SOE Resident Fellows and Amsterdam High School Develop a Rewarding Partnership

Albany, NY (June 17, 2013) - More than a dozen graduate students will begin a year-long teaching internship at Amsterdam High School this fall, following two previous cohorts of students studying in the Graduate Level Clinically Rich Teacher Preparation Pilot Program (GLCRTPPP).

The GLCRTPPP, a joint effort between the School of Education’s Department of Reading and Division of Special Education, funded by the New York State Education Department, is designed to prepare the next generation of special educators to work with 21st century high school students in high needs schools.

The master’s degree students in the GLCRTPPP, known as resident fellows, engage in a 67-credit program of study which includes coursework, elementary instruction, and then a full year interning as consultant and resource support teachers at Amsterdam High School (AHS), working on supporting and differentiating instruction for all students. The fellows gain invaluable experience in the year-long internship at AHS, and upon graduation will earn four NYS teaching certificates. 

UAlbany clinical supervisor, Lisa Grippo-Gardner, is present at AHS as a resource for both the mentor teachers and the fellows, providing guidance and preparation which contributes to a cooperative spirit among the partners.  Teachers and administrators at AHS speak highly of the collaboration with UAlbany’s School of Education, noting that the more committed adults offering diverse approaches to teaching and learning who are present in the kids’ lives, the greater potential for success.

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Pictured above are Lisa Grippo-Gardner, Jane Domaracki, Dean Robert Bangert-Drowns, and Debi May with recent graduates of the GLCRTPPP.