Title

Tools for Coaching Successful Student Teachers: An edTPA Orientation Activity

Presenter Information

NaomiJeffery Petersen

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

Teacher education is a significant component in CWU’s academic profile, with about 1500 quarter credits of instruction provided by the Professional Education Program alone. The 32 endorsement programs in three colleges require at least that many more. More than 500 student teachers each year are assessed with the edTeacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), and in turn their component scores are aggregated to assess the teacher preparation programs that must be approved by the state. Furthermore, these scores are published, and reflect directly on the stature of CWU. We are particularly vulnerable in several subtests of the edTPA, which are complicated by the complexity and range of all the programs under the accreditation unit. We have recently achieved state approval for another five years, but we must still deliver on the promises we have made to continue improvement. There is a need for intuitive understanding of the logic and purpose of the edTPA instead of the coercive nature of its being a very expensive high stakes test. This orientation activity uses an original instructional method informed by current theory and research regarding student engagement, self-regulation, and multiple modalities. An ongoing challenge in teacher education is to “walk the talk”, that is, to employ the very instructional methods that we promote. This hands-on, three-dimensional metaphor is engaging, meaningful, and easily implemented.

Poster Number

18

Faculty Mentor(s)

NaomiJeffery Petersen

Additional Mentoring Department

Educational Foundations and Curriculum

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May 16th, 11:30 AM May 16th, 2:00 PM

Tools for Coaching Successful Student Teachers: An edTPA Orientation Activity

SURC Ballroom C/D

Teacher education is a significant component in CWU’s academic profile, with about 1500 quarter credits of instruction provided by the Professional Education Program alone. The 32 endorsement programs in three colleges require at least that many more. More than 500 student teachers each year are assessed with the edTeacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), and in turn their component scores are aggregated to assess the teacher preparation programs that must be approved by the state. Furthermore, these scores are published, and reflect directly on the stature of CWU. We are particularly vulnerable in several subtests of the edTPA, which are complicated by the complexity and range of all the programs under the accreditation unit. We have recently achieved state approval for another five years, but we must still deliver on the promises we have made to continue improvement. There is a need for intuitive understanding of the logic and purpose of the edTPA instead of the coercive nature of its being a very expensive high stakes test. This orientation activity uses an original instructional method informed by current theory and research regarding student engagement, self-regulation, and multiple modalities. An ongoing challenge in teacher education is to “walk the talk”, that is, to employ the very instructional methods that we promote. This hands-on, three-dimensional metaphor is engaging, meaningful, and easily implemented.