On February 15th & 16th, 2015, the Senior CPET Coaches Roberta Kang, Denise Daniels, Marcelle Mentor, and Cristina Romeo presented at the annual Association for Teacher Educators (ATE) conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Their presentation, titled "Cultivating a Common Core - A Pedagogy for Professional Development", was designed to share five core principles in which CPET's professional development practices are rooted.
Participants of the panel discussion were given opportunities to reflect on their current practices and experiences with professional development by using images. They were then introduced to each of the five core principles of professional development as defined by CPET, including:
Participants engaged in conversations specific to each principle, facilitated by CPET coaches. The panel concluded with the sharing of participants' thoughts and considerations as they relate to their overarching goals and practices as educators. Participants were deeply engaged in the discussion and opened up about their own practices and how these five principles could be applied to their own work. Thanks to the organizers of the ATE for a wonderful opportunity to share professional strategies aligned with teacher education!
Building on the inaugural summer institute in which teachers and students immersed in creative collaboration, CPET’s Performance at the Center hosted a team of students and teachers from the United Nations International School (UNIS) to work alongside Teachers College MA and doctoral students in a four-hour workshop, incorporating writing, reading, movement, and sound. In this process-oriented approach to arts integration, the team of ‘players’ performed questions as they explored Shirley’s Jackson haunting short story, “The Lottery.”
Two years ago, representatives from the Ghetto Film School, a non-profit student-filmmaking educational organization, came to CPET for advisement about how to take their materials and translate them into a curriculum for high school students. This began an intense analysis of their curricular documents resulting in a curriculum audit with an inventory of materials, analysis of effectiveness and recommendations for future refinements. Following the curriculum audit was a commission to develop an 18-week short film course and two six-week film units (one on developing a commercial and one on the genre of Film Noir), suitable for implementation in a high school course.
Whether being adopted by an English teacher making connections between literature and film, or an arts teacher looking to build students’ skills in the art and craft of filmmaking, or a history class looking to recreate moments from our past in film—these adapted curriculum materials develop student filmmakers, critical thinkers, and engaging storytellers. Currently, the curriculum project is in its final phases of development with the design firm Wieden+Kennedy and will begin the final revisions in preparation for a Summer 2015 release date.
The New Teacher Network at TC (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!