2018 November – Developmental Framework2018-12-06T13:34:41+00:00
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November 2018

US PREP COALITION MEMBERS RAISE THE BAR FOR TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMMING

The University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of Educator Preparation (US PREP) National Center is a comprehensive, multi-organizational collaborative with the mission of attracting, training and retaining high quality, racially diverse teachers for underserved communities across the country. The ultimate goal of the coalition is to positively impact K-12 students by building teacher candidate content knowledge and competency to meet ALL students where they are and advance their learning by giving them what they need —especially focusing on historically underserved students; such as Black, Latinx, Native American, and/or economically disadvantaged students.


In US PREP, coalition members share common teacher preparation program goals. Members are committed to:
A TOOL FOR COLLECTIVE LEARNING
In order to accomplish its mission,  coalition members came together to collectively develop the US PREP Developmental Framework, a tool that will allow programs to monitor their development towards achieving the goals. According to Sarah Beal, US PREP Executive Director, members recognized the need to create a tool that would allow them to monitor how programs were progressing towards the key goals.  It was very important to have representatives from each of the universities serve on the development team as they not only had first-hand experience with improving their programming, but they also understand the importance of scaffolding changes over time.

The development process was very collaborative. Participants met virtually several times each month over a six month period. Following each meeting, there was individual homework that supported each participant with preparing for the next meeting. “The process was very transparent, professional,  and inclusive. It strengthened my ability to understand other colleagues' perspectives across academic cultures and orientations. Having an extensive background in evaluation and assessment, I can assert that the framework is precise and serves as a roadmap for any institution to use to move from one level to another. ” -Dr. Jennifer Wallace, Jackson State University

The Framework will allow providers to monitor their progress towards sustainable, transformed programming, and will allow for the coalition to learn from one another.  US PREP’s technical assistance is differentiated based on each members’ developmental level in accordance with the Framework.
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