WASHINGTON–GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development announces the establishment of The Mid-Atlantic Teacher Institute at Norwood School, an independent elementary and middle school in Bethesda, Md. Beginning at the end of May 2007, The institute will offer candidates a Master’s of Education after completing a combination of GW coursework, classroom apprenticeship, mentoring, and the opportunity to become immersed in the daily life of an independent school during the 13-month program.

“As one of very few university-school partnerships in the U.S. focusing on the preparation of teachers for independent schools, this program will dramatically enhance our elementary education program at The George Washington University,” said Colin Green, associate professor of elementary education at GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development. “This new partnership brings together the expertise and scholarship of GW’s elementary education faculty with the wealth of experience and knowledge provided by Norwood faculty and staff.”

In recognition of a growing demand for highly qualified, fully credentialed educators able to serve in a variety of school settings, the Institute will prepare a cohort of elementary school teachers who will focus on teaching and learning in independent schools. All coursework will be taught by GW and Norwood School faculty on location at Norwood. Veteran Norwood teachers will serve as mentor teachers and host cohort members in their classrooms four days a week.

“Comparable to the idea of a teaching hospital, this joint initiative between Norwood School and GW will establish state-of-the-art practice and training grounds for new professionals by bringing together school and university-based faculty in designing and implementing programs for new teachers, professional development for experienced teachers, and research to improve teaching and learning,” said Dick Ewing, head of Norwood School. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have GW as our partner as we launch the Mid-Atlantic Teacher Institute.”

GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development has been nationally accredited since the inception of accreditation in 1954 and is currently ranked 21st in the nation among graduate schools of education by U.S. News & World Report. Since its establishment in 1952, the Norwood School has grown from 40 to 500 students and has gained a national reputation as a school with high standards and innovative teaching strategies.

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