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2013 NCTE/NCATE Invitational Workshop

This is an invitational workshop for persons responsible for preparing the program report in English as a prerequisite for NCATE accrediation.

Event Date(s): Thursday, November 21, 2013, to Thursday, November 21, 2013

Event Site: Hynes Convention Center

Description

This workshop is scheduled for Thursday, November 21, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the NCTE Annual Convention in Boston.

Pre-registration will close on Friday, November 1, 2013. There will be no on-site registration available for this workshop.

CHAIR: Paul Yoder, NCTE/NCATE Program Coordinator, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri

The workshop outcomes:

  • To present the approved NCTE/NCATE Standards for Initial Preparation of Teachers of Secondary English Language Arts, Grades 7-12 (Approved October 2012).
  • Understand the NCATE/NCTE program review process for English education programs including all options for submission.
  • Learn about the program report templates and how reports are reviewed.
  • Receive instructions for program report compilers concerning all submission options.
  • Provide time for program team members to work together as a group to revise and/or construct assessments while reviewers are available to assist and answer questions.
  • Solicit feedback from programs regarding the content of the standards and appropriate means of evaluating them.

Built around these outcomes, the workshop has three broad components:

  1. To help programs and their team members better understand the review process. Basically this will be a condensed version of the review member training, but will highlight what reviewers are looking for in the reports, how decisions are made, and the most common problems that programs encounter when writing and submitting reports.
  2. A workshop for program and their team members to work with their assessments, and to align them with the new standards. During this time, programs can also work on developing new assessments while current reviewers are available to work one-on-one, answer questions, and help as much as possible and/or as needed.
  3. As you can see by looking at the new standards, they are much wider and flexible than the old standards. While the content hasn’t changed all that much (with the exception of the social justice standard), the format is very different. This means that reviewers will be approaching them a bit differently than the old, ridged standards.  As the expectations change and what specifically programs will be held accountable to within each standard becomes a bit more subjective, we want to include the programs as much as possible in these early discussions. We have to apply a standard of measure to reports in the context of your individual programs, and the only way that can happen in a consistent, fair, and meaningful way, is to include the voice of the programs in that discussion. We want to hear from you. This part of the workshop will be an open discussion to help define how the standards will be evaluated.

 

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