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1 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Rhode Island’s Journey Toward Aligning the State Teacher Licensing System: An Example of One State’s Reform Efforts Doris Anselmo, Rhode Island Department of Education Eileen Ferrance, The Education Alliance at Brown University Barrie Grossi, Rhode Island Department of Education Kristin Reedy, Northeast Regional Resource Center Lynne Ryan, Providence College

2 CTQ National Forum State P-12 Student Standards State Teacher Licensure Standards Pre-Service Preparation State Licensure Professional Development For Re-Licensure State Program Approval Standards © INTASC/CCSSO State Licensure Assessment State Prof. Dev. Requirements State Teacher Licensure System

3 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Step One: Creating a Vision of Quality Teaching….. Beginning Teacher Standards Doris Anselmo Director Office of Teacher Preparation, Certification and and Professional Development Rhode Island Department of Education

4 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Rhode Island Beginning Teacher Standards 1994 Committee of Rhode Island teachers, administrators, and teacher educators drafted a set of teaching standards based on INTASC Core Principles 1994 Committee of Rhode Island teachers, administrators, and teacher educators drafted a set of teaching standards based on INTASC Core Principles Committee shared standards with representative of various educational associations for feedback Committee shared standards with representative of various educational associations for feedback 1995 RIDE shared and validated standards through a survey sent to 1400 Rhode Island educators RIDE shared and validated standards through a survey sent to 1400 Rhode Island educators.

5 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Rhode Island Beginning Teacher Standards Eleven standards and 51 performance indicators based on the INTASC Core Principles Eleven standards and 51 performance indicators based on the INTASC Core Principles Standards used for pre-service, program approval, licensure, and professional development for re-certification Standards used for pre-service, program approval, licensure, and professional development for re-certification

6 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum With an Established Vision of Quality Teaching… RIDE began collaboration with teacher preparation program personnel around program approval standards for teacher preparation programs RIDE began collaboration with teacher preparation program personnel around program approval standards for teacher preparation programs

7 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum State P-12 Student Standards State Teacher Licensure Standards Pre-Service State Licensure Professional Development Preparation For Re-Licensure State Program Approval Standards © INTASC/CCSSO State Licensure Assessment State Prof. Dev. Requirements State Teacher Licensure System

8 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Step Two: Collaborating with Teacher Preparation Programs through Program Approval Lynne Ryan Education Department Providence College

9 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Step Two: Collaborating with Teacher Preparation Programs through Program Approval Prior to 1993 program approval was based upon the Rhode Island Commissioner’s Standards for Program Approval (1990) which were closely aligned with NASDTEC Standards Prior to 1993 program approval was based upon the Rhode Island Commissioner’s Standards for Program Approval (1990) which were closely aligned with NASDTEC Standards In 1993 the process was suspended and the search began for a more performance-based approach to program approval In 1993 the process was suspended and the search began for a more performance-based approach to program approval

10 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum The State of Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations There are eight institutions that prepare teachers; two are public and six are private. There are eight institutions that prepare teachers; two are public and six are private. The two publics (URI and RIC) are NCATE accredited. The two publics (URI and RIC) are NCATE accredited. Four small liberal arts colleges (Brown, PC, RWU, and SRU) have small to medium size programs. Four small liberal arts colleges (Brown, PC, RWU, and SRU) have small to medium size programs. One business/culinary university (JWU) and one school of design (RISD) have very small specialized programs. One business/culinary university (JWU) and one school of design (RISD) have very small specialized programs.

11 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Steps Leading to Revised Program Approval Standards The development of beginning teacher standards The development of beginning teacher standards A design group to discuss the assessment of candidates with respect to these standards A design group to discuss the assessment of candidates with respect to these standards Project Performance: Support for becoming more standards- and performance-based Project Performance: Support for becoming more standards- and performance-based The development of program approval standards The development of program approval standards The development and pilot testing of a process for program approval The development and pilot testing of a process for program approval

12 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Philosophy of Revising Program Approval Standards Strong leadership from participating institutions, PK-12 teachers, and professional associations in the redesign Strong leadership from participating institutions, PK-12 teachers, and professional associations in the redesign Focus on program improvement first followed by program accountability Focus on program improvement first followed by program accountability Strong technical assistance component to promote change Strong technical assistance component to promote change

