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March Meeting Minutes 2010

Date:               March 10 and 11 , 2010                                       
Location:         State Education Department, Seminar Room 5A&B, Albany, New York

Members Present

Debra Colley, co-chair
Catalina Fortino, co-chair
Richard Ahola
Sheila Appel
Richard Feller
Cheryl Freedman
Eric Gidseg
Jan Hammond
Rosemary Harrigan

Margaret Kaiser
John Mahony
Ross Marvin
Susan Mittler
Joseph Perez
Susan Phillips
Walter Robertson
Pamela Sandoval
Gale Sookdeo
Stephen Uebbing

MEMBERS ABSENT

Coleen Clay
Allison Cugini
Lloyd Jaeger
Khalek Kirkland

Gerald Mager
Patricia Roberts
Diane Rowe
Frank Scelsa

STAFF PRESENT

Robert Bentley
Patricia Oleaga-Gill

March 10, 2010

1. Call to Order

Day One of the meeting was called to order by the co-chairs at 2:08 p.m.

2. February Meeting Follow-up/ Announcements

The co-chairs reported they had met with Commissioner Steiner at 11:30 on March 10th prior to the meeting.

3. Meeting Minutes

Motion:
That the minutes of the January 2010 meeting be approved.
(Moved by Eric Gidseg, seconded by S. Appel, carried.)
Motion:
That the minutes of the February 2010 meeting be approved.
(Moved by Jan Hammond, seconded by Frank Scelsa, carried.)

  4. Full Board Discussion

The co-chairs led a full board discussion of issues to be shared with Commissioner Steiner.

5. Meeting with Commissioner Steiner            

Commissioner Steiner spoke about the Department’s initiatives for transforming teaching. These are articulated in the November and December 2009 regents items on transforming teaching and school leadership. He also highlighted proposals that would be brought to the Board of Regent’s as part of the State’s Race to the Top application. He opened the session for questions followed by an interesting discussion and closed by thanking the board for the opportunity to share the Departments and the Board of Regent’s initiatives.

6. Policy Review

Bob Bentley and Joe Frey reported  on proposed regulatory actions regarding:

  1. A  Teaching Standards workgroup, including PSPB members will be developing a conceptual framework of standards that will be brought before the Board of Regents in April for their approval.
  2. After collecting comments from the field a revised structure for Special Education Certification was brought before the Board of Regents in March. A survey concerning this new structure will be developed to collect comments from the field.
  3. A proposed amendment relating to the establishment of graduate level clinically rich teacher preparation pilot programs will be brought before the Regents in April.
  4. As part of the Race to the Top agenda, a proposed amendment to the Annual Professional Performance Review that will include student growth as additional evaluation criteria, four rating categories and timely and constructive feedback to the teacher will be brought before the Board of Regents in April.

7. Full Board Discussion

The co-chairs led a full board discussion on supporting the Board of Regent’s and Commissioner’s Initiatives.

8. Legislative Education Visits

Rosemary Harrigan reported on the visits conducted with Legislators/staff and Executive staff prior to today’s full Board meeting.

 

 9.  Adjournment

 

The co-chairs adjourned Day One of the meeting at 5:42 p.m.

March 11,2010

1.  Call to Order

Day Two of the meeting was called to order by the co-chair at 12:05 a.m.

2.  Subcommittee Reports

Professional Practices Subcommittee: Rosemary Harrigan, chair, reported that the subcommittee met on March 11, prior to the full board meeting. The subcommittee reviewed 33 Part 83 cases. The subcommittee was briefed by Deborah Marriot on proposed changes to regulations governing Part 83 cases.

Higher Education Subcommittee: Pamela Sandoval, acting chair, reported that the subcommittee met on March 11, prior to the full board meeting. The subcommittee discussed issues of accreditation and the RATE process.

3. Ad Hoc Group Reports

Mentoring Standards-
Eric Gidseg reported the survey responses had been delegated to group members for review. The group plans to reconvene prior to April’s meeting.

Teaching Standards-
Members of the Teaching Standards group worked with the other groups and did not report out.

Teacher Education Policy-
Pam Sandoval reported that the Ad Hoc group continued the accreditation discussion of that had begun with the Higher Education subcommittee.

4. Adjournment

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

Last Updated: October 19, 2010