Ensuring success on the edTPA; the use of webinars in ethical coaching of distance teacher candidates
Tuesday, March 7 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Location: Bonnell
Presider: Sevinj Iskandarova, James Madison University, United States
Abstract: In the spring of 2014, the completion of a performance assessment (edTPA) became mandatory for all student teachers in the state of Minnesota. Many "on campus" programs meet during student teaching in person to provide support for candidates completing the edTPA. The DLiTE (Distance Learning in Teacher Education) program places candidates throughout the state, many in rural settings, and it is a hardship for candidates to travel to campus during student teaching. Through listening to candidate feedback and also by looking at edTPA scores, the webinars have evolved and gone through several revisions since 2014. The edTPA scores have increased each semester as the facilitator attempted to match the content of the webinars with the expressed needs of the teacher candidates. This paper discusses the changes to both format and content. Lessons learned about distant ethical coaching of the edTPA will be covered. Special Education edTPA webinars are included in the discussion.