13 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Rhode Island Program Approval Standards Developed by a team of teachers and teacher educators beginning in 1997 Developed by a team of teachers and teacher educators beginning in 1997 Four broad standards with associated indicators Four broad standards with associated indicators Increased focus on performance of program and of prospective teachers Increased focus on performance of program and of prospective teachers Include some critical “input” and process measures Include some critical “input” and process measures

14 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Program Approval Standards Performance assessment system that is the basis for recommending a candidate for initial licensure Performance assessment system that is the basis for recommending a candidate for initial licensure Opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills of the Rhode Island Beginning Teacher Standards in high quality higher education and school-based sites Opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills of the Rhode Island Beginning Teacher Standards in high quality higher education and school-based sites Commitment to diversity Commitment to diversity Resources to support quality program Resources to support quality program

15 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Rhode Island Program Approval Standards Designed to focus on program improvement Designed to focus on program improvement Emphasis on alignment with teacher standards Emphasis on alignment with teacher standards Review must encompass unit and programs Review must encompass unit and programs Evaluators must have rigorous training Evaluators must have rigorous training Smaller teams of evaluators Smaller teams of evaluators Standards written at a global level of educator to apply to licenses other than teaching Standards written at a global level of educator to apply to licenses other than teaching NCATE compatible NCATE compatible

16 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum With Program Approval Standards established… RIDE focused on certification RIDE focused on certification

17 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum State P-12 Student Standards State Teacher Licensure Standards Pre-Service Preparation State Licensure Professional Development For Re-Licensure State Program Approval Standards © INTASC/CCSSO State Licensure Assessment State Prof. Dev. Requirements State Teacher Licensure System

18 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Step Three: State Licensure Pre-service candidates are recommended for certification by demonstrating competence in the Rhode Island Teacher Standards and competence on assessments of content knowledge. Pre-service candidates are recommended for certification by demonstrating competence in the Rhode Island Teacher Standards and competence on assessments of content knowledge. Educators holding certification renew their certificates by completing professional development based upon professional standards. Educators holding certification renew their certificates by completing professional development based upon professional standards.

19 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum With the path from pre-service to certification established… RIDE focused on the professional development of practicing educators RIDE focused on the professional development of practicing educators

20 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Mentoring and Induction Programs for Beginning Teachers All school districts required to have mentoring programs for beginning teachers All school districts required to have mentoring programs for beginning teachers Based on Rhode Island Teacher Standards and Rhode Island Mentoring Program Standards Based on Rhode Island Teacher Standards and Rhode Island Mentoring Program Standards Teacher Quality Fellows Teacher Quality Fellows  Visit districts for on-site consultation  Provide technical assistance  Provide training to mentors

21 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Individualized Professional Development Plans (I-Plans) Educators seeking renewal of their certificates must complete professional development plans that are: Educators seeking renewal of their certificates must complete professional development plans that are:  Goal-driven  Based on self-study  Tied to professional and district/school initiatives  Linked to standards

22 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Individualized Professional Development Plans (I-Plans) Educators work toward accomplishing identified professional development goals through: 1. College & University Coursework 2. Conferences/Workshops & Training Sessions 3. Collaborative and Partnership Activities 4. Involvement in Development/Improvement Processes 5. Individually-Guided Professional Development 6. Professional Leadership Experiences

23 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Individualized Professional Development Plans (I-Plans) Educators write I-Plans Educators write I-Plans I-Plans are submitted to panel of educators trained in reviewing I-Plans. Plans are accepted or returned for modifications I-Plans are submitted to panel of educators trained in reviewing I-Plans. Plans are accepted or returned for modifications Educators annual make an electronic submission of goal-related professional development and receive feedback progress toward I-Plan completion Educators annual make an electronic submission of goal-related professional development and receive feedback progress toward I-Plan completion Educators submit final verification and documentation of professional development activities and a professional analysis of their I-Plan Educators submit final verification and documentation of professional development activities and a professional analysis of their I-Plan

