Early Adopters: Value in the Process
Early Adopters: Value in the Process
October 2016
Early Adopters: Value in the Process
By: Zachary Everett, CAEP Communications Associate
Patricia Heydet-Kirsch: Connect on LinkedIn
Patricia Heydet-Kirsch, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean of Accreditation and Assessment
Florida Atlantic University
Six early adopters earned national accreditation through the 2013 CAEP Standards last October (2015). These educator preparation providers (EPPs) began the formal process for accreditation well before this decision. In fact, the 2013 CAEP Standards were only just being minted when they started. The benchmark was becoming more evident, but how they would achieve accreditation was, admittedly, less clear. Still, these early-adopter EPPs pressed on to earn CAEP accreditation.
We were in contact with most of these EPPs on a weekly, if not daily, basis. And their day-to-day experiences gave us invaluable insight: where are the stress points and bottlenecks? Where are the gaps in understanding the process? 
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Michael Maher, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Professional Education
North Carolina State University
The work of these early adopters has benefitted future accreditation candidates; with obstacles identified, we were able to work on clearing them. 
So what was this experience like? And how have these early-adopter EPPs already benefitted CAEP accreditation? I reached out to several assistant deans who led these EPPs to successful CAEP accreditation to find out.
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Dr. Heydet-Kirsch shares what it was like to lead an early-adopter EPP to a successful accreditation and shares some practical advice on getting started.
Dr. Maher shares how approaching CAEP's accreditation process led his EPP to rethink how they use (and leverage) their data. 
Coming Up: CAEP Accreditation Council Meeting
The CAEP Accreditation Council will meet October 21-25, 2016 in Bethesda, MD to decide on this semester's accreditation cases.
CAEPCon Presentations
Presentation slides from the 2016 Fall CAEP Conference sessions are available on CAEP's website. View presentations from this conference and previous ones - they are all archived on the Accreditation Resources page.
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2017 Spring & Fall CAEPCons: Call for Presentations Closes Monday, October 10!
Speaking of CAEPCon presentations, time is running out to submit your proposal to present at the 2017 Spring or Fall CAEP Conference. Questions? Contact Jennifer Carinci.
Do you know something about educator preparation that others may not? Is it strongly grounded in evidence? Send us a proposal about it and you may end up sharing it with your peers at the next CAEPCon! 
2017 Spring CAEPCon
March 22-24, 2017
St. Louis, MO
2017 Fall CAEPCon
September 24-26, 2017
Washington, DC
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Multistate Educator Lookup System (MELS) to follow completers across state lines 
NASDTEC developed a system designed to help jurisdictions, and educator preparation providers (EPPs) within them, to locate program completers who may be certified and/or employed in other states.
"The MELS can eventually benefit all SECAs and EPPs since they all share the issues associated with not being able to track out-of-state program completers. This initiative specifically addresses CAEP Standards 4 and 5 (two of the five CAEP Standards). A reading of the indicators quickly reveals how an EPP would be at a significant disadvantage (or possibly hold an unfair advantage) in how it documents meeting these standards if it was unable to locate a significant portion of its program completers."

Understanding Teacher Shortages: Series of Reports for EPPs & States
The Learning Policy Institute released a series of reports analyzing various factors involved in teacher shortages nationwide. Beginning with an interactive map that rates each state's overall actractiveness for teaching based on factors such as compensation, equity, working conditions, turnover, and more. 
Four accompanying reports were released with this map:
What Works Clearinghouse (WWC): Finding What Works Based on Evidence
Through the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) comes a new site that makes it easier for educators and policymakers to find programs and practices that scientific evidence shows have had a positive impact on student outcomes
ICYMI: Articles of Interest*
  • New bill, Innovations to Recruit and Retain Excellent Teachers Act (H.R.6236) proposed in the House. | Via NNSTOY
  • Holding up data as a mirror: Institutional leaders should engage their campus communities in honest, data-driven conversations about what to do better. | Opinion via Inside Higher Ed
  • American teachers middle in international comparisons of cognitive ability, slightly above average in literacy skills and "noticeably below average in numeracy." | Via Brookings Institute Blog
  • England seeks to measure learning: More than 70 institutions are testing different measures of student learning amid new government efforts to evaluate universities on teaching quality. | Via Inside Higher Ed
  • Study: Why principals important in teacher-retention efforts. | Via Education Week 
*In Case You Missed It: Articles are shared out of educator preparation interest; this section does not imply CAEP's endorsement.
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State officials, researchers, P-20 practitioners, and other educators are encouraged to submit presentation proposals designed to engage audiences in rich discussion and collaboration regarding topics closely related to the conference theme, Education: A professional call to action.
NASDTEC 2017 Annual Conference
June 11-13, 2017
New Orleans, LA
Due: October 28, 2016

Professional Development

WEBINAR | CAEP Standards for Advanced Programs: Scope, Policies, and Rubrics
Join Margie Crutchfield for a free webinar on the CAEP Standards for Advanced Programs. This session will reprise information shared during last week's CAEP Conference.
Monday, October 24, 2016
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. EDT

Ten Questions for Math Teachers... And How PISA Can Help Answer Them
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Alliance for Excellent Education released a new report that takes PISA's international comparisons and OECD's TALIS teacher-interviewing survey to uncover teaching approaches that work.
Join All4Ed & OECD for a webinar discussing the report and strategies to expose students to deeper learning.
October 7, 2016
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. EDT
Preparing Your ESL Licensure Program for CAEP Review
TESOL, one of CAEP's partner specialized professional associations (SPAs), is hosting an interactive, online seminar for EPPs preparing for CAEP Program Review with TESOL Standards.
October 26, 2016
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EDT
New 'Micromasters' Certificate Program in Improvement Science
This new course introduces and immerses students in improvement science, including the concept of networked improvement communities.

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