Standards are a key component of any teacher development program, but here at DeLeT, where we prepare teachers for Jewish day schools, they are far more than just a set of benchmarks: They provide us with a road map to assess each developing teacher’s progress along a number of continua. Standards are useful at any stage in a teacher’s career development, but here I demonstrate with a real-world example how we use them in practice with teachers at the pre-service level: DeLeT graduate students who are earning the MAT degree to prepare for careers in Jewish day schools. Continue reading
While teaching has long been a private discipline, performed behind the closed door of the classroom, here at DeLeT, as we prepare teachers for Jewish day schools, we make teaching public. We believe that teachers who know how to talk with their colleagues about their practice are positioned for future growth. For that reason, we hold a public event each semester, called “Snapshots of Emerging Practice,” in which DeLeT students reflect on some aspect of their learning, either through their academic work or from their internships in classrooms.
In these two video clips, you will see Joey Regen and Linnea Bredenberg sharing their thoughts about one of our DeLeT teaching standards: Planning for student learning.