Glastonbury Public Schools and the University of Connecticut have had a longstanding community partnership focused on the mutual goals of student growth and learning. Each year, students in UCONN’s Neag School of Education spend time in Glastonbury’s schools and school offices as part of their teacher education program. From observations, to student teaching, to masters’ year internships, their experiences in Glastonbury prepare them for future roles in the teaching field.
For the past 15 years we have hosted a cadre of UCONN student teachers, junior, senior, and master’s degree level interns in our classrooms and, in return, our staff has received professional development and guidance from UCONN professors. While interns benefit from the experiences and preparation we provide for their future roles in the teaching field, our staff benefits from the youthful perspectives and talents of these terrific teachers in the making. In today’s economic climate, it is vital that our school system continues to make effective use of resources like these.
Each year, our school system is fortunate to be partnered exceptional interns from UCONN. They serve in a variety of capacities in both our schools and offices. They participate in class observations and many special projects, which this year include language arts supports, early reading intervention, school psychology, technology integration, and special education.