Saturday, December 29, 2007

New year, new blog name

Hello to Kean's College of Education Community!

For those who have visited this blog before, you'll notice a new name for the blog--NCATE 2010. The blog was originally created for discussion about the College of Education's Conceptual Framework that recently underwent revision. To view the revised CF, go to the COE website and click on the NCATE link. Thanks to all who contributed!

As we ramp up for the upcoming program reviews and the NCATE visit in 2010, a blog such as this can be a valuable resource to celebrate accomplishments as well as to share and discuss concerns and questions about program assessments, the NCATE process and even the new unit assessment, the Teacher Work Sample.

As the blog creator, I hope to post a question for discussion each month and offer support for questions you post to the blog.

Blogging is easy, marginally fun, and ultimately a great way to allow for on-going discussions about topics of concern or interest to you. So let me be the first to welcome you to our blog and to say Happy 2008!
Jo Hoffman


M. Tomich said...
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M. Tomich said...

Thanks for creating this Blog--I hope people people ask their questions here so we can all benefit from the answers...
Are we going to create an e-exhibit for our NCATE visit?

The NCATE team said...

NCATE encourages institutions to use technology tools in support of their accreditation process. One of their suggestions is to have an Electronic Exhibit Room.

For those of you that have been around for past NCATE visits, you'll remember that we have had an exhibit room for the NCATE team to view all of our supporting documents. What we will work toward creating in advance of 2010's visit is a supplemental digital exhibit room organized by the NCATE Standards that will have much of our evidence available to the NCATE visiting team to view online.

Please contact Jo if you'd be interested in being on the COE's Electronic Exhibit Room team!

M. Tomich said...

Are others able to post on this blog, or only you? Are we only able to comment?

M. Tomich said...

I know that Jo Hoffman and Vivian Rodriguez just got back from the NCATE Conference in D.C....anything interesting to share with us?

The NCATE team said...


The NCATE team said...

NCATE Conference April 3-6, 2008
Summary and “To Do” List:
(submitted 04/07/08 by Jo Hoffman, NCATE Coordinator)

In general it was a good conference with many questions answered both at the program level and at the unit level.

• The Provost had asked me to network for ideas from other similar institutions that may help us get through this on a tight budget with the possibility of having no one replace Ms. Caruso. Here are two suggestions I received that seem to be the most feasible.
o Have each program designate an Assessment Coordinator for their program’s assessments/data collection or create an Assessment Team of 6-8 faculty across the college. This person or team would also be responsible for organizing the data analysis that will be the meat of Section IV of their Program Report.
o Offer incentives for sustained faculty participation—these incentives could come in the form of release time or having expressed value placed on NCATE work in the areas of scholarship and service.

• Encouraging faculty to design research projects that use the data collected in the assessment process for the College of Ed and individual programs may be a good way to combine NCATE work with scholarship. It needs to be clearly valued in the retention, tenure, and promotion process so that those most willing to do the work that is needed for NCATE accreditation and Program Recognition are motivated to do so because they see it as academic/scholarly work that can be included in their folders.

• It was reinforced that it is imperative for our programs to create a supplement to the TPC Competency Forms used in the final student teaching semester for the midterm and final evaluations that the Supervisor and the Cooperating Teachers complete. In short, initial certification programs must collect field data specific to their programs’ standards. Advanced programs, even those not leading to licensure, need also to assess their candidates in the area of field experience.

• Advanced programs and programs preparing other school personnel (Counselor Ed, Ed Leadership, School Psych, Speech Pathology) must be certain that they are collecting data about how their candidates perform in the field. My suggestion is for these programs to designate program field advisory committees and that the office of the Dean holds articulation meetings with representatives from these programs each academic year. The Field Advisory Committee orchestrated by the Teaching Performance Center serves only our candidates in the Initial Programs.

• We will have to disaggregate the data at the unit and program levels for the candidates who take the programs at Ocean County College. All the unit forms that we use (Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Field; Teacher Work Sample Assessment Forms; Survey forms like the COE Report Cards) will need to add a part to fill in for those filling out these forms indicating candidates in OCC programs.

• For the Fall 2008 NCATE Conference, we should bring a team: one faculty member for each of the three levels of candidates served and accountable in the NCATE process: Initial, Advanced, and Other School Personnel. I hope it is possible to earmark funds for this expense.

• We need to ask each program to formalize their plan for working with their adjuncts and in the case of those programs that offer the OCC option, those faculty must be included as well. It must be made clear and be documented as to how key assessments (those on the list of the 6-8 assessments in Section II of the Program Report template) are systematically assigned through the sections so that all candidates are getting the same experiences.

• It was emphasized once again that as a unit and at the program level we are accountable for our candidate’s impact on their students’ learning. The Teacher Work Sample is the tool for gauging our candidates’ impact on their students’ learning that we are using at the unit level in the Initial Programs Assessment System. In each of the programs, the relevant subsections of the TWS are also being used as Assessment #5 on the list of the required 6-8 assessments each program must use as data; therefore, programs must align the TWS to their SPA standards.

• We have CDs with all of the presentation materials from the conference sessions available. Also, NCATE offers Web Seminars. They announced one upcoming for Arts and Sciences faculties that would be beneficial for those faculty who are part of the NCATE process but who are not faculty in the education programs. When that session is announced, I will be trying to coordinate our participation.

• I would like to schedule days over Summer I and II to work with each program on the Sections I, II, III of their Program Reports. Getting this work done in Summer 08will be a huge benefit to each program so that by the end of the spring semester 09, they are ready to complete Sections IV and V analyzing the data they have collected from their assessments. Program Reports are to be submitted by September 15, 2009.

Respectfully submitted,
Jo Hoffman, NCATE Coordinator