Cornell's One-Course-At-A-Time calendar provides distinct opportunities
for education majors, according to students and faculty.
"It's powerful and exciting that we can talk about methods
in class and send students out to schools the same day," Bostwick
says. "They see the connection between their textbooks and
real students, and they have opportunities for sustained observations
and experiences long before they student-teach."
"There's no better way to combine theory and practice than
the way we do it," says Luck. She remembers talking with a
student about phonemic awareness and having the student say, "I
saw that today!"
Cornell's education graduates have nearly a 100 percent placement
rate, as long as they're willing, says Peters, "to go where
the students are."
Luck stresses that faculty members have lived and taught in many
locations. "We ask students to stretch themselves," she
says. "We want them to know that their first jobs will not
be their last jobs, that they should be open to all the possibilities."
Seniors routinely attend the University of Northern Iowa teacher
fair, which hosts districts from across the country. Recent Cornell
graduates are teaching throughout the Midwest and in Alaska, Virginia,
Colorado, Texas, Egypt, and the Marshall Islands.
"Some graduates are now administrators," Luck says,
"and we hope they're carrying over the things we've taught
to the teachers with whom they're working."
And speaking of carrying things over, she notes that Peters' approaching
retirement will be a big change.
"Dick's been incredibly instrumental in building the department
and helping to keep the students as our main focus," she says.
For his part, Peters insists that "good institutions always
go forward and remain strong." His final word is a historical
note: "Cornell's education department has not been here for
130 years by accident."