Professional Dispositions Plan and Information

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Procedures

Procedures – When Are Candidate Professional Dispositions Assessed?

Candidates are assessed on dispositions in one of two ways:

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1. Dispositions for candidates will be assessed at three points, referred to as "dispositional decision points," within programs using the Assessment of Professional Dispositions document.  The three dispositional decision points will include:

  1. a program-designated course that candidates take early in the program (“entry point”)
  2. a program-designated course that occurs prior to admission to student teaching or about when a candidate has typically completed approximately half of the program courses (“midpoint”)
  3. during the final semester (“exit point”)
  1. Entry Point:  Candidates will be introduced to professional dispositions, as well as the procedures for assessment of dispositions, within the entry point course. For undergraduates, this course will be the program-specific prerequisite course for admission to Teacher Education.  Candidates will be provided information for accessing the Professional Dispositions Plan for Professional Education Programs at UNC Charlotte (available on the College of Education website).

During the entry point course, candidates will complete the first of two dispositions self-assessments using the Assessment of Professional Dispositions and indicate their commitment to displaying professional dispositions.  Candidates will use the Taskstream Online System for this purpose (Help Sheets for this task are available on the College of Education Dispositions Website). Instructors will assess candidates ONLY on their timely completion of these assignments at the entry point.

  1. Midpoint:  Programs will designate one program course as a second dispositional decision point.  For initial teacher licensure candidates, this course occurs prior to candidate admission to student teaching/graduate internship. Professional dispositions and procedures will be reviewed in the course.  Candidates will complete the second of two dispositions self-assessments using the Assessment of Professional Dispositions and reaffirm their commitment to professional dispositions.  Candidates will use the Taskstream Online System for this purpose (Help Sheets for this task are available on the College of Education Dispositions Website).  The course instructor will assess professional dispositions for each candidate using the Assessment of Professional Dispositions document rubric and record these ratings in Taskstream at the midpoint.

For undergraduate candidates, classroom teachers will be asked to assess candidate dispositions during the first semester of the yearlong internship. Programs may ask P-12 partners to assess candidate dispositions during another designated intensive clinical experience. The Assessment of Professional Dispositions document will be used for this purpose.  These ratings will be recorded within Taskstream, if possible.

  1. Exit:  Final dispositions assessments will be recorded on each candidate during a course taught at the end of the program, preferably the capstone course. For initial licensure teaching candidates, the university supervisor and the cooperating teacher or principal will assess candidate dispositions during student teaching/graduate internship using the Assessment of Professional Dispositions document and record these ratings within Taskstream. 

Anytime:  Faculty and school/agency partners may assess, coach, and remediate candidate professional dispositions at any point in the program. 

School/agency partner participation: School/agency partner input regarding candidate dispositions is invaluable, and that input is welcomed by the College of Education. School/agency partners who have concerns regarding candidate dispositions are asked to complete the Assessment of Professional Dispositions document on the candidate in question by engaging in these processes with the assistance of university faculty member (the candidate’s course instructor or faculty from the Office of Field Experiences would be obvious choices to facilitate this).

2. Additional means of assessing professional dispositions unique to individual program may be developed and delivered in conjunction with the Assessment of Professional Dispositions document.  Documentation of such assessments, as well as the processes for teaching and assessing the program-specific dispositions, must on file in the department and with the College Dispositions Coordinator on behalf of the Office of the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Education.

 

Procedures – What happens when a rating of “Needs Improvement” is noted on a candidate’s assessment?

In keeping with the values articulated in the College of Education Conceptual Framework, dispositional expectations for education candidates at UNC Charlotte are a central tenet of our programs. The vast majority of our candidates emerge as highly effective and ethical graduates who demonstrate knowledge, effectiveness, and commitment to transforming lives by having a positive impact on children, youth, families, communities, and schools. However, occasionally there is a need to remediate candidates on the dispositional requirements of the profession. These procedures outline the process for tracking candidate dispositions within the College of Education.

Candidates may receive a rating of “Needs Improvement” in one of two ways:  

  1. From a program-midpoint course assessment as recorded in Taskstream

When a candidate receives a rating of "Needs Improvement" in any area on a program-midpoint dispositional course assessment (as indicated on the Taskstream-generated report), the candidate will receive an email from the College Dispositions Coordinator stating that this has occurred, and that at least one rating of “needs improvement” has been recorded for the candidate.  Dispositional program-midpoint results may be reviewed by course instructor, the College Dispositions Coordinator, department chairs, program coordinators, or faculty from the Dean’s office. 

If the nature of the “needs improvement” area for the candidate is such that further intervention is warranted, any of these faculty may request a conference with the candidate to directly discuss the issue OR initiate a Professional Disposition Plan of Action OR both. If a conference is called or a Plan of Action is initiated, the department dispositions faculty coordinator and the College Dispositions Coordinator should be provided a copy of all documentation. It is expected that course instructors will be diligent in coaching, informing, and remediating candidates on Professional Education Dispositions.

