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Presentation from the 2006 National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals Conference

Presentation from the 2006 National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals Conference
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    • Associates in Arts in Teaching Program
      • Leeward Community College
      • Pearl City, HI
      • Laurie Lawrence
      • AAT Coordinator
    • About Leeward Community College
      • 4000+ students enrolled
      • Gateway to higher education for West and Central Oahu
      • Partnership with University of West Oahu to provide a balanced and comprehensive offering of programs, services and educational opportunities at locations both on and off campus
    • LCC Mission includes
      • To broaden access to post-secondary colleges in the State of Hawai‘i by providing open-door opportunities for students to enter quality educational programs within their community.
      • To provide vocational and technical programs, which both prepare students for immediate employment and provide the paraprofessional and trained workforce needed by the State.
    • Context
      • Hawaii has a critical shortage of teachers, hiring over 50% of new teachers from the mainland
      • Over 10% of the Hawaii Department of Education teachers in West Oahu are new hires each year
      • Special educators and paraeducators are in very short supply statewide
      • Native Hawaiians and Filipinos are most underrepresented ethnic groups in teaching force
    • AAT Program History
      • Grew out of HI DOE partnership
      • Provide a career ladder for EAs
      • Formally approved by Board of Regents in fall 2005
      • Initial funding by HI Legislature to hire full-time coordinator and instructor FY 06.
      • Coordinator and instructor on-board spring 2006.
    • AAT Mission
      • To promote teaching as a means to serve the local community by recruiting current Education Assistants and high school students who have expressed the desire to teach.
      • To improve access to teaching by offering an alternative to the traditional AA degree and a seamless transfer to 4-year bachelors degree programs on Oahu.
      • To provide early real-world field experience allowing students to make an informed decision about teaching as a career.
    • Our values and beliefs about teacher education
      • We believe that high quality teacher education:
      • Is based on standards frameworks for what new teachers should know and be able to do
      • Is grounded in constructivist principles
      • Models high quality teaching practices to meet the needs of all learners
      • Balances content and pedagogical knowledge appropriately
      • Meets the needs of all learners
      • Is a means of promoting social justice
      • Provides an ethic of caring
      • Supports the establishment of learning communities
    • What is the AAT Program?
      • Associates degree program for students interested in pursuing a teaching degree or employment as an Education Assistant
      • Three tracks – current EAs, traditional day students, non-traditional adult students
    • How are courses offered?
      • Current EA’s take 3 courses in fall and spring semesters and 2 courses in the summer
        • Two accelerated evening courses
        • Distance education – cable TV and Internet
      • Day courses available for traditional students starting Fall 2006
      • Evening and DE courses available for nontraditional adult students starting Fall 2007
    • Options for Graduates of the AAT Program:
      • Continue employment as an education assistant in K-12 education
      • Transfer to a baccalaureate program in elementary education (University of Hawaii at West Oahu, University of Hawaii at Manoa)
      • Transfer to a baccalaureate program in secondary education (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
      • Transfer to a baccalaureate program for special education (Chaminade University, City University)
    • What are the current degree requirements?
      • 62 credits total over 3 years
        • 19 credits in education courses
          • Intro to Classroom Management
          • Foundations in Education
          • Processes and Acquisition in Reading
          • Processes and Acquisition of Math
          • Working with Special Needs Populations I&II
          • Standards-based Art for Elementary Teachers
          • Education Psychology
          • Field Experience
        • 43 credits in general education (liberal arts courses)
    • What are the proposed degree requirements?
      • Core Courses in Education
      • Introduction to Classroom Management
      • Foundations in Education
      • Developing Language and Literacy
      • Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
      • Introduction to Multicultural Education
      • Field Experience
      • Plus 1 elective
      • General Education Requirements
      • Written Communication (6 credits)
      • Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
      • World Civilizations (6 credits)
      • Math (3 credits)
      • Science (7 credits)
      • Computer Apps (3 credits)
      • Social Sciences (9 credits)
    • Articulation Agreements
      • Current:
      • Chaminade University, Honolulu, HI
      • City University, Bellevue, Washington
      • Pending:
      • University of Hawaii West Oahu
      • University of Hawaii Manoa
    • LCC-UHM COE relationship
      • Of all the UH community college transfer students currently enrolled in all COE teacher education programs , approximately 30% of the students have taken courses at LCC.
      • Of all the UH community college transfer students currently enrolled in the COE Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programs, approximately 33% of the students have taken courses at LCC (the highest percentage among all community colleges).
    • Current EA Cohort Statistics
      • 3 cohorts currently in the program
      • 3 males, 56 females
      • Majority (over 60%) are age 40-55
    • Ethnic Backgrounds
      • Most frequent response
      • Native Hawaiian
      • Japanese
      • Filipino
      • Chinese
      • Caucasian
      • Less frequent response
      • Hispanic
      • Native American
      • Pacific Islander (Tonga, Samoa)
      • Korean
      • Portuguese
      • African American
    • Retention and Completion Rates
      • Retention rate
        • Cohort 1 – 82%
        • Cohort 2 – 92%
        • Cohort 3 – 100% (so far)
      • Expected completion rate for Cohort 1
        • 60% by Spring 2006
        • 20% by Summer 2006
        • 20% by Spring 2007
    • Future Plans (Cohorts 1&2 surveyed 2/06)
      • Cohort 1
        • 47% AAT only
        • 20% B.Ed immediately
        • 33% B.Ed later
        • 0 not sure
      • Cohort 2
        • 0 not sure
        • 65% B.Ed immediately
        • 25% B.Ed later
        • 10% not sure