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1: Sanford Education Project Year One Report June 2010-June 2011

2: Pillar 1: Attracting and recruiting teachers from an expanded pool of college students who are high achieving individuals and devoted to the idea that all children can learn.

3: 2010-2011 Accomplishments: Increased freshmen enrollment from 120 "SEP recruitment territory" schools by 24.7%. Obtained comprehensive survey data from 1185 Arizona high school juniors and seniors to inform Teachers College marketing and recruitment strategy. | 2011-2012 Focus: Increase percentage of freshmen students qualifying as "college ready" from 65% to 75%. Double the number of freshmen in secondary science and math. Increase freshmen enrollment from SEP territory schools by an additional 25%.

4: Pillar 2: Requiring teacher candidates to demonstrate the traits of teachers who lead their students to achieve rigorous academic results at key points throughout their undergraduate experience, including: admission, progression to upper division courses, and ultimately graduation from Teachers College.

5: 2010-2011 Accomplishments: Comprehensively studied the admissions and progression models of 25 schools of education, 2 colleges of nursing, and 2 colleges of engineering to build baseline understanding of current practices in professional schools. | 2011-2012 Focus: Construct a clear and specific proposal to make admissions and progression predictive of a choice to teach and of success in teaching. This has never been done by any college of education that we know of.

6: Pillar 3: Preparing students with innovative curriculum and extensive clinical experiences that focus on the key teacher actions that increase student achievement in real classroom settings where the “student” teacher is fully responsible for student outcomes.

7: 2010-2011 Accomplishments: Successfully piloted a Teach For America inspired student teaching course with 40 ASU seniors, in which student teachers were responsible for student outcomes. Designed the training and support model for the launch of iTeachAZ, a year-long student teaching residency model that incorporates best practices of Teach For America. | 2011-2012 Focus: Launch iTeachAZ residency with over 500 ASU seniors this fall. SEP clinical instructors, who all have strong backgrounds in Teach For America teacher development, will lead ASU seniors to set goals for student learning and take full responsibility for student outcomes through the student teaching course.

8: Pillar 4: Continual targeted support and professional development of new teachers that is designed to continually improve their effectiveness at increasing student learning, driven by ongoing evaluation of their effectiveness using a blended approach of: a) assessing the teacher’s actions and mindsets as they relate to their students’ learning, b) student learning as demonstrated by their academic attainment.

9: 2010-2011 Accomplishments: Supported a graduate student in statistics to organize all available data on the performance of our graduates as well as to issue a survey to graduates for whom we do not have information. This created a baseline of data to operate from. | 2011-2012 Vision: Lay the groundwork for a large 2012-2013 pilot with accompanying study of TFA's teacher support and development strategy with iTeachAZ graduates.

10: Pillar 5: Building a research base which can refine and improve the teacher recruitment and preparation model to help share best practices widely within the education community.

11: 2010-2011 Accomplishments: Awarded three small faculty research grants to study the affect of explicit goal-setting and tracking within the student teaching course on teacher candidate effectiveness. Began working toward the vision of pillars one and three immediately to create change worthy of study. | 2011-2012 Focus: Manage the three studies well. Participate in a larger study of iTeachAZ, of which SEP is a large part. Begin sharing codified best practices in a structured way.

12: "This year I successfully grew my region in total students admitted by 138% and grew the number confirmed to attend by 150%" Molly Hasbargen "After our second Freshman Matriculation Dinner 67% of recruits from my territory paid their enrollment deposit, signifying an intent on attending ASU" Laura Newman "In the Kyrene site, 93% of teacher candidates were proficient on the TAP instructional rubric by the end of the program. This means that these teacher candidates will enter the teaching profession practicing at a proficient level, far ahead of many first year teachers, and ready to lead their students to high academic achievement." Lindsay Wheeler "One of the most interesting measurable results I have attained this year is completing the syllabus for the redesigned student teaching course." April Boozer | "During our last class of the semester, I asked teacher candidates to reflect on what they had learned in the student teaching course and the impact it has had on student learning. They presented data charts as evidence of the student growth that occurred under their instructional leadership." Ryen Borden "Last year (09/10) only two students at Xavier College Prep (an all-girls Catholic high school) applied and were accepted to the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and neither of them ended up enrolling in classes. This year (10/11), seven students from Xavier applied and were accepted to the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and five of them have enrolled in classes for the fall semester." Casey Parks "I increased the number of applicants in 5 out of 6 school districts this year compared to last year." Crystal Cruz | Messages from the Team: Accomplishments from the Year

13: "I am most excited to be managing our recruitment events next year. Our impact on students and families will be greater due to spending more time in this area." Kristi Braxton "I am most excited to continue to sculpt and perfect our overall recruitment craft." Laura Newman "I am most excited to go into next year with a year of experience under my belt. Having a smaller set of schools and more specific goals combined with experience from our inaugural year offers greater potential for success." Crystal Cruz "I’m excited to further build relationships with our allies in the various high schools where we recruit. I feel like our efforts in this area during our first year of recruitment represent just the tip of the iceberg." Casey Parks | "Next year I am most excited to work on ways to improve the redesigned student teaching course to ensure our Teacher Candidates are set up for success entering their first year as classroom teachers." April Boozer "I am looking forward to next year when I will continue to strengthen the teacher preparation program at ASU by redesigning the junior year field experience course. The revised course will be more rigorous and better prepare teacher candidates to impact student achievement." Ryen Borden "I am excited to support multiple iTeachAZ sites next year as they implement a rigorous, innovative teacher preparation model." Lindsay Wheeler | Messages from the Team: Looking Forward to Next Year | "I am very excited at the growth of the recruitment team from 4 recruiters to 6 and the result that this will have on getting even more high-achieving students to choose a career in education and enter ASU’s Teachers College!" Molly Hasbargen

14: Dear Denny, Thank you from all of us for the opportunity to build the foundation of the Sanford Education Project this year. We are working hard, building a model that is already creating new standards at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and taking great joy in the process. We look forward to building on this foundation to create a model worthy of replication throughout the country, in line with your vision. Thank you for inspiring us to think bolder, dream bigger, and make this happen. We are honored to do this work! Dean Mari Koerner and Andrea Stouder Pursley

15: Thank you from everyone at the Sanford Education Project!

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