Agenda Item #39
AC4 - FIAT Master Agreement for FY2013
In order to address the need for new and well-trained teachers, FAU and its regional partners, which includes the School District of Palm Beach County, have created a three-prong, innovative approach to prepare College of Education majors to be well-trained and highly-qualified teachers upon graduation and entry into the teaching profession.
Good FIT (First Introduction to Teaching) increases the number of education majors by providing freshman, sophomores and others, interested in teaching, the opportunity to provide instructional support with model classroom teachers. This will increase the number and quality of students entering and remaining in the field of education and teacher preparation. Undergraduate students will be receiving extensive classroom experience and intensive multi-year support with retired educators and mentors, as well as a minimal stipend. The students in the school classrooms will be provided with additional support from qualified and caring undergraduates to directly support mutual learning in concert with the classroom teachers.
The Substituting with Mentors and Realistic Teaching (SMaRT) program provides classroom experience to college juniors and seniors to work as substitute teachers with mentors. A SMaRT site (elementary, middle or high school), where public school and university personnel work together to facilitate high levels of learning by all children at the school, utilizes Florida Atlantic University students as substitute teachers. These students work under the direction of a FAU mentor. This program will be dedicated to improving the quality of pre-service and in-service training. The School District of Palm Beach County and Florida Atlantic University will combine resources and provide leadership for the development of the SMaRT sites.
The purpose of this relationship is to enable the parties to:
The Accelerated Induction into Teaching (AIT) Program fills high-need teacher vacancies with selected university seniors who are ready to student teach as the actual classroom teacher, with daily support from a mentor. The District’s Academic Business Plan calls for intensive and targeted recruitment strategies to insure the availability of highly-qualified teachers for high needs schools. The AIT Program is an initiative that provides for the identification and placement of high-quality teacher candidates in high needs schools.
Consider approval of the Master Affiliation Agreement FIAT Programs between the School District of Palm Beach County and Florida Atlantic University effective FY13.
Sandra L. Gero, Chief of Human Resources
Mayra Stafford, Principal on Assignment
Project Good Fit – no cost to the District
SMaRT – The District shall compensate FAU/FIAT for each SMaRT Associate Teacher per day pursuant to current District substitute pay, with an additional $3.00 per hour for those substitutes in the far west-the Glades/Pahokee area. Total SMaRT Associate Teacher substitute days shall not exceed 75 days per school for the 2012-2013 school year.
AIT – The cost of the AIT Program to the District will be one half of a beginning teacher’s salary including benefits. The District will pay $5,215.00 to each AIT teacher for the semester. The payment to FAU for each AIT teacher per semester will be $19,938.00. The total paid by the District each semester for an AIT teacher is $25,153.00.
Attachment: FIAT Master Agreement FY2013 Contract.pdf