edTPA Training, September 24 -26, 2019

Welcome to the Discussion Forum of the edTPA Workshop, September 24-27, 2019 Session.

proudfoot's picture | September 24, 2019 6:42 am MST


September 24, 2019: Day 1 Discussion Thread

Please post your day one discussion messages under this thread by clicking the blue REPLY button on the bottom right side of this message. 

  • Introduce yourself to your team members (the workshop group). Share the courses that you teach including the grade levels and content area. 
  • Share what you know and/or have learned about edTPA. Completed via: The Training Discussion Forum.
Ronda Gregg's picture Ronda Gregg | September 24, 2019 9:01 am MST

Good morning.  My name is Ronda Gregg.  I facilitate EDU 315, Law and Ethics in Education.  I also facilitate, together with the instructor, the doctoral courses in which i have students whom I chair and they are seeking their proposal approval.  I also facilitate the final dissertation course for students whom I chair.  This past week one student successfully completed her dissertation proposal and just last night one of my students successfully defended his dissertation in his oral defense.  Those are such "high" moments for the doctoral students.  

I live in New Hampshire and autumn has just begun with a bang.  The trees are all turning colors.  It is a beautiful state and my adopted state since 1983.

I knew nothing abut edTPA until I looked it up.  Now I know a bit more than nothing.  I do have an assignment in EDU 315 in which the students must look up there state's teacher evaluation system and then include the components of the system.  I am always reminded that those states that are a part of the Value Added Model system place great emphasis on the student acdemic progress on the annual testing.  We have been fortunate in NH, as we had opted not to apply for Race to the Top funds (VAM had to be part of the application).  Consequently, we have been more open to trying many other avenues for assessing our students to assure that they are making progress in their learning.  With the onset of the need for Social and Emotional learning components, sorely needed, I wonder how edTPA is going to tackle it.  Scoring students academically is one thing.  Scoring how teachers handle the social emotional issues in their classroom is another and how to teach children the appropriate SEL skills.

proudfoot's picture | September 24, 2019 6:25 pm MST

Hi Ronda! Welcome to the workshop. Thank you for introducing yourself in our discussion forum. 

gringo2's picture gringo2 | September 25, 2019 9:33 am MST

Hi Ronda- What is the Value Added Model system which you mention? I can always look it up on the internet, but would like to get your feedback on it.

Thanks.  Gary Christiansen  Central California campus

Ronda Gregg's picture Ronda Gregg | September 25, 2019 5:25 pm MST

Great question, Gary.  I did not know until several years ago I was on a Committee for a doctoral student and she was doing a qualitative study regarding the Value Added Model.  I come from a state that does not use it, thankfully.  (That's a biased statement, of course.)  It means that a percentage of a teacher's overall summative evaluation at the end of the year is based on how the students in his/her class scored on the annual assessment.  In some states, this measure is as high as 50% of the teacher's evaluation.  I hope this helps.


gringo2's picture gringo2 | September 26, 2019 8:16 am MST

Thanks, Ronda- In California we have a lot of evaluations for Teacher Candidates, but not this one. Our Teacher Candidates have to pass Stage I and II of the CalTPA assessments, which are very similar to the edTPA evaluations.

Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | September 25, 2019 10:32 pm MST

Hi Ronda,


It has been great talking to you.   Let me know if you have any questions.



gringo2's picture gringo2 | September 27, 2019 8:52 am MST

Hi Donna- I submitted two assignments for Day Two. How can I verify they were  received? 

Also, am still working on the assignments for Day Three due to my work schedule this week. 

Thanks for all your help!  Gary

khuebner's picture khuebner | September 24, 2019 9:16 am MST

Hello! My name is Kim Huebner. I live on the coast of North Carolina, and hurricane season can't end soon enough!

I teach mainly COM/516, Professional Communications (graduate level) and EDU/215, Ethics and Social Responsibility in Education (undergraduate level). I am also a UOPX faculty supervisor for student teachers. I have supervised four student teachers.

