edTPA Training, July 9-11, 2019 Day 1 Discussion

Participate in discussions and ask questions related to edTPA training via this forum. 

djdinowitz's picture djdinowitz | July 9, 2019 7:16 am MST

Hello Everyone, 

My name is Dee Dinowitz. I am a Lead Faculty and work with undergraduate and graduate students in reading courses, and in the BSLS seminar for student teaching . I also served as a content expert in the aligning of the CA Teaching Performance Expectations ( TPEs) to our Version 8 courses . Along with Lisa Brizendine our other Lead Factulty , we have been helping CA faculty to build awareness of edTPA in your courses and your role in guiding students so that when they arrive in their student teaching seminar they are feeling comfortable and prepared.  I have been working with edTPA since the University transitioned CA to it . That certainly does not make me an expert. I continue to grow and learn right along with my students who currently are part of this tranistional time as well and do not arrive at seminar with enought background. I do have a question for the team . We have encouraged faculty to really call student attention to edTPA tasks and questions in your courses. I know that you are doing that. Do you find that students are interacting with the edTPA content? I wonder now expecially with just the one "deep dive' prompt weekly. How can we make sure that they engage more with this meaningful content ? 



sawortman's picture sawortman | July 9, 2019 8:17 am MST

Good morning Dee,

My name is Sandra Wortman and I have been with the University of Phoenix for a decade! I am an middle school teacher in Southern California and hold my multiple subject teching credential as well as my single subject teaching credential (in mathematics).

I have the unique opportunity to teach 8th grade students online and I love the opportunities it affords me. I really get to know my students, without the social awkwardness that comes with traditonal middle schools.

I do agree that it is critical to get students to really engage in the edTPA tasks and I have found that using the announcements has helped. This is the first thing they see when they log in so they see it before they start digging into the rest of the course.

I have a question myself. I have always felt a little disconnected with the students' entire process, and where I fall in the course of their progress through the program (especially in regard to what they have and have not already dug into for their edTPA). Is there a document (I am sure there is and I just have not found it yet) that shows what they work on in which courses as they move through?


smohazab's picture smohazab | July 9, 2019 11:46 am MST

Yes I would love that too. Sometimes students ask questions and it's a little confusing because I had assumed they already knew certain things.

dproudfoot's picture | July 9, 2019 12:21 pm MST

Hi Sandra,


I am sure that there are resources available that members of the COE can discuss over our 3 days together. In reading your post, I found that teaching 8th graders online to be very interesting. Do these students take only reading courses online or are they full time virtual? How are students eligible for your class?


Thank you!



sawortman's picture sawortman | July 9, 2019 6:17 pm MST

David - it is a public charter school, but it is very similar to homeschooling. Students do all classes online. I work with two other teachers so I only teach the math (to all three classes) then they go to another teacher's virtual classroom to attend the live language arts, and then the live science or history. It is open to all students in California and it is full time virtual. Thanks for asking.

djdinowitz's picture djdinowitz | July 9, 2019 2:19 pm MST

Yes to everyone! We can certainly send out the preferred course sequence to you . Of course, sometimes students do not attend the courses for a variety of reasons in exactly the order that they are designed, but it should be close! I will send it out by the weekend. 



heikosweeney's picture heikosweeney | July 9, 2019 9:42 pm MST

Sandra, I also feel that disconnect in not knowing exactly where I fit in the process. In my current class I am reviewing students clinical experience and giving feedback while in the past students emailed their time log to another faculty member. Such a document would be off great benefit for me also. As with you, it could be there and perhaps I just need to be pointed in the right direction.

dproudfoot's picture | July 9, 2019 12:16 pm MST

Hi Dee,


Thank you for posting your introduction and sharing a bit about your background. I am very excited to be a part of this workshop because my career prior to the University of Phoenix has been in that of K-12 education, specifically at the elementary level. I taught for 5 years and was promoted to assistant principal and served as an AP and principal for over 11 years before transitioning to UoP. During my experience, I learned that teaching reading was very complex and took a tremendous amount of focus and experience. The 5 years that I spent in the classroom was not enough for me to fully understand how to teach reading. I taught in the classroom from 1999 to 2004 and admit that I simply followed the reading series teacher guide at first as a means for survival. It took several years to understand that the guide was not the curriculum and that planning and assessment of reading took time, practice, and an understanding of the subject matter/content standards. I continued to learn as an administrator about how to teach reading from our teacher leaders and specialists. I learned how to plan a lesson and assessment based on standards rather than just going through the guide. I view the edTPA as a critical component for novice teachers  to develop knowledge of subject matter, content standards, and subject-specific pedagogy. Looking back on my experiences, I wish that I had an opportunity to learn how to develop and apply knowledge of varied students’ needs and analyze evidence of the effects of instruction on student learning.


