Monday, January 11, 2016

TAKING A CRITICAL LOOK AT THE edTPA: High Stakes Test for New Teachers

College of Education Winter Forum

Thursday, February 18th
5:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Student Center 314 AB

TAKING A CRITICAL LOOK AT THE edTPA: High Stakes Test for New Teachers

All prospective teacher candidates for licensure in Illinois are now required to pass the edTPA (Education Teacher Performance Assessment). Our winter forum will take a critical look at this process from the perspectives of student teachers, university clinical supervisors, academic researchers, education professors and parents.

The issues the panelists will address include:
      The concerns of prospective teachers, their cooperating teachers, university clinical supervisors, and parents who have had experience with the edTPA
      Critiques of the edTPA as an effective way to evaluate beginning teachers
      The role of the Pearson corporation, the developer and scorer for edTPA, and Pearson's broader involvement in the trend toward high stakes testing in K-12
      How pre-service teachers can best negotiate the edTPA process
      Strategies & advocacy to change the edTPA

Dr. Marie Donovan, Associate Professor, DePaul University’s College of Education, will serve as moderator.
Panelists include:
      Dr. Alison Dover, Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, College of Education, Northeastern Illinois University
      Julie Peters, Associate Director of the Teaching of History Program, UIC; founding member of the Coalition for edTPA Rule Change
      Cheryl Witucke, Coordinator of Clinical Supervision, Division of Education, Trinity International University
      Trisha Wickland, MA, Concordia University; 1st, 2nd grade teacher. St. Paul Lutheran School in the Austin neighborhood, Chicago
      Cassandra Creswell, organizer with More Than a Score, board member of Raise Your Hand Illinois

3 CPDUs are available.

For more information and to R.S.V.P., please contact Dr. Diane Horwitz at