Council of Teacher Education
Council of Teacher Education
Plymouth State College Volume V, no. 2, Spring 2002
The Education Advisory Board Hosts
the NH Commissioner of Education
Stacey Haight, Communication Studies
On Wednesday, April 4th, The shortage of educators will
2002, PSC hosted the semi-annual reach its most dramatic proportion
Advisory Board meeting, for which within the next ten years. An
the Commissioner of Education for astounding number, 70%, of our
New Hampshire, Nick Donohue, teachers are over the age of forty.
was the guest speaker. His presen- This statistic has led many adminis-
tation was entitled, “Supporting and trators and local officials to declare
Enhancing Teacher Quality.” critical shortage areas around the
Donohue attended Wesleyan state, which leads to more difficul-
In this Edition: University where he received his ties in teacher training.
bachelors degree, then Harvard cont. on pg. 6
~ NCATE News University’s Masters in Education
program. He has taught in both the
~ HPER Students Attend private and public sectors.
Convention in Baltimore Donohue has been the Commis-
sioner of Education in New Hamp-
~ Outdoor Adventure Day shire since November 2000.
Donohue expressed his con-
~ Plymouth Writing Project cerns for the situations facing New
Hampshire schools. Most alarming
~ Cynthia Vascak's Integrated right now is the crisis of available,
Instructional Model Partnership certified teachers in the state.
Commissioner Nick Donohue
Pat Cantor Is the Distinguished Teacher of the Year
Andrew Smyth, Department of English
This year’s Plymouth State College Distinguished Teacher Award goes
to Pat Cantor, the chair of the Education Department and of the Council of
Teacher Education. The award, announced on May 1st , recognizes Dr.
Cantor’s extraordinary contributions to the academic and personal well
being of the students at PSC, as well as to all the children whose future
teachers look to her as a guide and model.
In her acceptance speech, Pat spoke of the need to revive the sense of
confidence in her college students that she sees in children: “Preschoolers
are also intensely curious. Maybe this curiosity grows from their self-
confidence. They’re not afraid to ask or to wonder, because they aren’t
Dr. Patricia Cantor weighted down by a sense of their own limitations. They feel full of possi-
PSC Teacher of the Year bilities.” That vision of unlimited possibility informs Dr. Cantor’s teaching
cont. on pg. 7
HPER Students Attend NCATE Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs
National Convention Under Way
Julie Farina, Accreditation Assistant, and Stacey Haight
Brian Gaudreau and Stacey Haight
Data collection is underway at PSC for NCATE—the National Council
Matthew Crow, Brian Gaudreau, for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Pat Cantor, the NCATE Coordi-
Andrew Gray, and Rebekah Singelais nator at PSC, and Julie Farina, our new Accreditation Assistant, are
accompanied Dr. Louise working with the NCATE Steering Committee to compile the information
McCormack to the Regional Ameri- needed for the program review. The Institutional Report will be written this
can Alliance for Health, PE, and summer, and an electronic “exhibit room” will be available for viewing
Dance, Eastern and Southern Con- evidence of how PSC meets the NCATE standards.
ference in Baltimore, Maryland, NCATE’s new standards fall into six categories, each with several sub
February 12-16, 2002. The HPER standards. The following is a list of the descriptions (taken from the
committee chose the students to NCATE Professional Standards, 2002 Edition). Also listed with each
represent Plymouth State College in standard are the faculty available for contact in each section.
this regional conference, where the
students attended seminars to in- Standard 1: Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions (Pat Cantor)
crease their own teaching skills and Candidates preparing to work in schools as teachers or other profes-
had many opportunities to present sional school personnel know and demonstrate the content, pedagogi-
ideas and projects of their own. cal, and professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to
The conference included help all students learn. Assessments indicate that candidates meet
multiple sessions from which the professional, state, and institutional standards.
