Author Archives: Diana Lys

College of Education Faculty share Research at National CAEP Convention

GREENVILLE, N.C. (9/29/15) — The success of ECU’s recent Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation visit led to four COE faculty being invited to share their research at the Fall 2015 CAEP Convention in Washington, D.C. Two presentations highlighted the on-going efforts from ECU’s Pirate CODE (Continuum of Developing Expertise), its Transformation Initiative for CAEP accreditation, and on-going collaboration with CAEP to disseminate research conducted in relation to accreditation. Dr. Christina Tschida and Dr. Elizabeth Fogarty led an invited presentation, “Co-Teaching:  Conceptualizing Continue reading →

Dr. Ellen Dobson Serves on National Taskstream Panel

In June 2015, Dr. Ellen Dobson, Assistant Director in the COE Office of Assessment and Accreditation, was an invited panelist at Taskstream’s CollabEx Live in New York City. Dr. Dobson participated on a panel addressing CAEP standards and program assessment with Mel Horton of Central Connecticut State University and Courtney Peagler of Taskstream. She also led a roundtable discussion on the use of Taskstream in preparation for the CAEP accreditation process. In addition to serving on  the panel, Dr. Dobson was also recently recognized as a Continue reading →

edTPA Data Help Ensure Readiness to Teach

I recently had the pleasure and honor of delivering the keynote address for the 2015 edTPA Mid-Atlantic Implementation Conference in Towson, Maryland. As a longtime supporter and champion of observation- and performance-based educator preparation and assessment, I was eager to share with peers from across the nation who are at different places on their journey with edTPA. First, I wanted to commend each person for being there. By the virtue of their attendance and leadership, participants were helping shift the negative tone of dialogue around Continue reading →

Sampson County Battle of the Books Team Led by Coaches with COE Connections

For the first time in Sampson County Schools history, a Battle of the Books (BOB) team will be one of the eight teams competing in the State competition. Over 500 teams across North Carolina read a list of books and competed in quiz-bowl-style tournaments. Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School is the first team in Sampson County to place first in both the District and Region 4 competitions. The Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School team is led by two of East Carolina University’s own. Catina Iverson, the school’s media specialist, is Continue reading →

COE Faculty Reflect Upon edTPA Experiences

In December 2014, Drs. Diana Lys, Mark L’Esperance, Ellen Dobson, and Ann Bullock published Large-Scale Implementation of the edTPA: Reflections upon Institutional Change in Action in Current Issues in Education about their experiences implementing the edTPA performance assessment in a large teacher preparation program. Current Issues in Education is published by Arizona State University. The article does not focus on the edTPA itself, rather it reflects upon the challenges and opportunities teacher preparation program face as they implement and embed edTPA. Key areas of reflection Continue reading →

Throwback Thursday-CAEP Prep: ECU’s Pirate CODE Process

The ECU Pirate CODE features a set of seven coordinated innovations linked throughout the teacher education curriculum and clinical practice. Each innovation is evolving through a series of carefully planned stages, to institutionalize each innovation in the Department of Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education. Once refined and data analysis proves it an effective model, the innovation is scaled up and implemented in other teacher preparation programs across the EPP. The stages of the ECU Pirate CODE begin with small scale, squishy pilots and more through Continue reading →

CAEP Prep: ECU Conceptual Framework being Reviewed

The East Carolina University Conceptual Framework is a guiding document for the programs within the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) unit at the institution. It applies to all programs which prepare candidate to work in PK-12 school settings and all faculty who contribute to those programs. The current ECU Conceptual Framework was approved by the Council for Teacher Education in 2005. “Aligned with the mission statements of East Carolina University, the College of Education, and the Educator Preparation Provider unit, the conceptual framework represents the vision Continue reading →

CAEP Prep: What is the ECU Provost’s Council?

First established in 2006, the ECU Provost’s Council on Teacher Education unites educator preparation efforts at the University. Coming out of the Teachers for New Era movement, the original focus of the Council was developing collaboration between teacher education and the arts and sciences. Today, the Provost’s Council’s focus has broadened to include all educator preparation programs at ECU, yet still centers on collaboration across the campus to prepare candidates. The Provost’s Council on Teacher Education includes the Provost, the deans of the colleges which house Continue reading →

What is an AFI? Areas for Improvement from NCATE 2006

During the 2006 NCATE accreditation visit, the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) unit at ECU received three AFIs or Areas for Improvement. According to the NCATE Glossary, an Area for Improvement is: A statement cited by the Board of Examiners or the Unit Accreditation Board indicating that a unit has not met expected levels of achievement in one or more elements of a standard. The Board of Examiners may cite one or more areas for improvement and still recommend that the standard is met. The EPP at ECU Continue reading →

ICYMI: Implementing edTPA in Small Teacher Prep Programs

In small teacher preparation programs, the issue of implementation and scale-up of using a standardized performance assessment, like edTPA, can be challenging.  Peck and McDonald (2013) found one of the most significant outcomes of implementing a standardized performance assessment was faculty-initiated change. In small teacher preparation programs – those with five or fewer faculty and approximately 30 graduates annually – how do faculty lead systemic change in an edTPA implementation with fidelity and rigor? At the 2013 edTPA Implementation Conference in San Diego, four ECU Continue reading →