Linda Davis-Delano
  • Bachelor of Science, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill., 1975
  • Master of Science, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill., 1980
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1988

Linda Davis-Delano has worked at Springfield College since 1993. As the director of educator preparation and licensure, she works closely with several academic departments (e.g. physical education and health education, education, and psychology). Davis-Delano has been extremely active at the Massachusetts state level serving on numerous working groups for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). As the liaison to DESE for Springfield College and as the College's licensure officer, she is the "go-to" person to get answers to questions about becoming a teacher or school counselor.

Her community service includes advocating for the field of education and serving as a volunteer coach for youth boys' soccer, basketball, and baseball. Prior to coming to Springfield College, she was employed at Hamline University, where she was the director of women's athletics, professor of physical education, chair of the physical education department, and women's volleyball coach. She also taught physical education and coached varsity volleyball and softball at Libertyville High School from 1975 to 1988.

Research Interests

  • Supervision and mentoring of teacher candidates best practices
  • Development of reflective teachers

Courses Taught

  • Supervision of Physical Education Student Teachers
  • Practicum Seminar
  • Racket Sports

Certifications and Memberships

  • Licensed Physical Education Teacher in Illinois and Massachusetts
  • Licensed School Administrator in Illinois
  • Participant MA DESE Moderate Disabilities Pilot Program (2016-2017): Coordinated the moderate disabilities competency pilot program at Springfield; conducted supervisor training, facilitated committee to develop additional assignments to use as evidence for competencies.
  • Participant MA DESE Ed Prep Annual Snapshot (EPAS) Committee (2016-2017): Provided input into the development of the Educator Preparation Annual Snapshot (EPAS), which is designed to provide sponsoring organizations with the information they need to continue to train the high quality educators in MA and to support their own continuous improvement efforts.
  • Member of MA DESE Program Review Team for Westfield State University (2016): Assessed sponsoring organization and selected licensure programs.
  • Participant MA DESE Supervisor Workgroup (2016-2017): Contributed to the development of a supervisor certification mechanism that is part of a suite of resources developed and designed to improve supervisor quality.

Selected Works

Presentations

  • "Hats off to the CAP” (CAP=Candidate Assessment of Performance) Massachusetts Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE) Conference, April 2016 (Panelist)
  • “Unpacking the New Curriculum Standards: Wrap-Up/Concluding Comments” MA Departments of Higher Education, Elementary & Secondary Education and Early Education & Care sponsored Collaboration, May 2014 (Panelist)
  • “MA Educator Evaluation System: Implications for Physical Educators.” Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance – State Convention, November, 2013 and State Conference, March 2014.

Funded Grants

  • Contributor to writing team (2017) Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts innovation planning grant – “Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition: Building Pathways for Diverse Paraprofessionals to Become Licensed Teachers” - $50,000
  • Lead Author (2013-14) Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Expansion of Teacher Preparation Program Grant – “S3 Project” - $867,000

Spring 2017 Laurels Submissions

  • Linda Davis-Delano, PhD, professor of physical education and director of educator preparation and licensure, served on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Supervisor Certification Working Group in May 2016 through June 2016. The purpose of this working group was to create an innovative new mechanism for ensuring that candidates are receiving high-quality feedback and support from supervisors during the practicum of student teaching. Davis-Delano also served on the Massachusetts DESE Program Approval Team in November 2016. The team assessed the educator preparation programs at Westfield State University. She is currently serving on the Massachusetts DESE Educator Preparation Annual Snapshot (EPAS) Working Group. Its purpose is to synthesize key state-level data to provide improvement instructions for colleges that have educator preparation programs.
  • Linda Davis-Delano, PhD, professor of physical education and director of educator preparation and licensure, contributed to a grant proposal submitted on behalf of the Western Massachusetts Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition to the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM). This program is geared toward providing paraprofessionals an avenue to becoming teachers. Davis-Delano is serving on the steering committee for this grant. She also contributed to a grant proposal to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as part of the EPIC Partnership Innovation Grant.

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