Reflective Practice and Certification through Peer Review, Fall 2018

Course Number: EDU 5515 C44
Instructor: Juliette Longchamp
Location: VT NEA, 10 Wheelock St, Montpelier, VT
Dates and Times: November 10, 2018 - March 9, 2019
Credits: 3 graduate
Tuition: $1,800

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

Course Description

Rationale:

Teachers come to teaching through both traditional and nontraditional routes. This course is to guide and support educators who wish to become licensed in Vermont or add an endorsement through their existing license through the Peer Review Process.

Course Description:

This course will support and guide teachers pursuing initial licensure or adding endorsements to their Vermont teaching license. Teachers will 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 a collection of artifacts and a written commentary that describes, analyzes and reflects on the evidence. Participants should read the requirements and overview of the Peer Review Program and complete step 1 prior to the first class. Directions for step one can be found http://education.vermont.gov/educator-quality/become-a-vermont-educator/alternative-route. Step 1 includes applying to the program through the online system (ALiS). New as of the fall of 2017- Applicants need to pass the Praxis Testing for the certification area you are seeking, prior to applying for peer review. Though this class does not have this requirement, it is highly recommended. Vermont-NEA has some materials to support you through the Praxis Core Math.

Course Goals & Objectives

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
  • Understand, apply, and document the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and applicable Vermont Knowledge and Performance 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 Expectations

Content Outline:

  1. Class one: November 10th - 9 am-3 pm
    1. Review the steps of the Peer Review Process
    2. Review and discuss the Vermont Core Teaching Standards and Knowledge & Performance Standards
    3. Review and discuss the three types of writing required in the Peer Review Process
    4. Use and Personalize the online portfolio template
    5. Analyze strengths and needs on both the Vermont Core Teaching Standards and Content Standards
    6. Determine professional learning needs based on analysis of strengths and needs
    7. Develop a schedule for completion by March 1, 2019
    8. Tools for videotaping practice
    9. Understanding Testing Requirements – Should be completed prior to Applying for Peer Review
    10. Professional Verification Form
  2. Offline Work- November 11th– January 20th (Approximately 20 hours)
    1. Videotape Classes for evidence of teaching practice related to your content area
    2. Upload Evidence and write description/analysis/reflection for each standard
    3. Schedule Praxis Core (if applicable) and Praxis II Exams
    4. Ensure all paperwork with the AOE Peer Review Program has been completed.
  3. Class two: January 12st, 2019 9 am – 3 pm
    1. Share progress on Portfolio
    2. Workshops on key areas determined by the needs assessment.
    3. Peer presentations and feedback in small groups. Does the evidence demonstrate and verify the standard being addressed?
    4. Technology issues resolved (if any)
    5. PRAXIS Core prep, if needed.
  4. Offline Work- January 12nd-February 23rd (Approximately 20 hours)
    1. Videotape Classes for evidence of teaching practice related to your content area
    2. Take pictures of your classroom as evidence of classroom environment and to add a visual component to your portfolio.
    3. Upload Evidence and write description/analysis/reflection for each remaining standard
    4. Take Praxis exam(s)
    5. Ensure all paperwork with the AOE Peer Review Program has been completed.
  5. Class three (Choice): February 18, 20, 23, 25, 26, and March 2nd)
    1. Independent work time with facilitator feedback – Select one of these days.
  6. Class Four – March 9th
    1. Peer presentations and feedback in small groups. Does the evidence demonstrate and verify the standards being addressed?
    2. Technology issues resolved (if any)
    3. Adding design to your website online portfolio
    4. Submitting your portfolio to the Agency of Education Peer Review Coordinator
    5. How to prepare for your Panel Discussion/Interview
    6. What happens after the interview if successful? License application.
    7. What happens after the interview if some standards were not deemed proficient? How to create your plan to document the standards.

Primary Methods of Instruction:

Direct Instruction- 24 hours, Online 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.
  • Analyze your teaching video utilizing the Framework for Evaluation.
  • Create your electronic portfolio.

Evaluation/Grading:

  • Written Components – 60%
  • Peer Feedback – 20%
  • Readings/Reflections/Discussions- 20%

For additional course and registration information

Juliette Longchamp
(802) 224-2401

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