Reflective Practice and Developing a Peer Review Portfolio

Course Number: EDU 5515 C06
Instructor: Shannon Miller, M.Ed. & Juliette Longchamp, Ed.D., NBCT
Location: Champlain College
Dates and Times: Classes 1 - 3: August 1 - 3, Champlain College; Offline work August 3 - October 6 (approximately 20 hours); Class 4: October 21 from 9 am - 1 pm at Vermont-NEA; Offline work October 21 - November 10; Class 5: November 11 from 9 am to 1 pm at Vermont-NEA
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition: $1,800. Note: Vermont-NEA members taking this course may apply for scholarships for the Peer Review fee of $1,200.

Note: Please register directly with the VT-NEA. If you wish to take the course for Castleton credit, please notify the NEA, who will give you the link to Castleton's online registration form. Tuition is due and payable to VT-NEA.

Course Description

This course supports and guides teachers pursuing initial licensure or adding endorsements to their Vermont teaching license. Participants need to be in a school setting for student teaching will not be arranged through this course. As part of this course, participants examine the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards (Vermont Core Teaching Standards) and content endorsement standards and develop an electronic portfolio demonstrating their competency on each standard through the collection of artifacts and a written commentary that describes, analyzes and reflects on the evidence. Participants should read the requirements and overview of Peer Review Program and complete step 1 prior to the first class. Directions for step one can be found http://education.vermont.gov/sites/aoe/files/documents/edu-educator-quality-peer-review-program-overview.pdf. Step 1 includes applying to the program through the online system (ALiS).

Please note that this class is not associated with the Vermont Agency of Education, but offered as support to participants wishing to certify through the Vermont Peer Review Alternative Route to Certification process.

Course Objectives

• Define, identify, and practice the three types of writing: descriptive, analytical, and reflective.
• Review, critique, and provide constructive feedback to others
• Research best practices related to teaching content
• Develop unit and lesson plans that include appropriate standards for the content, clear assessments (formative/summative), activities to engage learners and are differentiated to meet the individual needs of students.
• Understand, apply, and document the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and applicable Vermont Content Endorsement Standards.
• Analyze and reflect on teaching practices utilizing video from classroom practice.
• Complete an online portfolio ready for submission into the Peer Review Process.

Course Outline
Classes 1-3, August 1-3, Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont
(Note this will take place at the same time as the Vermont-NEA’s Leadership and Learning Conference. Rooming is provided for those from out of town.)

• Review the steps of the Peer Review Process
• Review and discuss the Vermont Core Teaching Standards and Content Standards
• Review and discuss the three types of writing required in the Peer Review Process
• Develop the online portfolio template
• Analyze strengths and needs on both the Vermont Core Teaching Standards and Content Standards
• Determine professional learning needs based on analysis of strengths and needs
• Develop schedule for completion
• Lesson/Unit Plans/Differentiation - Utilizing UbD
• Review tools for videotaping practice
• Understanding Testing Requirements
• Professional Verification Form
• Schedule Praxis Core (if applicable) and Praxis II Exams
• PRAXIS Core support and resources (if needed)


Offline Work- August 3 – October 6th (Approximately 20 hours)
• Videotape Classes for evidence of teaching practice related to your content area
• Upload Evidence and write description/analysis/reflection for each standard
• Read, “Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design” by Tomlinson and McTighe”
• Ensure all paperwork with the AOE Peer Review Program has been completed.
• Take Praxis Core and Praxis II Exams

Class Four: October 14 – 9am-1pm at Vermont-NEA
• Share progress on Portfolio
• Workshops on key areas determined by the needs assessment.
• Peer presentations and feedback in small groups. Does the evidence demonstrate and verify the standard being addressed?
• Technology issues resolved (if any)

Offline Work- October 15th – November 10th (Approximately 20 hours)
• Videotape Classes for evidence of teaching practice related to your content area
• Take pictures of your classroom as evidence of classroom environment and to add a visual component to your portfolio.
• Read, “The Framework for Evaluation” by Danielson. Utilize this to evaluate and reflect on video.
• Upload Evidence and write description/analysis/reflection for each remaining standard
• Take Praxis exam(s)
• Ensure all paperwork with the AOE Peer Review Program has been completed.

Class Five: November 11th – 9 am – 1 pm at Vermont-NEA
• Peer presentations and feedback in small groups. Does the evidence demonstrate and verify the standards being addressed?
• Technology issues resolved (if any)
• Adding design to your website online portfolio
• Submitting your portfolio to the Agency of Education Peer Review Coordinator
• How to prepare for your Panel Discussion/Interview
• What happens after the interview if successful? License application.
• What happens after the interview if some standards were not deemed proficient? How to create your plan to document the standards.

Final Portfolio: Due Monday, December 11th
Primary Methods of Instruction: Direct Instruction- 32 hours, Offline work- 40 hours

Assignments:
• Read and reflect on readings related to assessment, curriculum design, and best practices in teaching content.
• Provide feedback to peers on all evidence being addressed in the electronic portfolio.
• Read and apply Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Evaluation in your description, analysis and reflection. Utilize the framework to analyze your teaching videos.
• Read and apply “Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design” as evidenced by your lesson plans.
• Create your electronic portfolio

For additional course and registration information

Juliette Longchamp
(802) 223-6375

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