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Salem State University

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Annual Goals

This report lists the annual improvement goals reported to ESE in the educator preparation program provider’s state annual report. Providers may report up to three goals for the upcoming year and are asked to report on progress made toward the prior year’s goals. Annual goals are reported in May of the academic year listed.

Annual Goals - 2018
Goal #1 Early field experiences in our 4&1 initial license programs have increased significantly. Students enrolled in the programs now complete 180 hours in the field during their junior and senior years. Students are placed in our partnership districts and are visited by program supervisors at least two times during each semester. We hope to be able to increase the number of hours in the next year.
Goal #2 We are looking to recruit and hire additional staff to establish and oversee the early field experiences in our 4&1 programs. This staff will be charged with developing policies and protocols pertaining the the professional dispositions of our candidates.
Goal #3 New lesson plan development and pilot- In 2017 we will develop and pilot a new lesson plan assessment to be used in all initial teaching programs. Once the lesson plan has been accepted and approved by faculty we will begin implementation and data collection in Fall 2018.

Annual Goals - 2017
Goal #1 Salem State University has received a Mixed Reality Simulations grant which will allows an opportunity for us to be part of a state-wide working group to develop and setup mixed-reality simulation technology at Salem State University. The 4 new avatars and 12–16 simulation scenarios are specific to Massachusetts classrooms, and will provide a virtual practice space for our candidates.
Goal #2 Salem State University has received a grant to increase its efforts in diversity in education by creating initiatives to attract and support students of color. A collaboration among Salem State University, Bunker Hill Community College and the school districts of Salem, Chelsea, Revere, Everett and Malden. The goal is to create a workforce pipeline that brings today's high school students successfully through an associate's degree at Bunker Hill, into the combined bachelor's/master's degree at Salem State, and back to each of these cities as licensed teachers
Goal #3 Salem State has requested a formative review and evaluation with feedback through TPI-US and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This evaluation is not part of any approval or accreditation process, but is meant to provide our programs with focused feedback on ways in which the program can improve.

Progress Toward Goals - 2017
Goal #1 Mixed Reality Simulations There were ten student users of the simulation this year and all but one reported that they found the experience valuable and realistic. In the English Methods course, they were able to compare the simulation to the experience of microteaching their classmates and found the simulation to be significantly more immersive and challenging. Students who participated had the opportunity to simulate the first day of school - getting to know the students and setting up group expectations. They also had the opportunity to teach a lesson by introducing a new unit. A faculty member was able to see the simulation in action with students and made the point that it was easier to see the value when you see students interacting with it, rather than just doing a demo. For next year, we have 115 hours of simulation left to use. We will definitely be using it in fieldwork seminar (to help with the ramp up to engagement with students in the field) but likely only the secondary/specialist seminar, since the simulation students are middle school-aged. History and English Methods will be using it as well, and it's possible Math will too. One area where the simulation would be helpful for all grades is simulating parent interaction, so we'll be looking to Elementary and Early Childhood Methods course faculty to try it out as well. It will be good practice for the family conference assessment. We have also spoke to School Counseling faculty about whether this might be useful for School Counseling students too.
Goal #2 BHCC Grant- In September and October of 2017 we hosted recruitment events at each of the five area high schools;including career days, parents nights, info sessions with high school guidance counselors at Bunker Hill Community College. Information about the grant opportunity was posted on a URL on the SSU website and high school websites. We had marketing materials developed by the Faculty Chairs at BHCC and SSU. In November 2017 high school students made campus visits to Salem State and we continued recruitment events and advising sessions at Bunker Hill and at the high schools. In Spring 2018, interested students enrolled in dual-enrollment courses at Bunker Hill and high school juniors and seniors apply to Bunker Hill Community College while Bunker Hill transfer students applied to Salem State University.
Goal #3 TPI US During the early spring we were visited by a team of four professionals from TPI-US. Their task was to analyze and review our elementary programs of study. The TPI-US staff observed classes and visited our field sites. They interviewed staff, faculty, program supervisors, supervising practitioners and our students. Each afternoon the evaluators conducted a fishbowl discussion among themselves to report to each other what they learned that day. The community was invited to be part of that fishbowl. After the review TPI-US they provided us with a report of their findings and a series of recommendations. We are in the process of developing a working plan for program improvements based on those recommendations.

Annual Goals - 2016
Goal #1 Continue to align assessment practices and academic programs to CAEP accreditation and state standards.
Goal #2 Initiate, build and formalize community partnerships with new schools and districts.
Goal #3 Expand department's Student Services Advising Office to include Graduate representation.

Progress Toward Goals - 2016
Goal #1 We are continuing to align assessment practices and academic programs to CAEP accreditation and state standards.
Goal #2 We established partnerships with new school districts and formalized agreements with several individual schools and districts.
Goal #3 We hired a full time administrator dedicated to advising Graduate students and have expanded our student services advising office to include evening hours.