MSEd Proficiencies Refelections

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MSEd Proficiencies Refelections

  1. 1. As a graduate of Masters in Education in Information andTechnology program at Western Oregon University, graduatestudents are to met the vision of a MSEd graduate in seven areas ofproficiency. 1) be professionals and leaders in their field, 2) be able to express themselves competently in writing, 3) be reflective practitioners, 4) be conversant in the literature and research of their discipline,5) know how to connect with all of their students,6) be familiar with technology,7) be able to synthesize the new knowledge they have gained fromall the classes offered within their degree program, and know howto apply that knowledge in meaningful ways to improve theirpractice, improve student learning, and advance the field ofeducation.
  2. 2. T h e f o llo w in g p r e s e n t a t io n is a w a y t og iv e y o u in s ig h t in t o m y r e a c h in g t h o s es e v e n p r o f ic ie n c ie s b a s e d o n t h eo b s e r v a t io n s o f W O U in s t r u c t o r s a sw e ll a s m y c o lle a g u e s a n d p e e r s in t h ee d u c a t io n a l f ie ld . H o p e f u lly t h e s eq u o t e s f r o m p r o f e s s io n a l e d u c a t o r ss p e a k in g in r e f e r e n c e t o m y s k ills w illb e in s ig h t f u l o f m y q u a lit ie s a s a ne d u c a to r a nd g ra d u a te s tu d e nt o f WO U .
  3. 3. 1. M S E d g r a d u a t e s w ill b e p r o f e s s io n a ls a n d le a d e r s in t h e ir f ie ld .• they will know what it means to be a professional and will practice that as a matter of habit.• they will make connections with the professional world by attending conferences, reading professional journals, participating in professional development activities• they will have leadership skills and will take on leadership roles in their work• they will be change agents—they will advocate for change where it is needed• they will be agents for social change• they will be familiar with educational policy• they will be critical consumers of information• they will establish connections with the community and demonstrate outreach skills• they will be self-driven, growth oriented professionals• they will provide leadership in program and curricular design
  4. 4. “Diana is a leader in creating successful, motivating technologyprojects, that are tied to state and district standards, for studentsfrom first through fifth grades.  I have observed some of herformer students who are now in Middle School.  They stand outabove the rest with their comfort level and ease withtechnology.”“Diana was an initiator in creating a Professional LearningCommunity for the Teacher Librarians in schools in WestSalem.  Through this PLC, lesson plans involving technology,library and literacy skills, and teacher collaboration as well ascollection development ideas were shared and discussed indetail.  This PLC was used as a framework for other PLCsthroughout the Teacher Librarian community.”Je n n i fe r G i b s o n -M i llsC h a p m a n H i llL i b r a r y m e d i a T e c h n o lo g y T e a c h e rW e s t P r o fe s s i o n a l L e a r n i n g C o m m u n i t y M e m b e r
  5. 5. “Diana is a consummate professional lending her expertise of librarycollection knowledge and technology skills to colleagues duringLibrary Media meetings and Professional Learning Communitygatherings wherein the exchange of new ideas and best practiceswere of the utmost importance.”“Diana attended Oregon Association of School Library (OASL)conferences twice a year.  She conducted district level in-services fordistrict professional development days to disseminate informationgained through university classes and conferences attended. DuringPLC meetings, she regularly shared book talks and new informationgathered from professional journals such as Booklist and from herclasses and conferences.”D e b ra B a rn sB u s h E le m e n t a r yL i b r a r y M e d i a T e c h n o lo g y T e a c h e rS a le m K e i z e r S c o p e a n d S e q u e n c e
  6. 6. “Diana is an extremely devoted teacher. Shetruly loves what she does and gets along wellwith student she teaches. In addition Dianahas always been a wonderful resource for staff.She is always willing to help trouble shoottechnology problems, or her knowledge oftenprovides just the right resource or programneeded for any given project.”K a th y S te w a rtH a r r i t t E le m e n t a r yK i n d e rg a rte n D u a l La n g u a g e
  7. 7. “As a parent of Diana’s former students, Iappreciate her ability to infuse technology intoall of her lessons.  As a colleague, I appreciatedher willingness to share those ideas in the PLCmeetings that she initiated. The times we wereable to come together were valuable foreveryone involved. We were able to share ideasfor lessons, but more importantly, we were ableto develop of sense of community.”M a ri e Z e n sS w e g le E le m e n t a r yLi b ra ry M e d i a Te a c h e rS a le m K e i z e r S c o p e a n d S e q u e n c eD e v e lo p m e n t T e a m
