ProTeam

In response to the Education and Economic Development Act of 2005, schools across South Carolina are now beginning to have a renewed interest in ProTeam, which includes curriculum-based instruction geared to make students aware of the possibilities of a choosing a career in education. To get more information about beginning this program at your middle school, please contact Marcella Wine-Snyder at 800-476-2387.

Mission:

  1. to make students who exhibit the potential for success aware of the skills needed to complete college and consider education as a viable career option, and

  2. to expand the pool of minority and male teachers available to the public schools of South Carolina.

Fact: South Carolina and the nation face an acute shortage of minority and male teachers, as well as academically talented students who are interested in teaching as a career.

Overview

The ProTeam Program aims to interest middle school students in the education profession before they become "turned off" to the possibility of a career in teaching. Positive learning experiences and role models are essential to the Program's success.

Piloted in twenty middle schools in 1989-90, the ProTeam Program has served over 14,000 South Carolina students since its inception. CERRA continues to see a resurgence of interest in the ProTeam Program as middle schools increasingly recognize the importance of expanding the pool of available teachers for the future.  Eleven South Carolina middle schools (17 classes) offered the program in 2010-2011 to 284 students, which is a 47% increase in the number of students served during the 2009-2010 school year. Of the 284 students, there were 91 males and 139 non-white students.

DreamQuest, the program's curriculum, introduces education as a career choice and meshes with EEDA legislation that requires all South Carolina students to be exposed to identified career clusters. The standards outlined in DreamQuest, match the Making Middle Grades Work comprehensive improvement framework. The ProTeam curriculum standards are closely aligned with the key principles of Making Middle Grades Work, an initiative of the Southern Regional Education Board.

ProTeam provides a semester or year-long hands-on course with student driven activities that create opportunities for students to grow as learners.
The course focuses on the following areas:

  • self-discovery
  • cooperative group work
  • service learning
  • goal-setting
  • career exploration
  • family involvement
  • teaching-like experiences

The Benefits of ProTeam

Eligibility Requirements for ProTeam, the middle school program:

  • 7th and/or 8th graders
  • Top 40% of current grade level
  • Positive recommendations from current teachers
  • Disposition or potential for post-secondary education

Curriculum

The DreamQuest curriculum is designed to help students set realistic goals for the future that include the steps to prepare for successful completion of high school and college. It includes an emphasis on career development competencies.  The ProTeam program can be considered the beginning course in the Education and Training career cluster model. 

The DreamQuest curriculum has seven modules. Each module has required components as well as optional ones. Family involvement activities have been infused throughout the curriculum.

Module One: I Can Self-Reflect
  provides the opportunity for students to begin reflecting on who they are and learning how to be reflective young adults
Module Two: I Can Communicate
  stresses the importance of communication
Module Three: I Can Teach Others
  explores the basic nature of helping and provides experiences for the students in teacher-like roles
Module Four: I Can Be Different
  explores the dynamics of living and working in diverse groups
Module Five: I Can Set Goals
  teaches students how to make wise decisions in their personal and professional lives
Module Six: I Can Make Decisions
  encourages students to establish the goal of attending and graduating from college and setting realistic goals for their future
Module Seven: I Can Think Positively
  encourages students to develop a positive attitude in their personal relationships, in group work, and toward their education

Middle schools are encouraged to offer a ProTeam Club as a follow-up to the class as a means of keeping students involved in teacher-like activities and on the right path to success in high school and college. Club sponsors are encouraged to use optional activities from the curriculum at the club meetings.

Also includes:

  • College campus visits
  • Educational conferences
  • Information about high school requirements
  • Emphasis on service learning and family involvement
  • Interaction with younger students in teacher-like activities

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