This report details the work of two initial teacher certification programs at a major university in Kentucky that are implementing two innovative strategies for preservice teachers to network, build community, and grow in their practice. The utilization of Slack, a free online communication platform, has proven successful in getting preservice teachers to share ideas, pose and respond to professional questions, and program information dissemination. The use of a NIC (Networked Improvement Community) is a grant funded endeavor that brought together preservice teachers, their cooperating teachers, and university faculty members to create a professional learning community where a problem of practice was identified and PDSA (plan, do, study, act) cycles were utilized to improve classroom practices.
Amick, Lisa; Meade, Joni; and Mohr-Schroeder, Margaret J.
"Cultivating an Online Network for Mentoring Preservice and In-Service Teachers,"
Kentucky Teacher Education Journal: The Journal of the Teacher Education Division of the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children: Vol. 8:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.murraystate.edu/ktej/vol8/iss2/5