SOUTH YARMOUTH – Bridgewater State University and Cape Cod Collaborative have agreed to jointly enhance an educational ecosystem on Cape Cod that provides teacher education and professional development opportunities there.
Before a number of school superintendents and Chamber of Commerce representatives from Cape Cod, as well as faculty and staff from BSU’s College of Education and Health Sciences, the two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding last week to bring a “holistic center for teacher training and professional development to the Cape.”
Executive Director Paul Hilton of the Cape Cod Collaborative, and BSU President Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq., signed the agreement, which also calls for school districts on the Cape to collaborate and pool resources for professional development.
BSU, said President Clark, will foster a deeper partnership between the comprehensive public university in region and the educational ecosystem on the Cape. BSU has had a decades-long connection to the Cape and reestablished its presence on the Cape five years ago, with the opening of a satellite campus in South Yarmouth.
As part of the agreement, BSU Cape Cod will provide office space for Cape Cod Collaborative to pursue outreach and program development as well as offer the facility’s conference room, computing and classrooms for program delivery.
Meanwhile, BSU’s colleges of continuing and graduate studies will offer all off-site programs designed for in-service educators on the Cape in partnership with the Collaborative and explore offering graduate credits to educators enrolled in Cape Cod Collaborative professional development courses.
(Full photo caption: Signing an agreement to facilitate joint educational initiatives on the Cape are Executive Director Paul Hilton of Cape Cod Collaborative, and BSU President Frederick Clark Jr., Esq. Looking on (from left) are Phillip Morris and John Furnari, both of the Collaborative board; Dr. David Crane, dean of BSU’s College of Continuing Studies, and Dr. Lisa Krisoff Boehm, dean of the College of Graduate Studies.)