Saint Martin’s University Hosts Co-Teaching Workshop
September 22, 2009
Lacey, Washington – On Tuesday and Wednesday, September 22 and 23,
representatives of 13 universities that provide teacher education in
Washington state will participate in the “Mentoring Teacher Candidates
through Co-Teaching” workshop, which will be held at the Worthington
Convention Center at Saint Martin’s University. The workshop is
co-sponsored by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public
Instruction (OSPI) and Saint Martin’s University.
Co-teaching pairs experienced classroom teachers with student
teachers so that they may collaboratively plan, organize, deliver, and
assess instruction in the classroom. Instead of throwing a student
teacher into the complexities of teaching, without a lifeline, they’re
coached as they practice the art of teaching. The purpose of this
workshop is to train university and school district personnel so they
can offer two-day “mentor teacher/student teacher (teacher candidate)”
training. The workshop, which will be led by Dr. Nancy Bacharach and Dr.
Teresa Washut Heck from the Teacher Quality Enhancement Center at St.
Cloud University’s College of Education, will feature both lectures and
small group work.
The universities participating in the workshop include: Saint
Martin’s University, Antioch University, Evergreen State College, City
University of Seattle, Gonzaga University, Heritage University, Lesley
University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle University, Washington
State University, UW-Bothell, UW-Tacoma, and University of Puget Sound.
Representatives from OSPI and two high school districts, Highline School
District and North Thurston School District, will also participate.
“Washington state is adopting the co-teaching strategies as part of
the revised teacher education standards,” said Joyce Westgard, dean of
the College of Education at Saint Martin’s. “This is a workshop to
‘train the trainers’.”
The workshop on co-teaching was developed by St. Cloud State
University and was funded by a U.S. Department of Education, Teacher
Quality Enhancement Partnership grant. The Teacher Quality Enhancement
Center is working to share the co-teaching model with universities and
school districts across the nation and offers these workshops regionally
throughout the United States. Now in its sixth year, the program has
received the Best Practice Award in Support of Teacher Education Quality
and Accountability from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher
“The needs of today’s children are so great,” said Dr. Bacharach,
director of the Teacher Quality Enhancement Center, “that it doesn’t
make sense to have either the classroom teacher or the teacher candidate
sitting in the background when both can be helping children.”
For more information please contact Kathleen Allen in the College of
Education at 360-438-4501 or
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic,
coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey,
Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict,
the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the
United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains.
Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through
its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts,
business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250
student from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus,
and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army
Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College, and
Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
Kathleen D. Allen, EdD Associate Professor College of Education
Genevieve Canceko Chan
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