Who are the BOE Team Members? (Review)

There are five Board of Examiners team members who will lead the accreditation review that the College of Education at East Carolina University will undergo in February 2015. These individuals are Dr. W. Hal Knight, Dr. Linda F. Cornelious, Dr. Harold London, Mr. Thomas J. White and Dr. Pamela S. Wolfe. Dr. Knight is from East Tennessee State University where he is the former Dean of the Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Kansas State University. Dr. Continue reading →

Pirate CODE from A-Z (Part Two) (Review)

M multiple measures – the use of multiple indicators and sources of evidence of student learning. The edTPA is a multiple measure assessment. N NCPTS (North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards) – a description of the necessary knowledge, skills and dispositions for teachers in North Carolina public schools. The NCPTS can be found at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/effectiveness-model/ncees/standards/prof-teach-standards.pdf O observation protocol – an advance organizer used by teacher candidates when observing inservice teachers. P portfolio – a collection of student work compiled over a period of time and used Continue reading →

Pirate CODE from A-Z (Part One) (Review)

A academic language – language used in academic settings and for academic purposes to help students acquire and use knowledge. B beginning teacher – a teacher in the first three years of his or her career. C co-teaching – a teaching technique in which two instructors deliver instruction to a group of students. D dispositions – the attitudes, perceptions and/or beliefs that form the basis for behavior. Dispositions for teaching include professional demeanor, professional commitment, and professional interactions. E edTPA – a national performance assessment Continue reading →

CAEP Prep: ECU’s Pirate CODE Process (Review)

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 →

History of ECU as a Teacher Preparation Institution

ECU has a proud heritage with a mission of teaching, research, and service. Its commitment to the region is an expression of its motto, “Servire,” or To Serve. Chartered in 1907 as East Carolina Teachers Training School (ECTTS), ECU has continually served the region with quality and commitment. In 1972, ECU joined the UNC System, becoming the third largest university in the system, and the College of Education (COE) is its founding college. The Mission Statement was revised in 2014 to reflect ECU’s goal “To 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 →

What is the “Apple Book?”

The Apple Book is the ECU Teacher Education Handbook. This handbook is designed to assist ECU teacher candidates as they progress through the various steps which will eventually lead to their licensure as a professional in education. The handbook is written as a how-to manual that outlines the schedules and processes for submitting various applications and/or report forms. This handbook includes actual applications and forms that teacher candidates will need as they advance through the teacher education program. The handbook is a vital tool that Continue reading →