Program earns grant for Webster


Webster University was awarded the “Teachers Matter: Promoting Partnership & Measuring Efficacy in Teacher Preparation” grant from Boeing for their educational course on teaching developed in a partnership with The Soulard School in St. Louis.

The new program will focus on getting education students into the field with The Soulard School, and early education school from pre-k to sixth grade.

The new program is working on revamping the Teaching in a Diverse Society course that the Webster School of Education already has in place.

The changes will help meet Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) requirements for early field experience. DESE calls for 30 hours of experience in a classroom as an advisor or classroom aid.

The redesigned course will move the class time from Webster classrooms to classrooms in The Soulard School, where education students will work with teachers from Soulard to develop new teaching strategies. Dean of the School of Education Brenda Fyfe said the program will help students beyond filling requirements.

“It gives our students a better opportunity to see how what they’re learning is applied in the field,” Fyfe said.

Faculty members of the school of education developed the redesigned course. Stephanie Mahfood, one of the faculty members involved in the program, said she saw an opportunity to improve a key class for graduate students.

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