TEACH-NOW Graduate School of Education is built on four principles of effective learning: technology, collaboration, practical application, and classroom experience.
Technology is at the heart of the TEACH-NOW program, as teacher candidates learn to think critically about – and put into practice – technology as a key addition to their instructional toolbox.
Research confirms that people learn best from each other. Teachers are no exception – and neither are students. That’s why TEACH-NOW is structured around extensive collaboration.
Teacher candidates learn as much from other candidates as they do from their instructors. And, they will be prepared to transform their classrooms into collaborative learning environments. TEACH-NOW structures learning activities to transfer easily to teachers’ classrooms – as well as for their own professional development.
Assessments reflect the belief that demonstrating new learning is a better measure of teacher effectiveness than traditional tests and assessments. This approach is consistent with the assessment approach of K-12 students in activity-based learning environments.
Teacher candidates enrolled in the TEACH-NOW Graduate School of Education learn by doing and measure progress through self-checks, peer and instructor feedback, and self-reflection.
No reading or activity can substitute for time spent in a classroom with students. The TEACH-NOW program places its teacher candidates in schools from the first module.
This collaborative and activity-based approach is reinforced as teacher candidates develop and enhance their teaching skills through constant feedback by a mentor as well as the instructor and members of the cohort, all of whom observe videos of teacher candidates in and out of the classroom.