Introducing our new certification program in practice-based teacher education
In July 2020, TeachingWorks will launch a new certification program in practice-based teacher education. This one-of-a-kind 18-month certification program will enable teacher education methods course instructors to:
- Build facility with practice-based approaches for preparing new teachers such as video analysis and rehearsal that intertwine content knowledge, teaching practice, and attending to issues of justice.
- Develop competence and confidence in preparing new teachers who understand systemic inequity and who seek to use their teaching practice to disrupt patterns of injustice in classrooms, support bilingual students, and deliver culturally responsive instruction
- Join a powerful network of teacher educators who understand their role in supporting excellent beginning teaching in U.S. classrooms and are committed to continuously improving the instructional practice of their teacher candidates by first improving their own practice.
The application for the certification program will open March 2, 2020. Click below to learn more about the program’s learning goals, timeframe, and application requirements and procedures.
TeachingWorks will offer two webinars that provide information for interested applicants:
- Friday, March 20, 12:00 p.m. EST
- Wednesday, April 1, 3:00 p.m. EST
These webinars will be recorded and available for anyone unable to attend. Click below to RSVP for a webinar session.
What are the learning goals for the program?
Participants will develop and demonstrate their competency in core pedagogies of practice-based teacher education, including selecting and using video, focusing teacher preparation on the high-leverage practices, attending to issues of justice and equity through teacher education, and more.
Participants in this 18-month program will develop and demonstrate their competence with the following:
- Selecting and using practice-based approaches to teacher education, including using decompositions, video, and classroom transcripts to help novices see and analyze practice; leading rehearsals; and coaching novices in other contexts
- Focusing teacher education on specific high-leverage teaching practices, including eliciting and interpreting student thinking; leading discussions; selecting, analyzing, and modifying curriculum materials; acknowledging student competence and disrupting patterns of inequity; and identifying and attending to academic language development in the planning, enactment, and assessment of learning
- Attending simultaneously to equity, content, and practice in the design of teacher education activities
- Differentiating between practice-based approaches and conventional approaches to teacher education and helping others appreciate the value of practice-based approaches
In 2020, the program will focus on English language arts (ELA) and mathematics methods instruction only. In subsequent years, the program will expand to include methods instruction in other subject areas (e.g., science, social studies) as well as instruction in education foundations and education psychology.
How will the program work, and over what timeframe?
The program will launch in the spring or early summer of 2020 and will conclude with a virtual ceremony in December 2021. TeachingWorks will provide participants with a combination of virtual and in-person support and learning opportunities throughout the program, as well as opportunities to network and build community.
- Late Spring/Early Summer 2020 (virtual): The program will launch through a series of virtual meetings during which participants will meet one another and the TeachingWorks staff virtually and begin to develop a professional community. A series of webinars will introduce some of the core concepts of teaching that advances justice and practice-based teacher education. These webinars will also prepare participants for the Summer Institute. TeachingWorks will announce the dates for these virtual meetings when the application goes live on March 2 (see below).
Summer 2020 (virtual and in-person): Each summer, TeachingWorks hosts a three-week Summer Institute, during which we investigate instructional questions of broad concern through “laboratory” classes for local elementary and middle school students; “laboratory” methods classes for local teacher candidates; and workshops for practicing teachers, administrators, policy-makers, researchers, and teacher educators nationwide. For more than a decade, the Institute and its programs have brought together scholars and practitioners from a wide range of perspectives; participants have repeatedly cited it as one of the most impactful learning experiences of their careers. Our new certification program will use the Summer Institute as a central site for participants’ learning, with two portions required:
- Laboratory methods classes (July 28-31): During the second week of the Institute, the certification program cohort will participate virtually in either the mathematics or English language arts methods class, including joining the pre- and post-class discussions and observing the class through live-streaming. These sessions will be accessible in videotaped format afterward for anyone who is unable to participate in the sessions live. (Please note that all certificate-seekers are welcome to participate in the laboratory methods classes in person. Registration for the summer institute is available here.
- In-person workshops (August 2-5): During the third week of the Institute, certificate-seekers will come together in person for a series of hands-on workshops in practice-based pedagogies and high-leverage practices. Participants will continue to unpack the methods course instruction that they studied during the methods laboratory classes and practice using pedagogies such as video analysis and peer run-throughs. They will also use the curriculum unit that they studied during the methods laboratory as a blueprint for beginning to design and prepare for their own instruction in their fall methods class. TeachingWorks will staff will offer close coaching and support, and there will be many opportunities for networking.