attendees could choose, from nine in
the morning until four in the afternoon. Standard 2: Assessment System and Unit Evaluation (Gary Goodnough,
These seminars ran every day for four Nick Mathis)
days. Each session was taught by The unit (the Council of Teacher Education) has an assessment system
either nationally or regionally re- that collects and analyzes data on applicant qualification, candidate and
nowned professors and PE teachers graduate performance, and unit operations to evaluate and improve the
from the elementary, middle school, unit and its programs.
high school, or college levels, and by
students from colleges and universi- Standard 3: Field Experience and Clinical Practice (Ann Marie Jones,
ties in the south and northeast. Trish Lindberg, Louise McCormack)
The Plymouth State College The unit and its school partners design, implement, and evaluate field
students presented “Teaching through experiences and clinical practice so that teacher candidates and other
the Spectrum.” This session covered cont. on pg. 3
eight different teaching styles and
tools that could be implemented in the
classroom. Matthew Crow pre-
sented the Reciprocal Teaching Style.
This method involves one student
performing the skill while another
student observes and assesses the
performance. The teacher then gives
input to the observing student regard-
ing assessment. Brian Gaudreau
presented the Self-Check Technique.
cont. on pg. 5 Julie Farina, Accreditation Assistant
Page 2 Spring 2002
NCATE Accreditation Kimberly Monk, PSC Diversity Fellow, Visits
cont. from pg. 2
school personnel develop and Dr. McNeil's Special Education Class
demonstrate the knowledge, skills, April 18, 2002
and dispositions necessary to help all
Standard 4: Diversity (Meg Peter-
sen, Patrick May, Mary McNeil,
The unit designs, implements, and
evaluates curriculum and experiences
for candidates to acquire and apply
the knowledge, skills, and disposi-
tions necessary to help all students
learn. These experiences include
working with diverse higher educa-
tion and school faculty, diverse
candidates and diverse students in
Standard 5: Faculty Qualifica-
tions, Performance, and Develop-
ment (Dennise Bartelo, Judy Buck)
Faculty are qualified and model best
professional practices in scholarship, Kimberly Monk (second from left) enjoys a spring afternoon with students
service, and teaching, including the from Dr. McNeil’s class.
assessment of their own effective-
ness as related to candidate perfor- Teaching and Learning Center Coming to PSC
mance. They also collaborate with Stacey Haight, Communication Studies
colleagues in the disciplines and
schools. The unit systematically Education and pedagogy across campus and the curriculum will soon be
evaluates faculty performance and spurred by a vital new component of Plymouth State College’s ongoing
facilitates professional development. development: The Teaching and Learning Center.
Standard 6: Unit Governance Dr. Virginia Barry, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Prof. Leo
and Resources (Marianne True, Ken Sandy of the Education Department are in the process of finding a location
Heuser) on campus for the center, but the fundamental work of the center is already
The unit has the leadership, authority, having an impact on faculty and their students. The overall vision for the
budget, personnel, facilities, and center is to provide faculty with a place and a confidential environment for
resources, including information critique and improvement of their pedagogical skills.
technology resources, for the prepa-
ration of candidates to meet profes- As reported in the Fall/Winter 2001 CTE Newsletter, reflective practice
sional, state, and institutional stan- groups have already formed across campus with great success. New faculty
dards. quickly learn the value of this approach in Introduction to Professional
Community meetings, and veteran faculty have eagerly joined in similar
Anyone who wishes information ventures. Soon, the Teaching and Learning Center will provide a place for
about these subcommittees should these groups and for many more learning opportunities.
contact Julie Farina at 535-3002.
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Fall 2002 Teacher Education Plymouth Writing Project to Hold First
Scholarship Recipients Invitational Summer Institute
Meg Petersen, English Department
We are pleased to announce the winners
of next year's Council of Teacher Educa- Plymouth State College Summer Session
tion Scholarships. These students and June 24th - July 25th, 2002
future teachers will be awarded their
scholarships on Saturday, September 28, Plymouth Writing Project will inaugurate its first year as New
from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon in Heritage Hampshire’s site of the National Writing Project by holding its first annual
Commons. invitational summer institute. The institute is designed for experienced
teachers of writing who wish to work on their own writing and become
Marie Connelly Scholarship Fund trained as leaders in the field of writing instruction. The program is
Rebecca Sweeney - Childhood Studies funded by the National Writing Project, which began as the Bay Area
Writing Project in 1974. The project has grown to encompass over 180
Dorothy E. Whiting Scholarship Fund sites in all 50 states and several territories.