I look forward to working with you along with the rest of our team in this workshop session. 



djdinowitz's picture djdinowitz | July 9, 2019 2:23 pm MST

Great to meet you too David. Currently I am an Assistant Superintendent of Instruction so my work here at the University and my 'day job' complement each other quite well. I would agree with you that teachers are often confused with their resources being their mandate rather than their guide, but to be fair depending upon the district that they are working within, some may be receiving this message. Understanding subject matter deeply and the standards (deconstucted) is a perfect recipe for success. Thanks for sharing your background! 



Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | July 9, 2019 1:19 pm MST



You bring up a good question about how to engage our students with edTPA throughout their program.  I know it is imbedded throughout the courses, but I also believe as facilitators, we need to keep bringing it up as much as we can when having discussions with students.  We also will need to use edTPA vocabulary when giving our students feedback on their assignments.  I do believe it will take some time for all of us to be using all edTPA has to offer, but over time we will discover the importance that edTPA brings to our programs and the high stakes it bringing to our students.


I hope you learn a lot over the next 3 days, but the learning will continue as you dive into edTPA as well.



susanmartinez2's picture susanmartinez2 | July 9, 2019 4:56 pm MST

Hi Everyone, 

My name is Susan Martinez and I have been facilitating classes for almost ten years. Over the years I have taught many different classes but Assessment and Evaluation along with Child and Adolescent Development have been the core classes. Many years ago I attended an edTPA training at one of the satellite campuses.

I have been an elementary principal for 9 years and taught general education and special education at the elementary level.

As I have worked to weave in the edTPA conversations the new format does seem to make it more challenging. While I am only on my second class in BlackBoard, it seems as if students are just posting without much interaction. I am hoping to be able to strengthen my knowledge on the required skills our students need and how to incorporate it into all my classes.


Cheryl Burleigh's picture Cheryl Burleigh | July 9, 2019 12:48 pm MST

Hi Everyone from the Windy City,

I am currently in Chi Town/Evanston settling my daughter for the next chapter of her university career at Northwestern. I have been with UoPX for 10 years serving in various capabilities including the College of Education for the last four years. The courses that I have facilitated in the BSLS were all of the science-based classes specific to California, inclusive of directed study and at the local campus. For online classes, I have conducted synchronous sessions which my students truly appreciate. The students note that they feel they have a connection to others within the field and to their faculty. Thus, providing an opportunity to ask questions and share common experiences as educators who are new to the profession. I also have the honor of working with student teachers and interns across the K-12 spectrum. To gain a deeper understanding of the edTPA, I am a certified Pearson edTPA assessor in the sciences.

I am looking forward to learning from others during our time together in this workshop.

Take care,



Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | July 9, 2019 1:29 pm MST

Hi Cheryl,


Welcome!  I agree with you that the synchronous sessions are well appreciated.  I do conduct them weekly when I am facilitating edTPA seminar courses.  I have found that the students that can attend seem to attend and are appreciated.  I know that not all students are able to attend.  Over time, I have updated my presentations based on common questions and needed clarifications.


I have found one of the things our students need to improve upon is the ability to reflect on their work AND support that reflection with data and evidence.  I think we can support that skill in our discussion question each week.


What are some of the other things you find our students need further support?



Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | July 9, 2019 1:14 pm MST

Hello Everyone.


I am happy to be here with each of you learning about edTPA.  I have been working with edTPA for over 4 years now.  It is a rigorous and in depth standardarized performance assessment.  As we implement this throughout our programs, I do believe this will help guide and shape our students to become stronger and more effective teachers.  Please reach to me over the next 3 days.  I will be here to answer any and all questions.  If I don't have the answer, I will find it and get back to you.


Welcome and I look forward to learning together.



cindybauman's picture cindybauman | July 9, 2019 1:47 pm MST

From Cindy Perez

Hi everyone,

I have a California credential in Biology as well as in Health Science.  I have been a teacher for 21 years so far at various middle and high school grades and subjects, including American Sign Language.

I have been with University of Phoenix for a little over 12 years now in several roles such as these -

Certified Advanced Faculty member

Faculty Supervisor

Subject Matter Expert in Education courses, specifically CTEL

Instructor:  Teach courses in the Undergraduate and Graduate Education Program such as “Structured English Immersion” and “Methods for Bilingual Education”

TPA Assessor: as of July 2019 I have assessed over 220 TPA 4 essays with 100% accuracy

I also am an assessor for Pearson for the science subjects for both Cycle 1 and Cycle 2.  

