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On-line Training
    Fall 2007
    Purpose of the training
•   Explanation of the program
•   Relationship Building
•   Getting to know one another
•   Starting a “Teacher Improvement Plan”
Staff    (our contact info can be found on page
      4 of the Induction Handbook)

         Ben Alley, Specialist
       Sharon Duncan, Director
Letty Gomez, Administrative Assistant
     Melaina Wilkin, Coordinator
       Mentors, if you have not
          already, please…
fill-out and turn-in:
   –   W-9
   –   Contract
   –   Payment of Provider
   –   Student Data Change Form (If you ever attended ACC,
       enrolled in a professional development course, etc. and have
       since moved or changed your name. We will also need proof
       of the change, a copy of your driver’s license, utility bill)
   In addition…
Your schedule and contact information.
          (can be found on our website)
The classes your intern has already
 taken or is currently enrolled in
• EDTC 3000 (January-May)- Approximately
  286 hours
• Summer Institute (June)- Approximately 76
  hours of methodology training
• EDTC 3004 (July-November)- Approximately
  19 hours of supporting the first-year teacher
• A minimum of two TExES (February- August)-
  too many hours to count!
                  EDTC 3000 PPR
            Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities


The act of planning, implementing, and
evaluating teaching and learning
    Learning Objectives of EDTC 3000
   Curriculum- academic content and knowledge construction
   Equity- advocating for all students
   Environments- Construct learning environments that affirm
    and celebrate
    diverse learners and cultures
   Communication- effective
    professional and
    interpersonal exchanges
    that promote student learning
   Professional Development-
    commitment to professional growth
  Comparing the
TxBESS Frameworks
   to the PDAS
What is The TxBESS?

 The TxBESS or The Texas Beginning
 Educator Support System was developed by
 the State Board for Educator Certification to
 focus support to the new teacher through a
 systematic mentoring process. It is used as a
 scaffold in which a dialogue can occur
 between the new teacher and the mentor.
What is PDAS?

The PDAS or the Professional Development and
Appraisal System was developed as a
professional development framework that
assesses the conceptual, technical and interaction
competencies necessary to design, introduce,
carryout, evaluate, and analyze instructional
practices of both the teacher and the student.
     TxBESS Framework
                   Teacher Focused

       4 Clusters for Performance

1.   Planning for learning centered
2.   Environment promotes equity,
     excellence, and learning
3.   Instruction and communication
4.   Professionalism
PDAS Framework
                            Student Focused

Eight Domains for Performance
1.   Active student participation in the learning
2.   Learner-centered instruction
3.   Evaluation and feedback on student progress
4.   Management of student discipline, instructional strategies, time
     and materials
5.   Professional communication
6.   Professional development
7.   Compliance with policies, operating procedures, and
8.   Improvement of academic performance of all students on campus
                   Relating the Two
        TxBESS                                  PDAS
Cluster 3. Instruction and      Domain I. Active, Successful, Student
Communication                   Participation in the Learning Process

 Standard 3b. The teacher         Competency I.1. Students are engaged in
 uses questioning and             learning
 discussion techniques.           Competency I.3. Students demonstrate
                                  critical thinking and problem solving
    •   Quality of
        questions/discussion    Domain II. Learner-centered Instruction
    •   Student participation     Competency II.8. Appropriate questioning
                                   and inquiry
     Working with your
• Walk-through (in the fall by Oct. 1 and in the
  spring by Jan. 30)- pg. 23
• Teaching Improvement Plan (created in the fall
  with the intern and supervisor and revised in
  the spring)- pg. 24
• Data Summary (in February or March)- pg. 26
• Teacher recommendation Form (In April)- pg. 27
The forms can be found…
2.   Click on “Current Students” on the left-hand side of the page
3.   Click on “Training and Resources”
4.   Scroll down to the Teacher Induction Information and Training
5.   At the prompt type in:
     •   username is “teacher”
     •   password is “teacher: (have your computer remember password)
         In addition…
• Arrange for your intern to observe you by Oct 24th
  (assignment due Oct 25). If that is not convenient,
  please arrange for them to observe someone else
• Please communicate with them on a regular basis,
  even if it’s just for five minutes or a quick e-mail.
• Be sure to review the paperwork with them
• Let someone from ACC know if you see any “red
 Supervisor…who are they and
     what do they do???
Mentors are…
• Additional support for the intern
• Liaison between ACC and the school
• They will be visiting the intern a
  minimum of two times a semester
• Will try to meet with you and the
What type of crew member
        are you?
          Blue ?
     Task: What type of crew member are you?
Imagine yourself in the following                          4.   My idea of a great vacation is:
   situations. Circle the letter of                               A.    A white-water rafting adventure

   response that is most like you                                 B.    A traditional family vacation
                                                                  C.    A spiritual retreat or romantic getaway

