Teacher Training Program Lauded

California State University, Chico's Tri-Placement Program, which offers students an intensive apprenticeship in teacher training, has won a prestigious award from the California Council on the Education of Teachers.

The program received the Quality of Education Award for Distinguished Service to Children and the Training of Teachers at the council's spring conference in San Jose, March 19.

Assistant Professor Nancy Williams and Margaret Mow, distinguished teacher in residence, were present at the conference to receive the award. Both are in the Department of Professional Studies in Education.

Each year, the council chooses programs to honor in keeping with its conference theme. This year's theme was "Challenges and Opportunities in School/University Partnerships."

CSU, Chico's Tri-Placement Program requires prospective teachers to work in at least three different classrooms four and a half days a week for one school year. The program collaborates with more than eighty teachers in eight schools in the Chico Unified School District and the Durham Unified School District.

Along with apprenticing with cooperating teachers for a full year, Tri-Placement students take special courses preparing them for their extended practice teaching and work closely with CSU, Chico faculty during their time teaching in local schools. Approximately 20-25 students annually take part in the program.

Williams, who has been working with the program since 1982, said roughly one-third of the cooperating teachers in the Chico and Durham districts are graduates of the program.

Tri-Placement was started at CSU, Chico twenty years ago. The program also won the distinguished service award from the council ten years ago.


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