A little over two years ago a partnership began between Cedar Rapids Community Schools and Mt. Mercy University to provide a high-quality course of study for district teachers to earn a Master of Arts in Education degree with an emphasis in Effective Teaching. This week we are celebrating, with great excitement, the first graduating Cedar Rapids cohort who participated in commencement at Mt. Mercy University on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
The Cedar Rapids Community School District worked alongside Mt. Mercy staff to create a unique program of study for Cedar Rapids teachers, aligning coursework to district initiatives, vision, and goals. Courses within the program revolved around backwards design, culturally conscience instruction, effective coaching conversations, and practices within collaborative teams such as PLC’s, high impact reading strategies for struggling readers across content areas, and technology integration to enhance student learning. This specially designed program provided flexibility for teachers in the cohort to fulfill requirements for Mt. Mercy and at the same time allowed district personnel and teacher leaders to become adjunct professors providing district-aligned courses.
We are working to continue our partnership with Mt. Mercy University to offer once again a Master of Arts in Education degree with an emphasis in Effective Teaching. This program will begin in fall 2018.