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New Book By Dr. Robert Spires

Book by Dr. SpiresDr. Spires, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle Secondary, Reading and Deaf Education, has officially released his newest book titled “Preventing Human Trafficking”

This book explores important insights into the work of NGOs in Thailand and the many challenges faced by these organizations, staff and the children they serve. The book proposes solutions to human trafficking issues/problems and how victims of trafficking may be protected.

Preventing Human Trafficking is available on Amazon,  Ashgate and from other booksellers worldwide

Congratulations Dr. Spires!

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LiveText – Assignment Controls Feature for Faculty

Assignment Controls

This feature includes basic controls that prevent a student from deleting directions or modifying aspects of the template/LiveText document. Instead, they are able to simply respond to the assignment prompts. Also included in this assignment control feature set is the ability to format assignment descriptions using rich text editing. To enable the “Assignment Controls” feature in your LiveText account:

  • Open the template/LiveText Document
  • Click on the Document properties button at the top of the page
  • Change the “Page Management Setting” to Locked

To learn more about “Assignment Controls”  and other new features, register online to attend the “Ask the LiveText Administrator Session” on February 11, 2015, EC 2144 

http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/finance-admin/employee-development/

 

 

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CAEP: A New Approach to Educator Preparation Accreditation

scott-grubbs_2Most of us in the College of Education and Human Services are familiar with the concept of accreditation. After all, we are called on to be accountable for standards at the state, national, and professional levels. Also, many of us are “veterans” of the NCATE or TEAC processes, either here or at other institutions. The arrival of CAEP, however, signals a new era in the accreditation of educator preparation programs, particularly in the areas of the type of data we collect, how we guarantee the quality of those data, and how we use data in our continuous improvement efforts.Specifically, CAEP differs from its predecessors in that:

  • The focus is now on what our candidates DO to impact student learning, rather than on what our candidates KNOW.
  • The CAEP accreditation process emphasizes active cooperation with our P-12 partners. Programs must now demonstrate how they engage in “two-way” collaboration with their partners in all aspects of candidate preparation.
  • There is a greatly increased emphasis on the QUALITY of data, as opposed to merely collecting a large quantity of information. We now have to demonstrate that our assessments are valid, reliable, and provide compelling evidence for making continuous improvement decisions.
  • CAEP annual reporting is now more rigorous and transparent, requiring the COEHS to constantly and consistently account for how programs engage in ongoing continuous improvement. Additionally, CAEP requires annual reporting data to be available and more readily accessible to the public through outlets such as the COEHS website.

The CAEP accreditation process represents a paradigm shift from “how things were done in the past”, but these changes present great opportunities for the COEHS and how we prepare educators. Furthermore, our efforts as a CAEP pilot now put us at the cutting edge of educator preparation accountability and enable us to truly demonstrate how we develop high-quality educators for schools in Georgia and beyond!

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CAEP is Coming !

scott grubbsHello! I’m Scott Grubbs, and I am the COEHS Coordinator for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). As you are probably aware, CAEP and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) will be on campus April 19-22 to conduct its onsite accreditation visit. This will be the first accreditation review of the College since the NCATE review in 2006. However, the CAEP process has been well underway for over a year. During the next few weeks, I will be posting information about CAEP, the accreditation process, the efforts the COEHS has undertaken to meet accreditation standards, and details about what will happen when the CAEP/GaPSC team arrives to see the good work we do here.  Hopefully, you will find the information presented here over the coming weeks to be useful in keeping you up to date on accreditation activities and also to give you a deeper perspective into the overall accreditation process.

If you have any questions about CAEP, the accreditation process, or the visit, please feel free to contact me, either at 229-333-7420 or stgrubbs@valdosta.edu.  I look forward to telling you about CAEP as we prepare to show them why this is such a great place to become an educator!

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