In July, the NYC Field Experience Program received a $60,000 grant for one year, with the possibility to renew, from the Edith Glick Shoolman Children's Foundation. Since 1997 the Ithaca College Department of Education has maintained partnerships with public schools in New York City through the NYC Field Experience Program, which all teacher candidates attend.
Marcy Sutherland, instructor of education, and Sarah House, teacher certification specialist, took the lead in writing the grant and worked alongside members of the education department.
“For a while now we’ve been thinking about the reciprocity of the program, and how we can give more to our partners,” said Sutherland. “We want to make the program stronger, and to do that, sometimes, you need a little funding and more resources.”
Every October, Ithaca College faculty, staff, and teacher candidates from IC travel to NYC to be in partner schools for a week of rigorous professional development. Teacher candidates shadow teachers and students, create and facilitate class lessons that align with their content areas of study, and most importantly, build relationships with teachers and students.