Collaboration with District Partners
In addition to pre-practicum and practicum placements, the Wheaton College Education Department collaborates with public school districts in a number of ways. Local administrators and teachers routinely visit our seminars in order to discuss assessment, special education, English language learners, the hiring process, and other topics. A local educator has also joined the Department's Education Advisory Group. Professor Bartolini has provided a professional development workshop in which early childhood teachers explored STEM education and the use of video documentation (VoiceThread.com) for training, mentoring and coaching purposes. Professor Bartolini is also offering a Saturday spring course (ED 298 Issues in Early Care and Education) for early childhood educators, contracted through The Southeastern Education Professionals Partnership (SEEPP). SEEPP is a partnership made up of early education and care and out-of-school time center-based programs, public schools, independent and system-affiliated family childcare, Head Start, and higher education institutions. On June 5, 2014, Wheaton is hosting the first ever Tri-Town STEM EXPO for 800 middle school students from the Norton, Mansfield and Foxboro public schools.