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Overview of the Vanguard Project. May 2014. Vanguard Project. Goal: Transform the system of education in Kentucky to a level whereby schools/students will perform at levels comparable to those of schools in top-performing countries in the world

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vanguard project
Vanguard Project
  • Goal: Transform the system of education in Kentucky to a level whereby schools/students will perform at levels comparable to those of schools in top-performing countries in the world
  • Partnership among WKU, BGISD, DCSD, OISD, and WCSD
  • Recruit high-performing students into teacher education programs
  • Increase standards for individuals seeking admission to and exiting teacher education programs
  • Increase expectations of teacher candidates relative to mastery of subject matter
objectives cont
Objectives cont.
  • Provide clinical experiences to ensure prospective teachers master the craft of teaching
  • Enhance support for new teachers entering the profession
  • Restructure/align districts/schools with the project guidelines
design of vanguard project
Design of Vanguard Project
  • Raise higher education standards/match with measures to professionalize teaching in schools
  • Rely on volunteer consortia
  • State will offer help
    • Raising money
    • Relief from regulation
    • Technical assistance
  • Competition against criteria, not each other
  • Meeting held 12/17/2013
  • Initial planning (January and February)
  • Prospectus submitted and reviewed
  • Proposal (Tentative date-Summer 2014)
  • Proposals read and rated by
    • Readers from Kentucky (CPE, KDE, and EPSB)
    • External reviewers with expertise with school systems in high performing countries
current initiatives
Current Initiatives
  • WKU’s Clinical Experiences and Practice in Teaching (CEPT)
  • SKyTeach
  • GSKyTeach
criteria for school districts
Criteria for School Districts
  • Career pathways model
  • Elementary teachers required to have a minor in subjects they will teach
  • Continuing professional development for teachers
  • Districts provide one to two year induction program for new teachers with reduced loadand mentoring from Master Teachers
phase in model
Phase-in Model
  • Maintain current programs for time being while also offering parallel Vanguard Program
  • Begin with specific majors, school districts, and then scale up
criteria for universities
Criteria for Universities
  • Designed to raise the high school graduation/score quartile from which candidates are recruited
  • Raise admission requirements for schools of education
  • Three stage admission process
    • Strong academic record
    • Passion for teaching
    • Ability to connect with young people
criteria for universities1
Criteria for Universities
  • 2 programs
    • Major or minor in subject and masters in teaching or
    • Combined program leading to both degrees
  • Secondary, Middle School, P-12 and 5-12 candidates major in subjects to be taught
  • Elementary candidates minor in subjects to be taught
criteria for universities2
Criteria for Universities
  • Program to include
    • Training in research methods
    • Extensive clinical training
    • Training in diagnosis and prescription
  • Training in craft based on best research in subject area
  • Design for program must include
    • Findings of the TELL Survey
    • Methods & strategies used by Math Center at NKU
criteria for universities3
Criteria for Universities
  • Universities to develop clinical schools similar to how teaching hospitals are affiliated with schools of medicine
    • School faculty have university faculty status
    • Collaborative planning between university and school faculty in development of the program
    • University faculty conduct research in clinical schools
    • Schools used as primary training facility for teachers in training
teacher preparation
Teacher Preparation
  • More selective admissions
  • Toward clinical model for teacher education
    • Pre-service clinical experiences in every semester of the program, building toward residency model in the 5th year
    • Move toward problem-based instruction organized around real situations
    • Courses taught by a collaborative team: pedagogical, content, and clinical faculty
five year preparation program
Five Year Preparation Program
  • Elementary:
    • Minors in STEM or ELA/SS
    • Clinical seminar
    • Classes mostly in school settings – teaching schools (hospitals)
    • Fifth-year residency and culminating in master’s degree
five year preparation program1
Five Year Preparation Program
  • Middle Grades/Secondary (8-12)/P-12/5-12
    • Major in subject area and discipline-specific pedagogy
    • Fifth year residency requirement
one year master s degree program
One Year Master’s Degree Program
  • Building upon a bachelor’s degree in a certifiable content area
    • Residency model
    • One year in the craft of teaching
related work
Related Work
  • Excellence for All
    • High school redesign
    • World class curriculum, assessment tied to Common Core
    • Designed to bring all students to work and school ready by the time they leave high school
  • National Institute for School Leadership
    • Nation’s largest state-level program for training school leaders
    • Designed to work in tandem with Excellence for All and teacher quality program
things to remember
Things to Remember
  • This is not a “project” – it is the way Kentucky will do this statewide
  • This is the Vanguard of a whole system
  • We are designers, not just implementers
  • KY will be the first of several states doing this work
  • Access to the world’s pioneers along the way
  • Not a replication of other systems
next steps
Next Steps
  • Finish meetings with school districts
  • Conduct focus group sessions on campus
  • Development and submission of proposal
  • Surpassing Shanghai by Marc S. Tucker
  • Finnish Lessons by PasiSahlberg
  • The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got that Way by Amanda Ripley