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REPRESENTATIVES of UNCW and Brunswick County Schools sign an agreement that marks a four-year collaboration in pursuit of ex
cellence in teaching. At the table (from left) are Robert Tyndall, Donna Baxter, Ralph Johnston and Denis Carter. Standing (from left) are
Rep. David Red wine and educators Clifton Jones, Carolyn Williams, Faye Lloyd, Bob Rhyne, iMVerna Hargrove, iMtty Stanley and Ellen
STUDENTS SHOULD BENEFIT MOST
Joint Effort With UNCW Will Take
BY SUSAN USHER
Brunswick Counly educators and
their counterparts from the Uni
versity of North Carolina at Wilm
ington could scarcely contain their
excitement Friday morning at a
signing party at Supply Elementary
As a group of teachers and ad
ministrators looked on, representa
tives of both agencies put their
marks on a formal agreement mark
ing the start of a collaborative effort
to improve the quality of classroom
"I don't know what word to use to
describe how excited 1 am today,"
Brunswick County Superintendent
of Schools Ralph Johnston told the
group. "This is the fruition of some
thing I believe will make a differ
ence not only in the way we prepare
student teachers, but the way we do
in-service for our teachers."
Students should benefit most.
"The most dramatic way to im
prove the quality of schools is to im
prove the quality of those who teach
in them," said Robert Tyndall, dean
of UNCW's School of Education.
Johnston said he expccts the pro
fessional development project to
"impact our achievement and help
us focus on what this board of edu
cation is committed to: excellence in
Through this and other efforts,
and with the support of the people of
Brunswick Counly, the superinten
dent continued, "We will improve
the Brunswick County Schools."
Over at least the next four years,
Brunswick Counly Schools and
UNCW's School of Education will
pool their financial and personnel
resources for the benefit of both.
UNCW has entered into a parallel
collaboration with Duplin County
As part of the professional devel
opment effort UNCW will send at
least 25 student teachers into the
counly schools each year, with all
elementary schools to participate
this fall. It will offer graduate-level
courses in education in Brunswick
County as well as lectures, seminars
and workshops on current issues and
Personnel from the county school
system will be named adjunct facul
ty at UNCW, sharing their practical
knowledge and experience with fu
ture leachcrc. Local teaching centers
will serve as models for observation
by educators from across the region.
While Tyndall noted the agree
ment marks "substantial changes" in
the way the schools and university
do business, the collaboration also
expands an ongoing relationship.
Current joint efforts include use of
Bolivia and Souihport elementary
schools as clinical model teaching
sites, the Reading Recovery pro
gram for first graders and participa
tion in the Southeastern Math and
Science Alliance based at UNCW,
said Gloria Yount, schools staff de
There's still more to come, said
Yount. "The sky's the limit."
"We and the university are look
ing for curriculum changes and this
is a way of getting at that."
Faye Lloyd, a teacher at South
port Elementary School, has worked
with student teachers under the tra
ditional internship model and the
clinical model, the component of the
professional development system
that has been most fully developed.
The coursework and research ele
ments will be put into place as the
The clinical model being devel
oped by UNCW, she said, "helped
not only the interns ana myself. The
students were so much more ad
vanced than they would have been."
Student teachers who were to be
assigned to her in both the fall and
spring semesters visited her class
room the last days of school, to see
how she summarized the year's ef
forts, handled paperwork and dis
mantled her room. In the summer
they returned for two weeks of col
laborative planning for both semes
ters, then worked together to gather
materials to use. During the fall term
the spring intern visited the class as
frequently as she liked, including
some hours for which course credit
is awarded. When she joined the
teaching team for spring semester,
the students, the teacher and the cur
riculum were familiar 10 her. Of her approach. "It was always 'our'
own free will, the fall intern contin- classroom. I'm a specialist in inte
ucd working with the class through grating curriculum, so I shared those
the spring on a more limited basis. skills with them. The student teach
"There was never a time that I ers brought in new ideas for bchav
said 'my' classroom," said Lloyd, ior management
reflecting on her experience with the "It was fantastic."
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Staffing for Brunswick County's eighth grade teacher. Other teachers
summer school session that begins will be Patricia Norris, Susan
next week at Supply Elementary Bolinger, Cherryanna Basinger, Pau
School has been announced. line Hewett and Anne Medlin, with
Third-grade teachers are Nona Kathleen Thompson as alternate.
Baker, Nancy Wcmyss, Melissa Lachawn Daniels and Jean
Padgett, Snow re e Hewett, Kelli Kaczynski will be resource teachers.
Suggs and Beverly Hewett. Teacher assistants will be Shclia
Teaching sixth grade will be Huskins, Cynthia Reaves, Incatha
Brenda Russ, Eva Smith, Sandra Marlowe, Joyce Cox, Gloria Joyner,
Kaufhold, Janice Gore and Ivory Carol Coffey, Linda Graham-Bell
Parker, with Ophelia Kcaton as al- and Essie Vaughan.
ternate. School secretary for the session
Clifton Jones will serve as lead will be Marian Tippctt.
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