The School of Education collects and analyzes data, on an on-going basis, relative to candidate performance and unit operations related to content and pedagogical knowledge (professional and State standards), content and pedagogical performance (clinical practice), instructional planning, candidate impact on student learning, and dispositions (professional, State, and institutional). The purpose of this data collection and analysis is to evaluate the progress of candidates and to improve programs.
There are five phases of the SOE Assessment System. In phase one, the Assessment Coordinator collects, analyzes, and summarizes the assessment data at the admission, retention, and program exit checkpoints. In the second phase, summarized data from candidate assessments, including data from the six required key assessments, and unit operations are disseminated for review and discussion to: SOE faculty and staff, SOE Curriculum Committee, College of Education and Health Services, and the Teacher Education Advisory Committee, which includes school partners.
During phase three, the SOE Curriculum Committee (SOE program faculty, Chair and Assistant Chair of SOE, and the Assessment Coordinator) has the primary responsibility to analyze the assessment data related to content and pedagogical knowledge (state standards), content and pedagogical performance (clinical practice), instructional planning, candidate impact on student learning, and dispositions (professional, state, and institutional) and develop the Assessment Reports. These reports represent how these data are used to improve both candidate performance and program quality. The Assessment Reports, while based on individual assessments, are a summary of findings, faculty’s interpretations, and changes to be made at the program and unit levels.
In phase four, the SOE Curriculum Committee discusses the Assessment Reports with the SOE Department at regularly scheduled meetings throughout the academic year, and makes recommendations for ongoing program and unit improvement. During the fifth phase, these recommendations are implemented according to a specified timeline. The recommendations then become part of the Assessment System elements during the next assessment review cycle.
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Dr. Joyce Jeewek joined the school of education faculty full-time in 2006. Formerly, she worked as an elementary teacher, reading specialists, special education intervention manager, principal, district curriculum director, and an adjunct faculty member for Northern Illinois, Lewis and Benedictine Universities. Dr. Jeewek's passion is education! Dr. Jeewek earned her Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, a Masters of Science in Education for Language Arts and Reading, and a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Mainstreaming from Northern Illinois University. In 2010, Dr. Jeewek added an ESL endorsement from Benedictine University to her resume.
Dr. Jeewek's research interests include qualitative studies where teachers, as practitioners, examine ways to improve student learning. Her areas of interest include: reading and the language arts, assessment driving instruction, differentiated instruction, effective reading comprehension and writing strategies, family literacy, English Language Learners, children's literature and family literacy. Her work is published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Illinois Reading Council. Dr. Jeewek delivers numerous presentations at local, state, and international conferences. Dr. Jeewek has also had her students present at various conferences. She teaches children's literature, reading and the language arts, and reading assessment courses to both undergraduates and graduate students.
Professional development is important to Dr. Jeewek. She is currently president of the Prairie Area Reading Council and is a voting board member of the Illinois Reading Council. Dr. Jeewek is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi, international education honor society Chapter Services Committee, in charge of developing strategic plans for the organization. She also is a member of both the International Reading Association's Arbothnot and Jerry John's Award Committee and the Illinois Reading Council's Barack Obama Literacy Award Committee. In 2009, Dr. Jeewek was awarded an Honorable Mention Award by the Barack Obama Literacy Fund and received a small library to use in her children's literature courses for future educators. As a Prairie Area Reading Council board member for the past seven years, Dr. Jeewek has been a part of a council that has received both Honor Council and Council of Excellence from both the Illinois Reading Council and the International Reading Association. She has also received numerous membership and speaker grants and membership idea awards from the Illinois Reading Council.