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2015 CAEP Visit Preparations Commence

caepThe Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) unit at East Carolina University will host its next CAEP accreditation visit February 8-10, 2015. In preparation for the on-site visit, the College of Education’s Office of Assessment and Accreditation established this section to share information, reminders, and updates with EPP faculty, staff, and administrators.

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Below is the PowerPoint presentation from the COE’s Opening Day Faculty and Staff Meeting.

CAEP Presentation – Opening Faculty Meeting

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ECU COE Faculty Members seen as Leaders at Stanford University

Pictured from left to right Drs. Diana Lys, Kristen Cuthrell, Sherilyn Steadman, and Ellen Dobson.

Pictured from left to right Drs. Diana Lys, Kristen Cuthrell, Sharilyn Steadman, and Ellen Dobson.

On August 11-13, four ECU COE faculty members participated in an invitation-only forum at Stanford University. The American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) and the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) endorsed the event that focused on the development of Embedded Signature Assessments (ESAs). Drs. Diana Lys, Kristen Cuthrell, Ellen Dobson, and Sharilyn Steadman formed one of seven invited teams of teacher educators who are considered to be leaders in the field. Other teams represented individual university, state-level, and national teams.

The goal of the forum was to develop or refine an ESA and to align the ESA with InTASC and state-level standards. Products from the event will be presented as exemplars at the national CAEP Conference in September 2014. Additionally, invited attendees are micro-credentialed as ESA developers.

Dr. Rhea Miles and Dr. Scott Rawls awarded National Institute of Health Grant

Dr. Rhea Miles

Dr. Rhea Miles, Associate Professor -Science Education, Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education and Dr. Scott Rawls, ECU Alumnus and Associate Professor of Pharmacology in the Center for Substance Abuse Research at Temple University have been awarded a four-year, $1,012,071.00 grant entitled Planarians and the Pharmacology of Addiction: An In Vivo Model for K-12 Education.

The project engages K-12 teachers and  students together with health care professionals, pharmacists, and scientists in the study of the pharmacological effects of addictive drugs and the behavior patterns that emerge during recreational and addictive drug use, using curricula and laboratory activities designed to meet the National Science Education Standards. Congratulations Dr. Miles and Dr. Rawls.

Dean, Faculty Present at AERA Annual Meeting

2014 AERA Annual Meeting 
“The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy”
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Thursday, April 3 – Monday, April 7, 2014

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Dr. Linda Patriarca and Dr. Diana Lys presenting “Video Case Studies in Preservice Teaching” at the 2014 AERA conference in Philadelphia.

Congratulations to Drs. Linda Patriarca, Diana Lys, Sharilyn Steadman, Kathi Wilhite, Joy Stapleton, and Elizabeth Hodge for having their Video Case Studies in Teaching presentation featured at the American Education Research Association convention April 5-6.

On Sunday, Drs. Patriarca and Diana Lys spoke on Transformation Initiatives in the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Etta Hollins, of the University of Missouri- Kansas City said, “this is one of the most exciting things that I’ve heard in the last 20 years.”

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking studies in a diverse selection of areas — from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy.

ECU in the National Spotlight for edTPA

2013 National edTPA Implementation Conference.

Learn more about the implementation of edTPA at the ECU College of Education.

This national conference was held November 1-2 at the University of San Diego. Over 400 representatives from higher education participated in this event, where those new to edTPA and experienced users asked difficult questions and shared strategies and best practices with colleagues from across the country.

The videos and PowerPoint presentations below are highlights from the conference. Please share them with your colleagues and other stakeholders to help deepen their understanding of edTPA.

Preparing Teacher Candidates to be Highly Qualified through the Lens of edTPA

Minnesota State University, Mankato uses tasks from edTPA to help develop and refine the expertise of teacher candidates in its Elementary Education Program.

     


From Internship Work Sample to edTPA

Winthrop University in South Carolina is sharing lessons that have been learned by implementing edTPA in its physical education and middle level education programs.

     


What is Academic Language?

Academic language is a critical piece of edTPA that helps give teacher candidates the fundamentals they need to use academic language effectively to improve student learning.

Download this presentation or see another on Demystifying Academic Language.


Implementing edTPA in Small Programs: Big Change with a Small Team

East Carolina University is seeing results from using edTPA in its teacher preparation, where small groups are teaming up to improve candidate assessment and address content-specific challenges.


edTPA in an Inclusive Teacher Education Program

Teacher educators at Nazareth College in New York are mapping curriculum and using edTPA decisions to support the institution’s vision for inclusive teacher education.

