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September 2009 Meeting Minutes

Date:  September 24 and 25, 2009                                  

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

Coleen Clay

Allison Cugini

Cheryl Freedman

Eric Gidseg

Jan Hammond

Rosemary Harrigan

Lloyd Jaeger

Margaret Kaiser

Khalek Kirkland

Gerald Mager


John Mahony

Ross Marvin

Susan Mittler

Joseph Perez

Susan Phillips

Gail Sookdeo

Stephen Uebbing


Richard Feller

April McKoy


Patricia  Roberts

Walter Robinson

Diane Rowe

Pam Sandoval

Frank Scelsa


Robert Bentley

Patricia Oleaga-Gill


October 21, 2009

1. Call to Order

Day One of the meeting was called to order by the co-chairs at 12:13 p.m.

2. Announcements

New members Coleen Clay, Margaret Kaiser, Khalek Kirkland, John Mahony and Ross Marvin were welcomed.

  1. Due to a reduced budget a meeting calendar adjustment has been made and the November meeting has been canceled.
  2. The co-chairs reported on attending the September 14th Regents Higher Education Committee meeting.


3. Meeting Minutes


Motion : 

That the minutes of the June 2009 meeting are approved.

(Moved by E. Gidseg, seconded by J. Mager carried)

4. Subcommittee Reports


Professional Practices Subcommittee: Rosemary Harrigan, chair, reported that the subcommittee met on September 24, prior to the full board meeting. The subcommittee reviewed 27 Part 83 cases. Teacher Practice Standards were discussed.

Higher Education Subcommittee: Lloyd Jaeger, chair, reported that the subcommittee met on September 24, prior to the full board meeting. The subcommittee would like to continue to review the accreditation process, and stay informed of the work conducted by the Workgroup on the Improvement, Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Urban Education, and the School Leadership Initiative. The subcommittee again expressed concern about the impact of funding issues in relationship to the RATE process.

5. Board Roles


Bob Bentley gave an overview of:

  1. The Professional Practices Subcommittee and the Higher Education Subcommittee.
  2. The future development of Teacher Practice Standards.
  3. Commissioner Steiner’s remarks to the Regents regarding his vision for the future of Teacher Preparation.


6. Board Goals/ Board Processes


The Co-chairs discussed :

     1.  The ad hoc groups  

      2.  The 2009-2010 meeting schedule.

7. SED Policy Update


Bob Bentley reported on:

  1. Progress on the proposed changes to the certification of teachers teaching students with disabilities.
  2. Aligning certifications to existing teacher tenure areas.
  3. The proposal to create a transitional-D certificate for School District Business Leader.


8.  Adjournment


The co-chairs adjourned Day One of the meeting at 5:06 p.m.

September 25, 2009


1. Call to Order


Day Two of the meeting was called to order by the co-chairs at 8:10 a.m.

2. Full Board Discussion of Teacher Standards


Catalina Fortino led a discussion on, and reviewed several models of Teacher Practice Standards.

3. Ad Hoc Group Reports


Teacher Education Policy-

Lloyd Jaeger reported on the groups continued interest in the accreditation process and a possible visit by representatives from NCATE and TEAC. The group wishes to continue their dialogue with Vice Chancellor Cofield.

Mentoring- Eric Gidseg reported on the work the group needs to accomplish to release the Mentoring draft to the field. The group will develop the web survey questions and a comprehensive list for distribution. Responses from the field are expected in January with comment review and final draft expected in the spring of 2010.

Teacher Standards- Catalina Fortino reported on the groups desire for clarity as to how they can work with the department in the development of teacher standards. The group noted the work the department is doing may overlap the work NYSUT is planning as part of an AFT grant.

4. Teacher Preparation Residency Models

Elena Bruno provided a presentation on the department’s research on different Teacher Preparation Residency models that are at the undergraduate and graduate levels and their success with preparing teachers to work in urban settings and remain in the profession of teaching.

5. Adjournment


The co-chairs adjourned Day Two of the meeting at 11:34 a.m.



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