iTeachAZ is a Professional Development School Model. A Professional Development School is a partnership-based teacher education program through the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.
The TAP is the Teacher Advancement Program, which is an inservice model of teacher evaluation that provides instructionally-focused accountability, performance-based compensation, and ongoing applied professional growth. More information about the TAP can be obtained at www.talentedteachers.org
For our Teacher Education Program, we wanted to model the same high expectations and a strong link between theory and practice. As a result, our Professional Development School (PDS) Program incorporated TAP into our coursework and clinical experiences. The process provides an opportunity to learn concepts in the ASU classroom, then apply those concepts in the elementary classroom in a focused manner.
A major component of the iTeachAZ Program is the TAP rubric itself. The rubric is used as a measure of performance for the preservice teachers in our program. The rubric can be viewed under the "Miscellaneous Documents" tab.
The TAP process within the iTeach Teacher Education Program includes the following components:
Each of these components is described in the corresponding pages.