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.
The 2014 edTPA Implementation Conference drew nearly 400 educators from 28 states and more than 100 teacher preparation programs Oct 24-25, at the campus of the University of California Los Angeles. The conference has become an annual event for the growing edTPA community, where longtime and new edTPA implementers share lessons, tips and outcomes while raising new ideas to improve implementation. This year’s conference featured a panel on strengthening partnerships between the teacher preparation and PK-12 communities.
Please check back soon for information on where to access the 2014 edTPA conference presentations.
A recent feature story in Principal magazine highlights examples of P-12 and higher education programs collaborating to enhance the clinical experiences of teacher candidates.
Authored by Sharon P. Robinson, president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the article explains how using edTPA in these sites has inspired P-12 schools and teacher prep faculty to work together in new ways.
“We now have a framework and structure. The guidelines are very clear,” says Susan Copeland, principal of the University of Memphis Campus School for the College of Education. Read the article here.
The National edTPA Implementation Conference organized by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) and AACTE will be held October 24–25, 2014, at the University of California, Los Angeles. This annual two-day gathering is open to higher education administrators, faculty, supervisors and state education agencies who are seeking to deepen their understanding of edTPA and network within a learning community of edTPA users.
Registration is now open.
Regular Registration Deadline: October 13, 2015
We are seeking presentation proposals to round out the conference program. The Program Committee welcomes proposals from implementers of edTPA addressing the guidelines described in the attachment below. We accept submissions on other topics that provide insight into the implementation process for attendees. Space is limited at the conference so not every submission can be accepted, but all will be considered.
More than 180 teacher preparation faculty members and administrators from across the Atlantic region and beyond gathered at Morgan State University in Baltimore June 5-6 to share and compare strategies for using edTPA to support and improve teacher candidate preparation.