Most of my courses here are for teachers working to earn a certificate showing they have the ability to teach English Learners.  However, this edTPA training is relevant for me since I am also a Faculty Supervisor and work face to face with those teachers who are writing and submitting their TPAs.


Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | July 10, 2019 10:05 pm MST



Welcome to the workshop.  Thanks for attending.  Let me know if you have any questions or I can help you in any way.



cfranklin's picture cfranklin | July 9, 2019 8:55 pm MST

My name is Cheryl Franklin,  I have been teaching at University of Phoenix for 12 years.  I train teachers in my district to integrate technology in their classrooms.  I teach Classroom Management and Technology courses.  I teach the California versions and the online version of these classes.  It has been very informative understand the use of the rubric and the student side of the process. This is new to me.  I have not  used the rubrics. This course will strengthen my knowledge and allow me to answer student questions.  

Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | July 10, 2019 10:07 pm MST

Hi Cheryl,,


Welcome to the workshop.  If there is anything I can do to help you or support you with edTPA.



smohazab's picture smohazab | July 9, 2019 12:02 pm MST

Hi, My name is Sherry Mohazab and I have been facilitating COE courses for 10 years now. I am currently teaching ELM533 and I believe this has replaced MTE518 or MTE 508. Most of my students are graduate level elementary teacher candidates but some are also secondary. 

I am teaching an EdTPA course right now on Blackboard Ultra and I too would like to make sure that all areas are covered and am a little unsure how that will happen now that the discussions are watered down.

I am here to help me understand the TPA better. I have also graded the varying TPEs for candidates before. 

dproudfoot's picture | July 9, 2019 12:25 pm MST


Hi Sherry,


It’s nice to meet you! It seems that you are bringing a lot of wonderful experiences to our group which can add value to our discussions. Based on your experiences grading varying TPEs for candidates, what do you find as a relative challenge for candidates? 


I look forward to learning alongside of you. 




Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | July 9, 2019 1:34 pm MST

Hi Sherry,


I have not taught an edTPA course in BB yet.  I am teaching other courses and do think about how to incorporate all of the details of edTPA in discussions.  Although I do focus on the discussion question throughout the week, I also add other elements that align with the discussion.  I bring in as much as I can, but do not know how much of that is being read.  I do believe the "Live Chats" will be the main way to make certain all elements are being discussed.  However, I know not all can do that so we are not able to connect with all students.


I look forward to learning with everyone in this workshop.



jjanuse's picture jjanuse | July 11, 2019 9:46 pm MST

Hello everyone!

My name is Jaime Januse, and I am excited to be in this class.  I have supported our teacher-candidates in student teaching for over 10 years, and I have taught teacher-credential courses for UOP for 14 years.  The edTPA is very new to our students, and I’m excited to learn new ways to help our candidates be successful.

I work closely with my secondary teacher-candidates in their student teaching, and I’ve used Live Chats during these courses to help meet students’ needs.  I’m very excited about trying out Collaborate in the fall with my next group of student teachers.

As for courses and grade-levels I've taught, besides the COE courses I teach at UOP, I also teach English language arts to middle school and high school students.

Regarding what I know about the edTPA, it's basically just a 3-task assessment (for secondary students) with 15 corresponding rubrics.  The purpose of the edTPA is to ensure candidates are prepared to be effective educators.

I do have a few questions:

1) In the Day 1 Recording, we are advised to post to our “group,” and in the edTPA Training Assignment Overview, the directions state we need to do a “team assignment.”  I do not see any links for this though.  Please advise.

2) I have watched the Day 1 video.  Is this the same as the Meet and Greet this evening?  If so, do I need to attend since I have already seen the video?

3) In the syllabus, I don’t see a Day 1 assignment, but I do see one in the Assignment Overview.  Should we be following the Assignment Overview document for tasks associated with this training?

4) In the assignment link located in the Assignment Overview document, the link for the required team assignment might be dated.  Do we need to post in that team assignment?

5) Just to confirm, we “submit” our Day 1 assignment using the Google Survey link in the Assignment Overview for Day 1, is that correct?


Thank you for your help with this!


dproudfoot's picture | July 9, 2019 12:41 pm MST

Hi Jaime,


It is nice to meet you and welcome to the workshop! Thank you for your questions. Hopefully I can clarify a bit here for you and for the rest of our group. 

1) In the Day 1 Recording, we are advised to post to our “group,” and in the edTPA Training Assignment Overview, the directions state we need to do a “team assignment.”  I do not see any links for this though. Please advise.

