Susanne Spiele is a researcher and project manager at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences / ELAN, section of Teacher Development, University of Twente. She is currently working on several projects on the assessment of second-career teachers and personalized trajectories for second-career teachers, and on data based decision making in education.
She also coordinates the Assessment Centre Twente, which provides teacher assessments for the University of Twente and other educational institutes. For more information, visit www.utwente.nl/assessmentcentrum (Dutch).
More and more teachers use data such as standardized tests to improve their practice. Since data use is not yet a standard part of pre-service teacher training, teachers do not always know how to use data adequately. Professional development is often employed to increase their knowledge on this topic.
We are currently working on a meta-analysis which aims to determine the effect of professional development interventions for data use on elementary and secondary school student achievement and to identify effective characteristics of these interventions.
The teacher training programmes of Dutch universities are currently revising their admission policy. Objectives of the revision are to recognize the full competence and development capacity of aspiring teachers, and to create an admission procedure that is both easier and more consistent. During the project 'Admission assessments' (part of the VSNU Action Plan Academic Teachers, 2020-2021), an additional aspect of admission policy will be expanded upon: admission assessments for candidates who are not directly admissible based on their earlier education. In this project, earlier acquired competencies of aspiring teachers will receive more attention than in current practice.
Coaching of early career teachers was a national project (2013-2019) striving to support teachers in their professional development during the start of their teaching career. The brochure 'Jumpstart' (Dutch) describes the proceeds from this project for our region. You can find more information about coaching and development of early career teachers here.