As a result of the EXCEED grant, FAU has conducted extensive training with university supervisors and cooperating teachers from Broward and Palm Beach counties to develop greater accountability and feedback protocols to accelerate the development of pre-service teachers.
One tool being implemented is New Teacher Center’s Collaborative Assessment Log (CAL). Sherri Blanford serves as first grade teacher and Clinical Educator at Marshe Pointe Elementary. This semester, Sherri is hosting Student Teacher (ST) Steven Jevotovsky, and shared her perspective on how the CAL has impacted her role as a Clinical Educator:
“The CAL helps to facilitate a natural flow of conversations and by keeping a focus on the important aspects of the lesson. It helps the student teacher have a record of the focus points from the conversation. It's a formal way to talk about the needed components, and yet allows the users to speak freely.”