COMMITTEE ON INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION
Minutes of the September 19, 2003, Meeting
(Approved)

Voting Members Present:  J.D. Bowers, K. Carrier, S. Conklin, J. Cooke-Plagwitz, G. Cosenza, M. Dunn, P. Ervin, M. Fischer, S. Schwartz for C. Fox, K. Freedman, T. Heinze, M. Henning,  E. Hines, L. Johannessen, G. Logan, M. Mazzola, J. Miller, P. Nelson, J. Rique, N. Stahl, T. VanLaarhoven,
D. Walker, A. Windelborn

Voting Members Absent: G. Baker, K. Cole, L. Hilgenbrinck, B. Montgomery, M. Morris

Ex Officio Members Present: A. Buehler,  D. Jackman, H. Kafer, J. Cox-Henderson for
F. Kitterle, M. Pritchard for S. Richmond, E. Seaver, C. Sorensen, S. Warber

Ex Officio Members Absent: M. Gillis, C. Montgomery

Student Representatives Present: M. Larson

Visitors:  M. Keil, M. Myles

The meeting was called to order by S. Conklin, Chair, at 1:00 PM.

I.         Motion by P. Ervin to approve the Agenda. Motion seconded by G. Cosenza.  Motion passed.

II.        Motion by P. Ervin to approve the May 2, 2003, meeting minutes as submitted.  Motion  seconded by L. Johannessen.  Motion passed.

III.       Reports from Committees:
            A.     Executive Committee:
                    1.     E. Seaver reported that some programs still need to send their Illinois Professional Teaching Standards Matrices to his office.  He will be working
                            with the Research & Assessment Committee to review them.

                    2.     A. Buehler reported on the Diversity Index Report.  An aggregate report was sent to all CITC members and a report containing results for
                            each program was sent to the deans of the four colleges.  In general, the results were less than encouraging.  For example, regarding disabilities
                            the report shows about one tenth of our placements were in districts reporting 16% or greater disability populations.  The current measure is of
                            the building diversity and not of the actual classroom where the student teacher was placed.  There will be a need to look further at the results and
                            consider what actions and additional data will be needed.

                            Discussion included the difference between the state diversity index and for the NIU region, the differences between the districts and the schools
                            and the expenses involved in placements being made in a wider area.  This will need to be continued on the unit assessment level as well.

                            In regard to the Exit Survey conducted last spring asking student teachers, cooperating teachers and university supervisors to evaluate student
                            performance based on the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, Core Technology and Language Arts Standards, again a report has been
                            distributed to CITC members and the four certification deans.  In general the results were very positive, which is an excellent reflection on the
                            preparation we are providing our students in their various programs.  Also, this survey will be an item for review by the unit assessment
                            committee.

                B.    Curriculum Committee:  First meeting scheduled for 9/24/03
 

                C.    Research and Assessment: First meeting scheduled for 9/26/03
                        Larry Johannessen reported that this committee will be focusing on the Standards Matrices reviews and on NCATE Standard 1:  Candidate
                        Knowledge, Skills and Dispositions.

                D.    Committee on Policy and Procedures:
                        A. Windelborn reported that a “Contemporary Experience Questionnaire” was sent out by N. Stahl to develop an understanding of how NIU
                        teacher educators view this concept.  A   report on the criteria and descriptions will be forthcoming.  This committee will also be doing a language
                        review of the CITC By Laws.

                E.     External Communications:  A convening meeting was held 9/17/03 and the first regularly  scheduled meeting will be 10/8/03.

                F.     At this point the Unit Assessment Committee was discussed.  A request for volunteers for a joint CITC and CAPCE committee was made.  D.
                        Walker and A. Windelborn will join this committee to develop a unit plan to be in place by the end of the fall semester, 2003.  Date, time and place
                        for this committee will be announced.
 
                G.    Ad Hoc Committees:  S. Conklin described the basic needs of the following committees and requested volunteers:

                        1.     Technology Committee:  for the purpose of assessing the technology section of the Core Professional Teaching Standards.  T. VanLaarhoven
                                will be convening this committee.

                        2.     Conceptual Framework Committee:  to review the draft prepared by L. Elish-Piper based on the literature connection and to be tied to the
                                Unit Assessment Plan.  E. Seaver will work with the Unit Assessment Committee to condense and format the draft to be brought to CITC.

                        3.     Portfolio Committee:  to survey programs to see what is being done, measure dispositions and develop common areas for unit and programs to
                                be tied into the Unit Assessment Plan.  J.D. Bowers will convene this committee.

                        4.     Professional Education Committee:  referred to the Executive Committee to develop guidelines including the Assessment of Professional
                                Teaching Test results and their implications for NIU, to overlap with the Technology Committee and to include the Content Area Test results.
                                This could include feedback from the P-20 Summit meetings.

                        5.     Endorsements Committee:  The four deans will solicit people to be on this committee.  A. Buehler will convene this committee.  (Please also
                                see Section IV. Old Business: A. Transcript Evaluation.)

IV.       Old Business:
            A.     Transcript evaluation for additional certificates (endorsements):
                    C. Sorensen reported that the state plan to have these obtained by the passage of  content area tests failed.  Discussion on the institutions doing this
                    through transcript evaluation included the staffing, possible charges and the need for an NIU policy.

            B.     Candidates’ dispositions:  what are they, how do we measure them, how do candidates  demonstrate them?
                     This item will be continued on the agenda.

V.         New Business
            A.      2003-04 CITC Agenda
                     1.    Interpretation of transfer courses:  S. Warber reported that there are articulation agreements with community colleges for courses at the
                            300-400 level through department approval and for lower level courses from 4-year colleges.  This item will be re-visited if another issue arises.

                    2.     Program presentations to CITC:  S. Conklin reported that this item will remain on the agenda.

                    3.     Contemporary experience:  N. Stahl has sent out a survey.  Please refer to COPP report above.

VI.      Springfield Report:
           C. Sorensen reported that the Dean’s Summit included discussion of policy issues at a state level to be addressed by institutions through a single voice.

VII.     Announcements
           A.     CITC Meeting, October 10, 2003, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, HSC, Illinois Room
           B.     IACTE Fall Conference October 17, 2003, NIU Naperville
           C.     P-20 Regional Conference October 13, 2003, NIU Hoffman Estates
           D.     AACTE will be held in Chicago, February 7-11, 2004

Motion by M. Mazzola to adjourn.  Motion seconded by P. Ervin. Motion passed.
Meeting adjourned at 2:25 PM.
 
 

Minutes recorded by Elizabeth Cummings.