  8. 8. “Diana has proved to be a leader in our district, relatedto library media services and how they connect to stateand district stands. She’s coordinated a PLC of otherelementary librarians who have been meeting regularlyto create a scope and sequence that connects library,literacy and technology standards, aligning those withwhat the homeroom teacher are doing in theclassroom.”B i ll W i t t m a nP r i n c i p a l L i b e r t y E le m e n t a r y
  9. 9. “ D ia n a ’ s s p o k e in m a n y o f o u rm e e t i n g s . S h e w o u l d t a k e 5 - 10m in u t e s t o im p r e s s u s w it hn e w t e c h n o lo g y , t h e t h in g s s h eh a d le a r n e d a n d n e wre s o u rc e s .”K r i s t e n T a y lo rH a r r i t t E le m e n t a r y3 r d /4 t h D u a l L a n g u a g e T e a c h e r
  10. 10. “While at Harritt, Diana has served for five years as theSite Technology Coordinator, taught professionaldevelopment classes in Web 2.0 tools, established theHarritt Library Media Cadet Program and led a LibraryMedia Focus Group which established a district K-5Scope and Sequence.”S te p h e n C o xL i b r a r y /M e d i a P r o g r a m S p e c i a li s tS a le m -K e i z e r S c h o o l D i s t r i c t
  11. 11. 2 . M S E d g r a d u a t e s w ill b ea b le t o e x p r e s s t h e m s e lv e s c o m p e t e n t ly in w r it in g .• they will be skilled writers• they will know how to write for an academic audience• they will know how to write persuasively• they will know how to communicate effectively with colleagues, students, parents, and the community
  12. 12. “I loved reading your reflectivewriting pieces. If only they couldbe circulated in our schoolsystem. Awesome Job!”K a r e n Ja r e dW a lk e r M i d d le S c h o o l7 t h g r a d e L a n g u a g e A r t /S o c i a l S t u d i e ste a c h e r
  13. 13. “Diana regularly interacts with parents, students and staffvia email, in person and on the phone. She alsocommunicates with library patrons through an effectivelibrary media web page which she developed for herschool @: http://www.harrittmedia.blogspot.com/”S te p h e n C o xL i b r a r y /M e d i a P r o g r a m S p e c i a li s tS a le m -K e i z e r S c h o o l D i s t r i c t
  14. 14. 3. MSEd graduates will be reflective practitioners.• they will strive to improve their practice• they will think critically about their own practice • they will understand how to evaluate their own work and how to apply what they have learned to make necessary improvements• they will not be complacent• they will understand how theory informs their own practice• they will apply new instructional practices as a result of reflection
  15. 15. B e r e f le c t iv e p r a c t it io n e r s“Diana practiced her skills with the highest level ofdrive and concern toward professional growth tocontinue to become the most knowledgeable andeffective media specialist she could possibly be. Sheencouraged and helped her colleagues to do thesame.  As one of her colleagues, I benefitedtremendously from our discussions, exchanges andthe collaborative lessons we created and refinedtogether.”D e b ra B a rn sB u s h E le m e n t a r yL i b r a r y M e d i a T e c h n o lo g y T e a c h e rS a le m K e i z e r S c o p e a n d S e q u e n c e D e v e lo p m e n t
  16. 16. 4. MSEd graduates will be conversant in the literature and research of their discipline.• they will understand the theories underlying teaching and learning and know how to apply those theories to improve their own teaching• they will know how to review and evaluate the research of others and apply the findings to their own situations• they will be familiar with best practices and be able to identify the theoretical foundations that support these practices• they will use research and theory to develop new instructional practices• they will be theory-builders • they will be critical consumers of research• they will know how to collect and use data to evaluate programs• they should understand and use action research
  17. 17. “During her eight years of media specialist serviceto the Salem Keizer School District, Dianaorganized and led a committee of SKSD mediaspecialists in the job of creating a scope andsequence which aligned library use, literacy andtechnology skills.  The subsequent documentscreated became the foundation for SKSD LibraryMedia curriculum.”D e b ra B a rn sB u s h E le m e n t a r yL i b r a r y m e d i a T e c h n o lo g y T e a c h e rS a le m K e i z e r S c o p e a n d S e q u e n c eD e v e lo p m e n t T e a m
  18. 18. B e c o n v e r s a n t in t h e lit e r a t u r e a n d r e s e a r c h o f t h e ir“Diana is an outstanding professional who is d is c ip lin eexperienced, knowledgeable and caring. Dianaconstantly strives to improve her teaching andtechnical skills.S te p h e n C o xL i b r a r y /M e d i a P r o g r a m S p e c i a li s tS a le m -K e i z e r S c h o o l D i s t r i c t
  19. 19. 5. MSEd graduates will know how to connect with all of their students, whether they be children or adults.• they will be able to effectively work in a diverse environment• no matter how diverse their student body, they will be able to make learning meaningful for each and every student• they will be able to help every student access, understand, and personalize information• they will understand how to connect with adult learners, whether in a classroom situation, in conferences, or in professional meetings• they will be culturally competent• they will be aware of special education issues.
