Community & Collaborative Programs
Partnerships and Programs
Major part of the activities at Clemmer College of Education comprise of collaborating and partnering with the community. Through the research and teaching activities the faculty and students join together to serve the region. Examples of our ever-growing partnership activities are outlined below. For further information, contact the appropriate faculty member.
- Project TIES: Clarissa Willis
This project assists the facilities throughout the region in the training of teachers for early childhood centers
- Make a Difference Project: Jim Fox
Washington, Sullivan, Unicoi, Greene, Hancock, and Hawkins County as well as Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, Greeneville, Elizabethton, and Rogersville city schools are part of this ETSU project to assist students with challenging behaviors to succeed socially and academically in the least restrictive environment.
- Early Childhood Conference: Rebecca Isbell
Annually the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development, ETSU Office of Professional Development and Tennessee Department of Human Services partner to provide intensive training to early childhood educators in the region.
- Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) in Eleven School Districts in Northeast TN: Harold "Lee" Daniels
The focus of this grant has been to incorporate technology in all undergraduate education courses, train faculty in the use of technology, and infuse technology into field experiences in school setting. The following school systems are partners in this project: Bristol City, Cocke Co., Elizabethton City, Greene Co., Greeneville City, Johnson City, Johnson Co., Sullivan Co., Unicoi Co., and Washington Co.
- Partnerships with Walters State and Northeast State Technical Community Colleges: Hal Knight
An articulation agreement between ETSU and these two community colleges has been designed and is being implemented, according to which community college students are allowed to complete first two years of a teacher education program and be admitted while still at the community college.
- Northeast Tennessee Assistive Technology: Lori Marks
Special educators and related service personnel are brought together to develop leadership skills and expertise in assistive technology assessment. Interdisciplinary services for students with disabilities are provided in partnership with 15 school districts, the Tennessee Department of Education, and ETSU College of Education faculty.
- Fit Kids/ Fit Seniors: Dusty Duncan
Several companies have come together with the Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Sciences Department to enhance the existing physical education classes in local public schools. This effort with elementary schools in seven school districts expanded to address the physical needs of adults. Eight locations now exist for exercise classes and health related activities to address healthy lifestyle changes for Fit Seniors.
- Cherokee Immersion Project: Tom Coates
Beginning in the summer of 2001, the PEXS Department in the College of Education and the Humanities Department in the College of Arts and Sciences joined forces to initiate a service-learning course focusing on a study of the Cherokee culture on the Qualla Boundary in western North Carolina. The seven-week course includes classroom time on the campus of ETSU and 3 weeks of involvement in service projects on the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, NC. While in Cherokee, students are involved in projects identified by the Cherokee people as important to them and have a unique opportunity to interact with elements of the traditional culture. In August 2001, a five year agreement was signed to continue this service-learning course.
- Rocky Mountain Experience: Tom Coates
Rocky Mountain Experience: a 3 1/2 week field experience focusing on service-learning in selected units of the National Park Service in the Rocky Mountain region. National parks where service projects are completed include Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in Wyoming. Three-semester hours credit, undergraduate and graduate credit.
- Bristol Motor Speedway Partnership: Tom Coates
Bristol Motor Speedway and ETSU Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Sciences Department work together to provide sport management students with hands-on learning opportunities as they consider a career in the motor sport industry.
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