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Marietta Elementary Schools Host Kennesaw State Teaching Candidates

MARIETTA, GA -- Four Marietta City schools -- A.L. Burruss Elementary, Hickory Hills Elementary, Park Street Elementary and Sawyer Road Elementary -- are collaborating with Kennesaw State University to host a cohort of 27 teacher candidates. Each candidate will complete a two-semester, yearlong field experience that includes Teaching of Specific Skills (TOSS), a program focused on integrating technology for student learning.

In their first semester, the candidates will participate in TOSS and spend one day a week for ten weeks at the elementary schools, followed by four weeks of full-time classroom teaching during their second semester.

At KSU, the teacher candidates develop "turboquests" -- integrated, technology-driven units based on Georgia Performance Standards -- and subsequently teach those units during the four-week classroom assignments at the Marietta schools.

"Our teachers benefit from this program through an exposure to technology-rich, innovative practices in a collaborative teaching and learning classroom experience," said Dr. Debra Pickett, MCS assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. "Our students also benefit because this project also involves parents in the education of their student."

KSU has four professors involved in the TOSS project: Dr. Jim Cope, Early Childhood Education Chair and Language Arts professor; Beth Peery, Math Methods professor; Dr. Cherry Steffen, Science Methods professor; and Dr. Mark Warner, Social Studies Methods professor.