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Minnesota State Mankato shares its story at the Wisconsin edTPA Implementation Conference
Wisconsin State edTPA Implementation Conference on October 3
At the Wisconsin State edTPA Implementation Conference on October 3, Dr. Elizabeth Finsness (Office of Field & International Experience), Laura Bemel (Center for School-University Partnerships), and Sue Topp (Waseca Public Schools) shared the evolution and success of University faculty and P-12 partner collaboration during our implementation of edTPA over the last 5 years. The Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) requires teacher candidates to comment and reflect upon their planning, implementation and assessment of student learning during a lesson segment. Our Minnesota State Mankato teacher candidates benefit from placements in school districts that support their work. Our investment in professional learning around mentoring/coaching to help teacher candidates reflect around best practices is one key to our success. The collaboration of those who support teacher candidates during this process is also key. University supervisors, including P-12 Teachers on Special Assignment, along with Minnesota State Mankato faculty prepare our teacher candidates for this rigorous assessment. Dr. Andrea Whittaker, director of Teacher Performance Assessment from Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE), attended the session and commented on the success and innovation of Minnesota State Mankato throughout its implementation of edTPA.