  20. 20. K no w ho w to c o nne c t w it h a ll o f t h e ir s t u d e n t s“ D ia n a W a n e k c o n s is t e n t ly c r e a t e d p r o je c t sc o n n e c t e d t o s t u d e n t s liv e s . L a s t y e a r a t t h ee n d o f th e ye a r , s h e a s k e d e a c h s tu d e n t toc r e a t e a n A n im o t o m o v ie a c k n o w le d g in g t h e irb e s t f r ie n d s in t h e ir liv e s . M a n y o f t h e s ee n d e d u p b e in g f a m ily m e m b e r s ; t h e y o f t e nb r o u g h t t e a r s t o m y e y e s a n d a llo w e d e a c hs t u d e n t t h e o p p o r t u n it y t o c o m p lim e n t a n dh o n o r t h e c la s s r o o m p e e r s t h a t h a d m a d e a n dim p a c t o n t h e m h e r e a t H a r r it t . ”“ D ia n a f o u n d w a y s t o a c k n o w le d g e a n ds u p p o r t a ll a c a d e m ic le v e ls o f s t u d e n t s . S h ew a s a ls o q u ic k t o c o m m e n t o n s t u d e n t s ’s k ills a n d e s p e c ia lly t h e s t r e n g t h s o f S p e c ia lE d u c a t io n a n d E L L s t u d e n t s . S h e o f t e n m a d e
  21. 21. “When Salem-Keizer made the decision to place their library mediaprogram on the chopping block, during the board meetings whichwould determine the fate of this SKSD’s program, it was evidentDiana had successfully reached out to her school community bythe number of her students and parents who came to speak on herbehalf to attempt to save the program.  While all of the attemptswere unsuccessful, her students’ and parents’ speeches regardinghow she had made such a difference in student reading interestsand technology abilities were resounding.”D e b ra B a rn sB u s h E le m e n t a r yL i b r a r y M e d i a T e c h n o lo g y T e a c h e rS a le m K e i z e r S c o p e a n d S e q u e n c eD e v e lo p m e n t T e a m
  22. 22. “Last year Mrs. Wanek asked me to volunteer inthe media center in order to help those childrenwho had not had much exposure to working withthe computer mouse. This demonstrates herconcern and willingness to do what it take to helpstudents who need extra support develop criticaltechnological literacy skills.”K r i s t e n K la yH a rri tt P a re n t
  23. 23. “As a new teacher, I learned so much from watching Mrs.Wanek teach and interact with students at HarrittElementary. She holds ALL of her students to highexpectations and teaches them with compassion, energy,and a great sense of humor.  With a dual language programand culturally diverse student population, she was able tofind ways to teach technology by connecting it to what thestudents were learning in class as well as taking theirbackground knowledge into consideration.”B ri a n n e C a m e ro n2 n d G ra d e D u a l La n g u a g e Te a c h e rH a r r i t t E le m e n t a r y
  24. 24. “Diana is not content until every student is fully engaged.Each of her students experiences success with a widerange of media opportunities.  She monitors participationuntil she discovers any challenges students face. She isactively engaged with each of her students to adapt &support until they experience success.”  “Dianas selection of materials is consistently culturallysensitive as are her assignments.  She is sensitive to thelearning needs of a diverse population including bilingual,bicultural and special education students.”C i n d y V a n le v u nH a r r i t t E le m e n t a r yS p e c i a l E d u c a ti o n Te a c h e r
  25. 25. 6. MSEd graduates will be familiar with technology.• they will know when it is appropriate to use technology and when it is not• they will know how to use technology in ways that enhance learning• they will know what it means to be literate in a digital world, and will be able help their students learn to locate, retrieve, evaluate, and use information from a variety of sources