At this time, I don't know much about edTPA. I know it is a student teacher evaluation instrument that was developed by Stanford University with some input from NBPTS. (I am a National Board Certified Teacher so I am familiar with their process of special certification) There are several components, including a videotaped lesson. Otherwise, I am interested in learning more about this process.

I look forward to working with you all!


Ronda Gregg's picture Ronda Gregg | September 24, 2019 5:46 pm MST

Hello, Kim.  I would love to know what is in your syllabus.  Why?  I find over the years from the discussions and the writing that students have covered certain topics already.  For instance, do you discuss the use of social media?


khuebner's picture khuebner | September 25, 2019 11:36 am MST

Hi, Ronda! One of the assignments in EDU/215 is a case study about a teacher who posts questionable things on social media that students are able to view. Students are asked to name an ethical theory that supports their response, and they also write about community expectations for teachers. Other than that, we don't really discuss the use of social media.

Ronda Gregg's picture Ronda Gregg | September 25, 2019 5:29 pm MST

That's a relief to know, Kim.  But the percentage of plagiarism comes up high for certain assignments.  And then, on a scenario assignment in which they must find two to three articles regarding unethical practices by teachers nearly every student chooses the same three.  I've finally decided I am going to exclude those three in the instructions.  The students must do something similar in another class, possibly not yours.


proudfoot's picture | September 24, 2019 6:27 pm MST

Hi Kim! Welcolm to the workshop. Please don't feel bad that you are not too familiar with the content. You are in the right place and in good hands with our facilitator, Donna Bullock and many of your colleagues. 

Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | September 25, 2019 10:35 pm MST



The fact that you are National Board Certified, getting to know edTPA should be fairly easy.  edTPA is based off of National Teacher Certification.



kathig50's picture kathig50 | September 26, 2019 9:20 am MST

Hello Kim,

I live in Fayetteville NC.  I know what the hurricanes and tropical storms are like.  Best to you and yours!

You bring a lot to the table if you are NBC.

Kathi Gibson

Deborah Hornsby's picture Deborah Hornsby | September 24, 2019 10:11 am MST

Good morning!

My name is Debbie Hornsby and I have been a faculty with UoPX since 2004. I currently teach SEC532 (Creating an Effective Learning Environment) and SEC538 (Secondary Clinical Practice). I was a longtime staff and faculty member at the Hawaii Campus, but just moved to Northern California, so I am teaching online only. My husband and I traded beaches for wine, so it has been a pretty favorable move!

The 538 course is really new to me; I was trained to work with students who were required to complete the TWS (Teacher Work Sample), so I am learning along with the teacher candidates! I really like the focus of the EdTPA, in that candidates must show their effectiveness in helping students to learn. The TWS was a good tool for evaluating student teachers, but it did not really focus on student achievement as much as the new instrument does. I am happy to see this shift.

I look forward to working with my peers in this training course. There is a lot to digest (in terms of EdTPA), so I am happy to have this training course to provide guidance and insight.

Cheers, Debbie

proudfoot's picture | September 24, 2019 6:33 pm MST

Hi Debbie! It is nice to meet you. Welcome to our workshop. 

Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | September 25, 2019 10:37 pm MST



I am glad to hear you are excited about this move.  I do think it is an improvement for our students.



Terry Silver's picture Terry Silver | September 24, 2019 10:41 am MST

Good afternoon. It is 12:36 in Nashville, Tennessee.  My name is Terry Silver.  I teach primarily at the University of Tennessee at Martin.  I work with pre-service teachers and teach assessment, classroom management, instructional strategies and various other courses for both graduate and undergraduate students.  I work with students in all different content areas so I do not have one handbook to go by.

I have been a National Scorer for edTPA since 2012 but an not currently scoring.  I teach and train students on edTPA and am fairly familiar with the processes, rubrics and commentaries.  The State of Tennessee made edTPA mandatory for licensure beginniing in 2019 and so we are revising curriculum and adding coaching and mentoring sessions for our students to help the prepare for their assessment.  

