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December 2007 Meeting Minutes

Date: December 6&7, 2007
Location: State Education Department, Seminar Room 5A&B, Albany, New York

Members Present

Debra Colley, co-chair
Eric Gidseg, co-chair
Richard Ahola
Sheila Appel
Erik Bitterbaum
Allison Cugini
Richard Feller
Catalina Fortino

Cheryl Freedman
Rosemary Harrigan
Lloyd Jaeger
Gerald Mager
Nicholas Michelli
Susan Mittler
Eva Mroczka
Joseph Perez

Susan Phillips
Evie Rich
Patricia Roberts
Pamela Sandoval
Frank Scelsa
Gale Sookdeo
Kathy Taylor


Desma DeGraw
Tira Randall
Sally Thompson
Stephen Uebbing

Robert Bentley
Nancy Taylor Baumes

December 6, 2007

1. Call to Order/Information Items

Day One of the meeting was called to order by the co-chairs at 3:30 p.m.

  1. Congratulations to Eric Gidseg upon receiving his Ph.D.
  2. Follow-up to the October meeting was provided.

2. Meeting Minutes


That the minutes of the October 2007 meeting be approved.

(Moved by S. Phillips, seconded by R. Harrigan, carried.)

3. Subcommittee Reports

Professional Practices Subcommittee: Rosemary Harrigan, chair, reported that the subcommittee met on December 6, prior to the full Board meeting. The subcommittee reviewed 6 Part 83 cases and discussed feedback to the draft Professional Development Standards. The subcommittee also discussed teacher/student boundary issues and OSPRA staff provided information about related SED initiatives.

Higher Education Subcommittee: Nick Michelli, chair, reported that the subcommittee met on December 6, prior to the full Board meeting. The subcommittee discussed developments in one RATE review in process and discussed with OCUE staff information gleaned thus far from the process of accreditation of New York State higher education institutions.

4. SED Policy Update

Bob Bentley and Joe Frey reported on the following:

  • The proposed amendment to implement the tenure statute will be discussed in concept with the Regents at their December meeting.

Motion 1: The Standards Board generally supports the Department’s recommendations to the Regents regarding the implementation of the statute relating to teacher tenure, including making it applicable to teachers whose probationary period begins on or after July 1, 2008.

(Moved by E. Rich, seconded by J. Perez, carried.)

  • The Department’s revised Report in response to Article VII requirements for the review of teacher preparation, will be presented for approval at the December Regents meeting. Once approved, it will be forwarded to the Governor and the Department will seek funding to implement it.

  • The proposed restructuring of certification to address special education issues will be discussed at the December Regents meeting. Following this, the Department will proceed to draft regulatory language.

5. Proposed Mentoring Standards

Trish Roberts provided an overview of the ad hoc group’s work thus far in developing proposed Statewide Mentoring Standards. Issues related to next tasks, group membership, and timeline were discussed.

6. Adjournment

The co-chairs adjourned Day One of the meeting at 5:31 p.m.

December 7, 2007

Ad hoc group meetings held from 8:00a.m.to 10:00a.m.

1. Call to Order

Day Two of the meeting was called to order by the co-chairs at 10:05 a.m.

2. New Vision in Education Program

Kathy Taylor introduced Howard Korn, Marjorie Leopold, Alician Miller, and Jodi Yankanin from Orange-Ulster BOCES. They gave a presentation on the New Visions Education Program, designed to attract high school students into teaching careers.

3. Ad Hoc Work Groups

Ad hoc groups reported:

  • Professional Development- The ad hoc group raised the possibility of issuing a reminder regarding the draft professional standards at the beginning of January and/or extending the response deadline. They will review all responses and produce a revised draft, probably at the March meeting. The group is discussing recommendations for implementing the standards.

  • Teacher Policy- The ad hoc group outlined the areas in which its report will make recommendations: policy questions contained in the Article VII report, partnerships/centers of pedagogy, the benefits and limitations of program accreditation, and a review of regulations and policies related to teacher preparation. The group may seek writing time later in the year and expects to have its report ready for the full Board by the May meeting.

  • Mentoring- Catalina has agreed to co-chair the ad hoc group. The group reported that additional members have joined and the newly constituted group recapped the work thus far and considered overarching questions that will guide its work. The group is planning its work along two strands: standards relating to the mentoring relationship and standards for mentoring programs. They plan a research inquiry session during the January meeting using these key questions.

4.SED Policy Update


Bob Bentley reported on the following:

  • Proposed changes to preparation and certification requirements for school leaders will be discussed, in concept, at the December Regents meeting. Bob will share draft language with members and a conference call will be scheduled for interested members.

5. 2008-2009 Meeting Calendar

Motion 2: To adopt the 2008-2009 meeting dates (Attachment 2).

(Moved by C. Freedman, seconded by J. Perez, carried.)

6. Announcements

Legislative Education visits: Members are asked to thinSeptember 2, 2009slative Education visits during the March meeting.

7. Adjournment

September 2, 2009

Motion: to adjourn.

(Moved by S. Mittler, seconded by J. Perez, carried.)

The co-chairs adjourned Day Two of the meeting at 12:30 p.m.

Last Updated: September 2, 2009