Effectively preparing teacher candidates to meet the demands of diverse 21st century classrooms.
Teachers must be ready to meet the specific needs of diverse learners on the first day of the first year of their teaching careers. Preparing teacher candidates for this challenge is a daunting task. A teacher candidate must know and understand educational theory and practices, apply theory in practice during field experiences, establish and maintain caring and supporting classroom communities, and develop critical and reflective thinking skills. Although we have great professors, supervisors, and cooperating teachers at LaGrange College, we felt as though there was a missing link between the instruction in education courses, the application of instruction in the field, the support of the teacher candidate, and the intentional and critical reflection by the teacher candidate.