Unique Professional Development opportunity for Teacher Educators
by sona baker & Daya Cozzolino-Fulton
Are you a teacher educator working with novice teachers? Are you looking for a place to expand your own knowledge and experience professional development tailored specifically to your role? TeacherSquared is hosting our third Teacher Educator Institute focused on Using Data to Improve Novice Teacher Practice.
Join teacher educators, the teachers of teachers, from across the country for this Institute focused on Using Data to Improve Novice Teacher Practice. This institute is for new or experienced teacher educators interested in collaborating with other teacher educators to deepen their ability to use data to help the novice teachers they train get better. This Institute will be a uniquely valuable professional development experience for teacher educators in a range of roles: from clinical professors and deans to coaches and directors, in both traditional and alternative teacher preparation programs.
Click here for more details and to register today! Feel free to use the discount code “FRIEND2018” for $200 off.
Participant Highlight: Daya Cozzolino-Fulton
To learn more about the experience you will have at this Institute, read below to hear from Daya Cozzolino-Fulton, Director of Professional Learning at Yes Prep Public Schools - Teaching Excellence. As a participant of the TeacherSquared 2016 General Teacher Educator Institute, as well as a facilitator during the 2017 Teacher Educator Institute focused on Practice, Daya offers a unique perspective on the overall Institute experience and outcomes.
TeacherSquared (T2): What does it mean to you to be a teacher educator - a teacher of teachers?
Daya: I find being a teacher educator is one of the most rewarding and challenging work. I feel so honored to work as a teacher educator as it allows me to work with new teachers that are entering the field of education.
T2: Why did you attend the TeacherSquared Teacher Educator Institute 2016 in NYC, and what made you want to attend and facilitate during the 2017 Houston Institute?
Daya: I was excited to attend the TeacherSquared Teacher Educator Institute in summer of 2016 with my team because we are always trying to improve Practice in our professional learning and coaching. I appreciated the models that we saw and also found it very helpful to practice ‘practice’. I was excited to facilitate at the 2017 Houston Institute because I really appreciate the work around Practice and I also enjoyed engaging with other teacher educators from across the country.
T2: What was unique about the TeacherSquared Institutes compared to other conferences you have attended?
Daya: The TeacherSquared Institutes are always engaging, have a great deal of application, and there is a great balance of content and team building. I also found the materials and resources provided to be top notch.
T2: What concrete changes did you implement in your program to incorporate resources or ideas from the Institute? How did it impact your program?
Daya: After attending the Institutes, our program has updated the practice in our sessions, has created new direction slides for practice, and has started to interrupt more in sessions to provide feedback to our teachers.
T2: What is the best part about attending a TeacherSquared Institute?
Daya: The best part of the about attending a TeacherSquared Institute is the time that you have to practice and apply what you learned. You also get to work with amazing facilitators and meet other teacher educators.
T2: What would you say to a teacher educator who is considering attending the TeacherSquared Teacher Educator Institute focused on Using Data to Improve Novice Teacher Practice this May in New Orleans?
Daya: You should definitely attend the TeacherSquared Institute. You will learn new content and strategies, experience great facilitation, meet other teacher educators, and analyze your own program through a specific lens. I have truly enjoyed attending the TeacherSquared Institutes. Our program has learned so much and they have truly improved our professional learning and coaching.
About the Authors
Manager of Operations
As the Manager of Operations for TeacherSquared, Sona Baker handles logistics and operational work for the national center. Sona began her work in education in 2012 at Uncommon Schools – North Star Academy in Newark, NJ as a founding operations team member to launch a new middle school. She continued her career in education in 2015 by serving as Director of School Operations of a 6-8 middle school at STRIVE Preparatory Schools, a charter school network in Denver, CO before moving back to the east coast in 2016. Sona attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, where she earned her BA in Psychology and her M.Ed in Special Education.
Director of Professional Learning
Daya Cozzolino Fulton is the Director of Professional Learning for Teaching Excellence. She is originally from Clinton, Connecticut and graduated from Stonehill College with degrees in Elementary Education and History. She relocated to Houston as a Corps Member with Teach For America, where she taught 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. In 2011, she came to YES Prep as an Instructional Coach with the Teaching Excellence program. In her current role, Daya works to design professional development for Novice Teachers and develops Instructional Coaches in facilitation. In her free time, Daya enjoys running, doing yoga and spending time with her husband and two cats.