RESPONSE: In the first workshop session in June, we explored conducting the Day 1 discussion in teams. For this session in July, we are trying to have 1 group discussion rather than forming teams to help create rich dialogue and discussion with more members in the group. 

2) I have watched the Day 1 video.  Is this the same as the Meet and Greet this evening?  If so, do I need to attend since I have already seen the video?

RESPONSE: The Day 1 video was from the June session. Attending the synchronous session tonight is strongly recommended but not required. If you cannot make it due to schedule conflict, you may view the recording that will be posted to the site.

3) In the syllabus, I don’t see a Day 1 assignment, but I do see one in the Assignment Overview.  Should we be following the Assignment Overview document for tasks associated with this training?

RESPONSE: The Day 1 Assignments are as follows:

  1. Individual Assignment: Write a summary about what you have learned about edTPA and the questions you still have. Complete this assignment at: https://forms.gle/oRUdWT2ZrMVF

  2.  Introduce yourself to your team members.  Share the courses that you teach including the grade levels and content area. Share what you know and/or have learned about edTPA. This assignment is completed in this Discussion Forum and/or by 

Overall, the website for this workshop where content and assignments are located is: https://research.phoenix.edu/content/edtpa-training  Details on each day and assignment instructions/links are linked to the title of the day (such as: Day 1, Tuesday: Introduction [2-3 hours])


As we continue to refine the workshop based on feedback and user experiences, we may need to update or revise some language on the website. Thank you for your questions and helping us to clarify directions. I look forward to working with you in our workshop!




jjanuse's picture jjanuse | July 9, 2019 9:36 pm MST

Thank you so much David for your clarification.  I didn't realize the syllabus had links in it, so I was able to find the assignments there.  

Thank you again for the help.  I really appreciate it :)


Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | July 9, 2019 1:40 pm MST

Hi Jaime,


It is nice to see you once again.  I am looking forward to seeing how things are going for you and your students.  I see that David has responded to your questions so I won't respond to those.  However, the meet and greet tonight will not be the same as the day 1 video you watched.  It will be more about this workshop so if you can attend that would be great.  If you can't, as David mentioned, you can watch the recording.


It's great to be working with you again.



jjanuse's picture jjanuse | July 9, 2019 9:37 pm MST

Hi Donna!!  It's great to "see" you again too :) :) :)



JuliaTaylor's picture JuliaTaylor | July 9, 2019 5:09 pm MST

Hello Everyone,

My name is Julie Taylor. I am the Program Chair for UOPX California Educator Preparation Programs. I am excited to learn beside you as we take a deep dive into edTPA resources and requirements and share ideas about how to best support our teacher candidates.

Because California faculty have years of experience with CalTPA, the transition to edTPA should be smooth. While edTPA has its own unique vocabulary/terminology, the purpose of this capstone assessment is the same as CalTPA: to assess our teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills regarding the 2016 California Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs). Perhaps this diagram helps create a “big picture” view the connection between the TPEs and edTPA’s assessment of the Cycle of Effective Teaching.

(Ok...so one cannot add an image here. So, imagine a Venn Diagram with the 6 TPE domains listed on the left and the edTPA Cycle of Effective Teaching diagram on the right. At the intersection of the Venn diagram circles it says, "Effective Teacher.")

With a solid foundation about the structure and scoring of edTPA tasks, the evidence based work edTPA requires our candidates to do, and the resources to support them, I’m excited to work beside faculty as we “get the hang of edTPA” and then develop our own toolbox of resources/supports to set our students up for success on this capstone assessment.




Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | July 10, 2019 10:13 pm MST

Hi Julie,


It's great to see you here in the workshop.  Let me know if there is anything I can do to help or support you.



Lisa Brizendine's picture Lisa Brizendine | July 9, 2019 6:16 pm MST

Hi Everyone, 

My name is Lisa Brizendine and I am a Lead Faculty Area Chair for the Online College of Education. I have been with the University for 9 years (almost 10) and enjoy interacting with students and my peers through my work as faculty.  I teach MTE 510- New Teacher Dispositions, as well as CUR courses (Coaching).. I also have taught TPA 100 and TPA 200 for students in V7 who are transitioning to  edTPA but with V7 course sequence.  

The other LFAC- Dee Dinowitz, along with Julia Taylor (the CCC)  and I have worked to ensure that faculty understand the requirements for students in V8 taking the edTPA , as  well as tips for faculty understanding of how to guide students in this important requirements.  

Even though I have been working with students and faculty in this subject, I still feel there is much to learn about guiding students and faculty through this journey.  

