Preparing Teachers 2017 Symposium

Save the Date February 24, 2017 at NJPSA in Monroe Township from 8:30am – 2:30pm for a Garden State Alliance for Strengthening Education (GSASE) P12 and Higher Ed – Preparing Teachers – Feb 24 Symposium on a Shared Vision for building strong partnerships. Co-sponsored by NJASCD, NJACTE, NJEA, NJPSA, and NJASA, this summit will feature partnership models, case studies, and a partnership networking session, with a special emphasis on edTPA and deeper clinical experiences in P12 schools for teacher candidates.

edTPA Workshop

Monmouth University will host a workshop on Wednesday, March 8th, 8:30 – 2:30. Participants may choose either a full-day commitment to Local Evaluation Training or AM Successful Implementation and PM Designing Signatures Assignments and Assessments.  Please share the Registration Link with your colleagues before Wednesday, March 1.

Local Evaluation (Full Day Commitment)
Pam Wetherington (Columbus State University, GA) guides participants through the Local Evaluation process. This training will provide audience with a deep understanding of edTPA rubrics and the evaluation process so they are prepared to evaluate candidates’ final edTPA portfolios. Provides resources to systematically evaluate candidate performance in reference to a score report and inform program renewal conversations.


From Start to Finish: Successful edTPA Implementation (AM Session)
edTPA National Academy Consultant, Dr. Lori Kroeger, will share her experiences and lessons learned from piloting and implementation at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  Dr. Kroeger will share tips and suggestions on how to prepare and support candidates, faculty/staff, university supervisors, and P-12 partners.


Designing Signature Assignments & Assessments (PM Session) 
Dr. Lori Kroeger will provide an overview of strategies and tools for reviewing course and program alignment with edTPA and the cycle of effective teaching. This session will include time for faculty to work in groups on inquiry exercises focused on integration into course assignments and designing learning opportunities and assessments to support candidate success. Ideas and tips for assignments will be provided and shared.

New Jersey edTPA

NJACTE is actively seeking campus hosting sites for Spring and Summer 2017 Professional Development Sessions. Please view the topics below before you complete a hosting form.

List of Topics:

Beginner Handbook and Rubric Deep Dive provides a deep look at edTPA handbooks, rubrics, and expectations for candidates.

Academic Language (Beginner/Advanced) provides a thorough overview of academic language, including the role of academic language in the profession and how it is embedded in edTPA.

Advanced Curriculum Inquiry provides an opportunity to examine valued program outcomes and their relationship to the cycle of effective teaching and edTPA expectations. Program faculty examine where and how the program already provides formative experiences aligned with edTPA and how edTPA contributes to a multiple measures assessment system.

Designing an Instructional Framework for Teacher Candidate Success on edTPA
Candidate success on edTPA is greatly impacted by three key factors: faculty knowledge of the assessment, candidate preparation for the assessment, and support for candidates while they complete their edTPA portfolios. If any of these three factors is deficient, teacher candidates may not experience edTPA success or completion of the assessment may be far more stressful than necessary. Faculty members need to examine their programs in these three key areas to create an instructional framework to help prepare teacher candidates for edTPA success. This strategy was used by Illinois State University to “turn around” their Business Teacher Education (BTE) program. Workshop participants will examine the steps the ISU BTE faculty took to achieve this change and will be given the tools to examine their own programs to develop their own instructional framework for edTPA success.

Local Evaluation Training
Local Evaluation Training provides audience with a deep understanding of edTPA rubrics and the evaluation process so they are prepared to examine candidate materials and performance in order to provide feedback and/or in reference to a score report to inform program renewal conversations.

NJACTE proudly hosted Spring and Summer 2016 Professional Development sessions at Rutgers (April 6 and May 26), Rider (June 22) and Ramapo (June 24) Universities.

New Jersey CAEPCon

NJACTE proudly hosted Stevie Chepko for a full day of sessions focused on New Jersey and the CAEP Standards. The $50 registration fee included breakfast, lunch, and all sessions. (One complimentary member per NJACTE institution with registration code).


NJACTE meetings for the 2016-17 academic year will be held on the following dates. General membership meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. and generally conclude at noon. All meetings are held at the Rutgers New Brunswick Graduate School of Education unless otherwise noted.

September 15, 2016
October 20, 2016 
November 17, 2016
December 15, 2016

January 12, 2017 *Rescheduled to February 24
February 16, 2017 (in addition to a reception at the AACTE conference)
February 24, 2017 Partnership Symposium at NJPSA in Monroe Township
March 16, 2017
April 20, 2017
June 21, 2017 (Annual Luncheon and Distinguished Clinical Intern Ceremony 4:30pm)

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