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Fontbonne Education Partnership Honored by National Association

ST. LOUIS – The professional development partnership between Fontbonne University’s Teacher Education Unit, the Brentwood School District (BSD) and the Special School District (SSD) of St. Louis County received national recognition this week. The Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE) granted its 2011 Models of Excellence Award in recognition of the collaborative efforts of University faculty and staff, along with the faculty and staff of the participating school districts. The association looks at partnerships around the nation.

The award is for undergraduate or graduate professional educator preparation programs that represent one of four qualities of excellence: moral and ethical dimensions of the learning community, partnerships, liberal arts, or global awareness and action.

“This partnership has grown from a small, middle school initiative to a district-wide enterprise, encompassing pre-school, elementary, middle and high school,” said Bill Freeman, dean of education. “The reciprocal benefits are compelling: Fontbonne pre-service teachers are able to see real schools in action; students from participating schools are tutored and mentored by pre-service teachers. It is truly a win/win collaboration.”     

The program began in 1995 as a partnership between Fontbonne and the Brentwood Schools, with the Special School District joining in 2007. Today, the partnership serves as an opportunity to train university students in real-world classrooms, enhance the professional development of elementary, middle and high school teachers at schools throughout St. Louis County, and benefit each partner across all levels.

Fontbonne representatives will be honored at the AILACTE Annual Conference in Chicago in February.

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