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ILA/CAEP Joint Workshops Take on Program Reviews

by Morgan Ratner
 | Apr 17, 2015

On July 17, International Literacy Association and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation are offering two joint workshops focusing on literacy program reviews and reports with up-to-date guidelines, best practices and hands-on practice to get local program recognition and accreditation. The workshops will take place in St. Louis, MO, the day before the official start of ILA 2015 Conference.

The first workshop, Keys to Preparing ILA/CAEP Reports for Program Writers, will be from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. The session will be presented by Beverly DeVries, an elementary education professor at Southern Nazarene University. This round table discussion will allow educators to interact with one another while examining assessments and scoring guides, as well as gain invaluable tips and updated information on current CAEP requirements.

The session will also take a look at how increased technology has transformed education standards and guidelines, and how educators can keep evolving with changing equipment to benefit students. Co-presenters will be Debra Miller of McDaniel College, Michael Shaw of St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Kathleen Sanders of Fort Hays State University.

The second discussion, Reviewing Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach Program Reports for ILA/CAEP will follow from 1:00–3:00 p.m. It will be led by Diane Kern, and professor at the University of Rhode Island. Kern is also ILA Special Professional Association (SPA) coordinator and has authored several articles about program reviews; she knows the value ILA/CAEP program reviewers have in shaping the future success of literacy and literacy coaching.  Kern will be joined by Nancy L. Witherell of Bridgewater State University, Angela Raines Rutherford of the University of Mississippi,  Helen Abadiano of Central Connecticut State University, and  Allison Swan Dage of West Virginia University.

Participants new to reviews or more experienced reviewers will be able to learn about updated ILA and CAEP program information, engage in practice reviews with colleagues, and receive a resources guidebook.

These workshops are free and run simultaneously to the ILA 2015 Preconference Institutes. No preregistration is necessary.

CAEP (a consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation and Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council) offers evidence-based accreditation for quality educator preparation and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P–12 student learning.

The ILA 2015 Conference will be held July 18–20 in St. Louis, MO, with more than 6,000 educators ready to transform their practice. The days will be jam-packed with featured speakers, the revamped Teaching Edge series, and exciting general sessions. Key topics affecting literacy featured at the conference include content literacy, children’s literature, classroom engagement, and professional development. More than 120 exhibitors will be on hand with new tools and technologies for all manners of literacy education.

Learn more about the conference programs at ilaconference.org. Register today for the ILA 2015 Conference to take advantage of special Early Bird pricing.

Morgan Ratner is ILA’s communications assistant.

 

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