The Conceptual Framework, including Vision, Guiding Principles, and Standards, can be visualized through a lighthouse metaphor. This metaphor represents the Dewar College of Education, in partnership with campus and community partners, as a beacon that attracts a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and enlightens and guides educational progress in our region.
The lighthouse is well grounded, based on a strong foundation of evidence-based practices. The Conceptual Framework elements, the Vision, the Guiding Principles, and the Standards are based on a research-based teacher induction model developed through a systematic process. All actions, processes, and outcomes of the lighthouse demonstrate the linkage to evidence-based practices. All people, guided by the lighthouse, are expected to make decisions based on what works, with consideration for learner, goal, and learning environment. They are also expected to build on and extend the evidence base through reflective practice and research.
The lighthouse is well built, with the tower consisting of Guiding Principles for educational professionals. Each Principle is a touchstone that gives substance to decisions made about programs, curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The Principles lend equal and independent strength, and are constructed from top to bottom as a mnemonic device (DEPOSITS) to encourage frequent and shared visits to the lighthouse by students, faculty, staff, administrators, and campus and community partners. The Principles are versatile, providing guidance to all program areas and levels; and lasting, extending guidance from candidate status through professional service.
The lighthouse is well engineered; a system of practices, standards, principles, people and processes working together. The mechanism that keeps the lighthouse operating 7 days a week, 365 days a year, is a system of continuous assessment and improvement. Vision, mission, goals, curriculum, instruction, field experiences, assessment, and evaluation describe the iterative work of the
The lighthouse is a metaphor that attracts attention, with its pattern of Principles, drawing the eye upward to the goal of “Positively Impacting Learning through Evidence-Based Practices.” From the vantage point at the top of the lighthouse, the