Friday Features - Oct. 23, 2015

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Friday Features
October 23, 2015

United We Stand features guest speaker

The Department of Residence Life will be continuing the United We Stand campaign with guest speaker Caroline Spencer on Oct. 23 in Velzy Commons at 7 p.m.

Spencer is a mom, has completed 125 marathons, six 100-mile endurance races, 11 Iron Mans and 11 Boston Marathons. She is also a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing. Spencer will talk about perseverance and pushing farther than anyone ever thought that they could.

For more information about United We Stand, contact the Department of Residence Life at 608-342-1845.

Lecturer’s video receives national attention

Jessica Brogley, lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Tyler Tollefson, videographer/editor at UW-Platteville, recently produced a video for student teachers that is designed to provide them with support as they complete Task 2 of the edTPA.

edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that teachers need in the classroom. The new licensing requirement for all teachers in multiple states across the nation requires student teachers to complete three rigorous tasks related to their student teaching placements. Task 2 requires student teachers to videotape segments of themselves teaching and provide an analysis of their own instruction.

In the video, Brogley explains how to video record for quality footage by sharing tips on camera placement, sound quality and teacher-to-student interaction. “If students aren’t well-prepared to video record, it will be a challenge for them to do well on that particular task,” she said. “It is important that we coach students thoroughly.”

The video has been noticed nationally. Andrea Whitaker, director of teacher performance assessment at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity, in Stanford, Calif., will include the video in the next issue of the national edTPA newsletter, received by institutions of higher education across the country. According to its website, SCALE – with experts representing a range of educational backgrounds – supports initiatives that serve students and teachers from early childhood through college and career experiences.

“Although we made the video with our students in mind, it certainly is gratifying to know that we are helping many other students across the nation,” said Brogley. “Teachers strive to help as many students as possible. I think the video points out key details that will increase their success. Tyler’s work was pivotal in getting the School of Education’s video recognized.”

“We are fortunate to have Jessica supporting edTPA efforts in our School of Education,” said Dr. Lindsay Hollingsworth, assistant professor in the School of Education at UW-Platteville. “We also appreciate Tyler for his work in supporting the School of Education with instructional videos.”
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