Brown’s Practice-based Standards – created by the clinical faculty in cooperation with other members of the Education Department and the Greater Providence school community – help define objectives and set guidelines for student teachers in the MAT/UTEP program. The standards serve as a guide for student teacher self-assessment, as well as a statement of philosophy for the Teacher Education Program. The standards are used by the clinical professors, summer mentors, and cooperating teachers who participate in the supervision and assessment of student teachers. Starting in 1998, theRhode Island Beginning Teacher Standards (RIBTS) were integrated into Brown’s Practice-based Standards (PBS). The Brown program retained the PBS format, fully integrating the RIBTS throughout. The RIBTS are highlighted in bold print in the following document.
The Practice-based Standards serve to:
• foster dialogue and conversation about teaching and learning
• engage mentors in a dialogue with student teachers
• provide student teachers with an opportunity to reflect on their practice
• offer continuity in assessment over time
The Brown Practice-based Standards are revised regularly over time, as supervisors and student teachers make suggestions for improvements. This version attempts to not only bring consistency of standards across all three disciplines, but also aims to align the Teacher Education Program with the state standards. In general, the criteria for the standards are posed as questions – for ease of assessment and self-assessment by supervisors and student teachers. The state standards are written more declaratively. The “Meeting the Standard” narrative summary at the end of each category represents the actual standard.
These standards are intended as guidelines for discussions, reflections, and written reports by cooperating teachers, mentors, clinical faculty, and student teachers. Observed work and products from the students of the student teachers should provide a strong source of evidence as to the degree of attainment of the standards, and should be seen as important data to observe and collect during every teaching experience.