RECENT HDE HEADLINERS
Bush Foundation representatives visited Fargo on April 28 to review progress over the first five years of a ten-year grant project with the Valley Partnership (MSUM, VCSU and NDSU). Bill Martin and Stacy Duffield shared highlights from innovations and revisions that have occurred in the School of Education including the construction of the simulated K-12 classroom in FLC212 and the placement of IRIS cameras in Davies High School and Ben Franklin Middle School. Kayla Yang Best, Bush Foundation Education Director, called NDSU its “shining star” among the 14 institutions participating in the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative (TEI) that began in 2009. Dr. Duffield, together with Dr. Alan Olson, VCSU, has been instrumental in developing and implementing survey instruments to measure teacher effectiveness for graduating candidates in their first years of K-12 classroom teaching. Stacy was highlighted in the most recent issue of “b—The Magazine of the Bush Foundation” for her role in designing and implementing a new system of data collection that is driving the teacher education improvement strategies being used across the TEI today. The four representatives from the Bush Foundation also met with area K-12 administrators and teachers to learn more about the strategic collaborations that have been formed around partnerships with our area teacher education programs. Fargo Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey Schatz, spoke very highly of his work with the NDSU School of Education and the quality of current candidates and new graduates that are coming into the District ready to “hit the ground running.”
Ann Clapper, Associate Professor, School of Education, was recently elected to serve as the University Representative to the North Dakota AdvancED State Council. AdvancED is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools worldwide and serves as the accreditation and school improvement model for all PreK-12 schools in North Dakota. The AdvancED State Council’s responsibilities include providing guidance to the state office, input into the development and implementation of the state strategic implementation plan and the design and delivery of professional development across the state, and recommending the accreditation status for schools and districts in the state using the External Review team recommendations and Progress Reports, and other documentation.