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This article uses data from multiple stakeholders to evaluate whether Secondary Dual Educator’s Program (SDEP) candidates and graduates are meeting program goals. The findings suggest that graduates of a merged secondary program developed competency in differentiated planning, assessment, and instruction in content area classrooms and embedded the provision of accommodations into their planning process. These graduates reported that learning a process for differentiated planning and instruction helped them to be successful first-year content-area teachers in diverse inclusive classrooms.
Updated: Apr. 24, 2017
This article describes the process used by cross-department faculty to develop the program design and components and how program evaluation led to revisions that strengthened the program. After five years the quest to develop strategic teachers with the versatility to meet the learning needs of all secondary students continues. Next steps include: developing more field placements that support program goals, building a program portfolio of how candidates and graduates in different disciplines meld differentiation with subject-matter pedogogy, and documenting how principals have created hybrid positions to utilize SDEP graduates in school reform. The authors' experience suggests that merging secondary and special education pedagogy into one coherent program that is co-led and co-taught can result in teachers with a different approach to and skill set for secondary teaching.
Updated: Mar. 27, 2017
Creating Foundations for Collaboration in Schools: Utilizing Professional Learning Communities to Support Teacher Candidate Learning and Visions of Teaching
The purpose of this study was to examine ways that the unique model involving nested collaborative professional learning communities (PLCs) within a teacher education program led to a) learning for the members school/university partnership and b) refined visions of what it means to be a teacher. The findings indicated that teacher candidates came away from the experience seeing teaching as a collaborative endeavor. The ongoing feedback from both their mentor teacher and cohort colleague was critical to their learning to teach process. Furthermore, the collaborative work accelerated their opportunities to learn as they learned from both their successes and mistakes along with their partner’s successes and mistakes.
Updated: Nov. 18, 2014