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January 2009 Meeting Minutes

Date: January 8 & 9, 2009
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
Allison Cugini
Richard Feller
Catalina Fortino
Rosemary Harrigan

Aseba Harris
Lloyd Jaeger
Gerald Mager
Susan Mittler
April McKoy
Joseph Perez
Susan Phillips

 

Evie Rich
Patricia Roberts
Diane Rowe
Pamela Sandoval
Frank Scelsa
Gale Sookdeo
Stephen Uebbing

MEMBERS ABSENT

Cheryl Freedman
Nicholas Michelli
Walter Robertson

STAFF PRESENT
Robert Bentley
Nancy Taylor Baumes

January 8, 2009

1. Call to Order

Day One of the meeting was called to order by the co-chairs at 3:17 p.m.

2. Meeting Minutes

Motion:
That the minutes of the November 2008 meeting be approved.
(Moved by S. Mittler, seconded by R. Harrigan, carried.)

3. Announcements

The co-chairs reported on the work of the ad hoc groups that  continued between the October and January meetings.

  1. Interested members will conduct Legislative education visits prior to the start of the meeting on March 4.              

4.  Subcommittee Reports

Professional Practices Subcommittee: Rosemary Harrigan, chair, reported that the subcommittee met on January 8, prior to the full board meeting. The subcommittee reviewed 20 Part 83 cases and discussed, with OSPRA staff, concerns regarding the handling of the expected increase in the number of Part 83 cases.

Higher Education Subcommittee: Lloyd Jaeger reported for the chair that the subcommittee met on January 9, prior to the full board meeting. The subcommittee conducted a RATE review of Wells College. The subcommittee also discussed issues regarding the accreditation process with OCUE staff.

5.  Meeting Calendar
    2009-2010

Motion 1:
To approve the 2009-2010 meeting calendar (Attachment 1).
(Moved by R. Ahola, seconded by A. McKoy, carried.)

6. Professional Development Standards

Trish Roberts and Alysan Slighter reviewed the process used in developing the recommended Professional Development Standards, the final draft document, and the group’s implementation recommendations.

Motion 2:
To approve the recommended Professional Development Standards for forwarding to the Board of Regents.
(Moved by S. Mittler, seconded by G. Mager, carried.)

Motion 3:
To approve the four implementation recommendations for forwarding to the Board of Regents.
(Moved by D. Colley, seconded by R. Harrigan, carried.)

The Board formally thanked Trish Roberts and the members of the ad hoc group for their outstanding work on this project.

7. Special Education Preparation and Certification

Jerry Mager and Debbie Colley reviewed the draft recommendations; discussion followed.

8.  Adjournment

The co-chairs adjourned Day One of the meeting at 5:35 p.m.

January 9, 2009

1.  Call to Order

Day Two of the meeting was called to order by the co-chairs at 8:11 a.m.

2. SED Policy Update

Bob Bentley reported on the following:
1. Effect of budget cuts on OTI processes.
2. OTI proposals to focus on core mission.
3. Setting of pass point for leadership exams.
4. Upcoming regulatory actions.

3. Special Education Preparation and Certification

Discussion on the draft recommendations continued, with Joe Frey.
Motion 4:
To accept the position paper on the Preparation and Certification of Teachers for Students with Disabilities, as revised (Attachment 2).
(Moved by G. Mager, seconded by J. Perez, carried.)

4. Ad Hoc Group Reports

Teacher Education Policy-
Jerry Mager outlined the report on accreditation issues that the group is preparing. It will include a discussion of accreditation issues; a review of the RATE process, specifically, and as compared to other accreditation systems; and the group’s recommendations.  The report will be brought to the full board for review, for eventual submission to the Department and Regents.

Mentoring-
Catalina Fortino reported on the group’s continuing work on the draft Mentoring Standards. The group will continue its work between meetings and expects to have the draft ready in May or June for the full Board’s approval before release to the field for comments.

5. Legislative Education Visits

Board members recommended key topics for use in developing materials for the Legislative visits.

6. Adjournment

Motion to adjourn.
 (Moved by S. Uebbing, seconded by R. Harrigan, carried.)

The co-chairs adjourned Day Two of the meeting at 12:06 p.m.

Last Updated: August 5, 2009