I have been engaged in the work of Teacher Performance Assessments since 2002-03, as an original trainer for scoring of PACT under the direction of Ray Pechone and Linda Darling Hammond, and in parallel projects with the NBPTS for new and experienced teachers across the country. At this point in time, I am compelled (and excited) to pass forward information that you may or may not have had acces to, or time to process on a consistent basis.
Although National University and IHE’s are invested in the Cal TPA, it is wise for TED faculty and leaders to be informed about the progress of implementing the national TPAs in alignment with reforms in teacher preparation programs across the country. We are all aware of the wave (more like a tsunami?) of major system wide educational reforms and development ( many focused on teacher preparation) are occurring in response to drop out rates, international data, workplace indicators of inadequate training in specific fields. It is to our advantage to review resources and strategies that many of our competitors are embracing in efforts to establish strong and meaningful partnerships with Pk-12 school districts and in congruence with the Common Core standards, assessments and higher standards for beginning teacher candidates.
As experts in the preparation of credential candidates who earn a CA initial license to teach, I believe that knowledge of the national TPAs and the impact new policies may have on our work in teacher education (curriculum and coursework, degrees, instructors, supervisors, clinical experiences, etc.) and in the field with teachers and principals. It is urgent and critical to our school and to the contributions we make as we revisit traditional designs and consider innovations that promise to meet demands from our districts, the community, and ESEA reauthorization and accreditation criteria.
One of the first opportunities to use your skills and experiences as PACT and CALTPA assessors, methods instructors, induction mentors, NBCT assessors, intern supervisors, beginning teacher coaches, is to apply to be in the pool of scorers for the national TPA—nearly 1200 will be trained and calibrated—applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. PLEASE apply this weekend! Click here to get there quickly: https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/6bf3g4d59e. Call me if you need assistance.
This is VERY exciting and significant work on the national level and it will inform new policies, practices and programs for educators across the country. Jump in and stay fully informed on www.nuptdc.org website and in our eCoach Team. I will post reports and announcements frequently.
Look for another opportunity coming your way regarding a DISTINGUISHED PATHWAY for PREPARATION and DEVELOPMENT of ACCOMPLISHED EDCUATORS (webinar and Alliance membership). We are poised and positioned to define and develop an optional and alternative pathway for the 21st century teacher leaders.
Much love and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
NBCT Program Director and Lead Faculty