I am looking forward to learning more in this workshop!  Kind regards, Terry

Ronda Gregg's picture Ronda Gregg | September 24, 2019 5:48 pm MST

Terry, I looked at the edTPA map and saw that my state is not using it.  It will be interesting to see how the program compares with what our districts are doing.


proudfoot's picture | September 24, 2019 6:34 pm MST

Hi Terry! It seems from your introduction that we can benefit a lot from your relevant experiences. Welcome to our workshop!

kathig50's picture kathig50 | September 26, 2019 8:31 am MST


I am a retired school superintendent presently working as an independent educational consultant.  I have 35+ years in education, and I am still very much excited about being in schools on a regular basis.  I look forward to understanding the intricate details of edtpa.

Kathi Gibson

Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | September 25, 2019 10:39 pm MST



If you are a scorer, you will be a great resource for our students and faculty!  Feel free to  jump in at any time and add your thoughts.



ginacof6's picture ginacof6 | September 24, 2019 11:44 am MST

Greetings from NJ.

I am Gina Coffaro and have had the great privilege of working with Student Teachers through the University for over eight years now.  More recently, I have been there to support them as they take on the new task of edTPA.  I also serve as a FAL (Faculty Assessment Liaison) and facilitate MTH/575.  My experiences with edTPA are also growing each day in the work I do as a School Superintendent. 

The Training Discussion Forum provided key insight into content area rubrics as well as the "unwrapped" resources to be very important from what I have seen here to be able to best support the students we guide each day through this process.  Very pleased to be here with all of you. 

Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | September 25, 2019 10:40 pm MST

Hi Gina,


It is great to see you here in this workshop!  Please jump in if you have added knowledge to share with us!!



wgokey's picture wgokey | September 24, 2019 11:55 am MST


   My name is Bill Gokey and live near Albany, NY in the Captial District.  I spent 22 years of my 36 year career in public education as a school district superintendent.  Following a brief retirement, I took over a leadership role in the Educational Leadership program at Utica college.   I have been with the University of Phoenix for about 14 years.   In addition to teaching in the educational leadership program, I also do some work as a Faculty Assessment Liaison (FAL).   While at Utical College the overall education department was beginning the implementation of edTPA, so I did have some knowledge of what that entailed.   As a FAL,  I have gained more knowledge of edTPA.   Even though I don't teach in a program that uses edTPA, I do want to become more knowledge for my work as a FAL.   I like the way the handbook is pretty much of road map of what the sstudent has to do to be successful.   This is a much more structured approach to my student teaching experience in the early 1970's or the experience some of student teachers we had when I was working.  My biggest interest will be see how we at UOP can get this process to mesh with our programs and student assessment work we have to do for our teacher candidates.

ginacof6's picture ginacof6 | September 24, 2019 6:11 pm MST

Hi Bill-

Great to be here with a fellow FAL and all others as well as we navigate edTPA.  

kathig50's picture kathig50 | September 26, 2019 8:21 am MST


I have introduced myself twice. It seems to disappear. I am a retired school superintendent presently working as an independent consultant.  I do have some background knowledge of edtpa, but certainly am interested in deepening my knowlege. 


Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | September 25, 2019 10:42 pm MST

Welcome Bill.  Let me know if you have any questions about the workshop!



Barbara Fedock's picture Barbara Fedock | September 24, 2019 1:04 pm MST


I am Dr. Barbara Fedock, and I am a university student teacher supervisor and a doctoral faculty member. Additionally, I am an instructional designer, supervisor, and instructor in another university's MAT program.  I teach students in all content areas, but my areas of expertise are Secondary English, middle childhood English, middle childhood math, elementary literacy, and elementary math.

edTPA was developed to provide a process for pre-service student teacher candidates to plan and organize skills which will help candidates tap the full learning abilities of all students. edTPA was designed and created by professional educators, and it is similar to licensure exams used in other professions, such as medicine, law, and engineering, for beginning professionals. edTPA is a structured review of teaching candidates’ real teaching materials at the end of a process which includes teaching as well as learning.  edTPA includes documentation which serves as evidence to support the effectiveness of candidates’ subject teaching ability to teach content to all learners.  One edTPA goal is to improve student learning and learning outcomes.  The focus is on student-centered activities, multiply measures for the assessment of teaching, and making a positive influence on student learning outcomes.  

