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MNU School of Education Helping Teachers Analyze Instruction Effectiveness

Local Teachers Chosen to Increase Excellence

Sept. 30, 2014

Local teacher leaders from select high need schools have been chosen to participate in training to analyze instruction with a goal to increase effectiveness in their schools.

Project “Focusx2i”, a program at MidAmerica Nazarene University, is funded by a Phi Delta Kappa lmpact and Innovation grant, and provides training, resources and video analysis software. The software allows users to video record themselves in class, review the recording, tag results and accumulate data for analysis. The results, according to Project Director Jill Gonzales Bravo can lead to improved instruction.

“It’s a powerful tool for observation, data analysis and reflection,” says Gonzalez Bravo, who serves as director of Clinical and Field Based Experiences in MNU’s School of Education.

Participants will receive training on co-teaching, mentoring strategies, and the use of Focusx2i software. Additionally they will attend dinner and discussion events that focus on increasing rigor in the classroom. The first event is set for October 6 at MNU.

“The teacher leaders will be encouraged and equipped to promote job-embedded professional development and serve as a liaison between their schools and MNU,” Gonzales Bravo said. “As liaisons, participants will work with university faculty to provide effective clinical placements for MNU teacher candidates.”

Participants in the program include the following local districts and teachers.

Turner District

Turner Sixth Grade Academy:  Carrie Weber, Monica Roland

Midland Trail Elementary: Liz Burton, Chelsea Hansen, Ashley Copple

Kansas City Kansas District

Central Middle School: Jodi Reno, Ty Collins

Bonner Springs District

Edwardsville Elementary:  Brittany Jonker

Gardner District

Gardner Edgerton High School:  Walt Cochran

Grand Star Elementary: Jenny Becker

For more information on teacher education at MidAmerica Nazarene University visit PDK International is a professional association for educators that brings together the top leaders, thinkers, and doers to collaborate and inspire one another.

By providing professional learning opportunities, targeted networking, and relevant research, PDK helps researchers and practitioners deepen their expertise, elevate their careers, and ultimately experience better results in their work.



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