Happy Monday Educators!
As we approach the end of the school year, we are pleased to announce the dates for our next trainings! We have dates for new Clinical Educators, current Clinical Educators and our University Supervisors.
There are a total of six and 1/2 training days for our new Clinical Educators. We are offering current Clinical Educators two days of training to improve scoring observations and providing actionable feedback. For our University Supervisors we are offering four days in August to hone their observations skills and improve inter-rater reliability.
The schedule can be found under the Professional Learning tab on our website!
We found another great article from Edutopia.com titled "5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices" one of which is Feedback, which is addressed in the article we posted last month from Edutopia. The article mentions that teachers often feel overwhelmed by the number of new strategies learned in professional development. EXCEED teachers are telling us that from the New Teacher Center or Learning Sciences International training days that they are stronger mentors due to the coaching language, Collaborative Assessment Log and using the Marzano evaluation to provide feedback to developing teachers. Can you tell us what strategies or tools that you are using that are helping you be a stronger mentor to a developing teacher? Let us know in the comments!
On November 9th, our University Supervisors participated in a forum conducted by New Teacher Center and Learning Sciences International. The supervisors were provided the opportunity to debrief on the implementation of the new coaching tools and use of the Marzano instructional framework as the observation and summative evaluation for student teaching. The feedback from the supervisors has assisted us in continuous improvement efforts. As a result, enhancements to processes and tools used in student teaching will be implemented in the spring.
Happy Fall !
It's been a month of conferences and trainings for us at EXCEED!
Our Principal Investigator, Grant Director, and Dean of the College of Education had the unique opportunity to speak to our grant initiatives, challenges, solutions, next steps and how we have managed the change process throughout the project at the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities (TECSCU) in San Antonio, Texas."TECSCU significantly contributes to the enrichment of P-12 education and the core values of our diverse, democratic society. TECSCU is the distinct national voice on matters of importance to educator preparation programs at public colleges and universities." The theme of the conference was: standing together as a national force in educational renewal and reform.
Our team then traveled to Gainesville, FL to present at the Strengthening Preservice Teachers’ Content Knowledge: Strategies from Florida’s Centers of Excellence in Elementary Teacher Preparation conference. We presented jointly with the other three grantees: Stetson University, University of Florida, and St. Petersburg College. Their presentation showcased a variety of strategies that may help teacher educators to envision ways to strengthen the content knowledge of elementary teachers throughout the state. Progress is underway! In light of progress, our clinical educators participated in their 3rd day of New Teacher Center training last Thursday and Friday! We're excited to continue to see the growth in all of our practice and thank you for your integral role in this process of change!
Check out the link below to learn more about TECSCU's initiatives!
Keep up with the Florida Association of Teacher Educators by checking out this link:
"It is through purposeful talk with others that we construct ideas and visions of possibility for ourselves and each other." - (Nichols, M., 2006).
As we wrap up our summer trainings with New Teacher Center we want to thank our facilitators, our cooperating teachers, supervisors and faculty for your participation and insights that each one of you has brought to the table in what it means to be a successful mentor to our incoming FAU College of Education student teachers this year. FAU Faculty, University Supervisors, and Educators from Broward County Public Schools & The School District of Palm Beach County, joined forces for two days to learn how we can best build collaborative, and trusting relationships with our student teachers and support each other's practices for the benefit of our children through ongoing collaborative formative assessment.
We look forward to welcoming our students back to school and we are eager to see our cooperating teachers and faculty utilize the tools we have sharpened this summer to make a difference in how we educate and inspire others to become lifelong learners.
Take a look at our Facebook page to see our teachers in action working together to break apart Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAP's) and what they mean in terms of our roles as educators, mentors, and students. Stay tuned for highlights of our student teachers this Fall and stay current with the progression of the grant at FAU Exceed or follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/FAU-Exceed/444139939095010.
Happy Wednesday Teacher friends! FAU EXCEED again would like to thank all of you who have & will participate in our Learning Sciences International Teacher Trainings with FAU Exceed! We have two more coming up this Monday, July 27th & August 3rd and our New Teacher Center trainings begin August 3rd!
LSI Cooperating Teacher Trainings have been in full swing the last few weeks here at FAU Exceed! We teamed up with Learning Sciences International to bring a full week of Marzano training to our participating cooperating teachers from both Palm Beach County School District and Broward County School District.
The training week provides an intensive, comprehensive, on-site professional development opportunity for the teachers — covering the Essentials for Achieving Rigor. Teachers covered essentials such as: monitoring for learning, learning goals and scales, performance assessment, embedding formative assessment into instruction and more!
A big thank you to all the teachers and trainers that have participated!
The Teaching and Learning faculty have begun professional learning in the Marzano instructional model. The Marzano model is used as in many districts across the country as an evaluation model. The Teaching and Learning Department wants to ensure that FAU elementary education graduates are the best prepared for any teaching environment; therefore, the faculty are engaging the professional learning in the model to assist them in better understanding their students’ needs as they embark on teaching careers.
Gracie Diaz, EXCEED Grant Director