1.   If I won the lottery, the first thing I’d do with            D.    A scientific expedition
     the money would be to:                                5.   I tend to seek relationships based on:
       A.    Throw a big party                                    A.    Excitement and adventure
       B.    Put it in the bank for family and heirs              B.    Comfort and security
       C.    Share it with friends and relatives                  C.    Romance and love
       D.    Create a new venture or fulfill an ambition          D.    Shared intellectual interests
2.   When disaster strikes                                 6.   My ideal workspace tends to be:
       A.    Laugh it off and move on                             A.    Free-form and fun
       B.    Am emotionally distraught                            B.    Organized and neat
       C.    Make the best of it                                  C.    Friendly and cozy
       D.    Figure out why it struck                             D.    High-tech and efficient
3.   I tend to be more interested in:                      7.   What I value most in a coworker is:
       A.    Arts and crafts                                      A.    Action
       B.    Literature and Humanities                            B.    Loyalty
       C.    Business and Law                                     C.    Friendship
       D.    Science and Engineering                              D.    Intelligence
Crew Member Survey (cont’d)
8.    I tend to make decisions based on:                        11.   I tend to work best when I am
        A.    Impulses and whims                                        A.      The leader of the team
        B.    Past precedents and procedures                            B.      In a structured environment
        C.    Feelings and emotions                                     C.      With people I like
        D.    Logic and research                                        D.      When I am left alone
9.    If an extra-terrestrial appeared at my front-door, I’d    12.   The words that best describes the real me are:
                                                                        A.      Bold and adventurous
        A.    Grab and capture it
                                                                        B.      Practical and dependable
        B.    Close the door and call 911
                                                                        C.      Warm and compassionate
        C.    Try to befriend it and invite it in
                                                                        D.      Competent and knowledgeable
        D.    Ask from where it was from and how it got there
10.   If I could be anything I wanted, I’d likely be:
        A.    An actor or artisan                                            Add your number of answers for A, B, C,
                                                                             and D
        B.    A chief executive
        C.    A spiritual guru
        D.    An inventor                                                    The highest number is your most
                                                                             predominant color; the second highest
                                                                             number is your secondary color

                                                                             The purpose is to determine your
                                                                             personality type and that of your co-
                                                                             workers and students
                     Crew member specifics
ORANGE                            A                             GOLD                               B
Strengths                                                       Strengths
•Strong resistance to too much structure                        •Getting things done
•Relaxed tone in the office                                     •Like to feel responsible
•Confrontation does not intimidate them                         •Very loyal to the company
                                                                •Follow rules
Weaknesses                                                      •Meets deadlines
•Poor follow through an Implementation
                                                                •Can be overly loyal and disregard individual needs
                                                                •Tendency to be perfectionists

Blue                              C                             Green                              D
Strengths                                                       Strengths
•People Skills                                                  •Intellect
•People Oriented management                                     •Confidence
•Encourage others to reach their potential-act as coaches and   •Vision oriented to make improvements
•Cooperates with people                                         Weaknesses
•Create a harmonious environment where people can act in a      •Must be careful to lead so others will follow
collaborative manner                                            •Tent to be autocratic in decision-making

•Cannot deal with conflict and disharmony
•Avoid unpleasant situations
(please turn in your answers via email to
                          by Oct 15)

     1.     Using what you know about your personality type and
            learning/teaching style, what are your perceived weaknesses
            in becoming an effective intern/mentor?

     2.     What skills do you already have that you can further
            develop in order to be seen as an effective intern/mentor

     3.     Give three ways that someone can support your goals in
            becoming an effective intern/mentor

     *Used with permission by Stephanie Blanck
What is your Communication

        The Achiever?
        The Persuader?
        The Supporter?
         The Analyst?
            Task: What are your communication
                                            Circle the letter of response that is most like you

A.   You are a high risk-taker, less people oriented
                                                                    A.   You like to be in control of situations (both people and places
B.   You are a high risk-taker and more people-oriented
                                                                    B.   You are high-spirited and social
C.   You have high ideals and standards. You love calm
                                                                    C.   You are a low risk-taker and more people-oriented
     environments and hate conflicts and confrontations
                                                                    D.   You love to reason and need time to think things through before
D.   You are a low risk-taker and less people-oriented
                                                                         moving into projects

