September 28, 2021: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

Texas Education Agency

September 28, 2021

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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Welcome

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day-in and day-out" - Robert Collier 

Success does not happen overnight. Success is achieved by consistently taking 
small actions in the direction of your goal and allowing the small actions to
 add up over time. I challenge you this coming month to find one thing to make a daily habit, and each day strive to do that one thing just a little better than yesterday. At the end of the month, reflect and see where you found success. 

Our goal is for the newsletter to serve as a support by compiling the most up-to-date information concerning what you need to know that impacts your candidates in the coming weeks. Please thoroughly read all the sections for reminders, upcoming events, to dos, and FAQs.   

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Upcoming Events

Event: ELAR 4-8 Preparation Manual CRI Deep Dive Webinar (Option 2) *This webinar is being offered twice  
Description: This webinar will closely examine examples of constructed response items on the redesigned English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 Exam (217).
Event Date: Thursday, September 30 (Join here)
Registration is not required. 
Event Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CST 

Event: ELAR 7-12 Redesigned Exam (331) Framework Overview Webinar 
Description: This webinar will guide participants through the redesigned English Language Arts and Reading 7-12 Redesigned Exam (331) Framework.
Event Date: Thursday, October 21 (Join here) 
Registration is not required.  
Event Time1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CST


Upcoming Deadlines

Topic: Waiver Probationary (WPRO) or Waiver Intern (WINT) Certificate - IMPORTANT
Action Item: 
Provide test approval, as appropriate, to WPRO and WINT candidates. Actively communicate with WPRO/WINT candidates and LEA partners about requirements and next steps.  
Due Date: Before the WPRO or WINT certificate expires.


Table Of Contents

EPP Points of Contact

Your best source for information and support at the TEA.   

As an EPP, your main point of contact is your Education Specialist.   

  • To view a list of EPPs and their associated Education Specialist, please click here.   
  • For easiest assistance, file a HelpDesk Ticket.  

Educator Preparation Program Support

Updates related to Educator Preparation Program Management  

New: Vetted Texas Tutor Corps Application for EPPs 
TEA’s Texas Tutoring Team is pleased to announce that an application for the Vetted Texas Tutor Corps tailored to meet the diverse strengths and abilities of Educator Preparation Program teams is now available for consideration of submission. The team is sourcing and connecting partners that can collaborate and empower LEAs as they work to meet the learning needs of their students in relation to accelerating learning and closing the achievement gap.  

The application for the Vetted Texas Tutor Corps can be found here. Please email TexasTutoring@tea.texas.gov with any questions. The Texas Tutoring team looks forward to receiving applications from interested EPP’s. 

New: 2021-2022 ASEP Reporting is Complete 
We’ve made it through another year of ASEP reporting! Thank you for reporting the required data and submitting the required forms to TEA. With the start of the new reporting year, we encourage you to think about how you can retain and report data throughout the 2021-2022 academic year to make next year’s reporting deadline as easy one. Remember, EPPs can report field observations as they occur throughout the year. You should not wait until next September to report field observations. Please reference the 2021-2022 Educator Preparation Program Data Reporting Manual for ASEP reporting guidance.  

Insight to Impact

New: EPP-Facing Dashboard Update 
We are excited to announce that the upcoming EPP-facing Data Dashboards now have a name and logo. The Insight to Impact” dashboards will provide useful data for EPPs. Be sure to check back for upcoming announcements related to this exciting work.

Educator Standards and Testing

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

ELAR: 4-8 (217) TExES Exam Preparation Manual and CRI Webinar
The Preparation Manual for English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 (217) is now available on the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website. With the launch of the preparation manual, please join us on September 30th for a deep dive into the prep manual constructed response items (CRIs). Participants will have an opportunity to closely examine the examples of the exam’s CRIs and the appropriate approaches. See date, time, and link information above.  

DID YOU KNOW? 
Starting in mid-October, candidates who have registered for an exam will be able to access a new feature within their Pearson testing account.  My Candidate Roadmap™ will display information customized based on where the candidate is in the registration and testing process to allow easy navigation to relevant materials.  

Updates about SBEC, Rules, and Legislation  

Updates related to actions by the State Board for Educator Certification, the State Board of Education, and the Legislature.   

New: October SBEC Meeting
The next State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) meeting is this Friday, October 1, 2021. You can find information about the SBEC meetings 
here, including how to view the meeting webcast. 

FAQs

Every newsletter we take this space to highlight questions that we have heard from EPPs. 

Q: How does TEA interpret 19 TAC §228.35(e)(2)(iii) when the candidate has multiple cooperating teachers? For example, an initial teacher candidate is in a multiple placement rotation during clinical (student) teaching, with one cooperating teacher during the first 7 weeks and another cooperating during the second 7 weeks.
A: In the scenario provided, the candidate has two cooperating teachers and one field supervisor. Each cooperating teacher must recommend to the EPP that the candidate was successful and should be recommended for standard certification. If either cooperating teacher says no that individual must provide the reasons to the applicable parties per 19 TAC §228.35(e)(2)(iii).

Q: Our EPP has an applicant who has a degree from Canada. Since the university is located in a region where English is the official language, what is the applicant required to submit for the degree requirement? 
A: The applicant is required to have the degree evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation service recognized by TEA. The course-by-course evaluation should include the courses, the GPA, and the degree conferred.   

TEA Updates

Additional updates on initiatives and opportunities from the TEA. 

Star

TEA is Hiring!

New: The Educator Data, Research, and Strategy EPCE team is hiring a senior analyst. This analyst leads the technical and analytical work completed by the EDRS-EPCE team. They are responsible for detailed analysis and extensive research using preparation and certification data. 

Click this link for more details
https://bit.ly/3CISZub

The EPCE Department Manager is a new role that will coordinate activities for the Educator Preparation, Certification and Enforcement Department at TEA including project management, stakeholder engagement, and executive-level administrative support for the EPCE Associate Commissioner. 

Click on this link for more details:
https://bit.ly/3t0zc64.

For More Information...

Information regarding educator certification testing can be accessed at the Texas Educator Certification Exam website.   

Information regarding the Science of Teaching Reading Exam can be accessed at tea.texas.gov/str.   

Information regarding edTPA 2020-2021 information opportunities can be accessed here.   

Information and updates regarding the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) can be accessed at the Important Updates link.   

Updated information related to the COVID-19 response can be accessed here.   

To view previous editions of the weekly newsletter, please see the Texas Educator Preparation Program Weekly Newsletter webpage.  

Lesson Study Gateway Resources

Practice based preparation resources for virtual field-based experience: Provides model lessons and video of instructional delivery.  

Texas Teach Like a Champion (TLAC)   

Practice based preparation resources for virtual field-based experience:  Provides content neutral pedagogical skill building through observing a model of and practicing the same high leverage skill.    

Texas TLAC One Pager for EPPs

Full scope and sequence of upcoming edTPA training opportunities.   

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