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edTPA Implementation Conference Draws 400+

The annual edTPA Implementation Conference convened November 1-2 at the University of San Diego (CA) with the theme “Evidence of Learning and Practice: Teacher Performance Assessment by the Profession, for the Profession.” More than 400 higher education administrators, faculty, supervisors, and state education agency representatives were able to deepen their understanding of edTPA, ask important questions, and discuss strategies and best practices with their colleagues from across the country.

With edTPA now nationally available and being used by teacher preparation programs in 32 states plus the District of Columbia, this conference allowed teacher preparation professionals to share their trials and triumphs with edTPA implementation and plan for the future of their programs, institutions, and the teacher preparation field as a whole. The conference was cosponsored by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) and AACTE and came just a week before a National Press Club briefing, to be held today in Washington, DC, to discuss the edTPA field test results and nationwide launch.

Keynote speaker Deborah Loewenberg Ball, dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan, challenged all teacher educators to develop processes that raise selectivity in teaching and produce teachers who are “safe to practice” on Day One in the classroom. She encouraged teacher educators to agree on common standards in the profession and to raise the bar on expectations for beginning teachers.

Many of the conference materials, PowerPoint presentations, and videos from the conference will be available soon. Please visit edtpa.aacte.org often for updates.

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Valerie Fry

Web Coordinator, AACTE

Omar Davis

Manager of Member Engagement, AACTE