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Training Program Boosts Teacher Readiness for Common Core Implementation

Teacher Readiness Program Promises Success

A teacher training program focused on Common Core standards and diverse teaching methods is boosting educators' readiness for the classroom. The program, edTPA, is now the main requirement to obtain a teaching license in Washington and New York.

Students like Bryan Moxley participated and experienced great results. Moxley, who is graduating from Washington State University Vancouver, told The Columbian he wouldn't have been fully prepared for teaching without the program. All students who participated in the program, including Moxley, passed on their first try. 

The program takes 40 to 50 hours to complete. Participants create three to five lessons based on Common Core standards, make a video of themselves working with a diverse group of students on the lessons, then analyze what they and their students learned. 

"It's a huge portfolio about your teaching," Moxley said. "You have to write a planning commentary. You write up the research you're using, why you're teaching the way you are, how you'll set up your lesson plans, how you'll assess your students. Then you videotape yourself teaching. Then you write the instruction commentary and look for evidence that you engaged students, monitored their learning."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor


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