Sarah Moyer - Childhood Studies
Class of 1946 Endowment Fund The core values of the National Writing Project are that exemplary
Kevin Abelli - Biological Science Educa- teachers make the best teachers of other teachers and that universities
tion and schools in collaboration can provide powerful staff development
programs for teachers at all levels. Because the most effective teachers
Barbara Boyce Oakes Scholarship of writing are those who write themselves, summer institute participants
Fund work on their own writing as well as honing their skills in the teaching of
Coleen Ramsey - Childhood Studies writing.
Shannon Signor - Childhood Studies
The Plymouth Writing Project operates on a similar “teachers-teaching-
Emma Yeaton Wheeler Scholarship teachers” model. Twenty successful writing teachers (grades K-16)
from all over the state will gather at the summer institute to examine their
Dorothy O’Malley - Childhood Studies
own classroom practices, develop their writing and engage in inquiry
related to their teaching. During the school year, these teachers will
Blanche Colby Stacy Fund
provide professional development workshops for other teachers in their
Heather Hatfield - Physical Education
schools and communities.
Chanda Moyer - Childhood Studies
Jennifer Weeks - Early Childhood
Dr. Meg Petersen, Associate Professor of English, will direct the project.
Co-directors Carolyn Bordeau, of Laconia High School, and Mary
Cornish, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, will also
Norton Bagley Scholarship Fund
teach in the institute, along with Katherine Min, Diversity Scholar and
Robert Benincasa - Physical Education
Writer in Residence for the M.Ed. Program in the Teaching of Writing.
Daniel Molinari - Childhood Studies
Various guest speakers and writers will address the institute, including
Jessie Barnes Metcalf Memorial
poet Elizabeth Ahl and educator Donald Graves.
Tanya Girard - Childhood Studies
Emma Paulsen Knapp ’17 Scholar-
Katherine Brown - Childhood Studies
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"Teaching Through the Spectrum"
"Teaching Though the Spec-
cont. from pg. 2
This technique involves one student disappears. Her instruction on the out to all levels of students’ abilities.
analyzing and correcting his or her Learner Design Program, in which The Plymouth State Students
own skills, which in turn allows the the students choose their own attending the conference were
teacher more time to give feedback routines to learn skills, made it seem happy to contribute to such a high
to all students. as if a teacher need not be in the quality professional event. Brian
The two other students focused room except for observation. Gaudreau reflected, “Overall, I was
on teacher-learner dynamics. An- All four students participated in very impressed with the quality of
drew Gray demonstrated Guided demonstrating the Inclusion method, the workshops and social events. It
Discovery, where the teacher guides which involves the student partici- was an honor to be recognized as
students to find the answer, but does pating on his or her own level. For an Outstanding Future Professional
not provide them with the end result. example, when an instructor directs, and have the opportunity to attend
For instance, the teacher might “Get from one side of the slanted a conference of this magnitude. I
prompt students, “Try to balance on rope to the next,” a student may enjoyed all of the networking
two points.” The students then feel he or she can jump over the opportunities, different approaches
decide which two points, possibly a highest level of the rope to get to to learning, and new friendships
line drawn on a basketball court. In the other side, while another student formed during this trip. I look
this style, children discover for succeeds by walking over the forward to attending more trips like
themselves the correct techniques to shortest end. Inclusion, in fact, this as I continue to grow and
use. Rebekah Singelais offered a informed all of the programs the develop as a future physical educa-
way in which the teacher almost students presented. Their main tor.”
focus consistently involved reaching
Original International Musical Theatre Production
Trish Lindberg, Education Department
The Kearsarge Arts Theatre, in collaboration with the M.Ed. in Integrated Arts Program at Plymouth State
College, is in the midst of creating an original musical on peace and justice based on the writings of children from
over thirty countries. The production, entitled "A YOU AND ME WORLD," will be performed by a cast of sev-
enty-five children from over ten different countries, July 25-28, at the Kearsarge Regional High School in North
The script and lyrics will be written by Trish Lindberg, Associate Professor in the Education Department and
M.Ed. and Integrated Arts Coordinator for the Division of Graduate Studies, Continuing Education and Outreach.