- Optional: Participants are also invited to participate in the first week of the Summer Institute, the K-12 laboratory classes.
- Fall 2020: Participants will use the approaches they learned at the Summer Institute in their fall methods courses, with frequent support from TeachingWorks. This support will include detailed feedback on lesson plans and videos submitted by participants of their classroom teaching. Participants will also meet virtually, via Zoom, in subject-area groups, where they will continue to practice using practice-based instructional approaches in simulated teaching situations.
- January 2021: Participants will gather again in person at the Winter Coaching Institute at a location TBD in California, for three days of intensive practice coaching actual teacher candidates (date TBD).
- Winter/Spring 2021: Participants will continue practicing the approaches they learned at the Summer Institute and the Winter Coaching Institute and will continue to receive virtual support from one another and from TeachingWorks.
- Summer 2021: Participants will gather again for the second Summer Institute, where they will have more opportunities to observe and practice additional high-leverage practices and pedagogies, to develop advanced skills and understandings, and to interact with the next cohort of certification program participants (dates TBD).
- Fall 2021: Participants will develop and submit a video portfolio for certification. They will also have access to continued coaching and support from TeachingWorks as they prepare their portfolio.
- December 2021: Certification conferred during a virtual ceremony (dates TBD).
Who should apply?
We welcome applicants interested in developing and improving their capability in practice-based approaches to teacher education that intertwine deliberate work to disrupt patterns of injustice in classrooms.
This is a hands-on program, itself based in practice. Successful applicants will be committed and eager to practice, both alone and with each other, and to giving and receiving feedback on their own and others’ practice. The program is appropriate for applicants who are new to practice-based teacher education or for those who have some experience with it but want to build their capability. We are happy to receive applicants from teacher educators with whom we have already worked in other settings. All applicants should be committed to the pursuit of equity in classroom instruction and to using classroom instruction as a vehicle for advancing justice.
The 2020 cohort will only include mathematics and English language arts methods course instructors, working at either the elementary or secondary levels. Applicants must be scheduled or intending to be scheduled to teach at least one methods course in math or ELA in fall 2020, winter/spring 2021, and fall 2022 semesters. There may be some flexibility in the winter/spring 2021 requirement as long as applicants are working with preservice teachers in some capacity that term. Program activities will require that participants are trying out and developing their skills with practice-based approaches every semester.
Program graduates will receive a certificate in practice-based teacher education from TeachingWorks along with membership in TeachingWorks’ alumni network.
Along the way, they will:
- Develop powerful knowledge and skills in practice-based teacher education pedagogies and high-leverage teaching practices through intensive coaching, feedback, and support;
- Access and learn to use the University of Michigan’s Teaching and Learning Exploratory, an online collection of videos of classroom instruction, along with other teacher education curriculum resources;
- Become part of a professional community of like-minded teacher educators who use practice-based approaches to prepare classroom teachers who pursue equity and justice.
- TeachingWorks is currently collaborating with officials in several states to develop formal recognition of the certificate. Check back soon for updates.
The program fee is $16,000 per person, payable in 3 installments.
This fee covers all instructional materials, a two-year subscription to the University of Michigan’s Teaching and Learning Exploratory, access to Zoom and other online collaboration tools, and participation in all of the events and interactions described here. It also includes some meals at the in-person events, although not all. It does not include travel to or housing during the Summer Institute or Winter Coaching Institute. This is a special price for the inaugural year of this program; we expect it to increase in subsequent years.
TeachingWorks has a limited number of scholarships available for this program. Information about these will be available when the application process opens (see below).
TeachingWorks is interested in collaborating with philanthropic organizations to provide additional scholarships and ensure participation for specific groups of teacher educators. If you or your organization is interested in providing scholarships to teacher educators in your area, or from a particular university of teacher preparation program, please contact Francesca Forzani (email@example.com). If a sufficient number of participants register from a particular state or region, TeachingWorks will consider holding a version of the Winter Coaching Institute in that location.
TeachingWorks is agnostic as to the pathway through which teachers are prepared and certified and has partnered successfully with a range of university-based and “alternate route” teacher educators and preparation programs over the course of many years.
The application to the 2020 cohort will be available beginning on March 2, 2020.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of May 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of their admissions status no later than June 1, 2020.
The application will include a written portion, two letters of recommendation, and an artifact of practice from the applicant’s own teaching (e.g., video of classroom instruction). Some applicants will also be asked to participate in an informational interview if we determine that we need more information than is included in the written application.