Help! I feel overwhelmed. The use of Just in Time webinars to alleviate anxiousness in student teacher candidates doing the edTPA

ID: 54960 Type: Roundtable
  1. Roxanne Pickle, Bemidji State University Minnesota, United States
  2. J. Michael Pickle, St. Cloud State University, United States

Thursday, June 27 3:30 PM-4:30 PM Location: De Dam 2 View on map

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Abstract: The edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) is a national assessment that measures teacher candidates’ readiness to teach. In the US, there are 41+ states participating in the edTPA. The assessment consists of three tasks; planning, instruction and assessment. It occurs in a school setting with K-12 learners. The edTPA portfolio is scored by outside trained evaluators provided by Pearson Publishing. Fifteen rubrics are used across the three tasks for scoring competence. Because this extensive performance assessment is done during student teaching, candidates often feel overwhelmed and benefit from coaching. Bemidji State University offers a hybrid teaching program, PEDL (Professional Education Distance Learning) with candidates scattered throughout the state, many in rural settings. Student teaching is done in their local schools.A hardship is created for candidates if they are required to journey to a campus for coaching. In response to the need of coaching, the PEDL faculty have created “just in time” edTPA webinars for candidates during student teaching. The webinars have evolved and gone through several revisions since they began in 2014.This paper discusses the changes to format and content based on candidate feedback. Lessons learned about distant ethical coaching of the edTPA will be discussed and how empowerment occurs for teacher candidates when they receive the information “just in time.”

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