Wisconsin Teacher Quality
2008 Wisconsin Research Seminar
Closing The Gap: Highly Qualified To Highly Effective
June 17, 2008
Chula Vista Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI
This invited seminar will engage local, university, professional association, and state leaders in a research and inquiry-guided dialogue aimed at improving Wisconsin's initial educator support system. The one-day session will feature presentations of recently completed or ongoing, data-based Wisconsin studies of innovative or best practices strategies aimed at improving educator preparation, induction, and professional development. To advance the quality implementation of practice and policy, the seminar presentations and discussion will address several guiding questions, including but not limited to the following:
How and to what extent do graduates of Wisconsin educator preparation programs demonstrate proficiency in the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to the Wisconsin educator standards?
In examining the work of initial, professional, or master educators, how is "effectiveness" defined and measured?
To what extent are data collected on things that matter? What challenges exist in improving personnel preparation and professional advancement initiatives?
How is evidence documenting K–12 student learning incorporated appropriately in educator effectiveness studies?
How can the validity and reliability of assessment tools be enhanced?
Download complete Agenda ( Adobe® Reader® PDF 156 KB).
Considering What Works in Educator Effectiveness: Current Federal Insights and Resources ( Adobe Reader PDF 460 KB), Matt Dawson, REL Midwest
Closing the Wisconsin Educator Capacity Gap: Some Research and Evaluation Challenges, Opportunities, and Priorities ( Adobe Reader PDF 368 KB), L. Allen Phelps, Great Lakes West
Research on Educator Preparation
Preservice Educators' Perceptions of Reflection, Ahmad Sultan, UW-Stevens Point ( Adobe Reader PDF 116 KB)
Digital Observation of Educational Practice, Jon Hasenbank and Jennifer Kosiak, UW-LaCrosse ( Adobe Reader PDF 796 KB)
Download A Digital Observation Instrument for Quantifying Educator Effectiveness Paper ( Adobe Reader PDF 320 KB)
Chair and Discussant: Robert Hollon, UW-Eau Claire
Research on Teacher Induction
Induction Support for Initial Educators in Milwaukee ( Adobe Reader PDF 72 KB), Melanie Agnew, CESA 2
Situated Professional Growth in a Mentoring Context, Elizabeth Hutchinson, UW-Madison ( Adobe Reader PDF 224 KB)
Chair and Discussant: Peter Burke, Edgewood College
Please join one of the Dialogue Tables to discuss What Are the Research Capacity Building Needs and Priorities for:
Induction and Mentoring
Research on Induction, Standards, and Writing PDPs
Best Practices in Staff Development for Writing PDPs, Kathy Larson; and Jill Prushiek, UW-Eau Claire ( Adobe Reader PDF 272 KB)
Connecting Wisconsin Mentors With the Wisconsin Teacher Standards: Importance, Efficacy, and Preparation, Tom Ganser, UW-Whitewater
Download Connecting Wisconsin Mentors With the Wisconsin Teacher Standards: Importance, Efficacy, and Preparation Paper ( Adobe Reader PDF 708 KB)
Download Changing Context of Mentoring Presentation ( Adobe Reader PDF KB)
Chair and Discussant: Ron Jetty, WEAC
Advancing the Research Seminar and Building a Community of Practice
Facilitators: Francine Tompkins, UW System; Judy Peppard, DPI; Tom Ganser, UW-W; and Allen Phelps, UW-Madison
Identifying Five Priorities for Expanding Research Capacity
Seminar Evaluation Results