The Winthrop Partnership Network provides a wide variety of supportive field experiences for our teacher candidates beginning with service learning experiences in the freshman year to full-time internships in the senior year. The Network connects Professional Development Schools and collaborating Partner Schools with the university to support professional learning. Collaborative research will inform teaching and learning at all levels, improving student achievement in our partnering schools and enhancing (or "renewing") our teacher preparation program. Our key goal is to help all students learn. Any student who comes to Winthrop to become a teacher will enjoy opportunities to visit, serve, teach, and learn in our Partnership Network schools.
The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program meets the advanced needs of teachers who work in diverse educational settings. A new “teaching and learning” program option responds to specific needs of partnering school districts through collaboration with local school districts. For example, we have a group of teachers concentrating on improving their content knowledge in math and learning how to use research-based strategies to teach math effectively at the elementary and middle school levels. In this program, teachers collaborate with their colleagues to create innovative projects to involve families in their children’s education, and they become leaders in conducting classroom action research and using data to improve teaching and learning. Teachers in this program frequently present their work at professional conferences.