I do worry about students level of engagment with the TPE content as well as understanding the connection to edTPA and their program.  I find that most students are trying hard to gain the knowledge necessary to be succesful, but there is an overwhelming amount of information that they are required to do and to remember throughout their program.  As a faculty member, I am always looking for ways to make the journey less intimidating for students, while at the same time giving them the knowledge they need to be successful.  

Also.. a question for the group.  If you are teaching in BBU you know that there is only one required discussion.  How do you ensure that students are reading the rest of the material provided and/or getting the information they need to be successful in the program? 




Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | July 10, 2019 10:17 pm MST



I am glad to see you in the workshop. 

I do understand your concerns about how to discuss all of the elements we will need to in BBU.  I haven't figured out how that will happen, but my first thought is to add a discussion section for edTPA only.  I am not certain?


Do you have any ideas?



Erin Dudley-Krizek's picture Erin Dudley-Krizek | July 9, 2019 9:52 pm MST

Hi All!

I am a faculty member for the College of Education and facilitate MTE 516: Foundations of the Professional Educator and ELM 533: Instruction and Assessment for Diverse Learners. I've been facilitating at University of Phoenix for 9 years. Both of these courses come at the beginning of the program and I am looking forward to supporting students in coursework and helping them towards passing their edTPA's. In MTE516 we discuss the history of education, philosophies, and ethics. In ELM 533 we explore strategies, critical thinking, and students create an in-depth lesson plan. Both of these courses lay foundation to creating connections to edTPA content.

I have worked in education for 16 years and have worked both in public brick and mortar school and public charter schools, currently supporting TK-12th grade public home school students and families.

My goal for this training is to see how content and assignments line up with edTPA's and how to show students what information to hold on to for future use. I'd like to learn the proper language to guide students in properly being able to complete edTPA's.


My main focus is how to take my course content and specifically show them how an assignment, discussion, and weekly objectives etc. can be used for a future edTPA tasks. I have seen the document which shows a dot for the edTPA's that are covered in each course, but I'd like to see how they are covered specifically within my courses to then highlight key concepts during weekly discussions.


Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | July 10, 2019 10:19 pm MST



Welcome to the workshop.  Let me know if you have any questions or need any support.



benjaminadam's picture benjaminadam | July 9, 2019 8:21 pm MST

Hello everyone. 


I have been teaching the now named SEC532 class for nearly a decade here at UoPX.  My son is teaching full time now, but many tears wet my shoulder as he (and maybe a wee bit too much of we) worked through the CalTPA process.  Sadly, his institution did not prepare him well for the TPA process. A big part of my motivation for edTPA training was to make the process for my students be much less painful.  With V7 the alignment we moved to support students and now that we have V8 out, I think there should be much less angst.  The alignment is clear in my class, but I wanted a much better understanding so that as I evaluate student work, I can support skills and content that will be helpful for them to endure the edTPA process. 
Also, in the new BbU discussions I want to interject more edTPA nomenclature and make better connections from course content to their edTPA experience.  As a teacher in a Title I school, with a diverse population and holding MA in Special Education, I often focus on the special needs of varios student populations  to help them address those segments of accommodation for the various parts of the edTPA process. I am still translating CalTPA to EdTPA so I am hoping my 3 days of emersion will bring some significant edTPA fluency.  
Looking forward to pedologically nerding out with y’all on edTPA.  
Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | July 10, 2019 10:24 pm MST

Hi Ben,


Welcome to the workshop.  I am so sorry to hear about the experiences your Son had.  I always hate it when one of my students do not pass.  I spend a lot of time trying to figure out ways to better support our students so they can pass the first time around.  I know as we work together as a group, we can come up with some great ideas for support of our students.


Thanks for sharing.



heikosweeney's picture heikosweeney | July 9, 2019 10:01 pm MST

My name is Heiko Sweeney. I have taught several of the education courses and have been an online faculty member going on 15 years. I have been at the same K-8 school for the past 25 years and have taught middle school, been an assistant principal and am the current principal going on 12 years. I pride myself in always trying to better myself through professional development and am actually at a conference in Las Vegas this week, which is why I am late posting. 

I am becoming more familiar with the edTPA's and am looking forward to learning more and exploring the many resources that are available. There are times where I need to research to find answers to students questions and hope by becoming more familiar with the edTPA process, I will be able to better serve our students as well as do a better job of integrating the material. I am excited to learn from all of you.

Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | July 10, 2019 10:28 pm MST

Welcome Heiko!


I am glad you are able to join us.  I hope your conference goes well and bring back a lot to your school.  


edTPA has so many pieces, however having experience with CalTPA will probably help everyone from CA.  Let me know if there is anything I can do to help or support you in this learning.



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