Teams of teachers and administrators from public and private schools from the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area convened last month for with Dr. Deb Sawch and Dr. Alison Villanueva of CPET at Teachers College to learn more about the power of e-portfolios to inform both short and long-term design and delivery of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Participants used various 21st century frameworks, including the SEI Global Capacities Framework, to design their own e-portfolio pedagogies, supported by multiple software platforms and aligned with the skills and dispositions that students need for full participation in the world.
Encouraged by this experience, Dr. Raina Kor, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at Irivington, NY Schools, expressed that "this was a chance to make more visible the dynamics of both teaching and learning and to provide ways to ensure that we are all accountable for how we pose questions, investigate possibilities, and assess for understanding," said "This is absolutely where we all need to go, and our team got the chance to imagine so many possibilities."
The New Teacher Network at Teachers College (NTN@TC) is an amazing new opportunity for all new teacher graduates from English Ed, Social Studies Ed, Science & Math Ed departments! NTN@TC members get support in their first three years of teaching through in person and online mentoring, professional learning opportunities, and curriculum supports. Current NTN@TC members are building publication projects into their classrooms, sharing ideas in an online forum, and reaching out with needs as they come up. Recruitment for 2015-16 cohorts is coming soon! To learn more about NTN@TC, email email@example.com.
Congratulations to CPET team members Denise Daniels, Roberta Kang, Marcelle Mentor, and Cristina Romeo, who were in Phoenix this past weekend presenting at the 2015 ATE conference! Their presentation, "Cultivating a Common Core: A Pedagogy for Professional Development" addressed how "boring professional development turns good teachers into bad students", and five principles for "designing professional development experiences that increase engagement, efficacy, and effectiveness."