§ 354.26. Collaborative programs.
(a) The preparing institution shall collaborate with higher education faculty, public school personnel, and other members of the professional education community to design, deliver, and facilitate effective programs for the preparation of professional educators and to improve the quality of education in schools. The evidence that this standard is met includes the following:
(1) Professional educator faculty and faculty from liberal arts and other academic disciplines regularly collaborate in program planning and evaluation of all facets of the curriculum.
(2) The preparing institution develops agreements with public and nonpublic schools and cooperating professional educators to ensure:
(i) Student teaching, internships and other field experiences are collaboratively designed and implemented.
(ii) Candidates are supported in their achievement of the learning principles as defined in § 354.33 (relating to professional competence).
(iii) Cooperating professional educators involved in student teaching, internships, and clinical experiences are trained by the preparing institution to assist, guide, and evaluate the performance of student teachers and individuals who are serving in a clinical experience or internship.
(b) The preparing institution shall develop collaborative relationships, programs, and projects with public and nonpublic schools, to develop and refine knowledge bases, to consult, and to conduct research to improve the quality of education.
(c) The preparing institution shall provide ongoing support to novice educators in partnership with public schools during their induction period, including observation, consultation and assistance.
(d) The preparing institution shall cooperate with public and nonpublic schools in the development and implementation of alternative certification programs.
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