Catawba College and Overton Elementary School piloted a partnership initiative during the 1998-99 school year. The partnership, known as the Catawba-Overton Partnership for Excellence (COPE), began as a comprehensive design intended to link content knowledge, technical competencies, and the attitudes and values developed in the professional preparation of educators to the realities and needs of school life. It was designed to tie public schools and higher education in the mutual goal of improving the quality of education.
The partnership has thrived over the years. Reports regarding the partnership have been included since the inception of the IHE Performance Report and have provided vital evidence for the successful collaboration of the stakeholders. School visits, along with interviews with partners, have provided evidence for external evaluators during Catawba College’s highly successful continuing accreditation visits from NCDPI and NCATE. It was also the subject of a doctoral dissertation in 2004.
Regardless of the success of any program, revision and restructuring are necessary as the demands of society, and therefore schools, change. With the adoption of Future Ready Students by the North Carolina State Board of Education and the subsequent adoption of the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards, it became necessary for the college’s teacher education program to be restructured along with a reexamination of the COPE partnership. To that end, a revised set of goals was adopted in August 2009.
Professional Development Initiative
- To improve the quality of a teacher preparation program through rigorous entry and program standards and a relevant array of "real world" application experiences.
- To develop teacher leaders who will strengthen the profession of teaching as they progress from the initial stages of preparation and throughout their career.
- To close the gap between educational theory and the wisdom of practice.
- To assist in the professional development of 21st century educators (pre-professional, school-based, and college-based).
- To improve an elementary school through the development of better prepared educators who contribute to a school culture focused on learning outcomes.
- To produce measurable improvements in classroom learning for all students at all levels through collaboration which combines, focuses and uses the collective talents, knowledge, energies, and resources of the partners.
Catawba College Mission StatemenT
Catawba College is committed to providing students an education rich in personal attention that blends the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies with career preparation. Catawba College draws strength from Judeo-Christian values, sustains a dynamic community of learners and seeks to unite a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff as active co-participants in scholarship and service. Catawba College prepares students to reach their highest potential while becoming responsible citizens with a zeal to enrich human life.
Carroll T. Overton School Mission Statement
Motto: "Each Child a Success"
The Overton staff, in partnership with students and their families, will provide a safe and orderly environment in which all students have the opportunity to achieve academic success and to develop the character which will enable them to become more responsible members of the 21st Century Society.