5d.   Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership 

Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, 
and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting 
and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.  Specifically, teachers contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.


What kind of contribution can a thirty-nine year veteran teacher educator make to the “effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and to [her] school and community”? This question is not a rhetorical one. It is one that I have to answer everyday that I face my 3-D (Defiant, Defense, and Defeat) prospective early childhood and elementary teachers. This sabbatical leave has been a time of self-renewal. In an effort to learn more about the impact that Web 2.0 technologies are having on education, particularly mathematics education and to study this technologies’ potential for “distributed-learning,” I embarked on a self-study of these topics. By circumscribing my sabbatical studies with the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T), I have been able to judge my mastery of these standards. Click here to find a completed copy of my NETS-T Self-Assessment. An analysis of my ratings revealed that I have “met” 100% of the standards with 75% of my ratings (5s) -- All parts met with competence and 25% of my ratings (4s)--All parts met. In addition, I have artifacts to justify each assessment rating.

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