FCPS and Hood College Partner for Vanguard Teacher Program

FCPS and Hood College Partner for Vanguard Teacher Program

(Left to right) FCPS Personalized Learning Project Manager Eric Haines, FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban, FCPS Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation Dr. Kevin Cuppett, Hood Director of the Education Leadership Program Roger Stenersen, Hood Dean of the Graduate School Dr. April Boulton, and Hood Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Debbie Ricker

Frederick County Public Schools is partnering with Hood College to offer leadership-development opportunities for teachers through the new FCPS Vanguard Teacher Program.

Hood will provide nine credits of coursework in three classes that complement the Vanguard Program’s objectives and goals. FCPS and Hood will collaborate regularly to design, assess and redesign the courses, which will take place in FCPS facilities. Participants must be accepted to Hood College as nondegree students. They will be able to earn credits toward a related master’s degree in education at Hood while completing the program.

The Vanguard Teacher Program will focus on four areas of teaching competencies: mindset, instructional technology, teaching practices, and professional learning and networking. Participants will learn mindsets to help them shift toward new methods of teaching and learning that align with FCPS goals. They will hone their skills for using technology to transform learning experiences to result in higher levels of achievement for students. Teaching will focus on best practices including use of digital content, small-group instruction, opportunities for student reflection, and data-driven decision making. Professional learning and networking will help teachers learn ways to foster collaboration and problem solving skills in their classrooms.