer, that learning-by-doing principle was again on display in downtown Pomona’s art district at the School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE). Over the past three years, the SAE has established a special partnership with the university’s Department of Teacher Education to offer summer programs for local youths.

While students in grades 3-9 received enrichment classes that were academic in nature, a group of participating student-teachers from CGU received much-needed practical training.

“The program provides our candidates with an authentic school experience in which to hone their skills,” explained DeLacy Ganley, director of the Department of Teacher Education.

The student-teachers developed their skills with the guidance of several master teachers, many of whom are alumni of the CGU’s teacher education program. The program ran for five weeks, with CGU student-teachers conducting enrichment classes and classes for credit recovery.

The program is free to students, but donations are welcome. Applications for the SAE program can be found by visiting the SAE website.

Visit the CGU website to learn more about teacher education, which is part of the university’s School of Educational Studies.

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