    

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Now, What? Using edTPA Data to Drive Improvement

East Carolina teacher educators are using edTPA data to identify and shape changes at the program and unit levels.

    


Preparing Elementary Teacher Candidates for edTPA Prior to Student Teaching

Documenting Experiences in a Math Methods Course
Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio from Lewis University in Illinois discusses her research on preparing teacher candidates for edTPA prior to student teaching.


Analyzing Data in Productive Ways to Inform Program Improvement

Two edTPA sites – San Diego State University and University of California, Santa Barbara – use quantitative and qualitative data to inform teacher preparation programs.

    

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Preparing Teacher Candidates in Wisconsin

Ron Jetty, director of PK-16 initiatives for the University of Wisconsin System, says edTPA is promising because it is an educator-led effort to prepare candidates for the rigors of teaching.

edTPA @ AACTE’s Annual Meeting: A Recap

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AACTEDid you attend the edTPA-related sessions at AACTE’s Annual Meeting this year? If not, here’s a taste of what you missed! Click here to view a list of the descriptions and presenters for the various sessions that provided attendees the opportunity to converse with other users of edTPA.

A highlight of the conference was the edTPA breakfast hosted by SCALE, which drew more than 200 attendees. In her opening remarks, AACTE President/CEO Sharon P. Robinson championed edTPA, emphasizing that it was developed by and for the people in the room. She also encouraged audience members to advocate for edTPA in their communities. Afterward, Ray Pecheone, SCALE’s executive director, described in detail the developmental process of edTPA. He explained topics such as standard setting and state policy and announced that SCALE would conduct validity and consequential studies in the weeks ahead. Finally, attendees engaged in a question and answer session with Andrea Whittaker, SCALE’s director of teacher performance assessment, and other representatives.

During the conference’s Welcoming Session, Robinson announced the Association’s new Innovation Exchange, which includes an initiative already under way to develop an edTPA National Academy of Consultants. Click here for more information about the academy.

One particularly insightful session featured East Carolina University’s presentation, “Developing and Implementing Policies and Procedures for Local Evaluation of edTPA,”in which Diana Lys and Ellen Dobson spoke at length about their implementation strategy. By infusing technology into their programming, they have created a successful multilayered local evaluation process.

Some 500 educator preparation providers in 33 states and the District of Columbia are actively participating in edTPA. The edTPA project management staff have initiated an effort to upgrade the edTPA web site to include an interactive policy map, revised FAQs, new webinars, and user guides.

For more information about the Annual Meeting and edTPA, please contact me or visit http://edtpa.aacte.org.

Source: http://edprepmatters.net/2014/03/edtpa-aactes-annual-meeting-a-recap/

ECU’s Teacher Education Programs Take Center Stage at National Education Conference

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From left to right, Drs. Cuthrell and Bullock at the 2014 AACTE Conference in Indianapolis.

At the annual AACTE conference, ECU faculty led a Major Forum on Taking Charge of Change in teacher preparation and numerous other sessions.

The Major Forum, Taking Charge of Change in Educator Preparation: Reinvention, Reform, and Strengthened Collaboration, focused on highlighting how innovative programs are reforming their practice with an eye to improving PK-12 student achievement and experiences. Participants in the weekend discussion included Dr. Kristen CuthrellECU; Laurie Edmondson, Drury University; Mary Gendernalik-Cooper, University of Mary Washington; Roy Jones, Call Me Mister Program; Charles Peck, University of Washington Seattle.  Dr. Ann Bullock, ECU, joined the panel when another member was unable to attend due to inclement weather.

Drs. Cuthrell and Bullock shared ECU’s experiences implementing a model of piloting programmatic innovations and scaling them for impact at the program level, unit level and beyond.  Their remarks highlighted ECU developed innovations and curricula reforms including Video Grand Rounds and ISLES strategies from the Teaching Quality Partnership Grant, and innovations in use and development nationally, including Co-Teaching.

