BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Bronxville Elementary School has partnered with a local college to bring graduate students into the classroom to serve as substitute teachers.
Through a $79,000 Foundation grant, the elementary school has teamed up with Long Island University-Hudson to bring five graduate students to the school, where they will act as interns who will work closely with grade level teams.
Each intern will be affiliated with a specific grade level and will attend team meetings regularly. This will fulfill student teaching requirements for the college students, who will be fully integrated into the district’s lesson study initiative.
This initiative involves the observation of teachers at work. It is believed that peer observation will lead to improved lesson design and classroom strategies.
In addition, a university professor will be available to work with the interns and provide seminars that may be of interest to faculty members.
Interim Principal Heidi Menzel said that this is a unique opportunity for both the college and elementary school.
“This will be a huge win-win for us,” she said. “I know of no other school in the area that is incorporating both of these best practices: lesson study and university partnership.”