  26. 26. B e f a m ilia r w it h t e c h n o lo g y“ D ia n a t o o k a v a r ie t y o fT e c h n o lo g y f o c u s e d c la s s e s . S h es p e n t c o u n t le s s h o u r s inp r o f e s s io n a l d e v e lo p m e n t a ll f o rt h e b e n e f it o f o u r s c h o o l, b u tm o s t ly f o r o u r s t u d e n t s . U p o na r r iv in g f r o m a n y w o r k s h o p , D ia n aw o u ld im m e d ia t e ly in c o r p o r a t e h e rn e w le a r n in g a n d s k ills w it h g r e a te n t h u s ia s m . E v e r y w e e k w a s an e w , e x c it in g p r o je c t f o r k id s ; s h es h a r e d h o w s h e h a d ju s t le a r n e ds o m e t h in g n e w a n d m a d e t h e m
  27. 27. "I have always been inspired by Dianas creativityand ability to integrate fun and engaging projectsincorporating up-to-date technology at so manydifferent levels. Anyone who works with or hasDiana as a teacher is extremely fortunate!“T e r r y S e lb a kM o r n i n g s i d e E le m e n t a r yLi b ra ry M e d i a Te a c h e rS a le m K e i z e r S c o p e a n d S e q u e n c e D e v e lo p m e n tTe a m
  28. 28. 7. MSEd graduates will be able to synthesize thenew knowledge they have gained from all the classeswe offer in our programs, and will know how to applythat knowledge in meaningful ways to improve theirpractice, improve student learning, and advance thefield of education.•they will synthesize knowledge gained and use it to build theory• they will use knowledge gained to introduce new approaches to teaching• they will employ critical thinking skills as they apply knowledge gained in coursework and new information encountered after graduation
  29. 29. B e a b le t o s y n t h e s iz e t h e n e w k n o w le d g et h e y h a v e g a in e d f r o m a ll t h e c la s s e s o f f e r e dw it h in t h e ir d e g r e e p r o g r a m , a n d w ill k n o wh o w t o a p p ly t h a t k n o w le d g e in m e a n in g f u lw a y s t o im p r o v e t h e ir p r a c t ic e , im p r o v es t u d e n t le a r n in g , a n d a d v a n c e t h e f ie ld o fe d u c a t io n . “ L a s t y e a r , I r e m e m b e r D ia n a c o m in g t o t h e s t a f f w it h a v id e o s h e ha d c re a te d . S he s ho w e d s ta ff he r v id e o a n d t a u g h t u s t h e e a s e t h is t e c h n o lo g y . S h e e n c o u r a g e d u s t o d e lv e in t o n e w t e c h n o lo g ic a l r e a lm s a n d m a d e it e a s y , f u n a n d d o a b le e v e n f o r t e a c h e r s r e lu c t a n t t o m o v e in t o t h e n e w a g e o f c o m p u t e r s . ”
  30. 30. “Diana is a self-motivated, hard worker who strives to create thebest short and long term plans possible. Student emerge fromtheir K-5 experience with solid computer skills: everything formWord to Publisher to PowerPoint to research-related skills andInternet awareness. Her student not only learn the skills butthen apply them regularly to project.”B i ll W i t t m a nL i b e r t y E le m e n t a r y P r i n c i p a l
  31. 31. “Diana has ensured that she stay current onnew technology and software. She has takenthe Harritt student further into the world ofcomputers than the average elementary mediaspecialist. Diana has sued the computer toteach not only basics computer skills, but alsobasic internet navigation, research skills andother programs such as Animoto.”K a th y S te w a rtH a r r i t t E le m e n t a r yK i n d e rg a rte n D u a l La n g u a g e Te a c h e r

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