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Lab School Garners Media Attention

The Accelerate Rowan Lab School (ARLS) has recently garnered a lot of attention from local media.

The lab school at Koontz Elementary School, is a place where Rowan-Salisbury Schools is reimagining how we prepare teachers for the future of education.

Traditionally, education majors participate in a semester-long, unpaid internship during their last semester of college. At ARLS, these students – called apprentice teachers – are immersed in a full-year, full-time, paid student teaching experience. Over the course of the year, they receive ongoing, job-embedded professional development, coaching and support as they co-teach with highly-skilled master teachers.

“Our gradual release model provides an opportunity for teachers to gain the confidence and experience they need to maximize student learning,” said ARLS Director Jordi Roman. 

The lab school has 10 apprentice teachers from six different colleges: Ashland University, Catawba College, Gardner-Webb University, Livingstone College, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Western Governors University.

The lab school is funded through Rowan-Salisbury Schools’ $26.3 million federal Teacher and School Leader (TSL) Incentive Program grant.

The Accelerate Rowan Lab School program and its apprentice teachers have been featured in several recent articles. Check out the publications here:

Livingstone College: Football player is teacher by day

Catawba College: Catawba College Teacher Education Majors Past and Present Earn Recognition and Achievements

Salisbury Post: Koontz debuts lab school showing students the ropes for a full year;

 Livingstone College encouraging Black teachers to enter profession through grants, lab school partnership

WBTV: Livingstone College football player is teacher by day in inaugural partnership with Rowan-Salisbury Schools

WCNC: Livingstone college athlete encourages Black students to become educators

WSOC: Broadcasting soon

Spectrum: Broadcasting soon



Choral students and their teacher

Jakein Johnson, Ethan Cardwell, and Xavier Vaughters, all tenors with the West Rowan High School Honors chorus, were chosen to be part of the NC Honors Chorus event at Wingate University.