THE MACTE/COMTEC/MAECTE SPRING 2018 CONFERENCE
Will be held on FRIDAY, April 13, 2018
at the Publick House, Sturbridge
Teachers on the Frontline:
Advocating for Equity and Accountability
Find PowerPoints and handouts as they become available below.
Dr. Jack Schneider is a historian and policy analyst who studies the influence of politics, rhetoric, culture, and information in shaping attitudes and behaviors. His research examines how educators, policymakers, and the public develop particular views about what is true, what is effective, and what is important. Drawing on a diverse mix of methodological approaches, he has written about measurement and accountability, segregation and school choice, teacher preparation and pedagogy, and the relationship between research and practice. His current work, on how school quality is conceptualized and quantified, has been supported by the Spencer Foundation and the Massachusetts State Legislature. The author of three books, Dr. Schneider is a regular contributor to The Washington Post and The Atlantic, and co-hosts the education policy podcast Have You Heard. He also serves as the Director of Research for the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment.
Breakout Sessions 10:45 – 11:45am
A Taxonomy of Intentionality: Preparing Teacher Candidates to Address the Needs and Abilities of Diverse Learners
Dr. Gregory Nelson
Teacher candidates are often confused by what seem contradictory expectations. Skillfully present content, or encourage students to make sense of problems? Teach grade-level skills, or adjust to children’s diverse abilities? We will look at the different ways of teaching intentionally in order to unpack these warring positions.
Guiding Student Teachers in Developing Exploratory Curriculum
Drs. Erin Koletar and Lisa Schneier
This presentation will focus on pre-service teachers’ development of curriculum that uses primary source materials to give all students access to active exploration. Based on the Critical Exploration approach developed by Eleanor Duckworth, it will focus particularly on choice of materials and design of student interaction with them. We will use as exemplars projects in varied subject matters that illustrate pre-service teachers’ developing skill at using primary source materials and highlight the challenges and crucial areas of the teachers’ learning.
The Adverse Effects of Funding Reductions upon Public School English Language Learners
Dr. Robert McManus
English Language Learners enrolled in public schools are adversely affected when policies are enacted that reduce funding allocations for programs that educate them. While Special Education programs have become a universally accepted component of school systems and districts nationwide, offerings that prepare ELLs to develop fluency are often underfunded, understaffed, or nonexistent. Highly regarded approaches such as “Sheltered English Immersion” have proven to improve the learning outcomes of ELLs however, educational policy makers are often unwilling to mandate implementation. This presentation will describe how English language learners are adversely affected when programs that serve them are reduced or eliminated.
Creating Access to Content Curriculum Through Focused Language Objectives
Drs. Alexandra Dema and Emily Spitzman
One way to create access to content curriculum for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students is through effective language objectives. Using the WIDA tool “Unpacking Academic Language”, attendees will be guided to construct focused language objectives. This practical tool can be adapted across content areas and English language development levels.
Why the Brain Discriminates and What to Do About It: Neurobiology of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination
Dr. Ahmed Abdelal
Based on the most recent brain research, this presentation will enable participants to see ethnic and racial diversity in a way they may have never seen before. It will show how the brain constructs biases, prejudice and stereotypes, and how these arise out of the interaction between normal brain developmental processes and the environment. The presentation will highlight the effects of racial and ethnic discrimination on mental and physical health and longevity. It will then provide practical strategies that are based on cognitive restructuring methods, with the goal of raising generations that not only accept ethnic and racial diversity, but also appreciate it as a valuable asset to the community and the individual.
Harnessing Partnerships to Build a Unified System for Early Childhood Education: Reports from Four ITQ (Improving Teacher Quality) Early Learning Projects
Dr. Carol Donnelly, Winifred Hagan, Mary Lu Love and Douglas McNally
This session will share insights from Early Learning Projects supported in part through the MA DHE with a grant from Title II, Part A of the US DOE. Though each project was unique, all four united institutions of higher education, school districts, and community organizations to deliver high quality professional development for educators from public schools, Head Start, and private non-profit programs. All four projects will present findings of increased content and pedagogical knowledge for educators, more equitable program delivery for children and increased respect among educators across sectors.
Partnerships and Technology to Improve Educator Mobility and Preparation
Dr. Phillip Rogers
The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) is using technology and interstate agreements to improve the mobility and the preparation of educators. This session will explore the current development activities and utility of the Multistate Educator Lookup System (MELS). MELS will be the first system to connect the certification databases of all 50 states, permitting, for the first time, the ability to track program completers in other states.
Recruiting, Preparing, and Retaining High Quality Diverse Teachers: A Study of Promising Practices Nationwide and Progress in Massachusetts
Dr. Xiaoxia A. Newton, Dr. Shanna Rose Thompson and Nadine Ekstrom,
This session will focus on what we have learned about promising practices and scalable models that teacher preparation programs across the nation have been implementing to address the diversity gap in the teaching force. In addition, the presenters will share preliminary findings from a formative evaluation of efforts at four teacher education programs in Massachusetts that received EPIC funding to support their efforts to recruit, prepare, and retain a diverse teaching force.
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THE MACTE/COMTEC/MAECTE FALL 2018 CONFERENCE
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At the Publick House, Sturbridge, MA