Bridgewater education professor recognized for partnership project

Jenny Martin helped place 50 undergraduate teacher candidates with 53 seventh-grade history students. | Contributed photo

Bridgewater College Assistant Professor of Education Jenny Martin has been chosen the 2016 Virginia Association of Teacher Educator’s School/University-Partnership Award winner for the Blended Instruction Field Experience Project, a project focused around giving the college’s teacher candidates experience in working with middle school learners. 

Martin and Mark Stevens worked to place 50 undergraduate teacher candidates with 53 seventh-grade history students. The project required that the students create a 1920s-style script for a radio show. After creating their scripts, the students were given editing comments and advice on improving their scripts. 

"Mr. Stevens and I are honored, but the real credit goes to the students who engaged in the collaboration,” Martin said.

The teacher candidates from Bridgewater spoke highly of the project, and said that it was highly valuable as they were able to work one-on-one with the students, while Martin said the partnerships are an ideal way to energize schools. 

“My hope is that this award and this project will encourage them to reach out to form partnerships with others,” she said.

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