Smithfield High School’s Career and Technical Education Pathway programs offer students the opportunity to begin defining their future from the very beginning of high school. For more than 25 years, our Pathway programs have offered students a three to four course sequence, college credits, and work based learning experiences, giving students a head start in their career field.
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CTE Pathway programs are open to all Smithfield High School students, as well as to students from outside of the district through our application.
We are excited to start off the 2022/2023 school year with our newly redesigned Teacher Preparation Pathway.
Students enrolled in this Pathway start off in New American Schools, followed by Psychology of Learning, Teacher Practicum and Foundations of Education EEP. These new courses offer program students practical experiences that they will build on as they progress throughout the pathway.
In New American Schools students will gain an overview of the history of American education, examine current issues facing American schools, research innovative schools nationwide, and ultimately design their own ideal school. Students will also conduct beginning clinical observations in classrooms focused on classroom culture, student engagement, and teaching and learning, as well as assisting teachers when appropriate. Students are currently working on what makes an effective communicator and are creating TedTalks where they will share their "why" of teaching.
Teacher Practicum students are observing classrooms in the high school currently as well as breaking down standards to create their own lesson plans. We are utilizing the Understanding by Design lesson plan template to team up with the Principles of Engineering Course where the Teacher Practicum students will "teach" the Engineering students about the design thinking process.
Psychology of Learning is an elective course that is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the theories and principles of psychology as applied to teaching and learning. Students in Foundations of Education EEP are tasked with constructing t a map for their journey of developing a professional educator identity. Students explore essential questions of social justice education through academic and field experiences.