Affinity Groups

CEEDAR Affinity Groups (AGs) were created to respond to common needs across states. AGs focus on one topic and provide a forum to learn about strategies being implemented as well as an opportunity for participants to engage in cross-state conversations specifically related to sharing successes and supporting challenges across contexts.

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Preparing Teachers for Online and Hybrid Instruction
Affinity Group

This is a series of 6 video presentations with power points and resources. The PLO Affinity Group (AG)  explores practice-based learning opportunities (PLOs) as a model for supporting teacher educators’ use of high-leverage practices (HLPs) and evidence-based practices (EBPs). (Series was taped from Sept 29,2022 to May 29,2022)

All videos and additional materials for this section can be accessed through the link below

This 6 part video series covers the following topics:

Introduction to PLOs

This session gives a broad overview of PLOs and focuses on the importance of practice, the features of effective practice and the implementation cycle.

Evolving Roles and Experiences in Virtual Classroom/Implications
for Teacher Preparation

This session explores standards for online learning, including (NSQ) National Standards for Quality and Online Teaching. Colleagues at Mary Washington University share their research regarding online learning and practices in Special Education during COVID-19 and share implications for teacher preparation.  

Teaching Methods and Curriculum Part 1

This session presents instructional strategies, methods, and assessment tools that can be used to prepare future educators for K-12 online/ blended classroom. Be sure to visit our resource guide for tools that can be used to engage learners.

Teaching Methods and Curriculum Part 2

This session continues to explore instructional strategies, methods, and online tools that can be used to prepare future educators for K-12 online/ blended classroom. Dr. Ashley MacSuga Gage from University of Florida shares considerations when preparing teachers for online/​blended learning, including how to utilize components of PBIS in the virtual classroom.

Practice and Field Experiences

In this session we explore the complexities of online practicum experiences. We hear from Barbara Serianni from Georgia Southern  University and Carolyn Rethwisch from Savannah Chatham eLearning Academy about the realities of supporting teacher candidates in online clinical experiences. Marti Elford from Kansas State University talks about the use of video recording to provide coaching and feedback to teacher candidates.

Collaboration with Families

In this session we explore the role of families in online and hybrid education environments and the importance of collaboration between educators and families. Resources that can be used support communication between families and schools including virtual IEP meetings, parent resources, and educator podcasts are shared. We also hear from a current parent, Jill Reffett about her experiences with online and hybrid learning and her perspective of how educators can collaborate with families in online and hybrid settings. Be sure to check out the resource guide.



This 6 part video series covers the following topics:

High Leverage Practices (HLP) Affinity Groups

This 6 part Affinity Group video series focuses on developing a common understanding of High Leverage Practices (HLP) that support students with disabilities. (Series taped from Sept 2021-Feb-2022)

All videos and additional materials for this section can be accessed through the link below

Introduction and Overview of HLPs

Collaboration and Assessment of HLPs

Dr. Wendy Murawski of California State University provides a 30 min   presentation with sample charts and examples how to integrate this HLP and EBP's into the curriculum and the many opportunities for collaboration in a school day. She is an expert in the teaching strategy "Co-Teaching". Well worth watching!

Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Instructional HLPs

Dr DeShaunda Petterson of Georgia State and Dr. Melinda Leko of Wisconsin-Madison lead the discussion .They cover the social emotional HLP’s 7,8,9,10 and the instructional HLP’s 15,16,18,20.

Strategies to develop a common vision of HLPs across statewide systems

This session provides some examples of how states have developed a statewide vision and support system to promote HLP’s. The Arizona Coalition for Educator Prep and Practice (ACEPP) is featured. The AZ team created an Information HUB around HLP’s to move the work across the State. It is well worth watching!

Strategies for Implementing HLPs in EPPs

This video features the state of Georgia Team. They will outline the steps and strategies used to implement HLP’s across EPP programs in Georgia. Another one worth watching!

Wrap-up and Planning for the Future

This session focuses on how to scale up implementation of HLPs across programs. Additional resources: Az Department of Ed Professional Learning Library, Iris High leverage Practices interactive Alignment Tool, Teacher Resource Library and Effective Practices Alignment Matrix Booklet (aligned with Danielson framework)

Practice Based Learning Opportunities Affinity Groups

This is a series of 6 video presentations with power points and resources. The PLO Affinity Group (AG)  explores practice-based learning opportunities (PLOs) as a model for supporting teacher educators’ use of high-leverage practices (HLPs) and evidence-based practices (EBPs). (Series was taped from Sept 29,2022 to May 29,2022)

All videos and additional materials for this section can be accessed through the link below


This 6 part video series covers the following topics:

Introduction to PLOs

This session gives a broad overview of PLOs and focuses on the importance of practice, the features of effective practice and the implementation cycle.

Strategies for Developing Pre-Requisite Knowledge of HLPs

This session’s guest speaker was Michael Kennedy who shared examples of how to build knowledge of HLPs using videos. He also showed us his innovative website COACHED: Capturing Observations and Collaboratively Sharing Educational Data.

Structured Video Analysis

This session’s guest speakers were Kate Zimmer, Melissa Driver and DaShaunda Patterson who discussed structured video analysis, a practice-based learning opportunity strategy that involves candidates observing a video of their instruction to analyze, reflect and improve implementation.

Microteaching

This session’s guest speakers were Steve Kroeger and Kate Doyle who discussed how they implement microteaching in their work with teacher candidates.

Moving PLOs Into Induction; A State perspective

This session’s guest speakers were Wina Low and Melissa Driver who shared why they chose to focus on induction in Georgia and how they implement the PLOs within induction.

Strategies for Implementing and Reflecting on Practice: A Focus on Simulated Interaction

This session’s guest speaker was Paula Lancaster who explained what simulated interaction is, how to put it into action, and considerations for implementing this practice-based learning opportunity.