Nov. 16, 2006
Photo (from left): Rebecca Anthony, educational placement director for the University of Iowa College of Education, and Ann Feldman, human resources director for the Cedar Rapids Community School District, accept the C.S. Robinson Award for Best Practices/Current Research of Professional Development Models from Jodi Shelton, executive director of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators. Click here for a higher-resolution image.
College Of Education, School District Recognized For ePortfolio Collaboration
A collaboration between the University of Iowa College of Education and the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) that enables teachers to demonstrate and track via the Web site their progress toward meeting state licensure requirements has received national recognition.
The American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) gave the two organizations the C.S. Robinson Award for Best Practices/Current Research of Professional Development Models at its annual meeting last month.
Jodi Sheldon, AASPA's executive director, presented a recognition plaque to Rebecca Anthony, educational placement director for the UI College of Education, and Ann Feldman, human resources director of the CRCSD. In 2003, the CRCSD adapted the "ePortfolio" model created initially by Anthony and John Achrazoglou, director of the college's Technology Center, for use by education majors to track their academic progress.
First envisioned in 1995, ePortfolio consists of free Web space where students or teachers can upload samples of their academic or classroom work -- called "artifacts" -- from lesson plans and research to digitized photographs and audio and video files showing them in the classroom. Templates help users organize the materials so they can chart their progress toward meeting their academic requirements (in the case of students) as well state and federal standards for teacher certification (in the case of students and educators already in the field).
"The collaboration created a solution to a specific personnel challenge: state-mandated performance-based teacher evaluations to meet state-mandated legislation," the AASPA said in presenting its award. "The team created an 'ePortfolio' to connect teaching practices and performances to state standards, solving a logistics mess of managing large volumes of teacher's work, and created an effective production, presentation and communication tool for the early career evaluation process."
The College of Education has provided ePortfolio support to the CRCSD at no charge.
"The project resulted in a model of cooperation between the teacher association, the district and the university," Anthony said. "It has helped to promote and pave the way for success of the state initiative for teacher accountability."
For more information on ePortfolio, visit http://www.education.uiowa.edu/edplace/eportfolio/.
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