Music will be composed by Cynthia Bizzarro and Kenneth Roberts. The set and projections will be designed by
Matt Kizer of the Music and Theatre Department, with lighting design by PSC student Jesse Riley and costume
design by LuAnn Salchunas.
The cast will feature children from all over the world, including Bulgaria, Lithuania, Bangladesh, England,
Norway, Jordan, South Africa and Nepal. The children will be spending a month with other children in the cast and
their families while rehearsing the performance. Writing was collected from all over the world to create the script,
which deals with children's solutions to the tough issues the world faces today. For more information, contact Dr.
Trish Lindberg at 535-2647.
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The Integrated Instructional Model Partnership
Cynthia Vascak, Arts Professor Advisory Board Meeting
The Integrated Instructional Model (IIM): Arts in Action research cont. from pg. 1
grant received by Dr. Cynthia Vascak is now underway. This is a collabora-
tive research project involving the partnerships between Gilford Elementary, Donohue also discussed a
Ashland Elementary, Inter-Lakes Elementary, University of New Hampshire, new bill, HB 1190, that was pre-
Antioch Graduate School, the NH Department of Education (NHDOE), and sented to the House of Representa-
Plymouth State College. This is a three year project facilitating the dissemi- tives. This bill would allow school
nation of the Integrated Instructional Model, designed by Dr. Vascak and districts to hire anyone to teach for
master teacher Ms. Wendy Oellers from Gilford Elementary, to the Inter- up to one year without being certi-
lakes and Ashland Elementary Schools. The IIM has been in place at fied. Without the proper educational
Gilford since 1997 and received one of the Best Promising Practices background, however, these
Awards in 2000 from the NHDOE, in addition to the NHDOE Ticket for uncertified teachers cannot be
Excellence award. The IIM is a significant vehicle for weaving together expected to manage and care
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, and for integrating community and responsibly for the children under
democratic process, critical skills, higher order thinking, creativity, and the their charge.
arts within an Interdisciplinary Unit design framework linked to state stan- The commissioner's speech
dards, frameworks, and district goals. stirred emotions and triggered
The primary emphasis of the IIM is instruction, and the heart of the questions and comments regarding
IIM is the learner. How many ways can we teach a concept, skill, or set of politics and education. Representa-
understandings, and how many ways can a child demonstrate her under- tives from Plymouth State College
standings, skills, and knowledge? Diversifying and increasing the opportuni- and schools across the state voiced
ties for a child to gain and demonstrate understandings leads to enhanced concerns for the welfare of children
meaning-making and success for all learners. The many documented out- and the future of education.
comes of the IIM include the increased creative self-esteem, self-confidence,
joy of learning, and community belonging, in addition to the quality of aca-
The IIM research project offers the opportunity for two of our PSC
Art Education students, Isobel O’Donnell and Debbie Ciccione, to partici-
pate as research assistants. Since Gilford Elementary is now one of PSC’s
Professional Development Schools, students in our Education degree
programs will have the opportunity to participate in IIM classes as methods
students, as observers, and as student teachers. IIM classes further offer
students in the Art, Music, Physical Education, and Special Education
programs the opportunity of participatory observations with teachers en-
gaged in multi-arts and interdisciplinary content integration, supporting and
celebrating the diverse needs, capacities, and interests of learners. Inter- Todd Trevorrow and Gary McCool
ested faculty should contact Dr. Vascak for more information. chat about the Commissioner's talk.
