doc marten shoes cheap University faces challenges and opportunities with lab school
GREENSBORO A new public school effort similar to one already underway in Pitt County is scrambling to meet an August deadline.
UNC Greensboro is working to take over a low performing Rockingham County elementary so student teachers and administrators can lend a hand to struggling children and families, officials said.
UNC G laboratory school a public school operated and supervised by the university will allow student teachers to hone their classroom skills under professional supervision at Moss Street Elementary. It will also provide medical care for students, a real benefit for the rural Reidsville community, said Christina O UNC G director of professional education. General Assembly mandated schools on eight of UNC 16 campuses. Legislators tweaked the law last year, adding a ninth school to the roster. All lab schools must serve public school students between kindergarten and eighth grade.
Every lab school is different, but all are designed to help low performing students rise to their potential. Each university has the freedom to decide on a school format.
East Carolina University partnered with Pitt County Schools to open a lab school in August 2017 inside a wing of South Greenville Elementary. It serves students in grades 2 through 4, accepting applications from throughout the county. It will expand over three years to eventually serve students in grades Pre K through 5.
In addition to educational services, the ECU Lab School draws on university resources to enhance physical, social and emotional development. The school recently hired a nurse health navigator.
In Reidsville, Moss Street Elementary presents an amazing opportunity, but the road to opening day has some speed bumps, O said. The university must manage a public school budget, hire a principal and teaching staff, purchase furniture and textbooks, market the school, and much more.
is the challenge. It not something that UNC G has done before. We have to figure out a lot of stuff. Street is not a O said. It is a partnership between UNC G and the Reidsville community.
people associate laboratories with experiments and lab rats. So we not experimenting on kids. We are educating kids. school is a better term for us. It emphasizes what we doing, because we working together for the benefit of the kids. input is essential, O said. UNC G is convening a council of local leaders and parents to advise about the needs of students and families.
want it to be a school that serves the needs of the community, and we can do that without engaging them in the process, she said.
East Carolina University and Western Carolina University opened lab schools in 2017. Three more will launch in this year. The final four are slated to open doors next year.
UNC G school is a K 5 institution. The university has strong ties to Rockingham County, so Moss Street Elementary was an easy choice, said Randy Penfield, dean of the School of Education.
Organizing the school is an uphill challenge, O said. UNC G has worked well with the Rockingham Board of Education, but bureaucracy always makes things difficult, O said.
got two different kinds of institutions working together. You got a school district who does things one way, and we do things another way. is another concern, O said. The annual school operating budget is $3.5 million. Legislators didn write additional funding into the law, so the school district and university must combine resources. UNC G may apply for grants to help foot the bill.
Moss Street serves 420 students, the largest UNC lab school to open so far. UNC G will use the program to train between 50 and 60 student teachers and interns.
The university is on the fast track to finish preparations, said Carl Lashley, an education professor. Lashley and O have worked on the project since last June. Fourteen months from inception to opening hasn left a lot of time for UNC G to market the school, Lashley said.
families move into a neighborhood and they know where their kid is going to school, Lashley said. along comes the university who says, year at Moss Street we going to do this laboratory partnership thing, and you have to choose to send your child there. don tell, is the best advertising method, said, O who markets the lab school at academic events around Reidsville.
The challenges are many, but the product is well worth the effort, Lashley said. Moss Street Elementary is a chance for UNC G to connect with families, and to help up and coming teachers build meaningful relationships.
is about the kids at Moss Street school. We want to improve student performance and opportunity. Together, the district and the university as partners can make really great things happen for the kids who are there. And that the whole point. That our pitch to the community. Journal News Service is provided by the Raleigh based John Locke Foundation.