d. candidate proficiencies related to expected
knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions, including proficiencies
associated with diversity and technology, that are aligned with the
expectations in professional, state, and institutional standards
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has outlined specific knowledge, skills and dispositions for each of the ten standards. In addition, DPI has highlighted five assessment concepts, emerging from the WTS that must be reflected in all licensure programs. The College of Education incorporates these five concepts in its mission statement and also in its unit assessment plan. These concepts include communicative skills, human relations, professional dispositions, content knowledge, and pedagogical knowledge. The unit assessment plan details how these concepts are assessed throughout the licensure programs in accordance with requirements set forth by DPI.
The WTS and NCATE Standards, the matrices reflecting the DPI Content Standards and the WMAS issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction are interwoven throughout practice and expected proficiencies. The conceptual framework theme, “The Teacher is a Reflective Facilitator,” under-girds all of the initial teacher education programs. Knowledge, skills and dispositions are woven into coursework, field experiences and assessments and provides continuity to all programs. This theme also supports the values that scaffold the advanced programs. School professionals within the advanced programs are grounded in the commitment to knowledge, teaching, professional competence and ethical practice, and student learning. In addition, reflection and self-assessment are necessary components of the clinical and field experiences in each advanced program that are designed to provide program candidates with an understanding of the actual practice of that unique profession.
This graphic shows the relationship between the NCATE standards, Wisconsin Teacher Standards, Five Assessment Concepts and our beliefs of Reflection and Facilitation: