Over the last several years, the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) has become the state’s primary educational outreach institution through development of a consistently growing arc of partnerships and relationships with K-12 schools, Cooperative Education Services Agencies (CESAs), non-profit agencies and other higher education institutions across Wisconsin and the nation.
The aim of these outreach efforts is to assist state school districts enhance student learning through better preparation of new educators and to create professional development opportunities for current teachers that align with district goals and changing educational needs. The outreach also is intended to expand community impact of its education, human services and professional counseling programs and provide access to degrees that meet the flexibility and educational needs of a range of local communities.
Notable outreach-related and other college accomplishments during 2011-2012 include:
- Establishment of a collaborative human services leadership degree programs with UW-Fond du Lac, UW-Fox Valley, UW-Manitowoc, UW-Sheboygan and UW-Washington County where students may earn a UW Oshkosh bachelor’s degree from those campuses after finishing their associate’s degree.
- Completion of more than 55 visits to K-12 school districts throughout CESA 6 and CESA 7 to gather information related to expectations of new teachers in regard to Common Core, RtI and Formative assessment preparation and to understand teacher professional development needs in light of Act 10 (WI).
- Introduction of a bilingual reading teacher certificate program to prepare current educators to support English language learners in today’s rapidly growing bilingual and dual-language classrooms.
- Continued collaboration with the Wind River Tribal College, Ethete, Wyo., where students can complete a UW Oshkosh bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
- Continuation of ESTRELLA through a new five-year, $1.5 million Title III grant, which provides professional development for those who work with English Language.
- A second successful year of the Appleton Teacher in Residency program, an 18-week field experience that helps teacher candidates quickly adapt to the classroom and better prepare for the day-to-day realities of teaching.
- Groups of Professional Counseling graduate students completed study abroad trips to India and Malaysia, which were designed to broaden their experience and understandings of counseling, mental health, and educational practices in those cultures.
Points of Pride
- Introduced in 2011, the College’s principal licensure program is the only one of its caliber in Northeast Wisconsin and is designed to help meet leadership needs of school districts throughout the region and state.
- The College has one of the largest and longest-running English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in the state, supported by a five-year, $1.5 million Title III grant to the Project ESTRELLA, which prepares teachers in the region for working through ESL and bilingual licensure and assists teachers and students in local schools manage linguistic/cultural differences in learning.
- The Fox Valley and Sheboygan COEHS/K-12 Schools Advisory Councils provide a forum for the College and area schools and districts to discuss and resolve educational issues that affect K-12 schools and higher education in Wisconsin and the nation.
- More than 225 COEHS graduates have received the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship Award for excellence in teaching.
- The COEHS collaborative human services leadership degree program with UW-Fond du Lac, UW-Fox Valley, UW-Manitowoc, UW-Sheboygan and UW-Washington County expands the reach of the College by enabling students in those regions to earn a UW Oshkosh bachelor’s degree from those campuses.
- In its second year, the COEHS Appleton Teacher in Residency program, an 18-week field experience that helps teacher candidates quickly adapt to the classroom and better prepare for the day-to-day realities of teaching, is quickly becoming a model for future field experience for student teachers.
- Professional Counseling students are expanding their horizons through study abroad programs in India and Malaysia, exploring and experiencing first-hand the mental health, spirituality and culture that currently exist within those societies.