The Delaware Center for Teacher Education (DCTE) provides support services for students, faculty, and staff in the educator preparation programs at the University of Delaware.
Fall Schedule – All meetings will be in Rm 210, 200 Academy Street, 1:30pm – 3:30 pm.
- February 12
- March 12
- April 9
- May 14
DDOE Educator Preparation Program Working Group
The Delaware Department of Education has reconvened the Educator Preparation Working Group to review the metrics reported on the Delaware Educator Preparation Program Reports, also known as the EPP Scorecards (https://www.doe.k12.de.us/domain/398). The Working Group, which includes UD representatives Christine Carrino Gorowara, Alyssa Truszkowski, Frank Livoy, and Liz Terlecki, will meet monthly through June. Two proposed modifications to the metrics were discussed at the February meeting: One modification would be to change the “Placement Rate in Delaware High Needs Schools” metric, which tracked the percentage of graduates who accepted positions in Delaware high needs schools, to a metric tracking student teaching placement in Delaware high needs schools. The other modification discussed in February was a change in the way the Content Readiness metric is calculated—the 2016 metric compared average scaled Praxis Subject Assessment scores to an overall average across all content areas, while the 2018 metric is proposed to compare the average scores to national performance on subject-specific tests. The DDOE publishes the EPP Scorecards every two years. The next publication is scheduled for Fall 2018.
Spotlight on Teacher Education Research
Amanda Jansen, Professor in the School of Education, has a contract through Stenhouse Publishers to write a book called Rough Draft Math; the book is currently in progress. Rough draft thinking is communicating to learn by sharing unfinished thinking and revising emerging ideas. Just as we use rough drafts to work out our thinking when writing, mathematics classrooms can be places where rough drafts are valued and seen as usual to continue developing mathematical understandings. Jansen worked with secondary teachers throughout the state of Delaware in a teacher study group (hybrid – both face-to-face and online in Schoology) and collaboratively developed teaching strategies to use rough draft thinking to shift classroom cultures away from performance to promote agency among students, place student ideas at the center of instruction, position many more students as competent, and support the development of conceptual understanding. Chapters in the book illustrate how teachers promoted and integrated rough draft thinking into their mathematics lessons to address these various goals. This book is targeted at teachers in grades 4 – 10, and it is forthcoming in 2019.
For more on rough draft thinking, please see this video and two prior publications:
Thanheiser, E., & Jansen, A. (2016). Inviting prospective teachers to share rough draft mathematical thinking. Mathematics Teacher Educator, 4(2), 145-163.
Jansen, A., Cooper, B., Vascellaro, S., & Wandless, P. (2017). Rough-Draft Talk in Mathematics Classrooms. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 22(5), 304-307.
If you have teacher education research that you would like to share, please contact Christine Carrino Gorowara at email@example.com. We would love to feature your research in a future DCTE newsletter!
- The Delaware Association for Colleges of Teacher Education was scheduled to hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 21, but Winter Storm Toby suggested a change of plans. The Annual Meeting will now be held on Wednesday, May 2 from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Wilmington University Dover site at 3282 N. Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901. Please RSVP to Christine Carrino Gorowara (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to attend.
- DACTE will also host state legislators on Tuesday, April 10 from 10:00 to 11:00 at one of the Wilmington University New Castle sites. Specific location TBA. An RSVP for this meeting is not required, but is appreciated. Remote access will also be available.
Building Principal Spring Meeting
The Office of Clinical Studies will be hosting the very first series of spring meetings for local building principals. The meetings will take place on Tuesday, April 24th and Wednesday, April 25th. School Principals from Appoquinimink, Christina, Colonial, and Red Clay will be invited to attend. The topics for discussion will showcase the successes in each school community and how collaboration in UD clinical experiences benefit both the education of school students and the candidates within UD teacher preparation programs.
You are invited to Access Abilities, a free, interactive event to explore features built into Apple products on Friday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Center for Disabilities Studies, 461 Wyoming Road. You’ll see how Mac and iPad offer a rich set of accessibility features that you can customize to assist you at work, in the classroom, and at home.
Refreshments will be provided. Seats are limited. For a schedule and to register, visit http://bit.ly/accessabilities.
Access Abilities is sponsored by Apple, Office of Disability Support Services, Center for Disabilities Studies, Office of Educational Technology, and the Education Resource Center.
ARTC Increases Candidate Readiness
The Alternate Routes To Certification program is increasing candidate readiness in two ways:
- Special education candidates not enrolled in the Masters Plus Certification Program will participate in six to eight all-day Saturday seminars and enroll in an introductory graduate course in special education. Those who have already secured a teaching position in special education grades 6-12, as well as those still seeking a position, will complete these courses in order to begin the ARTC program.
- Prospective teachers in all other fields will have the option to complete their first course requirement, the ARTC seminars, in the summer before they have been hired, in order to give them a head start on completing course requirements for certification.