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June 28, 2023

Teaching Channel Talks Episode 71: Behind the Scenes of Teacher Evaluation (w/Dr. Wyatt Gordon)

In this episode of Teaching Channel Talks, Wendy sits down with Dr. Wyatt Gordon, Ed.D., to take a behind-the-scenes look at teacher certification testing. As the Senior Vice President and Head of Evaluation Systems at Pearson VUE, Wyatt partners with states to develop teacher evaluation systems that allow educators to become certified in their field. In this insightful conversation, Wyatt and Wendy discuss how teacher evaluation systems have changed throughout the years, address some misconceptions around these tests, and look to the future for how evaluation systems can encourage growth in educators.

Our Guest

Dr. Wyatt Gordon is the Senior Vice President and Head of Evaluation Systems at Pearson VUE. At Pearson VUE, they provide expert educator testing services that move teaching candidates from potential to progress, while driving certification or licensure programs to new heights. Pearson continually pushes the limits by developing secure exam delivery options and innovative testing methods because they know that by working together, challenging the status quo, and fostering new possibilities, we will collectively move forward.

Our Host

Dr. Wendy Amato earned her Master’s in Education and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. She holds an MBA from James Madison University. Wendy began teaching in 1991, has served as a Middle School Administrator, and still teaches at UVA’s School of Education. She has delivered teacher professional development workshops and student leadership workshops in the US and internationally. Wendy and her family live near Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Articles

Looking for more information? Dr. Wyatt Gordon has written several articles about teacher assessment and licensure, as well as the teacher shortages currently weighing on the education system.

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