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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 To develop and formalize a Memorandum of Understanding with the Holyoke Public Schools that will serve as a model structure of sustainable pre-service teacher education. We plan to develop additional agreements beyond Holyoke, but this is the starting point for the new Associate Dean.
Goal #2 In terms of recruitment and preparation of the highest quality teacher candidates who are ready to teach on day one, we will be piloting our candidate dispositions tool in 2018-2019. We will use this tool at entry to program as well as during the program. Combined with the CAP assessments and program assessments,
Goal #3 To integrate our university Student Information System (SPIRE) with our data management system for educator preparation (TK20/Watermark). We are currently in discussions with the University IT office and will be working to integrate these systems in order to achieve greater efficiency and tracking of our candidates.

Annual Goals - 2017
Goal #1 The unit will have developed the next unit-wide assessment.
Goal #2 Continue work on setting a structure to ensure the sustained involvement of P12 partners in the design, implementation and assessment of field based experiences and evaluation of the unit's programs.
Goal #3 The unit wide training for supervising practitioners and program supervisors that impacts candidate effectiveness will be refined and implemented and an evaluation tool to assess impact will be designed.

Progress Toward Goals - 2017
Goal #1 We made progress toward the goal of developing a unit-wide professional dispositions document that defines dispositions and provides a rubric for assessment. We intend to pilot the use of this tool in 2018-2019.
Goal #2 We have created a new position at the Associate Dean level in order to focus on 'Partnerships, Educator Preparation, & Innovation' in a way that has not been done before. Part of the work that the new Associate Dean will perform involves the development of structures and formal agreements with P12 partners in order to build a sustainable partnership model regardless of personnel changes (either in P12 or in our institution). This work has been started with the Holyoke Public Schools, and we plan to expand it to other partner districts over time. Our partners will be involved in the design and assessment of field based experiences and unit evaluation.
Goal #3 Goal Met. We have been training all supervising practitioners on the CAP tool, and we've been soliciting feedback for continuous improvement of this process.

Annual Goals - 2016
Goal #1 All teacher preparation programs across the unit will have fully implemented the new Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP).
Goal #2 A structure will be in place to ensure the involvement of P12 partners in the design, implementation and assessment of field based experiences and evaluation of the unit's programs.
Goal #3 Unit wide training for supervising practitioners and program supervisors that impacts candidate effectiveness will be piloted, analyzed and revised for implementation in 2016-2017.

Progress Toward Goals - 2016
Goal #1 Goal Met - all teacher preparation programs have implemented the new Candidate Assessment of Performance.
Goal #2 We identified "target" partners, developed criteria to develop and assess partnerships sites and piloted it with Springfield High School of Science and Technology. This site was also developed as a site for our immersion program and collaborated to develop criteria for choosing school sites for placements and a way to evaluate potential supervising practitioners and schools. A District task force was initiated with Holyoke Public Schools in order to strategize the development of a district wide collaborative partnership including teacher preparation and research.
Goal #3 The field experience specialist worked with a group of teachers to design trainings for university supervisors and program supervisors. The trainings were implemented by the field experience specialist to ensure consistency. An evaluation tool is in process to ensure the efficacy of the trainings.