AACTE, Stanford, & $3M from U.S. DOE to create online video repository for teacher prep

An online video repository of classroom videos that aim to help fresh teachers learn how to teach STEM subjects in grades 3-6 is in the works courtesy of Stanford University, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium, and a $3M grant from the United States Department of Education.

The initiative, Accomplished Teaching, Learning, and Schools (ATLAS) will initially focus on teachers in seven districts and faculty from Universities in New York, Tennessee, and Washington.

The videos featured in the online collection will be from National Board certified master instructors, each of whom will be required to prepare and submit a portfolio of videos of them on the job in the classroom before their videos are accepted. Stanford faculty will be in charge of the development of guidelines for integration of ATLAS videos into teacher ed programs.

“This is cutting-edge work at the nexus of the nation’s two most important educational challenges: promoting educator effectiveness and strengthening science and math teaching and learning,” said Stanford’s Linda Darling-Hammond, a co-principal investigator of the grant in a prepared statement. “The integration of the National Board’s repository of master teacher certifications into teacher preparatory programs will be extraordinarily beneficial.”

This is the second project these entities have collaborated on, with the first being edTPA, an assessment tool to evaluate student teachers classroom readiness that was developed based on standards set forth by the National BOard for Professional Teaching Standards.