professional development for the teachers of tomorrow’s children
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DESCRIPTIONProfessional Development for the Teachers of Tomorrow’s Children. WACTE October 28, 2008 Sheila Fox, WWU. Main Point:. We have a rare opportunity to align two assessments for the professional development of teachers. Pre-service – Performance-based Pedagogy Assessment (PPA) and - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Professional Development for the Teachers of Tomorrows ChildrenWACTEOctober 28, 2008Sheila Fox, WWU
Main Point:We have a rare opportunity to align two assessments for the professional development of teachers.Pre-service Performance-based Pedagogy Assessment (PPA) and
Professional Certificate Portfolio Assessment
What are the advantages of alignment?Candidates moving from pre-service to in-service environments will recognize language, standards, and performance expectations
and in so doing, be able to build on prior knowledge to strengthen their professional development.
A Word About Context
(A description of the metacognitive skills todays students need in order to be successful in the complex world of tomorrow and some examples of tomorrows jobs that dont even exist today)
What are potential common points in the assessment instruments?Vocabulary. We should mean the same thing when we ask for longitudinal record, signature assessments, classroom context or evidence (as opposed to performance).
Focus. Reform in Washington State is changing the focus from teacher input to student learning. Both instruments could strengthen links by asking for student evidence that verifies positive impact over time.
What are potential common points in the assessment instruments?Student voice evidence based on student engagement in the learning process, including evaluation. Such asA transcript of student-led conferences with parents explaining why a work sample is an example of meeting standardA students (not candidate) narrative description of the learning target, where they are in the learning sequence, and the resources theyll need to reach the target.Student charted performance data
What are potential common points in the assessment instruments?Teacher voiceTeacher candidates design/adapt developmentally appropriate instruction that is informed by the following: GLEs, curriculum standards, enduring understanding of content, and depth of thinking. Teacher candidates use instructional strategies to develop critical thinking, problem solving, application and understanding of curricular content. They differentiate instruction to meet individual needs and use content knowledge to inform instructional practice. They apply multiple formative and summative assessment strategies to assess student learning and inform their instruction, use assessment results to determine effectiveness of instruction, and modify teaching practices based on assessment results.
The ContinuumThe continuum starts with Standard V certification requirements and Both teacher and student voice is required.
Standard 5.1: Knowledge of Subject Matter and Curriculum Goals
Criteria - Teacher candidates positively impact student learning that isA. Content driven. All students develop understanding and problem-solving expertise in the content area(s) using reading, written and oral communication, and technology.B. Aligned with curriculum standards and outcomes. All students know the learning targets and their progress towards meeting them.C. Integrated across content areas. All students learn subject matter content that integrates mathematical, scientific, and aesthetic reasoning. Description of Practice: Teacher candidates design/adapt developmentally appropriate instruction that is informed by the following: GLEs, curriculum standards, enduring understanding of content, and depth of thinking.
An aligned system wouldprogress from pre-service preparation and the PPA,
to teacher Assistance Programs (TAP)
to Professional Certification
to Certificate Renewal
Professional Certification EvidenceEarly process is underwayEmphasis is on validity and reliability in an evidence-based environmentEvidence must be authenticEvidence may include both teacher and student voicesInstrument will be piloted in 2009 and implemented in 2010 though there will be a transition period for candidates who are already progressing through a program.
From Mary Jo Larsen:Assessment Update Tryout Participants- a tryout or small-scale pilot will be conducted to test the directions and materials designed by the development team. The development team is responsible for recruiting these people. This will inform revisions prior to the pilot.
Pilot Schedule and Recruitment-Programs will assist with Pilot recruitment. Information for early recruitment will be available soon. The assessment will be posted to PESB website in January 2009.
Transition Timeline approved by PESB in July 2008-any candidates currently in the program must submit their portfolios to the programs by Sept. 1, 2011. Programs must verify completion to OSPI by Dec. 31, 2011.
One Last Word
Certificate Renewal, National Board Cert.