I can say I have had many and varied experiences with MPLS.
When I came in the early 1970â€™s, my wife Jane student taught at MPLS and she then taught language arts for a year when a faculty member was on leave. All of our eight children attended MPLS from Pre-K to 12 in the years 1973 to 2001. As a university professor in Educational Psychology and Foundations, I have taught courses most years that relied on clinical experiences at MPLS for undergraduate teaching majors and graduate experience for school psychology students. I am deeply indebted to many MPLS teachers and administrators for the education our kids received. I am equally impressed with and appreciative of the opportunities and supervision provided to our university students. Both are important roles in the current scheme of things.
I also know the leadership role the MPLS faculty have played in developing the Iowa Core, the professional development provided to Pre-K-12 schools across the state, the numbers of National Board Certified Teachers among the faculty, and the university teaching conducted by these same faculty.
I hope that providing excellent education to K-12 students and being great models and mentors to UNI students continues to be part of the new role. I donâ€™t know what the new role will be, but as I consider the many difficult challenges the faculty and administration of the school have faced over the years, Iâ€™m quite confident they can assume this role and do it extremely well.
That will be particularly true if the university and state can develop and nurture a common understanding of just what the role and expectations are as well as the relationship of the R&D school to UNI and to the state.
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