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University of Rochester Warner School of Education
Portfolio Elementary/Childhood (2007 standards)
 
Candidate: Evaluator:
Semester and Year (required): Course #:
Date:
Description:
 
 
1. Content Principle
Based on the narrative and artifacts provided by the candidate for this principle, please first evaluate the extent to which the candidate has demonstrated the desired level of proficiency with respect to each of the following ACEI standards (http://www.acei.org/ncateindex.htm). For your evaluation, please use the following rubrics and report your scores in the table below:
1. Insufficient – i.e., you did not find evidence that the candidate has the necessary content knowledge to meet this standard.
3. Basic proficiency – i.e., you found evidence that the candidate has at least the minimum content knowledge needed to meet this standard.
4. Outstanding performance – i.e., you found evidence that the candidate has a solid background in this area and consistently demonstrates the behaviors and practices identified in this standard. 

ACEI 2 Curriculum 
ACEI2.1 2007 Reading, Writing, and Oral Language Candidates demonstrate a high level of competence in use of English language arts and they know, understand, and use concepts from reading, language and child development, to teach reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, and thinking skills and to help students successfully apply their developing skills to many different situations, materials, and ideas;
ACEI2.2 2007 Science Candidates know, understand, and use fundamental concepts of physical, life, and earth/space sciences. Candidates can design and implement age-appropriate inquiry lessons to teach science, to build student understanding for personal and social applications, and to convey the nature of science;
ACEI2.3 2007 Mathematics Candidates know, understand, and use the major concepts and procedures that define number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability. In doing so they consistently engage problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representation;
ACEI2.4 2007 Social studies Candidates know, understand, and use the major concepts and modes of inquiry from the social studies—the integrated study of history, geography, the social sciences, and other related areas—to promote elementary students’ abilities to make informed decisions as citizens of a culturally diverse democratic society and interdependent world;
ACEI2.5 2007 The arts Candidates know, understand, and use—as appropriate to their own understanding and skills—the content, functions, and achievements of the performing arts (dance, music, theater) and the visual arts as primary media for communication, inquiry, and engagement among elementary students;
ACEI2.6 2007 Health education Candidates know, understand, and use the major concepts in the subject matter of health education to create opportunities for student development and practice of skills that contribute to good health;
ACEI2.7 2007 Physical education Candidates know, understand, and use—as appropriate to their own understanding and skills—human movement and physical activity as central elements to foster active, healthy life styles and enhanced quality of life for elementary students.

Warner School 1 CONTENT PRINCIPLE The teacher candidate understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches, as identified by relevant professional organizations, and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for all students.
WS 1.1 Candidate background in subject matter Candidates have a broad preparation in the subject area(s) taught, consistent with professional and New York State standards.
WS 1.2 Subject matter understanding Candidates have a good understanding of some of the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the subject matter(s) taught, and have developed strategies and skills to continue their learning in this area.
WS 1.3 Curriculum standards Candidates are familiar with the principles and concepts delineated in professional, New York State, and Warner School Teaching and Curriculum standards, and their implications for curricular and instructional decisions.
WS 1.4 Meaningful learning experiences Candidates are able to create learning experiences that make the subject matter meaningful and relevant for all students.
 
2. Learning Principle

ACEI 1 Development, Learning and Motivation 
ACEI1.0 2007 Development, Learning, and Motivation Candidates know, understand, and use the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to development of children and young adolescents to construct learning opportunities that support individual students’ development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation.

Warner School 2 LEARNING PRINCIPLE The teacher candidate understands how all children learn and develop, and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development. The teacher candidate understands that learning involves active engagement in culturally valued activities with knowledgeable others and the construction of new knowledge.
WS 2.1 Understand human development Candidates understand human development and how it is affected by context.
WS 2.2 Knowledge construction & culture Candidates understand that all students construct knowledge through active engagement in culturally valued activities, and know what is appropriate for their students to learn, based on their age/grade level and the strengths, experiences and resources of their family/community background
WS 2.3 Building on students' experiences Candidates are able to provide learning experiences that take into consideration the students' developmental level and draw on the strengths and resources available in students' prior experiences, as well as the school, family, and community contexts in which they live.
 
3. Equity Principle

Warner School 3 EQUITY PRINCIPLE The teacher candidate understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners. The teacher understands the role each of us plays in the maintenance and transformation of social and educational practices that engender inequity and is committed to promote equity and social justice.
WS 3.1 Equity principles Candidates understand equity and social justice principles, including everyone's right to have an opportunity to learn and what constitutes equitable and socially just behavior and treatment for themselves and others.
WS 3.2 Respect of diversity Candidates are committed to high moral and ethical standards and respect and value their students' differences in contexts and approaches to learning.
WS 3.3 Understanding differences & disabilities Candidates are familiar with some of the cultural, linguistic and learning differences and/or disabilities their students may present and their implications for the classroom.
WS 3.4 Culturally relevant learning experiences Candidates are able to provide learning experiences that are culturally relevant and address the strengths and needs of all students.
 
