Northeast High School designated as a Professional Development School

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Some Middle Georgia teachers are getting hands-on training at Northeast high school, which received a Professional Development Designation, Tuesday.

“This is a signing of a memorandum of understanding with a collaborative effort between the Bibb County School District and Georgia College State University,” says Interim Bibb County School Board Superintendent, Steve Smith.

Northeast High school is located at 1646 Upper River Road.

The partnership will not only include placing student-teachers at Northeast High school but also include Georgia College and State University faculty working with student-teachers.

“It’s a continuation of what’s been going on for many, many years in the past,” continued Smith. “But, we’re trying to make it official and use Northeast High School kind of as a base for student teachers.”

The Interim Dean of Education, at Georgia College and State University, Olu Fontelot says the Science Technology Engineering and Math initiative known as the STEM project with Bibb County Schools laid a foundation for more collaborations.

“We’ve had a partnership in the past and we simply are taking it to another level here,” says Fontelot.

The high school provides faculty to work with student-teachers to model effective teaching strategies.

Tara Jones-Lawrence is a Northeast High school science teacher.

“To bring in actual educators from higher learning has been the most beneficial part,” says Jones- Lawrence. “Because, we get to understand their ways of teaching so that they can help us to increase our student achievement.”

GCSU Associate Professor of Literacy, Dr. Sandra Webb says high school is the perfect time to mold young minds.

“Adolescence is a time that they are not only learning a great deal, but they are also exploring who they are, and what their values are and what their beliefs are,” says Dr. Webb.” So that the common core really encourages us to look for these very critical text that can help students not only learn about poetry, not only learn about content but also learn about themselves.”
GCSU student-teacher Scott Wolfe is working with Northeast High school math teacher Rogderick Worthy.

“I’ve had the opportunity to watch Mr. Worthy my host teacher over the past four weeks and he just does an excellent job with the students and I really enjoy getting to see him interact with the students both when they’re doing well but also when they’re misbehaving,” says Wolfe. “I’ve learned a lot of little tips and tricks on how to treat them.”

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