News and Tasks
Mid-Monthly Update from the Chair | 2016 October
prior to Saturday, October 15 -- annual assessment report for psychology due to Kevin
prior to Monday, October 17 -- due to Kevin: statement of writing-intensive practices utilized in
Tuesday, October 18 -- final requests for revisions to the spring class schedule due to Kevin
Enforcing the T.E. Program Policy on Minimum Scores on Signature Assessment
Recall the August mid-monthly update that I e-mailed on August 16. It included a reminder to utilize the Teacher Education Program's syllabus template when designing your syllabi for education courses.
An important reason for doing so is that the template includes language stating the program-wide policy that, on a signature assessment, a teacher candidate must score at the "Emergent" level or above on each element of the scoring rubric . . . or else he/she must resubmit sections of the signature assessment for rescoring until he/she earns at least an "Emergent" score on them.
Until the teacher candidate does that, he/she can not earn a grade for the course in which the signature assessment is embedded.
We have discovered that some instructors--both faculty and adjunct instructors--did not enforce that policy in the last academic year, allowing some teacher candidates to progress in the program (and graduate!) without having achieved the minimum competencies on one or more signature assessments.
Please remind yourself of that policy and implement it when you are scoring signature assessments this semester.
New Version of DSU Web Site
If you have accessed the updated version of DSU's Web site, then you have probably spent some time looking around to find content that used to be in one spot but now is in another . . . or else now is gone (e.g., moved to SharePoint? deleted altogether?).
Please check out the Web content for the Department of Teacher Education and for the Teacher Education Program: dickinsonstate.edu/teachered.
Is there missing content that ought to be added back? Should anything be reorganized? Or deleted?
If you have any suggestions for improving the pages related to our department's programs (Elementary Education, Psychology, and Graduate Studies) or to the Teacher Education Program as a whole, please let me know.
Dispelling a Rumor
At the start of this week, Carmen Wilson and I were made aware of a rumor regarding the accreditation of DSU's Teacher Education Program.
For decades DSU's program has been accredited by NCATE, which was for many years one of two national accreditors of teacher preparation programs (TEAC was the other). However, in 2013 NCATE and TEAC merged to form CAEP, now the sole accrediting agency for educator preparation.
NCATE's last site visit to DSU was in 2010; and CAEP will return in 2018 to judge whether we merit continuing accreditation. So chairs and faculty across the Teacher Education Program's eight departments are at work right now preparing for the upcoming site visit.
Out of curiosity, some have asked why we are pursuing reaccreditation with CAEP. It has long been our understanding that the teacher prep programs in ND's public universities are required to be accredited--but we figured it was worth verifying.
So Carmen has been looking into it to see if the SBHE requires that we be accredited, or if the NDUS has a rule requiring it, or if ESPB requires it, or if the legislature requires it, etc.
Somehow people's awareness that Carmen was investigating the matter turned into rumors that DSU had decided not to pursue CAEP accreditation. However, that is not the case, as Carmen made clear at the VPAA Council meeting on October 10.
Please help to dispel this rumor if you hear people talking about it. Once Carmen has some clear answers about who requires educator prep program accreditation in ND, she will share them with the Teacher Education Council for our information.
Lesson Plan Template
The September mid-monthly update (that I e-mailed on September 16) provided you with the current lesson plan template for use throughout the Teacher Education Program. At the time we did not have editing access to the DSU Web site, so we could not post the template to the Teacher Education pages for teacher candidates (and faculty) to download from there.
Good news: now that the updated version of the DSU Web site is live, we can once again edit our content on it. An easy-to-remember URL for our Web page is dickinsonstate.edu/teachered.
Once there, you or our teacher candidates can access the lesson plan template by selecting "Teacher Education Program" and then "Opportunities and Resources" and then "Early Field Experiences."