24 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum With the various components initially established… RIDE is now focusing on revisiting the Rhode Island Teacher Standards to ensure that all classroom teachers have the knowledge and skills they need to educate students with disabilities RIDE is now focusing on revisiting the Rhode Island Teacher Standards to ensure that all classroom teachers have the knowledge and skills they need to educate students with disabilities Participant in Center for Teacher Quality Work Participant in Center for Teacher Quality Work

25 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum State P-12 Student Standards State Teacher Licensure Standards Pre-Service Preparation State Licensure Professional Development For Re-Licensure State Program Approval Standards © INTASC/CCSSO State Licensure Assessment State Prof. Dev. Requirements State Teacher Licensure System

26 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Rhode Island’s Participation in the CTQ Work Barrie Grossi Rhode Island Department of Education

27 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Rhode Island’s Participation in the CTQ Work Attend yearly national forums Attend yearly national forums Consistent membership of state team Consistent membership of state team Grant to re-examine Rhode Island Teacher Standards to ensure the teacher standards reflect the knowledge and skill teachers need to educate students with disabilities Grant to re-examine Rhode Island Teacher Standards to ensure the teacher standards reflect the knowledge and skill teachers need to educate students with disabilities

28 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Technical Assistance and Support Eileen Ferrance – The Education Alliance – Lab at Brown University Kristin Reedy Learning Innovations/West Ed Northeast Region Resource Center

29 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Technical Assistance and Support Planned and held a series of meetings around alignment of the Rhode Island Teacher Standards with the INTASC Model Standards Planned and held a series of meetings around alignment of the Rhode Island Teacher Standards with the INTASC Model Standards

30 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum State P-12 Student Standards State Teacher Licensure Standards Pre-Service Preparation State Licensure Professional Development For Re-Licensure State Program Approval Standards © INTASC/CCSSO State Licensure Assessment State Prof. Dev. Requirements State Teacher Licensure System

31 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Factors Sustaining Rhode Island’s Alignment Efforts Leadership from the Rhode Island Department of Education Leadership from the Rhode Island Department of Education Technical assistance and support for initiatives Technical assistance and support for initiatives Relationships among various stakeholders Relationships among various stakeholders Widespread participation of stakeholders and educational associations Widespread participation of stakeholders and educational associations Securing funding to support initiatives Securing funding to support initiatives

32 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum TQE – Partnership Grant Partnership composed of: Partnership composed of:  All eight teacher preparation programs  Arts and sciences faculty  Three high-need districts  Charter school districts  Two state education agencies

33 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum TQE – Partnership Grant Grant will build on current efforts to strengthen teacher preparation in: Grant will build on current efforts to strengthen teacher preparation in:  Subject matter knowledge  Ability to integrate technology into instruction  Knowledge of diverse communities and strategies for working with children of poverty  English Language Learners  Students with disabilities

34 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum TQE – Partnership Grant Grant products include: Grant products include:  Redesigned courses  Additional roles for arts and science faculty in evaluating prospective teachers  Methods for integrating technology into instruction  Modifications to clinical experiences  Differentiated instruction for diverse learners

35 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Questions???

36 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Leadership from the Rhode Island Department of Education Consistent, strong leadership throughout the reform efforts Consistent, strong leadership throughout the reform efforts Effective communication among RIDE staff members and stakeholders Effective communication among RIDE staff members and stakeholders Support from Board of Regents, legislative, and executive branches Support from Board of Regents, legislative, and executive branches

37 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Positive Relationships among Stakeholders Commitment from RIDE to involve stakeholders Commitment from RIDE to involve stakeholders Networking among stakeholders Networking among stakeholders Prior relationships Prior relationships

38 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Active Stakeholder and Educational Association Participation in Reform Efforts Teacher associations Teacher associations Administrator associations Administrator associations Practicing educators Practicing educators Higher education faculty Higher education faculty State department personnel State department personnel

39 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Funding to Support Reform Initiatives Rhode Island Department of Education Funds Rhode Island Department of Education Funds Title II Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant Title II Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant CTQ mini-grant CTQ mini-grant

40 September 20, 2004CTQ National Forum Technical Assistance and Support Consistent technical support Consistent technical support Long term relationships with technical assistance providers Long term relationships with technical assistance providers Crossover of technical assistance from one project to another Crossover of technical assistance from one project to another


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