4. Pedagogy Principle

ACEI 3 Instruction 
ACEI3.2 2007 Adaptation to diverse students Candidates understand how elementary students differ in their development and approaches to learning, and create instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse students;
ACEI3.3 2007 Development of critical thinking and problem solving Candidates understand and use a variety of teaching strategies that encourage elementary students’ development of critical thinking and problem solving;
ACEI3.4 2007 Active engagement in learning Candidates use their knowledge and understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior among students at the K-6 level to foster active engagement in learning, self motivation, and positive social interaction and to create supportive learning environments;

Warner School 4 PEDAGOGY PRINCIPLE The teacher candidate understands the link between content and pedagogy. As such, the teacher candidate understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage all students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills that are appropriate for specific topics and subject areas, as identified by the relevant professional organization(s). The teacher candidate is able to use and problematize the various technologies available to facilitate learning.
WS 4.1 Knowing a variety of instructional strategies Candidates are familiar with a wide array of instructional strategies consistent with professional, New York State and Warner School program standards, and understand their potential uses, values and limitations for achieving specific learning goals.
WS 4.2 Using innovative strategies Candidates are able to use a variety of teaching and learning strategies and classroom structures to achieve the learning goals articulated in relevant professional, New York State and Warner School program standards.
WS 4.3 Understand value and limitations of technology Candidates understand the potential values as well as problems and limitations of using technology in instruction.
WS 4.4 Use Technology Candidates are able to use technology in a variety of ways to support student learning within specific content areas.
 
5. Learning Community Principle

Warner School 5 LEARNING COMMUNITY PRINCIPLE The teacher candidate uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation for all students.
WS 5.1 Understand student motivation Candidates understand what may encourage or hinder student motivation and engagement in learning, based on an analysis of research and practice.
WS 5.2 Create safe classroom environment Candidates are able to construct comfortable and safe classroom environments for all students.
WS 5.3 Foster community of learners Candidates are able to construct a classroom environment that supports student motivation and learning and the creation of a "community of learners."
 
6. Communication Principle

ACEI 3 Instruction 
ACEI3.5 2007 Communication to foster collaboration Candidates use their knowledge and understanding of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the elementary classroom.

Warner School 6 COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLE The teacher candidate understands the key role played by language in teaching and learning. The teacher candidate uses knowledge of effective verbal, non-verbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
WS 6.1 Understand role of language Candidates understand the role of language in teaching and learning.
WS 6.2 Proficient in various modes of communication Candidates are familiar with and proficient in a wide variety of modes and vehicles for communication that can support learning and inquiry for all students.
WS 6.3 Uses communication to support learning Candidates are able to use effectively a variety of modes of communication to make ideas accessible to all students and foster inquiry.
WS 6.4 Use of varied media Candidates are able to construct curriculum activities that incorporate oral, written, visual, and electronic texts as tools for interaction and communication across multiple contexts, and that facilitate all students' critical analysis of such texts.
 
7. Planning Principle

ACEI 3 Instruction 
ACEI3.1 2007 Integrating and applying knowledge for instruction Candidates plan and implement instruction based on knowledge of students, learning theory, connections across the curriculum, curricular goals, and community;

Warner School 7 PLANNING PRINCIPLE The teacher candidate plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.
WS 7.1 Standards-based planning Candidates are able to align instruction with learning goals consistent with professional and New York State standards.
WS 7.2 Unit planning and implementation Candidates are able to implement lessons according to a well- defined and high quality plan.
 
8. Assessment Principle

ACEI 4 Assessment 
ACEI4.0 2007 Assessment for instruction Candidates know, understand, and use formal and informal assessment strategies to plan, evaluate and strengthen instruction that will promote continuous intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of each elementary student.

Warner School 8 ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLE The teacher candidate understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continual intellectual, social and physical development of all learners and to inform instruction. Assessment is embedded in authentic learning activities that are for real audiences and real purposes.
WS 8.1 Knows multiple assessments Candidates understand the multiple purposes of assessment and are familiar with a variety of assessment and evaluation strategies, their purposes and potential uses.
WS 8.2 Use appropriate assessments Candidates are able to use a variety of assessment and evaluation strategies, including some that are embedded in authentic learning activities and have real audiences and purposes, to monitor, assess and provide guidance to student learning.
WS 8.3 Using assessment inform instruction Candidates are able to use assessment to inform instruction by making links between their teaching and student performance and by adjusting their practice as a result of analysis of and reflection on student assessment data.
WS 8.4 Positive effect on students' learning Candidates are able to have a positive effect on their students' learning.
 
9. Professional Practice Principle

ACEI 5 Professionalism 
ACEI5.1 2007 Professional growth, reflection, and evaluation Candidates are aware of and reflect on their practice in light of research on teaching, professional ethics, and resources available for professional learning; they continually evaluate the effects of their professional decisions and actions on students, families and other professionals in the learning community and actively seek out opportunities to grow professionally.
ACEI5.2 2007 Collaboration with families, colleagues, and community agencies Candidates know the importance of establishing and maintaining a positive collaborative relationship with families, school colleagues, and agencies in the larger community to promote the intellectual, social, emotional, physical growth and well-being of children.

Warner School 9 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE PRINCIPLE The teacher candidate is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally, including staying up to date with research, theories and best practices in his/her field.
WS 9.1 Committed to improvement Candidates are committed to continue to learn and improve their practice throughout their teaching career.
WS 9.2 Reflection on practice Candidates are able to reflect on their practices, constructively use critiques of their practice, and draw from theories and research results, in order to make necessary adjustments to enhance student learning.
WS 9.3 Professional organizations Candidates recognize the key role played by professional organizations and the importance of participating in these learning communities; this includes knowing and using relevant standards generated by these organizations (including professional ethics standards).
 
10. Community Principle

Warner School 10 COMMUNITY PRINCIPLE The teacher candidate fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents/ caregivers, and agencies in the larger community to support students' learning and well-being.
WS10.1 Valuing community involvement Candidates value and seek out parental and community involvement.
WS10.2 Communicate effectively Candidates are able to communicate effectively with parents/caregivers and colleagues.
 
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