MATES Partnership with CLU
MATES is pleased to announce their partnership with California Lutheran University. Our Director, Brenda Priske, is now serving on their School of Education Advisory Committee. Under the guidance of Dr. Michael McCambridge, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at CLU, MATES teachers have been trained in “Project ACT,” a model program where teachers utilize drama techniques as a teaching strategy in all subject areas. This training has enhanced our Project Based Instruction. As each classroom at MATES is now implementing throughout the curriculum. “Project ACT” or “Active Collaborative Transformative Learning” takes teaching to a new level and employs creative, sophisticated strategies to deepen learning and understanding of subject matter. For the past five years, Dr. Mc Cambridge has been instrumental in creating and implementing “Project ACT.” He has 44 years of teaching and administrative experience, and has been awarded the President Award of Excellence and voted “Professor of the Year” in 2009 and 2013 by the CLU Senior class.
Also as part of the partnership, CLU students who are preparing to become teachers have been assigned to MATES for internships. These students help our teachers continue small group lessons and differentiated instruction. The CLU students experience first-hand what Project Based, Thematic Instruction looks like. The partnership with CLU is has been a wonderful addition to our school and the benefits of our collaboration will continue to increase MATES academic achievements.