The Capstonian

Teachers College Capstone Team Newsletter: October 2016

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Message from Carole Leonard: Manager, Faculty Evaluation

Hi Capstonians!

We recently received the data from our latest Quality Assurance audit, and it looks pretty darn good! While there is always room for improvement, we deserve some pats on the back and a round of applause! Given that we have only been focusing seriously on calibration and using the Stoplight method for a few months, I’m VERY proud of what we’ve accomplished! Here are some excerpts from the report:

Evaluation Procedures

Procedures are routinely followed, as evidenced by the data. 91% of the evaluations either met requirement or were exemplary.

Stoplight Method

63% of the evaluations either met requirement or were exemplary in the application of the stoplight method. [Note from Carole: Ouch! We can do better!]

Overall Comment

Very strong overall comments were crafted by some evaluators. 71% of the evaluations either met requirement or earned exemplary. [Note from Carole: We can do better here, too!]

Calibration

100% of the evaluation scores were aligned with the rubric requirements!

Articulation

The data reveal that the team (as a whole) constructs well-articulated feedback. 86% either met requirement or were exemplary in this category.

So we are clearly on the road to providing our students with feedback that is concise, specific, clear, supportive, and appropriate. We’ll continue to work on our Stoplight method and our own articulation (because from the “glass half-empty” perspective, 24% of our evaluations contained articulation errors!). But we’ve definitely come a long way, and I wanted you to know how proud I am to lead this awesome group of educators!

I’d like to share with you a reminder of why we keep doing what we do and why we keep trying to get better at it. It’s about our students – not about us, not about the always-changing procedures that we have to learn, not about APA format, not about audits and percentages. Please take a few minutes (about 8 1/2) to watch this video. This is why we strive to excel at what we do – to help our students achieve their dream of “someday.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_idx7UDxVH8

Research Brief: Assessment at WGU and the NCATE Accreditation Process

This article focuses on the assessment system at Western Governors University from the perspective of candidate assessment and performance and on the way in which this system is presented to the Board of Examiners of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Central to a successful review by the NCATE Board of Examiners is verification that a university has an assessment system that collects and analyzes data that measure all areas of the institution's performance: applicant qualifications, candidate and graduate performance, and unit operations that improve units and their academic programs. The Western Governors University Teachers College (WGU-TC) uses a comprehensive assessment system to determine whether the candidates are competent. WGU-TC's assessment system was based on professional and state standards and it is intricately linked with the conceptual framework presented to NCATE as a part of the accreditation application, providing evidence of student mastery of the proficiencies and dispositions defined in the framework. The system includes a comprehensive and integrated set of evaluation measures that is used to monitor candidate performance and to manage and improve operations and programs. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)

To read the complete article, click on the following link: http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.wgu.idm.oclc.org/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=346577a5-d02a-4cb2-8b45-1ddd85bdf4db%40sessionmgr106&vid=1&hid=122

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Capstonian Question of the Month: "What do you like best about fall?"

Irene Kaplan: "What I like best about autumn is that we visit our grandkids all over the country so we can, once again, enjoy autumn the way we used to when we lived in New England. The turning of the colors of the trees and apple-picking are very fond memories!


Jim Scheidler: "A simple answer....none. I love summer!"


Amanda Pierce: "Colors of the leaves in the northeast and firepits!"

Kristen George: "This was an easy question! College Football! Go Longhorns, Aggies, Frogs, Sooners, and Tigers!"


Angela Brasser: "In Vegas, autumn is like spring. After the long, hot summer we throw open the windows and begin cleaning! I love being able to get fresh air into the house - but it's a tie whether I like the cool, crisp air or the dormant scorpions! The image is of my dog Bleu, who loves to run and catch the Frisbee."


Nikki Tsangaris: "Autumn skies and fall baking..."

Jennifer Thompson: "Fall is my favorite time of year by far! I love heirloom pumpkins, apple cider donuts, harvest festivals, and hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park (near my home) to see the golden aspen leaves."


Dana Golowich: "THAT’S an EASY one for me: FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Capstone Assessment Humor

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