To provide professional growth for Reading teachers using an alternative approach to teacher evaluation. The purpose of the Alternative Evaluation is to differentiate the process for PTS teachers by allowing them to choose projects and activities that focus on their professional growth and align with the Reading Standards for Effective Teaching.
This course qualifies as an alternative evaluation
The professional growth portfolio is a means of collecting evidence and reflecting on a professional growth experience. Teachers select the areas in which they wish to enhance their skills. In this process the teacher will select learner-centered goals, develop professional goals and plans based on one or more standards/ indicators of the Reading Standards for Effective Teaching, document progress in achieving these goals, and reflect on the learning experience and results of the goal setting.
Complete the Alternative Evaluation Proposal Form. Indicate the alternative evaluation selected and the standard(s)/indicators(s) of focus from the Reading Standards for Effective Teaching. You will need to provide the following information:
Description of Project or Activities Including Timeline
Describe the project or activities you will implement to achieve growth toward the standard(s)/indicators(s) you selected. Include a timeline showing when activities will be accomplished including the middle and end of year conferences with the evaluator.
Describe how you have prepared or will prepare to complete this project.
How will the implementation of this proposal improve student’s learning and assist you to achieve professional growth in the selected Reading Standards for Effective Teaching?
What type of evidence or criteria (reflection journal, student work/ assessments, data, documents, etc.) will you use to evaluate your professional growth and improve student learning?
[According to a cohort participant,] cohorts are created not born. They are successful when everyone works collaboratively and collectively on improving their own and others' learning experiences. It takes self-responsibility, patience, courage, humor, commitment, sensitivity, and a lot of hard work to create such an enriching learning experience for everybody. (Nesbit 2001, p. 3)
Assignment 3: Read or listen to The World is Flat and critically analyze the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Website ( http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/ ). Answer the following question in detail as a blog post:
“ Your Superintendent/Principal has read “The World is Flat” and is deeply concerned that the district/school is graduating students who are not globally competitive. He/She has asked you to produce a draft list of recommendations for their consideration of what the district/school can do to prepare students for a 21st Century Global Society. Your memo is in two parts:
1. What can the district/school do to take advantage of a Flat World?
2. How can the district prepare students to be successful in a Flat World?”
Due: Post it to your blog by October 1, 2008
(This assignment will count as 10% of final grade.)
Assignment 4 : All course participants will create a Weblog on November Learning and will be instructed on how to add to and maintain their sites during the second class sessions. In addition, participants will be shown how to develop an RSS (Really Simple Syndication). You will be expected to add, at a minimum, one blog post a week along the lines of but not limited to the following:
* Reflections on reading
* Experiences at school
* Sharing of Lessons
* Interesting Websites or Blogs
In addition, course participants should maintain an RSS with a minimum of 5 blogs (from outside the cohort) and plan on offering one comment per week on one of your classmates’ blogs.
Due: September 16, 2008 – April 15, 2009 ( This assignment will count as 20% of final grade. You will post to your blog each week for 30 weeks (including the assignment posts below.) Each post will be worth a maximum of 5 points for a total of 150 points for this component.)
Assignment 11 : Attend a technology conference sometime between June 1, 2008 and March 1, 2009. Write about the experience in your blog. In addition, make a 10 minute presentation on the workshops that you attended at a staff meeting in your school and in class. Explain how the information that you learned at the conference could impact your school or classroom. Here are some possible guiding questions:
What technology applications are currently being used that could transform classrooms?
How can we connect our classrooms globally with other classrooms in other parts of the world?
How should we rethink the way that teaching and learning occurs in our schools and classrooms?
What will tomorrow’s classroom look like?
Due: March 9, 2009
(This assignment will count as 5% of final grade.)