CREST-Ed Initiatives

In addition to having a first class Teacher Residency Program, CREST-Ed will be offering:

  • Academy for Future Teachers (AFT)
  • School Network Meetings
  • Annual New Educator Induction Conference
  • Annual Summer Institute
  • Tailored Menu of Services
The Academy for Future Teachers (AFT) at Georgia State University College of Education & Human Development is a pre-college program designed to encourage and prepare high school students to teach mathematics and science in urban schools. AFT also increases awareness of the many career options within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Students are on the GSU campus for three weeks, and completers receive a small stipend. Each class is led by a university faculty member, and a master K-12 teacher with public school experience. AFT participants design and implement their own lesson plans in the program. Working in teams, they present learning activities at one of GSU's child development centers or partner schools.

Learn more about AFT 

Contact:

Laurie Forstner
AFT Project Coordinator
Georgia State University College of Education & Human Development/Offices of the Dean Academy for Future Teachers
P.O. Box 3980 Atlanta, GA 30302-3980
Office: 404-413-8121
Fax: 404-413-8103
E-mail: lforstner@gsu.edu

Dr. Gwendolyn Benson
Associate Dean Georgia State University College of Education & Human Development Academy for Future Teachers
P.O. Box 3980 Atlanta, Georgia 30302-3980
Office: 404-413-8105
Fax: 404-413-8103
Email: gbenson@gsu.edu

CREST-Ed has scale-up partnership efforts by integrating Social Network Analysis. Social networks are one way for teachers and others to collaborate. The stronger the professional network, the more likely educators - at all levels - are to stay in the profession, feel a greater sense of efficacy and engage in deeper levels of conversation around teaching and learning (Little, 2003). Thus, the building and supporting of professional relationships and networks is a critical way to sustain the work teaching and learning ultimately change.

To encourage and support developing social developments in selected schools, school network breakfast meetings are held in the spring and in the fall, supported by the schools, community partners and CREST-Ed.

Georgia State University currently host an annual New Educators Induction Conference for all prospective and new teachers. This one-day conference began in 2005 and has continued each year. Attendance at the conference has increased by at least 30% in the past three years and has been opened to all metro Atlanta teachers. Conference attendees enjoy sessions about stress management, connecting with other educators, differentiated instruction, working with diverse learners, classroom management, connecting instructions and standards, and assessment.
As part of the CREST-Ed grant, Georgia State University will continue to host an Annual Partnership Institute for all faculty, graduate students, practicing teachers and leaders, and prospective teachers involved in the partnership. This institute is conducted using a professional conference format and provides opportunities for sharing research findings and action research reporting. During this 1 day institute, areas of focus have been in  the areas of: Special Education, ELL, technology, co-teaching, edTPA,  and literacy. Practicing teachers are invited to share innovative strategies with the other attendees and GSU faculty.

  • In addition to having the teacher residents at the various treatment school, CREST-Ed will also be offering a menu of services or various forms of professional development activities for the teacher residents, mentor teachers, and other staff members at the various schools. these initiatives with the intent of meeting some  of the specific goals set by the treatment school  and community.
  • There are several initiatives:

TIP - Teacher-Intern-Professor  Model

School teachers can work with university professors and university residents to implement an action research project of the teacher’s choosing. The professor will help design the study. The teacher and resident will implement innovative teaching strategies in an effort to improve student learning. TIP groups can apply for mini-grants and fellowships.

CCLC  -  Cross Career Learning Communities

A Cross Career Learning Community is a professional learning community that is based on the structure of Critical Friends Groups (CFGs) and includes both novice and experienced educators.  CCLCs are designed to mentor and retain new teachers and draw upon the particular expertise of all members to increase student achievement.

Wellness and the Whole Child and Staff/ Parent Wellness

GSU’s Kinesiology and Health Department, will assist in setting up topics for discussion and the following activities:

  • Zumba
  • Yoga
  • Productivity/ Stress Management
  • Weight Loss
  • Nutrition

These programs are for 1) faculty/staff, 2) students, and 3) community.

Counseling and Psychological Services for Students

  • Bullying
  • Cyberbullying
  • Bystanders

Project-Based Learning

The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) will provide resources for the Residents/Mentor teachers in the Teacher Residency Program.