In addition to serving on the Major Forum panel, ECU faculty were well represented on the AACTE 2014 agenda including the following:

  • Learning from those who are living the change: Teacher candidates are talking; teacher educators need to listen.  An Interactive Dialogue led by Sharilyn Steadman, Ellen Dobson, and Diana Lys, ECU
  • Organizational Practices Supporting the Use of Data for Program Improvement in Teacher Education. A Symposium led by Cap Peck, University of Washington Seattle, and including Nancy Athanasiou, Alverno College; Desiree Pointer Mace, Alverno College; Tine Sloan, UC Santa Barbara; Diana Lys, ECU; Kristen Cuthrell, ECU; Sharilyn Steadman, ECU.
  • Examining the Impact of Early Field Experiences on Teacher Candidate Readiness. An Individual paper session led by Ellen Dobson, ECU.
  • Validation of a Video Grand Rounds Model for Enhancing the Clinical Observational Focus of Students Beginning a Teacher Education Program. An individual paper session led by Ann Bullock, Kristen Cuthrell, and Michael Vitale, ECU.
  • A New Model of Student Teaching: Co-Teaching 2:1. An individual paper session led by Anna Winn Beaman, Greene County Public Schools; Vivian Covington, ECU; Elizabeth Fogarty, ECU; Tammie Noble, Greene County Public Schools; Pat Peoples, Pitt County Public Schools; Judith Smith, ECU; Christina Tschida, ECU
  • Developing and Implementing Policies and Procedures for Local Evaluation of the EdTPA. An individual paper session led by Ellen Dobson, ECU; Mark L’Esperance, ECU; Diana Lys, ECU.
  • Linking Principal Preparation Experiences to Initial Licensure Elementary Experiences: Implementing a Change in Practica. A roundtable presentation led by Majorie Ringler, ECU; Joy Stapleton, ECU; Kristen Cuthrell, ECU.
  • Positive Gains: Instructional Coaches Coaching Interns. A roundtable presentation led by Judith Smith, ECU; Vivian Covington, ECU; Angela Greene, Pitt County Public Schools; Kristen Cuthrell, ECU; Krys Castro, Pitt County Public Schools; Gail Edmondson, Greene County Public Schools; Angie Gaddis, Pitt County Public Schools; Joy Stapleton, ECU.

ECU Professor Joins National Press Briefing on Teacher Performance Assessment

ECU College of Education professor Dr. Diana Lys, second from right, spoke at the National Press Club about ECU’s experience with a new teacher candidate assessment program. (Contributed photo)

The College of Education at East Carolina University was the only institute of higher education represented at the American Association of College Teacher Education press briefing that marked the national launch of teacher performance assessment, referred to as edTPA, after two years of field testing.

edTPA was designed to set a national standard of assessing the capabilities of aspiring teachers, similar to the bar exam for law students. Teacher education candidates seeking their initial teaching license submit an edTPA portfolio of materials and a video that shows them at work in the classroom during their student teaching internship. The candidates are evaluated based on their ability to develop lesson plans, respond to student needs, set standards, differentiate instruction and analyze whether their students are learning, according to the AACTE launch announcement. Trained education professionals score the portfolios.

Dr. Diana Lys, director of assessment and accreditation for the College of Education, was invited to speak at the National Press Club about ECU’s extensive experience with the new teacher candidate assessment that is now ready for all teacher preparation institutes across the country to implement.

edTPA allows individuals across disciplines to speak a common language and to share innovative practices, said Lys at the AACTE briefing. She said edTPA was a “lever for change” at ECU and that it has helped build a bridge to practice between the university and its partner schools.

ECU has been engaged in edTPA since the nationwide pilot began three years ago. The university recorded 96 percent participation among spring student teaching interns in 2013 and is currently the only university in the state to have all education programs on campus participating. edTPA is not mandated by the state of North Carolina, which makes ECU’s breadth and depth of engagement with the  assessment most noteworthy.

“AACTE is proud of the innovative work being done by teacher education faculty and leaders at East Carolina University,” said Saroja Barnes, senior director for professional issues with the AACTE. “We applaud them for the reforms they have engaged in, particularly in relation to their use of performance-based assessments of teacher candidates and clinical practice models. Their reform efforts demonstrate the power of transformative action at the local level to engage in change for improvement. Ultimately it is this type of change that will move the needle on high quality educator preparation and PK-12 student achievement.”

Jaclyn Midgette, a 2013 ECU graduate and now 4th grade reading and social studies teacher at Bullock Elementary School in Lee County, was featured in “Education Week” recently for her experience as a beginning teacher who completed edTPA as an undergraduate student. Even though she described it as “stressful, drawn-out and exhausting,” she said that the assessment process taught her how to reflect on each lesson, which she now does every day.

The briefing was held on November 8 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and Lys served as a panelist alongside a new teacher who completed edTPA as a student, AACTE leaders, state policy leaders from Illinois and Washington states and National Education Association partners.