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October 17, 2012

DWU to host SDACTE biannual meeting
Several newly adopted S.D. education standards on agenda

MITCHELL — The fall meeting of the South Dakota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education will be Friday at Dakota Wesleyan University.

The SDACTE is comprised of representatives – deans and education department chairmen – from all of the teacher education programs in the state of South Dakota, both public and private universities.

“We meet twice a year to discuss best practices in education, education trends coming in the future, accreditation issues, national and state changes in education and how those changes will affect teacher education programs in South Dakota,” said Mark Halling, administrative chairman of the education department at DWU. “We also discuss ways to improve teacher education programs within the state.”

There will be about 40 professionals attending the meeting from public and private South Dakota universities, and four officials from the S.D. Department of Education: Abby Javurek – division director of assessment and accountability; Becky Nelson – administrator of the division of curriculum; Carla Leingang – administrator of certification and teacher quality; and Steve Fiechtner – administrator of assessment and accountability.

Some of the new changes in South Dakota education to be discussed include the newly adopted standards for teachers, called the Common Core Standards, and the new teacher evaluation framework, called the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching.

“This not only affects the K-12 schools, but also affects all teacher education programs because we have to teach our students the Common Core Standards and we also need to use the Danielson Framework for Teaching when evaluating our student teachers. The goal is to improve the quality of the teacher education graduates,” Halling said.

Also scheduled is a Skype conference with Jane West, senior vice president of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), who will provide an overview of policy and professional issues facing the profession, AACTE’s engagement in these issues, and recommendations for how institutions and the chapter can position themselves in this changing landscape.

 
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