Molly, a NYC parent, tweeted and emailed me this AM about the many videos exploding all over YouTube that were originally submitted through the edTPA teacher certification process showing students being taught by teachers in training. One in particular shows a student who the teacher is trying to train him not to hum during reading.
The video link provided has been taken down at YouTube.
From reader, Josh Hayes, at this blog in Feb. 2014:
It's worth pointing out that new grads, starting this year, wishing to obtain certification as a teacher in WA state, must submit a great big package called the "edTPA", or "Teacher Performance Assessment", and pass it, much like experienced teachers passing national boards.
Secure appropriate permission from the parents/guardians of your students and from adults who appear in the video recording.
Display the video publicly (i.e., personal websites, YouTube, Facebook) without expressed permission for this purpose from all those featured in the video.
Sample Release form.
Continuing with Haimson's e-mail:
I assume that the usual parent consent forms for edTPA do NOT include posting on YouTube and that an additional consent form would be required.
Absolutely true and that's why, if you don't see a permission form for this activity, in your parent take-home packet, you should ask your child's teacher(s). I will ask the district what kinds of permission slips will be in the take-home packet.
Kylie is including an objection to this in the Opt-Out letter she plans to submit to her school at the start of the year.
Consider a blanket opt-out letter (I can try to craft one) about activities you do not want your child participating in without your knowledge and permission.
Fred Klonsky, a retired Chicago public school teacher who blogs posted: “Why edTPA is a really bad idea. Stop the Pearson takeover of Illinois student teacher certification” on August 22.
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Somewhat buried in his post, is the following:
“The videos submitted by student teachers contain student images, and although parental permission is required, they are already showing up on You Tube. Pearson also reserves the right to use submitted videos for their own purposes. edTPA JEOPARDIZES STUDENT PRIVACY”
When I commented on this on facebook, a friend & IL parent/school activist Kylie Spahn posted the following:
“Just did a search on You Tube - "EdTPA". A lot of videos popped up with all sorts of kids. I don't want my children on You Tube. Also - not just video but class assignments too. They are submitted to Pearson never to be returned to the kids or parents.”
I just went to youtube myself and found many videos shot in classrooms, full of children and teenaged students, and this one of a teacher working individually for 20 minutes with a special ed student who looks about six or seven!
Again, the video was taken down from YouTube.
The best way to prevent this is two-fold. One, let edTPA know you don't want this for your child. (I'll give you a way to contact them soon.) Two, let SPS know you don't want this for your child.