Signature Partnership Initiative

The Signature Partnership Initiative (SPI) is a University-wide initiative that focuses on enhancing the quality of life and economic opportunities for residents of West Louisville. To learn more about University-wide efforts, visit the University's Signature Partnership Initiative web site.

Highlights of Signature Partnership
Jefferson County Public School’s Cochran Elementary and the University of Louisville College of Education and Human Development partnership includes reciprocal learning opportunities among our partner schools' Teacher Staff, UofL students and UofL Faculty. Some initiatives include professional development (Collective for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) work and book study), UofL Literacy, Science and Math content methods courses; UofL content methods students spending one to a half day per week in school classrooms with mentoring teachers; and UofL student teachers collaborating every day with P-12 mentor teachers

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Clinical Model Partnerships

The Clinical Model of Teacher Preparation in an integral part of the CEHD's work through SPI. Funds from the Mary K. Oxley Foundation helped establish the first CEHD clinical model site at J.B. Atkinson Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In this model, CEHD faculty members teach content methods courses on-site in a designated University of Louisville classroom. They assist with K-12 teacher professional development at the school and collaborate with the teacher candidates' experiences in their classrooms.

The Oxley Foundation funds support the the clinical models at J.B. Atkinson Academy, Cochran Elementary School, Portland Elementary, Westport Middle School, Fairdale High School, and The Academy @ Shawnee.

In 2014, the Mary K. Oxley Foundation followed their original gift of $1 million to the CEHD with a new donation of $5 million (the UofL Foundation provided an additional $2.5 million endowment to match the Oxley gift). 

A significant addition from thew new funds included financial support for the Summer Boost and Summer Flight programs, which are held in the SPI partner schools.

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Summer Boost and Summer Flight

The Summer Boost program got its start at J.B. Atkinson Academy and has expanded to Westport Middle School, (Summer Flight), and Cochran Elementary. The program was created to reduce the 'summer dip' that many students experience during the summer months, especially those living in economically depressed areas. This past summer, a record number of students participated in Summer Boost at J.B. Atkinson Academy.

The Dynamic Classroom

The Dynamic Classroom professional learning conference introduced teachers to the philosophy and practices we believe will engage and challenge students to achieve at high levels. The first conference was held at Westport Middle School this year and teachers utilized work plans and menus, a professional library, and technology to investigate four modules: The Dynamic Mindset, The Dynamic Learner, The Dynamic Environment, and The Dynamic Teacher. The conference was structured to simulate what a student should experience in a dynamic classroom--choice, higher order thinking, differentiation, use of technology, and feedback and reflection.

Senate Bill 1 Grant

In 2010, the University of Louisville received $200,000 through a Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) grant from the Council on Postsecondary Education to fund the implementation of the components of SB 1. Dr. Buecker is the director of this grant and chairs a Steering Committee comprised of faculty from the CEHD and the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S).

Over the years, the grant provided support for Faculty Learning Communities to review and discuss the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS). These groups were comprised of faculty members from CEHD, A&S, and the Jefferson County Public Schools. The funds have most recently been utilized for stipends for CEHD faculty members, university supervisors, and teacher educators who completed mandated KCAS training modules, Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (TPGES) training, and the updated Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) training.