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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 be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation.” ECU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. ECU’s conceptual framework for preparing education professionals focuses on empowering all learners in all educational endeavors and achieving excellence through partnership.

The EPP unit at ECU consistently produces the most educational professionals in the state annually. Many graduates teach and lead in the eastern part of NC within The Walter and Daisy Carson Latham Clinical Schools Network (LCSN) and continue to be valued partners with the EPP and ECU Pirate Nation.

In 2009, the COE was awarded an $8.9 million Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant from the US Department of Education to reform teacher preparation and impact school reform. Several TQP reforms are innovations in the EPP’s Pirate CODE, Transformation Initiative. In 2010, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) awarded the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education to the editorial team of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction (JoCI), a COE-supported online journal.

More recently, the teacher preparation programs at ECU were studied as part of a Spencer Foundation project on data use practices in teacher education. This work is being featured by AACTE as a forthcoming series of institutional profiles and problems of practice briefs.

Learn more about ECU’s mission and values: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/chancellor/mission.cfm

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COE Faculty Reflect Upon edTPA Experiences

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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 included organizational structures and processes; program and faculty readiness; and data use for program improvement.

The edTPA is the summative assessment associated with the Pirate CODE – ECU’s Transformation Initiative (TI) for the upcoming CAEP accreditation visit. In alignment with the goals of the ECU TI, the publication of this work serves as another example of how the Pirate CODE’s  R&D model leading to quality scholarly contributions to the teacher preparation knowledge base.

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Everyone Has News to Share

In the College of Education, we believe the best way to find out about what is going on in our departments, classrooms, and clubs as well as in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni is by encouraging them to share their news and events with us.

As one of the larger colleges at East Carolina University, we do our best to cover all that is going on, but we know there is more, and we want to know about it! If there is something newsworthy that you believe the college should share, please let us know about it.

Members of the community can share their news by sending an email to coewebteam@ecu.edu. We are happy to share relevant news stories on our news blog, website, Facebook page and Twitter. Please remember that in order for us to run a story on the website, it must be accompanied by a photo. If you have an upcoming event that would be of interest, we would be happy to share that as well.

ECU faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use the COE helpdesk to submit their news and other promotion requests. College of Education faculty are invited to attend the upcoming professional development session “Keep Your Department in the Spotlight” on February 25th from 10-11 am to learn about all the tools COE faculty and staff have at their disposal to get the word out.

You know your story better than anyone. Won’t you share it with us?

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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 will help teacher candidates feel more confident and assured as they meet the challenges of becoming a professional educator. The handbook has the potential to lessen the number of questions and concerns that faculty, advisors and other staff may have to address with teacher candidates, because teacher candidates have an empowering source of information at their disposal.

The newest version is found here: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/OTE/upload/2014_OTE_Handbook.pdf

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Fidelity of Implementation

Fidelity of implementation (FOI) refers to the degree to which an innovation, program, or practice is implemented as intended. Fidelity assessments answer the question, “Did we do what we said we would do?”

The broader context and challenge for teacher education institutions implementing programmatic or evaluation interventions is to begin to look at the fidelity of implementation to ensure that the interventions support candidate success. Additionally, it is critical that faculty members are doing their part moving from a normed implementation of negotiated accountability to fidelity of understanding the context, compliance, and competence related to each intervention to limit the possibility of tainting the results. Key faculty members engaged in the Pirate CODE implementation are leading the effort to measure and improve the FOI of the innovations. The goal is create a model of FOI that can be applied to educational innovations in the higher education setting.

In July 2014, faculty members attended a full-day workshop on developing, measuring and improving program fidelity. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Karen Blasé of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN).   The initial challenge was to develop the measures needed to assess the current level of FOI for ISLES and the edTPA. These measures include the context (the prerequisites that must be in place for a program or practice to operate), compliance (the extent to which the practitioner uses the core intervention components prescribed by the evidence-based program or practice), and competence (the level of skill shown by the therapist in using the core intervention components as prescribed while delivering the treatment).

In addition to measuring the levels of FOI for ISLES and the edTPA, the faculty members are developing a research agenda to identify the interventions that need to occur to enhance FOI of education innovations. The research agenda will be presented at the 2015 AACTE conference.

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Who are the BOE Team Members?

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 Dean of the Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Kansas State University.

