Building Teacher Leaders while Preparing Future Teachers Through a Professional Learning Community of Preservice and Inservice Teacher
Arts and Sciences
Studies support that field-based partnerships with universities can benefit pre-service and in-service teachers (Yuan 2016). It can increase support for the pre-service teacher while educating the cooperating teacher on best practices for mentorship in the classroom. To bridge the gap amongst universities and in-service teachers, Valparaiso University developed a networked PLC with two northwestern Indiana school districts: one urban and one rural. The Professional Learning Community consisted of 21 practicing teachers that were brought to campus monthly for meetings that provided professional development and support for their classrooms. Written surveys were sent to the in-service teachers regarding their experiences in the PLC and how it affected the mentorship of their respective pre-service teacher. Oral interviews were conducted with pre-service teachers at the conclusion of their time in the field. The results were compared to previous pre-service teachers whose cooperating teachers were not in a networked PLC. The data was then coded and analyzed. Major findings will be shared at the symposium.
Heggeland, Emily, "Building Teacher Leaders while Preparing Future Teachers Through a Professional Learning Community of Preservice and Inservice Teacher" (2022). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 1106.