I’m learning a lot more about research and action research, and how to take best practices and learn more about them. I have the time to study now because I’m in a structured program; then [I] bring those [ideas] back into my classroom, to not just benefit my students, but teachers, as well. For example, professional development is an area that I’m very interested in. Because of my coursework, I can delve into the areas that are interesting to me. Because of that structure, I’ve had the opportunity to learn a whole lot more and bring it back to the professional development that I lead with other staff. I like to teach them techniques and strategies to work effectively with these kids in the regular classroom setting, which is the best place for them; but it’s not fair to just dump them there and not give teachers the tools.
By this fall, other changes will be implemented to expand students’ knowledge of UW. Before students begin the SFQC, they will take five UW classes (fundamentals of UW, underground, auxiliary, guerrilla tactics and operations) via distance learning. That basic instruction will be reinforced throughout the course by the cadre and the instructors of the student SF detachments. At the end of Phase IV, students will take a comprehensive exam to test their UW knowledge. Those who fail will not enter Phase V, because they will not have the basic UW knowledge that will be necessary for success.