edTPA assessments focus on planning, instruction, assessment, and analysis of teaching areas.  The three tasks in edTPA are the planning task, instruction task, and assessment tasks.  The Planning Task focuses on understanding of content, the support of student learning, understanding of prior knowledge of students, and assessments of ways to support student learning.  In the Instruction Task, the central focus is on learning engagement, the learning environment, subject based content pedagogy, and development of higher- level thinking skills.  The Assessment Task is centered on analysis of student assessments, providing feedback, and student use of feedback to improve learning outcomes.

edTPA assessments are aligned to Interstate Teach Assessment Support Consortium standards, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and Common Core State standards.  edTPA will prepare teachers for National Board certification.

Barbara Fedock

Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | September 25, 2019 10:43 pm MST

Welcome Barbara!  It is great to have you here.  Let me know if you have any questions.



Cheryl Burleigh's picture Cheryl Burleigh | September 24, 2019 4:19 pm MST

Good Afternoon,

The course I primarily teach for the College of Education center around the BSLS program and California specific content in the sciences and mathematics. I am a faculty supervisor, having the privilege to mentor and coach  student teachers and interns grades K-12 in all subject content areas. Having the opportunity to work with a variey of student teachers and interns throughou the San Framcisco Bay Area and the central valley has allowed me to see first hand the differences not only in the student population, but also the resources each of the schools have to support student learning and acheivement.

I have been a certifed assessor for both the edTPA and CalTPA for a number of years. I appreciate the opportunity to review the information provided to stay up to date.

I am looking forward to learning from each of you during our time together.

Take care,


proudfoot's picture | September 24, 2019 6:36 pm MST

Hi Cheryl! Welcome to the workshop. Having established a relationship with you as a scholar in the CEITR, I know that your experiences in education will add a ton of value to our discussions here. Happy to have you on our list of participants. 

Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | September 25, 2019 10:45 pm MST

Hi Cheryl,


Having the experience you have with CalTPA and edTPA will be great for you!  Feel free to share any words of wisdom for us.



Mary Christopher's picture Mary Christopher | September 24, 2019 4:24 pm MST

Aloha Everyone!

I am Mary Christopher and just for openers, I would like to say that working for the University of Phoenix in the COE has been and continues to be an inspiring privilege. I have lived and worked on the Island of Hawaii for the past 16 years. I origniate from Southern California where I grew up and still have many family to visit! I am Mother to two amazing Millennials: my daughter who is 33 and lives in Anaheim, California, works at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach as their Marine Mammal expert and Naturalist focused on educating young minds on how to sustain our Ocean environments.. My son, who is 29, lives here on the Island and has his own Drone Photography business as well as still photography, focused on environmental sustainability and guardianship. I feel very proud to be their Mom, but also grateful that they are both giving back to the Planet that needs them!

I received my BA in English Literature at California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, my Teacher Education Program at the University of Hawaii, and my Masters in Education: Literacy and Curriculum at the University of Texas, Arlington. I have been a full time Literacy Specialist at one of our largest high schools here in Hawaii, for 16 years and am recently retired from that daily position. I also work for the Hawaii Virtual Learning Network teaching AP Literature and Composition and Expository Writing online, for students from grades 9-12. In addition, I work for the University of Hawaii, in their Upward Bound program, one Saturday a month and every Summer for 6 weeks. I teach English, Global Awareness, and College Prep courses for 10-12th grade high school students who are headed to college. 

I have been teaching and facilitatinig MEd courses for the University of Phoenix for the past 8 years and the experience has enhanced my own literacy about teaching, developing curriculum, establishing working relationships with our adult students, expanding my personal toolbox of instructional, organizational, management, and student engagement strategies, to name a few. 

