MONMOUTH – Leading educators from around the country will gather at the Teacher Work Sample Methodology (TWSM) conference from Wednesday July 22 through Friday, July 24 in Portland, Ore. Attendees will work together on ways to develop evidence and improve practices in teacher preparation. The focus will be on types of evidence used in teacher preparation programs to document the effectiveness of teachers and the programs that prepare them. More than 130 teacher educators are signed up for this conference. A pre-conference will be held on July 22 called Teacher Work Samples 101.
"Schools and colleges of education want to know that the teachers they prepare have the knowledge and skills to teach effectively so that students learn. This conference brings together leading educators who are establishing credible measures that hold program accountable for making sure that prospective teachers can have a positive effect on P-12 student learning," said Hilda Rosselli, dean of Western Oregon University’s College of Education.
Teacher Work Sample
Teacher Work Sample (TWS) was created at Western Oregon University more than 25 years ago. TWS is a form of performance assessment that connects teacher classroom instruction to gains in student performance allowing teacher preparation programs the capability to document their candidates’ ability to impact student learning through their instruction.
Candidates gather pre assessment data from their students that they then use in planning appropriate instruction tied to state standards and customized to their students’ learning needs. Lesson instruction follows for a period of up to usually 10 days followed by a post assessment that enables candidates and their university faculty to examine the effectiveness of their instruction on students learning. The candidate analyzes this pre and post data and then provides a self-reflection that includes examples of what steps need to be taken to address those who did not master the material.
Candidates do not complete a Teacher Work Sample on every lesson plan; but rather it creates a mental model for teachers to help them take a critical look at who they are teaching and adapt their methods to achieve the best results for the students.
Teacher Work Sample Methodology has been adopted as part of Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission requirements for licensure, and has become a significant component for national accreditation and used now by over 400 colleges and universities across the nation.
Importance of this conference
- As teacher preparation responds to more demands for accountability, promising practices such as those focused on in this conference can help:
- document the impact of teacher preparation,
- better prepare teachers to help students meet state and national standards and
- provide future direction for research, policy, and practice in teacher education.
Key people presenting at the conference
- Sharon Robinson, Ph.D., president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Robinson is a nationally known leader in education rights for disadvantaged students. The former president of the Educational Testing Service’s Educational Policy Leadership Institute, she is a lifelong civil rights activist who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky, where she also earned her doctorate in educational administration and supervision. Before joining ETS, Robinson was assistant secretary of education with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Research and Improvement. She also held a variety of leadership positions at the National Education Association, including director of the National Center for Innovation, NEA’s research and development arm, and she recently served as interim deputy director of the National PTA’s Programs and Legislation office.
- Jim Cibulka, Ph.D., president of National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Prior to his appointment as president of NCATE, Cibulka served as dean of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky from 2002 to 2008, with appointments as professor in the department of educational leadership studies and the department of education policy studies and evaluation. While in Kentucky, Cibulka was appointed by the governor to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board, and he served as chair of that body. Prior to his service in Kentucky, he was associate dean and professor in the University of Maryland’s College of Education and served as chair of the Department of Educational Policy, Planning, and Administration. Cibulka holds a B.A. from Harvard College, magna cum laude, with a major in government. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the Department of Education, where he concentrated in the fields of educational administration and political science. His career also includes service as a senior research fellow at the U.S. Department of Education and active membership in several associations that address teacher preparation and teacher quality.
- Patricia Wasley, Ph.D., dean, College of Education, University of Washington
Pat Wasley is the dean of the University of Washington’s College of Education. Her interests include school renewal, whole school change, teacher and administrative change, teacher education, issues related to schools. Wasley earned her bachelor’s and master’s in English from Western Washington University. She earned her Ed.D. from the University of Washington.
- Barnett Berry, Ph.D., president and CEO, Center for Teaching Quality
A former high school teacher, Barnett Berry leads a research-based advocacy organization dedicated to creating a 21st century teaching profession. In 2003, he created the Teacher Leaders Network -- a dynamic virtual community designed to elevate the voices of expert teachers on matters of education policy that impact their profession and the students they serve. Berry also has worked as a social scientist at the RAND Corporation, served as a senior executive with the South Carolina State Department of Education, and directed an education policy center while he was a professor at the University of South Carolina.
A full conference schedule and biographies on all speakers and presenters can be found at http://www.wou.edu/tws. The conference is sponsored by Western Oregon University, Portland State University, the Oregon Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, George Fox University and American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
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Western Oregon University
Hilda Rosselli, dean, College of Education
503-838-8471 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Robinson, president and CEO, American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education
James Cibulka, president, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Barnett Berry, president and CEO, Center for Teacher Quality
Bberry10@earthlink.net or 919-241-1591