  1. From a faculty member OR school/agency partner outside of a midpoint-course Taskstream assessment:

When a candidate receives a rating of "Needs Improvement" in any area from an assessment by a faculty member or a school agency / partner outside of a designated Taskstream dispositions course, the faculty member will conference with the candidate to discuss the concern and provide guidance for improvement. The faculty member or the candidate may request assistance from the department chair, department faculty coordinator for dispositions, advisor, or other faculty member in conferencing with the candidate.  The conference and any outcomes should be documented on the Assessment of Professional Dispositions. If a school/agency partner has submitted this rating to a faculty member, that school/agency partner may be asked to provide additional details to allow all parties to fully understand the articulated concern. Candidates will receive a copy of all completed disposition assessment forms.  A copy of all documentation should be shared with the department dispositions faculty coordinator and the College Dispositions Coordinator.

In the event that a negative rating is given by school or agency personnel during a candidate's early clinical experiences, a faculty member from the Office of Field Experiences (OFE) may initiate a conference with the student in consultation with the departmental faculty coordinator for dispositions or with the College of Dispositions Coordinator or both. The OFE faculty member will provide the department dispositions faculty coordinator with a copy of all documentation regarding the dispositional concern. A copy of all documentation will also be shared with the College Dispositions Coordinator.

 

Formulating a Professional Dispositions Plan of Action

In many cases, making the candidate aware of the dispositional concern may be all the remediation needed to correct the behavior. In other, more serious cases, the dispositional remediation process may include additional activities/strategies as are appropriate to the situation.  In such cases, a Dispositions Plan of Action should be developed and used.

The faculty member should use the Professional Disposition Plan of Action to outline any long-term strategies or activities that may be required of the candidate in addressing the disposition concern. This includes any dispositions issue that is ongoing in nature and does not appear to be resolved with a single conference with the candidate. The Professional Dispositions Plan of Action will include the candidate's expected behavioral changes and responsibilities and outline any additional supports to be provided by the faculty.  The Professional Disposition Plan of Action may require the faculty member to periodically follow-up with the candidate until the remediation process is complete. All parties will sign to indicate understanding of and adherence to the coaching and remediation activities indicated in the plan.  Candidates will receive a copy of all completed Professional Disposition Plan of Action forms.  The faculty member will provide the department dispositions faculty coordinator and the College Dispositions Coordinator with a copy of all documentation regarding the dispositional concern. Forms for the Professional Dispositions Plan of Action are available on the COED website. The faculty member or the candidate may request assistance from the department chair, department faculty coordinator for dispositions, advisor, or other faculty member in formulating the Plan of Action and/or meeting with the candidate.

 

Procedures – What Happens If Multiple Dispositions Assessments Indicate Ongoing Problems for a Candidate?

First Review – Department Level (Flowchart of review process)

Periodically, the College Dispositions Coordinator will review the dispositional tracking database to monitor candidate dispositional incidents. In addition, department chairs, departmental dispositions faculty coordinators, or faculty from the Dean’s Office may also review dispositional incidents at any time. If two[1] or more negative assessment incidents are recorded for a candidate, the College Dispositions Coordinator will work with the department faculty coordinator and the department chair to convene the department dispositions committee to review the situation. (Note: For candidates in early program courses who have not yet been officially admitted to their program of study, dispositions incidents will be reviewed by department faculty prior to admission.) The department dispositions committee may, at the discretion of the department chair, be appointed or elected. The department committee membership may alter as is appropriate to the dispositional situation. It is expected that the faculty member/s involved in reporting and documenting the original dispositional concerns would not be part of the department dispositions review. The total number of members on the committee should be an uneven number. The College Dispositions Coordinator will serve as an ex officio member of the review and provide information to the department committee as needed.

The purpose of the department review committee is to ascertain seriousness of the dispositional infractions and make decisions regarding the candidate's advancement in the program. Notice of the departmental review will be provided to the candidate, and the candidate will be provided an opportunity to speak on his/her own behalf (the candidate may choose not to do so). The departmental dispositions committee has three options for action:

  1. Allow the candidate to progress in the program without conditions;
  2. Allow the candidate to progress in the program with conditions (this may include a new or more intensive remediation plan for the candidate to complete before moving forward in the program); or
  3. Recommend to the dean that the candidate be denied advancement in the program.

If Options 1 or 2 are selected by the department review committee, oversight of the candidate’s dispositional progress will remain at the department level. The College Dispositions Coordinator will continue to assist the department coordinator and faculty chair with monitoring to keep the department committee aware of the candidate’s dispositional status.  Further negative dispositional reports may result in a re-convening of the departmental committee. The department chair will send written notification of the departmental decision to the candidate, outlining any additional steps for action on the part of the candidate as appropriate. A copy of this letter will be provided to the Dean’s Office.

If Option 3 is selected by the department review committee, the recommendation for denial of advancement is referred to the Senior Associate Dean (see below). The department chair  and the College Dispositions Coordinator will jointly send written notification of the departmental decision to the candidate, and include information regarding the candidate’s right of appeal of the decision. A copy of this letter will be provided to the Dean’s Office.  The College Dispositions Coordinator will also send notice of this decision to the Dean of Students.   