The courses I teach for UOP include mostly Masters level content and expectations, with an occassional undergraduate course. I have also been tasked with supporting our Student Teachers in the field, as they perform their Student Teaching requirements. It is a distinct joy to visit classrooms and see our young, enthusiastic, tech savvy Teacher Candidates launch their careers with the solid and comprehensive background we provide for them in our Teacher Education Program!

I look forward to meeting and working with you all!

Aloha nui!

Mary Christopher

dmillar's picture dmillar | September 24, 2019 4:58 pm MST

Hi Mary,  Interesting environment. What new effective uses of technology  have you seen recently? Over here I observed a change.  A current school I'm observing in got Chroome Books for every student. Finally the students have been exposed to the use of computers so much that it seems like the computers have become "pencilized"- just another tool. It is a good change. The use of online tools like search engines have enriched the classes.  Doug

Ronda Gregg's picture Ronda Gregg | September 24, 2019 5:54 pm MST

Doug, years ago a middle school I was working with gave a Chromebook to every student.  All of the teachers had to give up textbooks and plan their lessons using the Chromebooks.  It was quite the experience, especially for the math teachers.  The whole experience only lasted two years because the students had to take the chromebooks home to do their work, and don't you know, they happily got on all their social media sites.  Chromebooks went on carts in classrooms after that.  However, the teachers had established the use of research and different ways to energize their curriculum, which they continued to do.  Other apps took over for the completion of work.


Leah Hammond's picture Leah Hammond | September 25, 2019 5:58 am MST

Hi Ronda,


We have 1:1 Chrome Books for students and, while they have their use, it is just one more piece of technology to which our students have become addicted. I'm trying to use LESS technology in my classroom--not more. Students need to handwrite in order to commit knowledge to their long-term memory banks I, for one, can type 3 pages of text and not remember a single thing I've typed.

Ronda Gregg's picture Ronda Gregg | September 25, 2019 5:33 pm MST


I have seen some wonderful use of technology embedded into lesson planning.  For years, I also was the Lead Faculty for another college for graduate students in EBD, LD, and IDD.  I gradually, after I wrote all of the ten courses and put them up online, decided to only do EBD.  I got out into the field to do the observations of the graduate students.  That was when I saw some great use of technology for SEL skills development.  But that was about 1/10th of the lesson itself.  The rest was discussion, activity, and writing.


dmillar's picture dmillar | September 26, 2019 12:32 pm MST

Hi Ronda, Yes, I saw that happen in a couple of schools.  Way too much money over the years has been wasted on computers in schools. It didn't need to be as there are ways to make computer usage appropriate. I think in the school I am observing at, the neighborhood is pretty wealthy and the kids are all GATE kids, that they have a better computer at home that they already use. They can email their work during class to their school account and pick it up at home, then resubmit it.  It seems they have thought the process through pretty well. A majority of teachers actually use their computers. Things, I think, have improved in some places. Doug

Mary Christopher's picture Mary Christopher | September 26, 2019 12:13 am MST

Aloha Doug,

Thank you for your reply. I see many new programs being implemented in the classrooms with various forms and functions. Kahoots, which is not new, but not used extensively until the last 3-4 years, is a standard formative assessment tool I see used often now. In addition, I see these used in the both elementary and secondary settings I have observed:

Google Forms – A Google Drive app that allows you to create documents that students can collaborate on in real time using smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

Go Soap Box – Free for less than 30 students, this all-student response system works with the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model, so no charge for a clicker. One of the most intriguing features for me is the Confusion Meter.

Pear Deck – Plan and build interactive presentations that students can participate in via their smart device. Limited free usage, and it offers unique question types.

These are not necessarily new but not all teachers use a wide range of digital tech in their methods. Not surprisingly, I find that as mentioned, the young, Millennial, digital native teachers are far more adept at using any new device and seek out the latest and greates resources for enhancing literacy. 

Deborah Hornsby's picture Deborah Hornsby | September 24, 2019 9:22 pm MST

Aloha to you, Mary!

