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June Meeting Minutes 2010


Date:               June 3 and 4, 2010                                               
Location:         State Education Department, Seminar Room 5A&B, Albany, New York

Members Present

Debra Colley, co-chair
Catalina Fortino, co-chair
Richard Ahola
Eric Gidseg
Jan Hammond

Rosemary Harrigan
Lloyd Jaeger
Margaret Kaiser
Gerald Mager
Ross Marvin

Susan Mittler
Susan Phillips
Pamela Sandoval
Frank Scelsa
Gail Sookdeo
Stephen Uebbing


Sheila Appel
Coleen Clay
Allison Cugini
Richard Feller
Cheryl Freedman
Diane Rowe

Khalek Kirkland
John Mahony
Joseph Perez
Patricia  Roberts
Walter Robertson



Robert Bentley
Patricia Oleaga-Gill

June 3, 2010

1. Call to Order

The first session of Day One of the meeting was called to order by the co-chairs at 3:15 p.m.

2. May Meeting Follow-up/ Announcements

The co-chairs

  • Recognized those members leaving the Board
  • Reported on actions taken in follow-up to the May meeting
  • Distributed the draft Annual Report and the
  • End-of-Year Evaluations

3.Report out

The co-chairs reported on their meeting with Commissioner Steiner. They discussed the Race to the Top agenda. Commissioner Steiner conveyed optimism with the states placement for round two. They also discussed the Mentoring Standards and their importance.

4. Meeting Minutes

Motion postponed:
Due to a lack of quorum the motion to approve the minutes of the March and May 2010 meetings was postponed.

5.Subcommittee Reports

Professional Practices Subcommittee: Rosemary Harrigan, chair, reported that the subcommittee met on June 3rd, prior to the full board meeting. The subcommittee reviewed 18 Part 83 cases, and that they had reviewed a total of 89 Part 83 cases during the 2009-2010 meeting year.

Higher Education subcommittee: Lloyd Jaeger, chair, reported the subcommittee had discussed the discontinuation of RATE and what role the subcommittee will have in the future.

6. Policy Review

Bob Bentley and Joe Frey opened the meeting with a questions and answer session.
Topics discussed:

  • The future of RATE
  • The implementation of the Race to the Top agenda
  • The development of Teaching Standards
  • New Performance Assessments for Teachers and Principals
  • Redesigning the CST
  • The Teacher Principal Effectiveness Advisory Committee
  • Teacher Career Ladders and supplemental compensation
  • The Blue Ribbon Commission

7.  Adjournment

The co-chairs adjourned  Day One of the meeting at 5:37 p.m.

June 4, 2010

1.  Call to Order

Day Two of the meeting was called to order by the co-chairs at 9:30 a.m.

2. Mentoring Standards Final Draft

The full board reviewed the final draft of the Mentoring Standards. Special thanks was extended to Carolyn Williams of NYSUT and Nancy Brennan for their expertise and guidance during the development of the standards.

Motion: That the Final Draft of the Mentoring Standards be approved with the understanding copy edits will follow.
(Moved by S.Scelsa, seconded by S. Mittler, a unanimous vote to pass was made.)

3. Performance Based Assessments

Pam Sandoval reported on the progress of the development of the Teaching Standards and how the Teaching Standards will be used as a basis for the development of the new Performance Based Assessments for teacher certification. Pam suggested Pearson be invited to join the board to discuss the results of the performance assessment pilot and Pearson’s methods to establish the validity and reliability of the new assessments.

4. Annual Report to the Regents

Members reviewed a draft of this year’s annual report to the Regents and suggested modifications.

5.  Priority Agenda for 2010 -2011

The co-chairs facilitated the development of a priority agenda for 2010-2011.

6. Evaluation

End of year evaluations were handed out and collected. 

7. Adjournment

The co-chairs adjourned Day Two of the meeting at 12:32 p.m.

Last Updated: October 19, 2010