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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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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 Implement a process to evaluate internal and external partnerships.
Goal #2 Develop and implement continuous improvement advisory committees that provide the mechanism by which faculty, instructors, and staff can provide feedback and contribute to the program's continuous improvement efforts.
Goal #3 Hire a part-time staff member to implement direct efforts and develop partnerships to recruit and support a diverse candidate pool.

Annual Goals - 2017
Goal #1 Evaluate most recent two years (15-16 and 16-17) of pre-practicums and see how to enhance this experience to be most meaningful while still working within the confines of students' busy schedules.
Goal #2 Hire additional adjunct program supervisors to allow program staff more flexibility for other elements of the program.
Goal #3 Explore who it makes the most sense to partner with and how to deepen that/those relationship(s).

Progress Toward Goals - 2017
Goal #1 Pre-practicum became more directly connected to the Teaching Methods Course. Number of hours of pre-practicum increased so that students observed a variety of classrooms. They also delivered a classroom lesson, received feedback, and created professional goal.
Goal #2 Three adjunct faculty were hired to act as program supervisors.
Goal #3 Additional formal partnerships have been formed with Worcester Technical High School and Auburn Middle School to provide pre-practicum and practicum placements. In addition, the program has partnered with WPI's physics department, as part of the PhysTEC Fellow program, to further develop physics teacher education.

Annual Goals - 2016
Goal #1 Finalize PST plan, making any necessary edits based on partner feedback and pilot, and fully implement
Goal #2 Create sequencing plan for education courses to better help students take these courses before/during student teaching. Create a waiver policy for students who wish to request special permission to do something different than the desired sequence.
Goal #3 Create a stronger field placement process for the practicum to better pair mentors with student teachers.

Progress Toward Goals - 2016
Goal #1 The PST plan was finalized and fully implemented this year.
Goal #2 There is now a sequencing for education courses and field experiences. A waiver policy is in place if needed.
Goal #3 An application is being used to help select supervising practitioners.