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1 Dr. Deborah Gober and Dr. Anna Wan Columbus State University
Preparing UTeach Columbus Students for Success on edTPA: Lessons Learned from Initial Implementation Dr. Deborah Gober and Dr. Anna Wan Columbus State University

2 Goals of edTPA “The primary goal is to design, field-test, and offer at scale the first nationally accessible pre-service teacher assessment process designed by educators to:” Improve student outcomes; Be used in combination with other measures as a requirement for licensure; and Guide professional development for teachers across the career continuum. Help candidates develop the confidence and skills they need to be successful in urban, suburban, and rural schools.

3 Benefits Provide a uniform and evidence-based process that can be used across states to confirm that aspiring teachers demonstrate their readiness for the classroom. Measure candidates’ ability to differentiate instruction for diverse learners, including English language learners and special education students. Create a body of evidence about teacher performance that will ultimately establish a national standard for relevant and rigorous practice that advances student learning. Allow states, school districts, and teacher preparation programs to share a common framework for defining and measuring teaching performance.

4 The Shift (SCALE/edTPA:
Shifting the definition of effective teaching: From- Successfully delivering the curriculum, “I got through everything I wanted to cover.” To- Having a positive impact on student learning, “How have I affected student learning?” Shifting the business of teacher preparation: From- License as entitlement of completing a curriculum, “But I’ve always wanted to be a teacher.” To- An obligation to demonstrate the proficiency the curriculum intends, “See, I can teach.”

5 Overview of the Planning Task
Artifacts Rubrics Instructional and learning context Lesson plans and Instructional materials, student assessment Planning Commentary Planning to Build Student Understanding Planning to Support Varied Student Learning Needs Using Knowledge of Students to Inform Teaching and Learning Identifying and Supporting Academic Language Demands Planning Assessments to Monitor and Support Student Learning

6 Overview of the Instruction Task
Artifacts Rubrics Video Clips Instruction Commentary Learning Environment Engaging Students in Learning Deepening Student Learning Subject Specific Pedagogy Analyzing Teaching Effectiveness

7 Overview of the Assessment Task
Artifacts Rubrics Analysis of whole class assessment Analysis of learning and feedback to THREE students Assessment Commentary Analysis of Student Learning Using Feedback to Guide Further Learning Student Use of Feedback Analyzing Students’ Language Use Using Assessment to Inform Instruction

8 Rubric progression Expanding repertoire of skills & strategies Deepening of rationale and reflection
Not Ready Proficient Novice Highly Accomplished Beginner 1 5 Teacher Focus Student Focus Whole Class Individuals/ Flex. Groups Integrated, Intentional & Well Executed Fragmented, Indiscriminate

9 Results of External Evaluation (n=19) Spring 2014
Planning Rubric 1 Avg Rubric 2 Avg Rubric 3 Avg Rubric 4 Avg Rubric 5 Avg 2.95 2.55 2.63 2.73 Instruction Rubric 6 Avg Rubric 7 Avg Rubric 8 Avg Rubric 9 Avg Rubric 10 Avg 2.89 2.82 2.79 2.37 Assessment Rubric 11 Avg Rubric 12 Avg Rubric 13 Avg Rubric 14 Avg Rubric 15 Avg 2.26 1.97 2.39 2.29

10 Results of External Evaluation for UTeach (n=2) Spring 2014
“3” = proficient (ready to teach) Both UTeach candidates scored above the average for the college on all rubrics Areas of strength (at least one candidate rated above proficient): Planning for subject-specific understandings Planning to support varied student learning needs Using knowledge of students to inform teaching Planning assessments to monitor student learning Deepening student learning

11 Results of External Evaluation for UTeach (n=2) Spring 2014
Areas for improvement (Task 3 Assessment) Analysis of student learning Student use of feedback* Analyzing students’ language use Using assessment to inform instruction *Area with lowest average rating overall and for UTeach

12 Sample Candidate Response
Read the sample teacher candidate response provided and examine the student work. Discuss how you would rate (emerging, proficient, or advanced) this candidate on “Student Use of Feedback.” Discuss the quality of the feedback given to the three focus students? How well did the candidate explain how the focus students would use the feedback to improve their work? Did the candidate discuss how he/she would support student use of feedback to deepen their understanding?

13 Integration of edTPA Classroom Interactions
Lesson Plan Commentary for Teach 1 (edTPA Task 1) Video analysis for Teach 2 (edTPA Task 2) Analysis of teaching and student artifacts for Teach 2 (edTPA Task 3) Peer review of Teach 2 Analysis using edTPA rubrics

14 Integration of edTPA Project-Based Instruction
All tasks EdTPA aligned template for the lessons taught from the unit Sketches for remaining lesson plans for the unit Uploaded for evaluation similar to submission during student teaching Rubrics Provided prior to tasks Peer evaluation using rubrics

15 Next Steps Design learning experiences that provide opportunities for candidates to get to know the students they are teaching in CI and PBI Observation Assignment – Getting to Know Your Students Additional classroom observations? Create assignments for CI and PBI to give candidates experience in analyzing student learning and giving feedback Analyzing sample student artifacts as a class and writing feedback; discuss student use of feedback and supports candidates may provide Analyzing use of academic language

16 A Teacher Candidate’s Perspective
Important takeaways from completing edTPA Challenges of edTPA Advice for others completing the assessment

17 Sharing Best Practices

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