MNU to Help High Need Schools Improve Instruction

Aug. 18, 2014 - by Carol Best

Video Analysis Improves Instruction

By Carol Best
August 18, 2014
Gonzalez-Bravo-Jill

Imagine teachers everywhere being able to view themselves in action in front of their classroom. The ability to analyze what works and what could be improved could go a long way in making classroom instruction more effective. MidAmerica Nazarene University School of Education is utilizing this technology for its teacher candidates and just won a grant to expand the program for use with teacher leaders from select high need elementary and middle schools.

Project “Focusx2i” will provide video analysis software and training to a group of teacher leaders from schools identified with high need. The software allows users to video record themselves in class, review the recording, tag results and accumulate data for analysis. The results can lead to improved instruction.

“It’s a powerful tool for observation, data analysis and reflection,” says Jill Gonzales Bravo, (left) director of clinical and field based experiences in MNU’s School of Education.

Currently MNU faculty observe teacher candidates using the Focusx2i software, and tag evidence of effective practice. Each tag results in the accumulation of data that is documented in Excel format and a 5-10 second video clip used during post-observation discussion between faculty and candidate. Observation data is stored to track the candidates’ growth over time. While other universities have adopted a similar structure for using the Focusx2i platform, Gonzales Bravo says it appears that MNU is the first school to place this software into the hands of every teacher candidate.

“The positive response of both faculty and students, spurred our desire to share this innovative tool with our surrounding educational community,” she says. “This project equips a group of teacher leaders with tools and training to assist both future teachers and their colleagues during the transition to recently adopted college and career-ready standards

Phi Delta Kappa International awarded $3,810 in grant funding and travel to the national conference in Washington, DC to present program results to MNU for the project through its Innovation and Impact Grants. The PDK Educational Foundation supports the development, implementation, and sharing of new teaching strategies aligned with rigorous college and career standards and associated student assessments.

PDK will support the project directors by virtually connecting them during the planning and implementation phases to allow for the sharing of ideas. Project directors will also be invited to co-author articles for publication in Kappan or Educational Horizons magazines.

 

MNU News

Friday, July 3
Recent News
List
Grid
Archives
Maker Faire 2015
Center for Games & Learning Wins Merit Award at KC Maker Faire

Center for Games & Learning Wins Merit Award at KC Maker Faire

The Center for Games & Learning booth won a Maker of Merit award at Maker Faire KC June 27 and 28 at Kansas City's Historic Union…

Read More
MNU-Fiber-Optics-Groundbreaking-062015
New Fiber Ring Installation Upgrades Campus

New Fiber Ring Installation Upgrades Campus

Installation is well underway for the new fiber optic network on the Olathe campus. Pictured below MNU President David Spittal and K&W…

Read More
UO8A0594 upcropped
Football Coach discovers joy of teaching

Football Coach discovers joy of teaching

  “Salt and light is all you can be at the end of the day,” said Ashford Collins (’12) as he sat in the same cafeteria where he used to share meals with his teammates. “When I came to…

Read More
Annie Kee
Alum Wins Stewardship Scholarship

Alum Wins Stewardship Scholarship

Andra Kee (‘13) is one of three winners of the Stewardship Sermon Scholarship awarded by Stewardship Ministries of the Church of the Nazarene. Funds for this scholarship are awarded annually to up…

Read More
outcomes-11
Compassion for Animals Leads to Career

Compassion for Animals Leads to Career

It didn’t take holding down a lioness during surgery for Lisa Najarian ('07), biology major, to be affirmed in her calling.  Usually it comes just seeing a four legged passenger with its head…

Read More
Facebook Infographic v3
MNU Announces Fully Online MBA

MNU Announces Fully Online MBA

New this fall at MNU is a fully online MBA program. The university has offered an MBA program for nearly 30 years, but until now all classes were held on site in Olathe or Liberty. Now students who…

Read More
Brandt Drafted
Brandt Drafted by Washington Nationals

Brandt Drafted by Washington Nationals

By Chad Jenkins, MNU SID Fans react on Storify hereMNU senior shortstop Clayton Brandt completed his incredible final season by getting selected in the 19th round by the Washington…

Read More
Jenkins Named HAAC SID of the Year

Jenkins Named HAAC SID of the Year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Heart of America Athletic Conference has announced that Chad Jenkins, sports information director at MidAmerica Nazarene University, has been named the 2nd Annual Dave…

Read More
Hunting1sm
Success Means Doing One's Best

Success Means Doing One's Best

As a third grader, Stephen Hunting, considered a career as a lawyer.  But it took a year of seminary after graduating from MNU as a religion major, to realize law school was where God was…

Read More
Sports
Brittney Kellar Promoted to Assistant AD

Brittney Kellar Promoted to Assistant AD

Brittney Kellar has been promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Business, Marketing and Event Management...(click title for more)

 
MNU Football Golf Tournament

MNU Football Golf Tournament

(click title for more)

 
MNU Women's Soccer Hires Bobby Reiss

MNU Women's Soccer Hires Bobby Reiss

MNU Women's soccer would like to say welcome to new assistant coach Bobby Reiss who will be taking over the assistant coaching duties...(click title for more)

 
Latest Photos
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Chartering, 2014 MidAmerica Nazarene University’s School of Nursing and Health Science was recently approved to form a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the honor society of nursing. Founded in 1922, STTI is recognized as the only international nursing honor society with approximately 500 chapters across the globe, only 5 of which are in Kansas. Photos by Daniel Hawkins and Justin Vargas
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Chartering, 2014 MidAmerica Nazarene University’s School of Nursing and Health Science was recently approved to form a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the honor society of nursing. Founded in 1922, STTI is recognized as the only international nursing honor society with approximately 500 chapters across the globe, only 5 of which are in Kansas. Photos by Daniel Hawkins and Justin Vargas
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Chartering, 2014 MidAmerica Nazarene University’s School of Nursing and Health Science was recently approved to form a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the honor society of nursing. Founded in 1922, STTI is recognized as the only international nursing honor society with approximately 500 chapters across the globe, only 5 of which are in Kansas. Photos by Daniel Hawkins and Justin Vargas
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Chartering, 2014 MidAmerica Nazarene University’s School of Nursing and Health Science was recently approved to form a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the honor society of nursing. Founded in 1922, STTI is recognized as the only international nursing honor society with approximately 500 chapters across the globe, only 5 of which are in Kansas. Photos by Daniel Hawkins and Justin Vargas
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Chartering, 2014 MidAmerica Nazarene University’s School of Nursing and Health Science was recently approved to form a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the honor society of nursing. Founded in 1922, STTI is recognized as the only international nursing honor society with approximately 500 chapters across the globe, only 5 of which are in Kansas. Photos by Daniel Hawkins and Justin Vargas
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Chartering, 2014 MidAmerica Nazarene University’s School of Nursing and Health Science was recently approved to form a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the honor society of nursing. Founded in 1922, STTI is recognized as the only international nursing honor society with approximately 500 chapters across the globe, only 5 of which are in Kansas. Photos by Daniel Hawkins and Justin Vargas