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Summer Update

This summer, EXCEED Clinical Educators have been engaged in professional learning to hone their observation and feedback skills and deepen their knowledge on the Marzano model.  With one year behind us in the implementation of our program changes, clinical educators have been able to delve into FAU’s observation tool more and have opportunities to share their experiences with their practicum and student teachers.  Clinical educator feedback has been invaluable to our continuous improvement.  Educators have also expressed how the new learning this summer will be valuable for their own instruction as well as helping them be even better mentors to our developing teachers!
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Upcoming Trainings

Happy Monday Educators!

 

As we approach the end of the school year, we are pleased to announce the dates for our next trainings! We have dates for new Clinical Educators, current Clinical Educators and our University Supervisors. 

 

There are a total of six and 1/2 training days for our new Clinical Educators. We are offering current Clinical Educators two days of training to improve scoring observations and providing actionable feedback. For our University Supervisors we are offering four days in August to hone their observations skills and improve inter-rater reliability. 

 

The schedule can be found under the Professional Learning tab on our website!

 

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EXCEED goes to London

Dean Valerie Bristor, Dr. Barbara Ridener and Gracie Diaz represented FAU and the EXCEED grant at a Global Community of Practice Rethinking Initial Teacher Education meeting in London. The Gates Foundation sponsored the event and invited states of government and higher education educators from Australia, United Kingdom, Finland, Brazil and the U.S. to discuss common issues in teacher preparation, data for program improvement and quality support, and mentoring of pre-service and in-service teachers.
The Florida team is finalizing the action plan for the Centers of Excellence in Elementary Teacher Preparation and will be working throughout the summer and fall to implement the plan. The EXCEED team was well-represented and gained new knowledge that will assist in further advancing the EXCEED project goals.

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Pi Day

Happy Pi Day Educators! Do you have any fun "Pi" related lessons planned for today?  Did you know it is also Albert Einstein's birthday? 

 

We found another great article from Edutopia.com titled "5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices" one of which is Feedback, which is addressed in the article we posted last month from Edutopia.  The article mentions that teachers often feel overwhelmed by the number of new strategies learned in professional development.  EXCEED teachers are telling us that from the New Teacher Center or Learning Sciences International training days that they are stronger mentors due to the coaching language, Collaborative Assessment Log and using the Marzano evaluation to provide feedback to developing teachers.  Can you tell us what strategies or tools that you are using that are helping you be a stronger mentor to a developing teacher?  Let us know in the comments! 


--> http://www.edutopia.org/blog/5-highly-effective-teaching-practices-rebecca-alber


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February Update

Hello Educators!
What a wonderful month! It started with our fourth, and final, New Teacher Center training day for our Clinical Educators!
 
During the training, we covered:
-Fostering Resilience in Student Teachers
-Meaningful Student Feedback
-Communicating Concerns Directly
-Professional Resources
-Student Teaching Goals and Evaluation
 
We learned about the importance of meaningful feedback during our session and we found a great article from Edutopia titled "5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback" that we wanted to share with our fellow educators!
 
Our month concluded with our yearly inspection. We welcomed the TPI-US team to FAU to observe our college courses and some of our Student Teachers, Clinical Educators, and University Supervisors! We want to express our gratitude to everyone who participated and welcomed the inspectors.
 
To our Clinical Educators: Remember! Student teacher observations MUST be entered into iObservation this semester. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are having trouble getting into the system. We also have a handy video and instruction sheet for anyone having trouble on our website exceedfau.com under the resources tab!
 
-The Exceed Team
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iObservation and Training Day 4

Beginning January 2016, all Clinical Educators and University Supervisors are required to enter their student teacher's observations into iObservation. It may sound like a daunting task, however, we are here to help! The Exceed team has created a video tutorial and instructional pdf to guide you through the iObservation system! We have sent these out in an email to all participating Clinical Educators and University Supervisors and we have also uploaded them to our website under the "Resources" tab!

Additionally, we are excited to see you all on February 2nd or 3rd for the New Teacher Center Mentoring for Student Teacher Success- Day Four. Please refer to your emails for a list of things to bring and please be on time!

See you all on Tuesday/ Wednesday!
-The Exceed Team
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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays Educators!
We have been very busy in the EXCEED office as the first half of the school year is coming to a close.
On December 7, 2015, the EXCEED team had its most recent Oversight Committee Meeting. We are making progress toward the implementation of new changes to the elementary education program. The College of Education’s Undergraduate Committee will be reviewing the changes in January 2016 with the hopes of completing the approval process by the end of spring 2016.
It's almost that time again... spring training! The final training of 2015-2016 for our Clinical Educators will be on February 2nd and 3rd. Just like our October training, it is only one day and our educators will be able to choose which day they would like to attend. Participating clinical educators, be on the lookout for our email coming in January to sign up!

On December 10, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law which revises the outdated No Child Left Behind Act. We on the EXCEED team are committed to continuously improving our program to meet the needs of future educators for the betterment of students.
To learn more, attached is an informational USA Today article and the full, unedited version of the Act.
Every Student Succeeds Act (USA Today):
To read the entire Every Student Succeeds Act 2015, click below.
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Constructive Feedback Prompts Change

On November 9th, our University Supervisors participated in a forum conducted by New Teacher Center and Learning Sciences International.  The supervisors were provided the opportunity to debrief on the implementation of the new coaching tools and use of the Marzano instructional framework as the observation and summative evaluation for student teaching.   The feedback from the supervisors has assisted us in continuous improvement efforts.  As a result, enhancements to processes and tools used in student teaching will be implemented in the spring. 


 

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Gaining Momentum

Happy Fall ! ​
It's been a month of conferences and trainings for us at EXCEED!
Our ​Principal Investigator, Grant Director, and Dean of the College of Education had the unique opportunity to speak to our grant initiatives, challenges, solutions, next steps and how we have managed the change process throughout the project at the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities (TECSCU) in San Antonio, Texas."TECSCU significantly contributes to the enrichment of P-12 education and the core values of our diverse, democratic society. TECSCU is the distinct national voice on matters of importance to educator preparation programs at public colleges and universities." The theme of the conference was: standing together as a national force in educational renewal and reform.
 
O​ur team​ then​ traveled to Gainesville, FL to present at the Strengthening Preservice Teachers’ Content Knowledge: Strategies from Florida’s Centers of Excellence in Elementary Teacher Preparation conference. We presented jointly with the other three grantees: Stetson UniversityUniversity of Florida, and St. Petersburg College. Their presentation showcased a variety of strategies that may help teacher​ ​educators to envision ways to strengthen the content knowledge of elementary teachers throughout the state. Progress is underway! In light of progress, our clinical educators participated in their 3rd day of New Teacher Center training last Thursday and Friday! We're excited to continue to see the growth in all of our practice and thank you for your integral role in this process of change!
 
 
Check out the link below to learn more about TECSCU's initiatives!
http://www.tecscu.org/index.php/home-mainmenu
 
Keep up with the Florida Association of Teacher Educators by checking out th​is​ link:

http://www.fate1.org

 

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Reflections: A Summer of Innovative Partnerships

"It is through purposeful talk with others that we construct ideas and visions of possibility for ourselves and each other." - (Nichols, M., 2006). 

As we wrap up our summer trainings with New Teacher Center we want to thank our facilitators, our cooperating teachers, supervisors and faculty for your participation and insights that each one of you has brought to the table in what it means to be a successful mentor to our incoming FAU College of Education student teachers this year. FAU Faculty, University Supervisors, and Educators from Broward County Public Schools & The School District of Palm Beach County, joined forces for two days to learn how we can best build collaborative, and trusting relationships with our student teachers and support each other's practices for the benefit of our children through ongoing collaborative formative assessment.

We look forward to welcoming our students back to school and we are eager to see our cooperating teachers and faculty utilize the tools we have sharpened this summer to make a difference in how we educate and inspire others to become lifelong learners.

Take a look at our Facebook page to see our teachers in action working together to break apart Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAP's) and what they mean in terms of our roles as educators, mentors, and students. Stay tuned for highlights of our student teachers this Fall and stay current with the progression of the grant at FAU Exceed or follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/FAU-Exceed/444139939095010


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Incorporating Rigor, Conversations about your Classroom

Happy Wednesday Teacher friends! FAU EXCEED again ​would like to thank all of you who have & will participate in our Learning Sciences International Teacher Trainings with FAU Exceed! We have two more coming up this Monday, July 27th & August 3rd and our New Teacher Center trainings begin August 3rd!

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We're learning how to achieve rigor within the classroom, as outlined within Marzano's Essentials for Achieving Rigor book series. Now, we want to hear from you to see how you are going to incorporate ​these processes within your lesson plans.

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 with how you plan to do so through your own classroom in the Fall ‪#‎EXCEEDChat‬ to keep the conversation going​.​ We'd love to hear your ideas!

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Achieving Rigor


LSI Cooperating Teacher Trainings have been in full swing the last few weeks here at FAU Exceed! We teamed up with Learning Sciences International to bring a full week of Marzano training to our participating cooperating teachers from both Palm Beach County School District and Broward County School District. 

The training week provides an intensive, comprehensive, on-site professional development opportunity for the teachers — covering the Essentials for Achieving Rigor. Teachers covered essentials such as: monitoring for learning, learning goals and scales, performance assessment, embedding formative assessment into instruction and more!

A big thank you to all the teachers and trainers that have participated!

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EXCEED Program Course Revision Takes Flight

These past few weeks at FAU Exceed have been busy ones!
Our program and 4 content course committees led by Teaching and Learning faculty have been collaborating with Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of FAUFAU Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, as well as Broward County Public Schools and The School District of Palm Beach County to develop entirely new content enriched courses that will completely change the face of our elementary education program. 
 
Research is underway on how to incorporate the latest technology into the core four (social studies, math, science, and english/language arts) that best align with Florida's common core state standards and teacher competencies. 
 
We're thankful for these transformative partnerships and we are excited to see the effects of these powerful collaborations.
 
FAU EXCEED
 
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EXCEED Professional Learning is Underway!

The Teaching and Learning faculty have begun professional learning in the Marzano instructional model.  The Marzano model is used as in many districts across the country as an evaluation model.  The Teaching and Learning Department wants to ensure that FAU elementary education graduates are the best prepared for any teaching environment; therefore, the faculty are engaging the professional learning in the model to assist them in better understanding their students’ needs as they embark on teaching careers. 

 

Gracie Diaz, EXCEED Grant Director

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