About the School of Education
The mission of the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education is to prepare caring, effective educators in the Catholic liberal arts tradition of Bellarmine University to teach and lead in diverse settings. The school offers degrees and programs to help prepare and enrich educators at all stages of their career:
CAEP Call for Comments
The Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education (AFTSE) at Bellarmine University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on September 15, 2019. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).
We invite you to submit written testimony to:
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:
- In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
- A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
- Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.
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Educator as Reflective Learner
The theme of the AFTSE, Educator as Reflective Learner, is consistent with the mission of the institution and with the philosophy of the education faculty and community partners, as well as with the various programs for candidates. The theme, based on Linda Valli’s (1997) five types of reflection (technical, reflection in-and-on action, personalistic, deliberative, and critical) captures the essence of the conceptual framework in that effective educators are called to reflect consistently and systematically on their own practice—as well as mentor and collaborate with their colleagues in reflective practice—in order to advance successful professional learning communities within schools and the broader community.