[1] In special circumstances, dispositions infractions deemed serious, egregious may result in convening of the departmental review before two assessments are recorded.


Second Review - Candidate’s Right of Appeal

A candidate denied progression in the program or recommended for removal from the program may file an appeal with College Dispositions Appeals Board via the College of Education Dean’s Office[1]. The College Dispositions Appeals Board will consist of the dispositions faculty coordinators from each academic department (or their designee as determined by the department chair), the director of the Office of Teacher Education, Advising, Licensure, and Recruiting (TEALR) (or designee), and the director of the Office of Field Experiences (or designee).  The College Dispositions Coordinator will serve as an ex officio member of the board.

The candidate’s written request to appeal the department dispositions decision must be received in the Office of the Dean of the College of Education within 10 business days from the date of the written notification to the candidate of the departmental decision. Forms for the appeal are available on the College of Education website. The right of appeal lies solely with the candidate.

Upon receipt of any written appeal, the Senior Associate Dean shall convene the College Dispositions Appeals Board within 15 business days.  The candidate will be informed in writing as to when and where the Appeals Board will convene.  The Appeals Board will review all documentation related to the dispositional history of the candidate. The candidate will be provided an opportunity to speak on his/her own behalf. The Appeals Board may opt to interview any stakeholders, including but not limited to faculty member(s) who assessed the candidate’s progress as "Needs Improvement." 

The college dispositions appeals board has three options for action:

  1. Allow the candidate to progress in the program without conditions;
  2. Allow the candidate to progress in the program with conditions (this may include a new or more intensive remediation plan for the candidate to complete before moving forward in the program); or
  3. Uphold the departmental recommendation to the dean that the candidate be denied advancement in the program.

If Options 1 or 2 are selected by the College Dispositional Appeals Board, oversight of the candidate’s dispositional progress will be referred back to the departmental level. The College Dispositions Coordinator will continue to assist the department coordinator and faculty chair with monitoring to keep the department committee aware of the candidate’s dispositional status.  Further negative dispositional reports may result in a re-convening of the departmental committee, and a subsequent re-convening of the College Dispositional Appeal Board. The Senior Associate Dean will send written notification of the College Dispositional Appeal Board decision to the candidate, outlining any additional steps for action on the part of the candidate as appropriate. A copy of this letter will be provided to the Dean’s Office.

If Option 3 is selected by the College Dispositional Appeal Board, the recommendation for denial of advancement is referred to the designated Senior Associate Dean. The Senior Associate Dean will review all the documentation available and make a final decision regarding the candidate’s status in the program within 10 business days.

If the recommendation for termination in the program is upheld:

  • For undergraduate students, the Senior Associate Dean will send written notification of the decision to the candidate. A copy of this letter will be added to the candidate’s dispositional file. The College Dispositions Coordinator will also send notice of this decision to the Dean of Students.
  • For all graduate students, the Senior Associate Dean in the College of Education will send written notification recommending termination to the Dean of the Graduate School. The College Dispositions Coordinator will also send notice of this decision to the Dean of Students. The Dean of the Graduate School will render a final decision.

[1] Candidate who opt not to pursue the appeal process should understand that in these cases, the departmental review decision will become the final decision.

 

Who Monitors the Candidates’ Disposition Assessments?

Monitoring of candidate dispositions is a crucial step in maintaining the both the integrity of the dispositional process and the best interests of our candidates. Department chairs will designate faculty members to assist in this process.

Department dispositions faculty coordinator: Each academic department will appoint a faculty coordinator for dispositions who will a) coordinate and monitor dispositions procedures within the department, b) serve as a resource person to faculty and students, c) maintain and forward documentation to the College Dispositions Coordinator, and d) serve on the College Dispositions Appeals Board when appropriate.  In addition, to assure that candidate assessment, coaching, and remediation is coordinated and communicated between the academic departments and the Office of Field Experiences (OFE), an OFE faculty member will be appointed as the OFE faculty coordinator for disposition matters that affect or arise during clinical experiences or student teaching.

The departmental dispositions faculty coordinators will share all received candidate dispositional documentation with the College Dispositions Coordinator (housed in the Dean’s Office).

College Dispositions Coordinator:  The Dean’s Office will designate a College Dispositions Coordinator who will ensure all dispositions incidences are logged in a local database and documentations maintained in order to monitor candidate dispositional progress and follow-up with faculty when necessary. The College Dispositions Coordinator will be supervised by the Senior Associate Dean in the College of Education, who will maintain oversight of all candidate disposition matters and will convene the College Dispositions Appeals Board when appropriate.  The College Dispositions Coordinator will work with faculty coordinators and department chairs to communicate and meet with candidates as needed.

The current College Dispositions Coordinator is Dr. Laura Hart, Director of Accreditation and Continuous Improvement for the College of Education. She can be reached at laura.hart@uncc.edu.