Visit the Inter-Lakes website for
more student art:
Dr. Vascak displays student work in progress A splendid vision of a habitat!
Page 6 Spring 2002
cont. from pg. 1
and her professional relationships
with so many students, colleagues,
and area educators. Her philosophy
also provides an outstanding guiding
principle for the Council.
It speaks much of the Council for
Teacher Education that Pat is the
fourth member of the Council to
receive this prestigious award. Prior
Distinguished Teachers on the
Council include Louise McCormack
of HPER, Meg Petersen of English,
and Bob Swift of Music and The-
atre. We look forward to working
with these and many more distin-
guished teachers in the future.
Christina Short prepares a young participant for adventure.
Outdoor Adventure Day
Vice President, HPER Club
On Saturday, April 28, 2002, the Plymouth State College Health, Physical Education and Recreation Club,
in conjunction with the ROCK Club, held their 2nd Annual “Outdoor Adventure Day.” This annual event involved
children grades 5-8 from Plymouth and other surrounding communities. The activities included low and high ropes
elements, canoeing on Loon Lake, or a hike up Rattlesnake Mountain. Unfortunately, this year due to inclement
weather (and a little snow left!) the participants committed themselves to the low and high ropes elements.
This year twenty boys and girls came to participate in the day. The children began with icebreakers in
order to become more familiar with not only each other but also the student and faculty volunteers. Once the
students warmed up to each other, they moved on to low ropes activities such as Nitro Crossing and the Tee Pee
Shuffle. Toward the end of the afternoon volunteers and participants strapped themselves into harnesses and
prepared to move on to the high elements. Every participant (including one mom) attempted to make his/her way
approximately forty feet in the air.
Not only did the children benefit from this day, but so did all those who volunteered in the planning of this
community service experience. This was a great opportunity for PSC Health, Physical Education and Recreation
majors to apply what they have learned in the classroom while giving back to a community in which many live for
four or more years.
An enormous thank-you is owed to all those who volunteered their time to make this a wonderful day.
Without them, Outdoor Adventure Day would not have been such a success. Although this event takes many
volunteers and hours to put together, it is fulfilling to watch children achieve success.
Planning for the 3rd Annual Outdoor Adventure Day is already underway!
Page 7 Spring 2002
The Council of Teacher Education
Newsletter is published twice a year Members of the Coucil of Teacher Education
to inform the PSC community about
Teacher Education programs. We Patricia Cantor, Coordinator of Teacher Education
encourage students, faculty, and staff Ann Marie Jones, Director of Teacher Certification & Field Experiences
to send in news from your depart- Dennise Bartelo, Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies,
ments. The next issue will be pub- Continuing Education and Outreach
lished in the fall of 2002. Brenda Couturier, Administrative Assistant
Julie Farina, Accreditation Assistant
Andrew Smyth Kathy Vestal, Administrative Assistant
Editor Judy Buck, Mathematics
Stacey Haight Steven Burrell, Information Technology Services
Writer, Editor, Layout & Design Mary Campbell, Director of Curriculum Support
Douglas Fife, Psychology
Contributors: Katharine Fralick (on leave) and Trish Lindberg, Education
Robert Benincasa, HPER Club Barbara Lopez-Mayhew, Foreign Language
Julie Farina, Accreditation Assistant Patrick May, Social Science
Brian Gaudreau, Health, Physical Gary McCool, Lamson Library
Education and Recreation Louise McCormack (on leave), Joy Butler, and Irene Cucina, Health,
Stacey Haight, Communication Physical Education & Recreation
Studies Mary McNeil, CAGS/CPEP
Trish Lindberg, Education Meg Petersen and Andrew Smyth, English
Mary McNeil, CAGS/CPEP Robert Swift, Music & Theatre
Meg Petersen and Andrew Smyth, Warren Tomkiewicz, Science
English Cynthia Vascak (on leave) and William Haust, Art
Cynthia Vascak, Art
Council of Teacher Education
Page 8 Spring 2002
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