In order to achieve our primary purpose of preparing educators who possess intellectual autonomy and professional responsibility, our work centers on three goals and their respective objectives:
Goal 1: Gain Content Knowledge and Develop Pedagogy - Acquire an understanding of subject matter across the curriculum and apply it in pedagogically appropriate ways.
Objective A: Knowledge of Subject Matter. Demonstrate an understanding of the discipline, its central concepts, principles, and processes of inquiry.
Outcome - Demonstrate breadth, depth, and accuracy of knowledge in the content area.
Objective B: Knowledge of Pedagogy. Design and implement instruction that demonstrates an understanding of the discipline, its central concepts, principles, and processes of inquiry.
Outcome - Present subject matter to others in effective, concrete, and conceptual terms.
Objective C: Knowledge of Learners. Demonstrate knowledge about child or adolescent development.
Outcome 1 - Demonstrate knowledge of cognitive styles and abilities
Outcome 2 - Demonstrate knowledge of recognition of a variety of characteristics of children (e.g., culture, language, family).
Goal 2: Engage All Students - Design and implement instruction that motivates and engages all students.
Objective A: Skill of Planning. Plan instruction using various strategies that reflect an understanding of the cognitive, affective, and physical characteristics of each learner.
Outcome 1 - Develop lesson plans, including attention to planning for diverse learners.
Outcome 2 - Integrate ongoing, short-term plans with long-term goals and learning objectives that meet state standards.
Outcome 3 - Consider alternatives in the event that the plan needs adjusting.
Objective B: Skill of Teaching. Implement effective teaching/learning strategies.
Outcome 1 - Effective use of a variety of teaching methods.
Outcome 2 - Implement and modify instructional strategies that promote cognitive, social, and personal development of all students.
Outcome 3 - Accept and incorporate students' ideas and questions into the lesson.
Outcome 4 - Integrate technology into the curriculum.
Objective C: Skill of Effective Classroom Management. Encourage respectful behavior from students.
Outcome 1 - Use effective classroom management techniques.
Outcome 2 - Create a learning environment that encourages positive interactions.
Outcome 3 - Encourage responsibility and leadership.
Objective D: Skill of Assessment. Assess the relationship between instruction and student learning and adopt assessment practices that result in meaningful feedback and student accountability for learning.
Outcome 1 - Select and administer a variety of assessment tools.
Outcome 2 - Use initial and ongoing assessment to guide instruction.
Outcome 3 - Use assessment information to identify supports and adaptations.
Outcome 4 - Use information from multiple assessments to measure instructional impact over time and make necessary adjustments to instruction.
Goal 3: Demonstrate Professional Dispositions - Conduct oneself in contextually appropriate ways.
Objective A: Reflective Practice. Demonstrate continuous evaluation and monitoring of informed practices.
Outcome 1 - Demonstrate purposeful self-reflection (e.g., using journals, portfolios) to enhance students’ cognitive, social, and personal development.
Outcome 2 - Demonstrate purposeful self-reflection to advance teacher identity.
Objective B: Collaboration. Engage jointly with other professionals in reflective practice.
Outcome 1 - Participate jointly in professional activities.
Outcome 2 - Communicate and collaborate with P-12 students, colleagues, parents, agencies, and the larger community.
Objective C: Respect for Others. Develop positive school climates that reflect openness, mutual respect, support, and encourage inquiry.
Outcome 1 - Respect the rights and responsibilities of individuals in a democratic society.
Outcome 2 - Respect cultural, familial, and linguistic diversity.
Outcome 3 - Respect colleagues, family, and community members.