The first edition of a new national edTPA newsletter went out today. The monthly newsletter will go to edTPA online community members, P-12 educators and state policymakers. It will share edTPA updates, stories, resources and other items to help inform, support and connect the growing network of teacher preparation programs and P-12 educators. You can see the newsletter here.
By Amie Jette
Note: This article originally appeared in Education Week Teacher as part of a publishing partnership with the Center for Teaching Quality Reprinted with permission from the author.
Future educators, take it from me: The edTPA is tough. I spent more than two months—with help from instructors and cohort-mates—preparing my portfolio and myself for this rigorous process of teacher assessment.
A team of teacher preparation experts experienced with edTPA has been formed and will be available beginning in January to support the implementation of edTPA by teacher preparation programs across the country.
The National Academy consultants will be recruited and trained by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) in partnership with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
When Georgia begins requiring edTPA for teacher certification in 2015-16, it will be the final phase of an implementation process marked by small steps to help educators learn more about performance assessment and then bigger steps to include, inform, and support key audiences.
Georgia educator preparation providers (EPPs) took the first steps. Supported funding from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, they sent representatives to the edTPA National Implementation Conference in 2012 and then used their own funds to send representatives each year since. Several EPPs also participated in a national field test, sparking greater interest in edTPA. Georgia EPPs have since supported limited and then full-state edTPA pilots in 2013-14 and 2014-15, respectively.
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.