A look back with gratitude - what we've done together in 2016
A look back with gratitude - what we've done together in 2016
November 2016
A Look at What We've Done Together in 2016
It is not quite Thanksgiving yet, but all of us at CAEP would like to express gratitude for those who work to ensure quality in educator preparation. Our accomplishments are your accomplishments – let’s take a quick look at what we made happen together during 2016:
Infographic: CAEP & The Field in 2016
This is the last issue of CAEP Connections this year. Happy holidays to all, we will see you in the new year!
News
Using Data to Improve Educator Preparation
By: Ellen Mandinach, Ph.D., WestEd
It was truly an honor to speak before such a large and diverse group of educators at the CAEP Conference.  It gave us an opportunity to raise awareness about two issues that will begin to have increasing impacts on educator preparation programs. 
All educators must become data- or evidenced-based, not just for the purpose of meeting accountability standards, but more importantly, for programmatic and self-improvement. 
It is contingent upon the educator preparation programs to themselves, to begin to incorporate the concepts of a data culture, as part of an effort to become learning organizations.  Similarly, all educators must begin to acquire the skills and knowledge that comprise data literacy.
CAEP is a strong supporter of data use.  Now is the time for the educator preparation programs to embed data use as a foundational part of their practice.
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Resources
Creating a Coherent System to Support Instruction Aligned with State Standards: Promising Practices of the Louisiana Department of Education 
The RAND Corporation produced a report using data from the American Teacher Panel. The push across the United States for uniform and rigorous standards — as well as high-quality, aligned assessments — represents a chance for states to reimagine ways to provide teachers with clearer and more-coherent messages about what they can be doing every day in their classrooms to support student learning. This report is intended to provide guidance to states about sensible state systems that give educators coherent messages and concrete tools to help students meet high academic standards.

International Spotlight: School Leadership and Its Impact on Teacher Collaboration and Professional Learning
A new analysis of the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) has found that the quality of school leadership is related to the development of professional learning communities in schools.
A Rich Source for Teachers of Color and Learning: Minority Serving Institutions
The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions released a report exploring the success of teacher education at MSIs. The report explains that MSIs employ innovative strategies to prepare minority teachers that include
  • creating stronger pipelines between high schools and colleges,
  • looking beyond standardized test scores,
  • integrating discussions of diversity and equity into teachers’ coursework, and
  • incorporating service learning and engagement in local communities.
ICYMI: Articles of Interest*
  • Site visits must be part of the accreditation process. “Some accreditation agencies make site visits, some do not and some do if they consider the documentation received from the higher education provider to be inadequate in some way.” | Via University World News
  • New teachers make up significant segment of profession: 12%. Findings urge that new teachers feel prepared for the “realities of the classrooms.” | Via Ed Week
  • [Op-ed] College accreditors need higher standards: “The system created by Congress to determine eligibility for federal dollars virtually guarantees that a portion of this money will be wasted by schools that have abysmally low standards, high dropout rates and, in many cases, saddle students with huge debt in exchange for useless degrees. Congress can remedy this problem by changing the way schools are accredited and by giving the Department of Education more say in the process.” | Via NY Times Editorial Board
  • New survey focuses on best practices in STEM teacher training, retention. | Via Ed Week  
*In Case You Missed It: Articles are shared out of educator preparation interest; this section does not imply CAEP's endorsement.
Get Involved
Call for Papers: Professing Education
Professing Education, the journal of the Society of Professors of Education, plans to release a special issue: Theorizing Pedagogies of Teacher Education. This journal is looking for papers describing the complexity of the interrelationships among theory, action, and ethical commitments in teacher education. For more information, contact Mary Kay Delaney.
Submission deadline:
December 5, 2016.

AERA Annual Meeting: Call for University-District Collaboration Examples
Division H intends to highlight district-university collaboration at the 2017 AERA conference in San Antonio. If you know or have been part of a successful and mutually-beneficial district-university collaboration effort (e.g., graduate student internship), send an email to AERA  to share your experience!
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Professional Development

WEBINAR: Integrating Family Engagement in Teacher Preparation
Participants of this CEEDAR Center opportunity will learn about teacher preparation courses that invite parents to present, provide for a family-based practicum, and model evidence based practices and effective strategies on parent involvement.  Educators and administrators leave these preparation courses with the knowledge, skills, and philosophy on how to develop meaningful, low-cost/high-impact partnerships with families.
Monday, November 14, 2016
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST
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AERA Annual Meeting: Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop
This is an opportunity for your brightest teacher candidates who are interested in applying to doctoral programs. The workshop is intended for candidates pursuing careers as education researchers, faculty members, or other professionals who contribute to the research field.
Applications are due December 1, 2016.
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Webinar: How Diverse Institutions of Higher Education Prepare Culturally Responsive Educators

This webinar shares characteristics that all programs should consider from institutions preparing effective P-12 educators from under-represented groups.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST

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