Impactful Partnership | Wittenberg College

Delivering learners with experiential learning alternatives on and off campus to put together their long term lecturers for the classroom, Wittenberg’s Department of Education and learning not too long ago introduced a new partnership with Covenant Children’s Academy (CCA) at Covenant Presbyterian Church in downtown Springfield.

Commencing this tumble, Wittenberg and the CCA will formally associate in giving 50 %-working day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten systems at the church, situated at 201 N. Limestone Street.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Covenant Children’s Academy, which has a tradition of delivering superior-top quality early childhood programming for preschoolers and kindergarteners in the Springfield place,” explained Kristin Farley, assistant professor of training specializing in early childhood and elementary training at Wittenberg.

Conversations about this official partnership amongst the CCA Board of Administrators and Wittenberg’s Education and learning Office started in the spring and into the summer time with the hopes of aiding equally institutions prosper in an sector that has been greatly impacted by the pandemic. 

“Wittenberg’s Education and learning Department continually companions with region K-12 colleges to help put together our pre-assistance academics, and this distinct collaboration expands the chances we can present to our students,” said Farley, who has taught at Wittenberg considering the fact that 2018 immediately after shelling out 10 a long time as an early childhood educator. “Creating this much more formalized partnership lets us to both equally educate our college students and learn from CCA’s early childhood experts in a purposeful way. Wittenberg’s Education and learning Department has a prolonged heritage of doing work with the academy.”

The CCA plans will provide preschool and kindergarten kids perform-centered academic actions that establish the foundational capabilities younger children will need for long run school achievements. Wittenberg learners enrolled in education courses will have the prospect to have interaction with the small children and lecturers by getting ready classroom materials, scheduling routines, and immersing them selves in the CCA school rooms. The partnership will get started this tumble with the integration of a person of its education and learning courses, taught by Sally Brannan, affiliate professor of education and learning, into the CCA constructing and lecture rooms.

“Our faculty will be able to truly integrate the course information and subject placement by training some courses on-website at CCA and obtaining the CCA early childhood specialists share their abilities with our college students,” Farley additional. “Since we are in the earliest phases of this partnership, we are still fleshing out particular roles. Because of my background and enthusiasm for early childhood education and learning, we are exploring alternatives that will enable me to proceed teaching many classes at Wittenberg although also serving in some kind of advisory capability for CCA. However, other school associates in the instruction office will also be involved as we continue on to acquire this partnership.”

In addition, Wittenberg instruction school and CCA school will be able to arrive with each other to share related study all over promising pedagogical procedures. The program will start out on Monday, Sept. 13. Young children have to enroll and be among the ages 3 to 5.

“Ultimately, we hope that this partnership will have the finest impact on the younger small children who show up at CCA,” Farley reported. “Research is very clear about the importance of high-excellent early academic encounters for preparing youngsters for school, favourable social and emotional results, and basic accomplishment beyond school. Both Wittenberg and CCA have lengthy traditions of excellence and this partnership can simultaneously support reinvigorate both of those institutions as we continue to regulate from COVID. We imagine that CCA will gain from skilled improvement possibilities our faculty can present, as perfectly as the electricity and innovative methods our students can carry to their school rooms. Wittenberg school will have the chance to master from the CCA educators and engage in analysis with the CCA local community, and students will advantage from a laboratory-like environment as they hear from college and CCA staff about child enhancement, and then immerse on their own in the precise classrooms to attain very first-hand practical experience.”

Wittenberg’s Education and learning Department is in constant collaboration with spot K-12 colleges for normal subject placements, and appears to be like to proceed and broaden all those regular partnerships with a vision of growing its get the job done into a entirely working elementary laboratory faculty.

“The path to the biggest impression we can have on the instruction of young young children and those people that are charged with their learning and progress is to collaborate with gurus in the field,” Farley reported. “We hope this partnership with CCA serves as an incubator for far more substantial partnerships to advantage the growth of educators to positively impression the education and learning of the young children and youth of Clark County.”

Pictured higher than is Michaela Malone training in Lori Culp’s initially-quality classroom at Enon Main College in Enon.
Pictured below is Alexis Johnson training in Laura Wamsley’s kindergarten classroom at Horace Mann Elementary School in Springfield.