TO:        Teacher Cadet Network

FROM:   Marcella Wine-Snyder, Director of Pre-Collegiate Programs

RE:        Experiencing Education, 11th Edition

Two Online Trainings scheduled:

August 7, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

August 8, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Teacher Cadet Program, administered by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), is a highly effective high school recruitment program aimed at attracting each state’s “best and brightest” students to the teaching profession. Its mission is to “encourage academically able students who possess exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career,” and it provides the opportunity for schools and districts to identify and recruit “homegrown” teachers and educators. Such an approach allows these talented students to return to their communities as education professionals, especially in hard-to-staff or rural areas. 

Experiencing Education, the curriculum developed by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), has long been a national model for homegrown teacher recruitment at the secondary school level. The curriculum, which provides the structure for the Teacher Cadet Program, has been revamped, and the 11th edition will be unveiled after being revised by a team of Teacher Cadet instructors from across South Carolina with input from program instructors across the United States. We are elated to share the exciting news that the 11th Edition of Experiencing Education will be unveiled this summer!

Comprised of three overarching units and fifteen chapters, the revised curriculum provides opportunities for future educators to experience education: Experience Learning, Experience the Profession, and Experience the Classroom. Each of the program’s 40 rigorous standards have been aligned and cross-walked with the new standards set forth by the following organizations: Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The foci of the curriculum transitions students from understanding themselves as learners to the intricacies and demands of the teaching profession to hands-on experience and application of learned skills in a classroom setting.

New Features of Experiencing Education, 11th Edition:

*the publication of the text in a professional format that is easier to read, color-coded by overarching units, and divided into chapters that mirror all other secondary textbooks

*alignment with standards and descriptors recently modified by the curriculum committee (standards emphasize the knowledge and skills teachers need for the PRAXIS as well as for National Board© certification)

*a standards alignment matrix illustrating the program’s 40 rigorous standards cross-walked with standards set forth by Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) 

*the addition of an introductory section of instructor resources with guidelines and tips on enrollment, class structure, course credit, recruitment, on-going activities, course grading, and higher education opportunities 

*the deletion of the previous fourth theme, “Experiencing Education,” and the re-arrangement of those lessons within the overarching units

*the revision of all lessons updated to 21st century standards, including a technology component embedded in each lesson

*a new chapter on assessment and data use

*the inclusion of lessons on emergent pedagogy and additional information on topics: the global learner; culturally responsive teaching; professional learning communities (PLCs) and professional study groups (PSGs); school, family, and community partners and stakeholders; data-driven instruction; increasing technologies; and education advocacy  

*more authentic tasks and assessments to help Teacher Cadets see the “big picture” and bridge the emphasis on real world applicability 

*an updated resources section that includes a host of suggestions for print and electronic media

The Teacher Cadet Program was launched in four South Carolina high schools in 1986-87 as a pilot program to address what was viewed at the time as a short-term teacher shortage. The shortage continued to grow, as did the need for high-quality and well-trained teachers. Having been adopted in 38 states across the United States to date, Experiencing Education continues to attract and prepare the best and brightest pre-collegiate students for a career in the teaching profession.   

Cost of Experiencing Education, 11th Edition:

 *$500.00 plus shipping charges

Curriculum Training-Experiencing Education, 11th Edition:

*Instructors trained in a previous edition of Experiencing Education qualify for update training, free of charge with the purchase of the 11th edition of the curriculum. The 11th edition update training will take place virtually using a GoTo Meeting platform in August (dates noted at top).  During the training, participants should either have their purchased 11th edition in hand to follow along during the training OR participants will be able to view the e-trainers’ digital copy on screen during the training if they purchased a copy late and it fails to arrive before the training date.

Those who have not used the GoTo Meeting platform before will find the online system easy to use. With the GoTo online meeting platform, participants will be able to access the meeting by clicking on the link provided in the training registration email. By doing so, one will be able to see the trainers’ screen and any other documents that need to be displayed and reviewed. This system also allows for audio access in a few ways. One can either choose to call in from a landline or mobile phone, OR one can plug in speakers or a headset to one’s laptop, desktop, or iPad. 

To purchase the 11th edition of Experiencing Education, currently trained instructors should fill out a Curriculum Order Form online at the following link:

Please follow the directions on the form, and email questions to Carrie Hamiter at