An innovative approach to teacher education delivers on its promise

Source: Marsal Family School of Education

First-year elementary resident Paige Wint works with one of her students.

In the fall of 2019, when the School at Marygrove opened the doors to its first class of ninth graders, the Michigan Education Teaching School launched alongside it—with three interns, one resident, and plenty of big ideas for long-term growth.

The School at Marygrove is in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, located in northwest Detroit, and the site of the nation’s first teaching school. The teaching school, with its similarities to the medical education model of teaching hospitals, is designed to improve the retention of early career teachers by providing additional training and support in their first years in the classroom. The model also honors the complexity of the teaching profession, drawing on the wisdom of experienced educators and the benefits of the collaborative exploration of teaching practice.

“There are a lot of teachers who quit during their first year, or right after their first year, because it’s so hard,” says P-20 Curriculum and Teacher Education Coordinator Dr. Alistair Bomphray (AB ’00, PhD ’18). By building a mutually supportive, intergenerational community of educators, the Teaching School aims to change that trend.

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