John M. Holland, a National Board Certified Teacher in early childhood, who teaches in some of Richmond, VA’s toughest neighborhoods, writes about edTPA in his blog for the Center on Teaching Quality. Titled “7 Ways edTPA can Transform the Teaching Profession” the blog argues that edTPA makes teacher prep about the candidate—not the institution, and levels the playing field for teachers of color and teachers in diverse classrooms.
We’d like to call your attention to two new edTPA resources. The first is a video narrated by Jessie Dugan, edTPA Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. A former high school teacher, Dugan thanks the “incredible cooperating teachers” who are supporting candidates through the edTPA process in this video about “the nuts and bolts” of edTPA. Also available is a new 30-minute webinar that introduces edTPA, the core teaching skills covered by the assessment, and its use as an educative tool for candidates, programs and the profession. The webinar concludes with a series of “next step” questions. It can be viewed here.