How is it going in Hawaii? Are there many students for placement? I am sure you are doing a wonderful job! It's nice to see a familiar face.


Debbie Hornsby

Mary Christopher's picture Mary Christopher | September 25, 2019 11:54 pm MST

Aloha Debbie!!

I hope you are 100% enjoying Santa Rosa( I think that's the place you said you were moving to.) I am sure  it is as beautiful as I remember it when I was a student in Central California, at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo! 

The State DOE deemed the placement work a conflict of interest! I still work for the Hawaii DOE, teaching for E-School/Hawaii Virtual Learning Network. I retired from my day job at the high school, in July, 2018, but continued with my teaching job at E-School which I have done for 15 years. (after the 6 month hyatus one must take between state employment)  Jon Lewis was not happy with that assessment of what I was tasked with, but his efforts to convice the state that I was not biased towards any teachers in the placement process, was unsuccessful. It's ok, because now I get to supervise student teachers which I am enjoying very much! I do not know who they have doing placements, but I am still helping out, unofficially, as they need me to. 

How is life in your new nest? I hope all is well and know that you are sorely missed at the Honolulu Campus! 


Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | September 25, 2019 10:46 pm MST

Welcome Mary!


I hope you enjoy this workshop.



Mary Christopher's picture Mary Christopher | September 25, 2019 11:56 pm MST

Thank you, Donna!

Your presentation was so helpful yesterday and I am excited to learn more about EdTPA and how to help our TC's become 100% prepared for the classroom!



Leah Hammond's picture Leah Hammond | September 24, 2019 4:41 pm MST

Hello Everyone,


My name is Leah Hammond and I have been facilitating courses for UOP since 2003. I've seen a lot of changes in my time with the university, and can honestly say that every step we take seems to keep our students at the forefront of their educational experiences. I am currently teaching EDU 527, Teaching Critical Thinking, and am still heavily involved in the doctoral program as a committee member. Not sure how I'll be used in the future, but looking forward to seeing what develops. I have been a teacher or administrator for 25 years in western NC. Currently, I teach 8th grade American History and love it. Nothing I'd rather do. 

The first I heard of edTPA was while reading Dr. Proudfoot's email. I thought I should take this training so that I'd know what to expect if I was asked to fulfill a teacher mentor role in the future (I have only been in this role one time, several years ago). To me, there is nothing more important than preparing our future teachers for a realistic classroom experience. What I've learned thus far (and I still have a long way to go) is that this is a portfolio-type assessment that measures teacher competence in three areas: planning, instruction, and assessment. I like the idea of using videos in this process, as teaching is a dynamic process that needs to be seen. Glad to be here!

Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | September 25, 2019 10:47 pm MST

Welcome Leah!


I think implementing edTPA in our program is going to further strengthen our students!



dmillar's picture dmillar | September 24, 2019 4:43 pm MST

Hi, I my name Doug Millar and live in long Beach, CA. I teach mainly in the ED department and do student teacher supervision. I have taught in the Ed program and Humanities for about 15 years both on ground and on line. 

  I am currently supervising a single teacher who is working in a 4th grade classroom in her first placement of student teaching.

     This is the first time I have encountered edTPA. I have done a bit of reading in the last few days and think that the edTPA is an improvement to what we were doing. I don't think it will be as daunting as before. It also seems more based on the actual activity of the student. I will be interested to see how she evaluates the work and requirements both as a student teacher and later as  a credentialed teacher. However, I am sure and looking forward to learning more about it all in this traing.

drpete's picture drpete | September 25, 2019 5:41 pm MST

Hi, Doug! I am glad that I ran into you here.  How many teachers are you supervising now?  Are they doing the edTPA or TPA 3 & 4?



Dottie Peters

Donna Bullock's picture Donna Bullock | September 25, 2019 10:49 pm MST

Hi Doug!


Welcome to this workshop.  I am glad to hear that you see the good with us using edTPA.  Let me know if you have any questions.






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