The Gevirtz School is excited to announce a Teacher Education Program Alumni Reunion to be held April 23-25. The Teacher Education Program (TEP) invites all former UC Santa Barbara students who earned their teaching credentials to come back to campus for a weekend of wonderful events. It is an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with their cohorts, join the family picnic, play in the MST vs. SST soccer tournament, and see the new Education Building.
The weekend will kick-off with a Reception Honoring Teacher Educators – Carolyn Cogan, Willis Copeland, Ron Kok, and Ann Lippincott – on Friday, April 23 from 5-7 pm on the Ackerman Terrace of the Education Building. “Many great teachers have had their start in TEP, and many owe that start to four great teacher educators,” says Tine Sloan, Director of TEP. “Each has profoundly impacted teachers and shaped excellence in our program. All of us – TEP alumni, current teacher candidates, and TEP educators – benefit from the legacy and current work of these individuals. The most important beneficiaries however, are the children our TEP teachers teach. They require and deserve excellence in teaching, and these teacher educators are responsible for much of that excellence. We are honored to honor them.”
One integral part of the build-up to the weekend will be the UCSB TEP Alumni Reunion 2010 blog. The blog will be an opportunity for alumni to post photographs and memories, see who will be attending, and begin to plan specific events for different interest groups.
Alumni are also being asked to RSVP on-line on the Gevirtz School website. If they have questions, alumni shouldn’t hesitate to contact Maritza Fuljencio in the Teacher Education Program office at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The TEP reunion is being held as part of the All Gaucho Reunion, April 23-25.
UCSB’s Teacher Education Program offers the Multiple-Subject, the Single-Subject (in five content areas), the Level I & II Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Teaching Credentials, and an M.Ed. degree. The programs are run as a cohort, with the elementary and secondary cohorts no larger than 60 students each, and the special education cohort no larger than 15. Candidates are placed in partner K-12 schools throughout the 9-month academic year, student teaching in the morning and attending university classes in the afternoon/evening. The Teacher Education Program is unique in that many of its faculty both supervise candidates in the field and teach university courses. The result is a cohesive, well-articulated program of study that takes candidates through each developmental phase of learning to teach.
During the 2008-2009 school year the Gevirtz School celebrated 100 years of preparing educators, as the Santa Barbara State Normal School was established as a two-year college program for training manual arts and home economics teachers in 1909.
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