Unique Partnership Prepares Educational
Leaders to Achieve NETS•A
Donna Schnupp, instructional designer for Johns Hopkins
University, discusses JHU’s Graduate Certificate Program
in School Administration and Supervision.
W hat do teacher evaluations, a high school orientation pro- gram, and digital portfolios
highlighting NETS for Administrators
have in common? These and dozens of
other resources and initiatives were all
developed in partnership with ISTE by
graduate students in the online Johns
Hopkins University (JHU) Graduate
Certificate Program in School Administration and Supervision.
The ISTE and JHU partnership offers a 15-month online graduate program that challenges students to think
like school leaders as they prepare for
the School Leaders Licensure Assessment, an examination for an Administrator II credential. The program
not only prepares aspiring educators
for school leadership and administrative positions, but also helps current
school leaders and administrators
learn how to effectively use and
Now in its sixth year, the program
provides graduate students opportunities to immerse themselves in learning
about, understanding, and mastering
NETS•A and the Educational Leadership Constituency Council (ELCC)
standards. This is the only resource
and partnership to achieve ISTE’s
mastery-level Seal of Alignment for
Throughout the year, students
work on leadership activities and
assignments in six courses, gaining
practical, hands-on experience with
NETS•A and ELCC standards. As
a final requirement of the program,
students create a digital portfolio that
summarizes their accomplishments
and includes artifacts they develop
to illustrate how they demonstrate
competency in each of the NETS•A.
Several students from last year’s cohort developed short videos that show
NETS•A in action (see Resources for
two that Karen Bryer and Mike DiSal-vo developed).
At ISTE’s annual conference and
exposition, students present a poster
session highlighting a NETS•A resource or initiative they developed.
Often, these resources come out of
a student’s work in the internship
course or one of the other five core
courses in the program.
For instance, in the Supervision and
Professional Development course,
students learn about the full clinical
cycle of supervision. Students use a
variety of observation formats for a
series of teacher observations. See-
ing an opportunity to move beyond
paper observations, former student
John Binnert explored how to use
iPads and other handheld devices for
observations. In his iEvaluation poster
session, Binnert showcased how he set
up Google and PDF forms to collect
observation data. Coming out of the
ISTE/JHU program, Binnert armed
himself with several practical tools he
and other school administrators could
use for teacher evaluations.
JHU program: iste.org/jhu
Karen Bryer’s digital story: www.youtube.com/
Mike DiSalvo’s digital story: www.youtube.
com/watch?v=mn TILjms YVc
Onboarding Transition Program: https://sites.