A.   You appear confident and decisive
                                                                    A.   You are generally forceful and direct when working with colleagues
B.   You love to be an inspiration to others
                                                                    B.   You generally are articulate and intense when working with colleagues
C.   You generally need security and appreciation of
                                                                    C.   You generally follow others that seem more confident than yourself
                                                                    D.   You are more orderly and accurate
D.   You are highly disciplined and persistent

                                                       Add your number of answers for answers A, B, C, and D
                       A.    The Achiever
                       B.    The Persuader
                       C.    The supporter
                       D.    The Analyst
                         The highest number is your communication characteristics (the way you communicate your needs and
                                want others to. The second highest number is your secondary communication characteristic.
            Task: Communicating with others
Understanding your communication characteristics and those with whom you work will facilitate a clearer and
     ultimately more effective interaction. Your delivery of information will differ depending on the characteristics
     of those you are speaking to.

                     Look at the different characteristics below and decide if they are describing:
                                                    The Achiever
                                                    The Persuader
                                                    The supporter
                                                      The analyst

•     Information is delivered in a calm, casual, friendly, and informal manner
•     You actively listen and reflect their feelings and concerns
•     You show appreciation for their efforts
•     You present ideas that are consistent with their values and high standards. You acknowledge and value their

•     You present ideas that are business-like and direct. You tell it like it is
•     You use factual her-and-now questions that imply clear goals specific objectives
•     You propose logical and efficient action plans, but let this person have (or at least share) control over the final
•     You anticipate possible objections that they may have and be prepared to address them.
                 Communicating with others (cont’d)
•     You present information in a logical, step-by-step manner
•     You must pay close attention to details; if you don’t they will
•     You appeal to their logic, reason, order, and a systematic approach to solving problems
•     Expect to be challenged on your assumptions, intuitions, ideas, and procedures

•     You acknowledge their strengths, importance, competence, humor, and friendliness
•     You present ideas in an enthusiastic, optimistic, and persuasive manner
•     You encourage and present ideas that are innovative and adaptable. Validate their love of change
•     Always document plans in writing. It helps them stay focused.

Answers:        1.   The supporter
                2.   The Achiever
                3.   The Analyst
                4.   The Persuader

Adapted from:
DeHaven, Jan and Sherry Marsh. Collaborative Teaching: Working together to Promote Learning! Region 20 ESC. Used with permissions
Mentor/Intern Conversations

With your interns, mentors please answer
 the following questions and turn in the
    answers to the program via e-mail, by Oct 15…
     Question #1
What was your biggest challenge your first-
 year teaching and how did you deal with
    Question #2
What is your favorite memory from your
           first-year teaching?
    Question #3
What is one piece of advice you can offer
    your intern about surviving and
 succeeding during his/her first-year of
 Question #4
How do you handle differentiation?
  Question #5
How do you use the IPG’s/scope and
  sequence (or what your district is
currently using) as a guide as you plan
           your curriculum?
     Question #6
What is your administration looking for
when they stop by classrooms? Any tips
for your mentor on dealing with
    Teaching Improvement Plan
Ideally, the intern, supervisor, and mentor should sit down and work on this together. It is based
on TxBESS’s Action Plan and gives intern a focus for needed improvements and changes. Most
first-year teachers struggle with classroom management. They learn procedures and needed
paperwork, and they create a “Behavior Plan” for their classrooms, paying particular attention to
behavior modification.

On the TIP, focus on red flags – behaviors that keep students from learning effectively, procedures
and organization not in place, or problems concerning clarity of assignments.

Be sure to specify how the intern will know when the problem is fixed and document the date

As you work with interns, feel free to add goals to the TIP so that the intern knows how teaching
can be improved throughout the year and in subsequent years.
Teaching Improvement Plan
Mentors- Please arrange a time to work on a TIP
 with your intern and his/her supervisor by Oct.
  15. Have your intern turn in the hard copy to
                 class on Oct 25.

When you are done, please make sure everyone has the following:
               • White copy with us (ACC)
             • Yellow copy with the supervisor
               • Pink copy with the mentor
                • Gold copy with the intern
 Please turn in by Oct 15…
• “Crew Member” assessment questions
• Mentor questions

Meet with your intern and his/her
 supervisor to create a Teaching
 Improvement Plan (TIP) by Oct 15.
 Your intern will turn in the white copy
 on class, October 25.
  Teachers stay when they feel competent
and make a difference. Thank you so much
for your time, patience, and caring to work
 with teachers who have made a conscious
       decision to teach and to serve.

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