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Excellence in Teaching

The Excellence in Teaching Institute

teachingAnnual Participants: 30 teachers from the Quad Cities area
Date: TBA - summer of 2013; M-F; Time of Day - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM daily

Credit Options:
Option A: Three graduate credits from St. Ambrose University
Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley Teachers - $550
Other District Teachers - $700 - (includes graduate credit and Business Education Partnership Fees)
Option B: Two Professional Development credits through Mississippi Bend AEA
Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley Teachers - $200
Other District Teachers - $350 ($200 +$150) (includes graduate credit and Business Education Partnership Fees)




The Excellence in Teaching Institute“The course is designed to reinforce the value of the free enterprise system by providing experiential opportunities for educators, fostering issue awareness and skill development, all while validating and celebrating educator’s value to Iowa and society. The course provides an overall view of workplace skills, employment issues, communication, and the importance of math and science, and future employment trends”.



Course Outcomes:Faculty standing in front of school

Businesses participating in 2013 Excellence In Teaching Institute (held June Teachers sitting at metal tables with TV screens above10-14th, 2013)
St. Ambrose University
Blackhawk Bank & Trust
Bettendorf Police Department
Chenhalls Staffing Services, Inc
John Deere Davenport Works
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
Genesis Health Systems  (West Campus)
QC Times
Eastern Iowa Community College
MidAmerican Energy
Iowa State Extension
City of Bettendorf, Mayor Robert Gallagher
WQAD - TV - News Channel 8

Teachers sitting at long table watching power point presentation
Presentation in warehouse with solar panel displayed
Behind the scenes at a news room, lap tops on display

Teacher Comments

It was a great class!
- Megan Russo. BCSD

I'm excited about incorporating these changes to my curriculum!
- Jennifer Lavora, PVCSD

I want to personally thank you for teaching this class.  I loved having the opportunity to visit all the workplaces around the QC area.  I learned a lot about jobs that I had no idea about before this week.
I will definitely recommend this to my colleagues!
– Justin Wiese, PVCSD

Thanks!  I loved the class!  Thanks so much for all of the organizing you did to make the class successful!  I'll definitely recommend the class to other Davenport teachers.
- Katie Pancratz, Davenport CSD

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole week, not only as a teacher but also as a consumer and resident of the area.  I wish there was a way that we could take the class again if new/different businesses were included from year to year.
- Shelley Paustian, PVCSD