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ERIC Number: ED457193
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Seashore Teacher Professional Certification Pilot: The Clash of a Developmental Model of Teacher Performance Assessment with a High Stakes Testing Environment and the Impact of That Clash on Novice Teachers.
Page, Marilyn; Simpson, Marilyn; Molloy, Patty
The Seashore Teacher Professional Certification Program developed by Seattle University, Washington, in collaboration with three school districts, is being implemented in several phases. Phase 1 consisted of mentor support for new teachers, and Phase 2 established a site-based support program. Phase 3 consisted of graduate program coursework for teachers and site-based support. This report deals with the implementation of Phase 3. Phase 3 begins at the end of the second year of teaching and extends until the teacher meets the requirements of the state teaching certification standards and receives professional certification, which must be done by the fifth year of teaching unless the state grants an extension. The pilot program field-tested the certification process to inform the adoption and implementation of the new certification process. The first cohort consisted of 18 teachers who were to participated in 2 graduate courses developed for the program and introduced in the summer. Of these 18, 7 began Phase 3 questioning teaching as a good career choice. Four participants dropped out of the program, and one left. Among the reasons they cited was the amount of time the program required. The carryover of the program into the school year made many participants feel burdened, and the acceleration of the program timeline imposed by the state added to the pressure participants felt. Nine of the 13 who finished the program demonstrated professional growth during their participation in the pilot. Other program benefits included a positive impact on collaboration between the school districts and Seattle University and some positive impacts on Seattle University in its program development and implementation. The paper outlines recommendations for the improvement of the pilot program. These center on continuity of efforts and enhanced links between instruction and real-life educational practices. (Contains 7 figures and 39 charts introducing the presentation.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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