Educators offer the Department of Education an opportunity to see what institutions are doing to increase the quality of first year teachers. Amee Adkins, Associate Dean of the College of Education at Illinois State University, recently wrote an article articulating the quality work of Illinois institutions in preparing effective first year teachers with edTPA.Read the full article and see how they define effective classroom teaching. Additionally, Dan Brown, Executive Director of the Future Educators Association praised the rigor of edTPA, comparing it to the National Board Certification process. Brown argues that edTPA is one of the only programs working to raise the bar in preparing qualified first year teachers. Read the full article.
A new article from The Daily Astorian newspaper in Oregon describes how edTPA is part of an effort by Oregon education leaders to focus on improving the preparation of new teachers. While acknowledging questions about cut scores and student fees for the assessment, the article quotes Saroja Barnes from the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education calling edTPA a “culture changer” in reference to the increased collaboration that has resulted across programs at institutions using edTPA. Read the article here.