Dr. Cornelious, another BOE Team Member, is employed as a professor in the Department of Instructional Systems, Leadership, and Workforce Development at Mississippi State University. Her interests are in evaluation and measurement, instructional technology, educational leadership, faculty governance, multicultural education and service learning.

Dr. London is currently a visiting assistant professor in secondary education at DePaul University. He earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Northern Illinois University.

Mr. White is a 4th grade teacher at Lynnwood Elementary school in Lynnwood, WA. He is a lead author for the award winning online publication and blog Stories from School: Practice Meets Policy.

Dr. Wolfe is an associate professor of education/special education in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at Penn State University. She has written numerous articles in international and national journals as well as book chapters on transition, advocacy, and functional academics.

Also joining the BOE Team are Dr. Debbie Hill and Mr. Nate Thomas. Dr. Debbie Hill is the NC Department of Public Instruction consultant assigned to the BOE Team. Mr. Nate Thomas, an Accreditation Associate at CAEP, will join the visit as an observer.

The EPP at ECU is looking forward to welcoming the accreditation team on campus, and hosting our accreditation visit this year.

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Countdown to the CAEP Accreditation Visit

While students are preparing for the spring 2015 semester, the ECU College of Education is gearing up for the CAEP Accreditation Visit scheduled for February 7-10, 2015. Hopefully, everyone is rested, refreshed, and ready for another exciting and productive semester. Please remember that the CAEP Accreditation Visit is just around the corner. There are 26 more days before the visit. Read here for more CAEP Preparation news.

Kelvin Shackleford
MSA Principal Fellow
East Carolina University

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College of Education Instructional Technology Center Lab

The mission of the COE Instructional Technology Center Lab is to provide support for faculty, staff and students in the integration of technology for teaching and learning. The ITC supports the development of technology-rich instruction by providing hardware and software, staff development, media production and consulting services to faculty and staff.

The ITC Lab is provided to help faculty, teacher candidates and practitioners attain the skills needed to integrate technology in their careers as educators. It is equipped with SMART boards, iPad carts, and other technology that can be found in a K-12 environment.

The ITC labs host classes, workshops and meetings that have need of its specific systems (See ITC Lab for scheduled events). The lab is set up with multiple SMART boards for faculty and students to be trained on. Many faculty schedule classes in the lab allowing candidates to plan Smart boards activities and practice prior to field experiences and clinical internships.

The ITC Lab has become a desirable meeting space for faculty working on innovations in the Pirate CODE, particularly those innovations utilizing technology, such as Video Grand Rounds, ISLES, and edTPA. Though not always available due to class and other schedule conflicts, faculty use the space to view multiple videos, capture notes using Smart Notebook, and run statistical analysis in group settings.

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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.

TIThe stages of the ECU Pirate CODE begin with small scale, squishy pilots and more through a carefully planned set of stages to refine, study, and expand the innovation.

Since the submission and approval of the Pirate CODE, the Research on Practice model has evolved within the unique and complete context of the ECU EPP. The language of the model has morphed into an implementation language from the original descriptors rooted in the R&D research literature. The Pirate CODE TI and model have been presented in multiple venues across the EPP and at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division K Research Summit as well as at an invited session to the 2014 AERA Annual Meeting.

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Ann Rhem Schwarzmann Production Center

So where does a Teacher Candidate go to create materials for their classes?   Joyner Library’s Teaching Resource Center houses the Schwarzmann Production Center to assist Teacher Candidate with preparing classroom materials for their internships.

The Schwarzmann Production Center is located on the second floor of Joyner Library in the Teaching Resources Center, and is available for use when the TRC service desk is open. The center is designed to assist in the creation and preparation of materials used in lesson units, classrooms, and presentations. Staff is available to assist patrons with any equipment operations in the center.

The Production Center contains the following equipment:

Artwaxer
Award Maker
Badge-A-Minit button maker and cutter
Comb Binder
Ellison Die-Cut Center with over 900 patterns
Laminator
Light Box
Poster Maker
Vinyl Letter Cutter
The center also houses computer workstations with scanners and access to a color printer. Educational software available in the room includes: Button Builder, Kid Pix, Adobe Design Premium CS5, Timeliner, and Math Type. Learn more about Die Cutting

Take a Tour of the Production Center (video)

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