COMMITTEE ON INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION
Minutes of the October 10, 2003, Meeting
(Approved)

Voting Members Present: K. Carrier, K. Cole, S. Conklin, T. Blickhan for G. Cosenza, M. Dunn, P. Ervin, S. Schwartz for C. Fox, A. Heinze, M.B. Henning, L. Hilgenbrinck, A. Zollman for E. Hines, L. Johannessen, M. Mazzola, J. Miller, B. Montgomery, M. Morris, P. Nelson, J. Rique, N. Stahl, T. VanLaarhoven, D. Walker, A. Windelborn

Voting Members Absent: G. Baker, J.D. Bowers, J. Cooke-Plagwitz, M. Fischer, K. Freedman, G. Logan,

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

Ex Officio Members Absent: M. Gillis, H. Kafer, S. Richmond

Student Representatives Present: M. Larson

Visitors:  C. Barnard, C. Lubbers, B. Smith,

The meeting was called to order by S. Conklin, Chair, at 1:05 PM.

I.       Motion by P. Ervin to approve the Agenda.  Motion seconded by L. Johannessen.
         Motion passed

II.      Motion by P. Ervin to approve the September 19, 2003, meeting minutes as submitted.  Motion  seconded by M. Mazzola. Motion passed

III.     Reports from Committees:
         A.    Executive Committee:
                1.     E. Seaver reported that the Unit Assessment Committee will meet October 14, 2003, and he will have an update on that committee at the next
                        CITC meeting.  He also reported that Arne Duncan from the Chicago Public Schools will be on  campus on Monday, October 13th.  He will be
                        meeting with President Peters and  others and visiting classes.  He will also be meeting with NIU students to discuss  the value of working in the
                        Chicago public schools.

                2.     C. Sorensen reported on the two large grants recently received.  One is a PT-3 grant shared by the College of Education and the College of Liberal
                        Arts & Sciences to enhance technology integration in teaching both at the university and K-12 levels.  Another is an almost $5 million federal grant
                        to be shared by the colleges of Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Visual & Performing Arts, Health & Human Sciences and Engineering &
                        Engineering Technology in a partnership with Rockford District #205 and Rock Valley College.  The participants will work extensively with four
                        target schools through mentoring and professional development of teachers and future school leaders as well as recruitment of future teachers.
 
                        C. Sorensen also reported on a request from DeKalb School District to partner with NIU in the opening of a K-5 school to be located in the former
                        Malta High School.  President Peters presented a plan for this to the DeKalb School Board, who voted in favor of the plan on Monday, October 6,
                        2003.  This school is scheduled to open in fall, 2004, and will have a strong infusion of both arts and technology in the curriculum.  This partnership
                        will provide clinical placement possibilities for our students as well as other opportunities.

                3.     A. Buehler reported that the ISBE has been undergoing a number of staffing cuts and reassignments.  They have requested that we advise them of
                        all proposals still waiting for Certification Board approval.  At this time we are awaiting approval for the Music Master’s Plus Program, the Early
                        Childhood Special Education Program and for the course TLCI515 for teachers moving from initial to standard certificates.
                                He also reminded members of the following ISBE test requirements:
                                a.)       At this time, students must pass the Basic Skills test before they are admitted to programs.
                                b.)       Currently the Content-area test must be passed prior to issuance of a certificate.  However, in the fall of 2004, students must pass their
                                            respective Content-area test prior to student teaching.  If a student is concerned about passing this test they may wish to take this test
                                            early enough to have time to re-take it before their student teaching placement.  Test dates are available on our website under
                                            “Information Links”.
                                c.)       The Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) test is required of all applicants for certification.
                                A. Buehler also reported on the e-mail he sent to members for the Illinois Title II State Report Card (2001-02).  Please note that test pass
                                rates for programs with less than 10 students do not have their results posted.

        B.    Curriculum Committee:
                B. Montgomery reported that this committee is in the process of  reviewing the purpose and mission of the committee.  She also presented the Summary
                of Action from CC Meeting #1.  Motion by M. Morris to approve the Summary as presented.  Motion seconded by K. Cole.  Motion passed.
 
         C.   Research and Assessment:
                Larry Johannessen reported that this committee is looking at candidate dispositions and instruments to assess them.  They believe they will be able to
                report to CITC with an assessment plan shortly.  He also reported that the committee will be reviewing the last program assessment plan at their next
                meeting.
 
        D.    Committee on Policy and Procedures:
                A. Windelborn reported that the committee is proceeding on the By Laws revisions.  He also advised CITC that the question on tuition waivers for
                EPS 282X has been resolved.    This course description now matches the course for which it is cross listed and the same number of waiver hours will be
                awarded.
 
        E.     External Communications:  M. Morris - no report

        F.     Ad Hoc Committees:

                1.     Portfolio/Technology Committee
                        S. Conklin reported on the Executive Committee discussion which resulted in merging the two separate committees into one combined effort.  This
                        committee will work under the auspices of the Unit Assessment Committee and will be concerned with providing information on a format to be used
                        across programs to provide aggregate data at the unit level.  C. Sorensen reported on a workshop to be held at Illinois State University on
                        electronic portfolios.  E. Seaver said the Office of the Provost would fund registration and travel expenses for a small group to attend this workshop.
                        Members are asked to contact A. Buehler if they wish to attend.  Further discussion included “Live Text” and “Front Page” as models for electronic
                        format portfolios.

                2.     Endorsements & Transcript Evaluation Committee
                        The first meeting is scheduled for October 16, 2003.

IV.   Old Business:
        A.     Assessment of Professional Teaching Test (APT)
                C. Sorensen reported on the results of the first test cohort, which included about 60 students in four reported areas.  Pass rates are as follows:  Early
                Childhood Studies 100%, Elementary Education 91%, Secondary Education 93% (not specified by program), and Special K-12 Programs 95%.  The
                seven areas tested were 1.) Foundations, Characteristics & Assessment, 2.) Plan & Deliver Instruction, 3.) Manage the Learning Environment, 4.)
                Collaboration, Communication & Professionalism, 5.) Language Arts, 6.) Educational Technology and 7.) Constructed Response Assignments.    The
                lowest scores for NIU students this time were in #2, 3, 4, 5, and 7.  We will need to watch for patterns in the test scores.

                Discussion continued on the possible use of the APT for program completion.  This will be referred to the Executive Committee for formulate a question
                or statement for CITC consideration.

V.     New Business
        A.     Alternative Certification Statement
                A. Buehler reported that NIU is still receiving requests for information on our Alternative Certification Plan.  At this time we do not have a cohort due to
                the difficulty with the district internship part of the ACP.  Prospective students will be advised of the other routes to certification we offer for the
                non-traditional student.  E. Seaver will work with the certification deans and other advisers to draft language for an appropriate response to questions on
                the ACP.

        B.     Student Teacher Orientation Meeting
                A. Buehler reported that the next S/T Orientation Meeting will be Friday, January 9, 2004, 8:30 AM to 12 Noon.  Students will meet with their
                supervisors in the afternoon.   The panel discussion for that meeting will be on classroom management.  The S/T Orientation Meeting for fall, 2004, will
                be held Monday, August 16, 2004, and may have a change in format due to changes in the entitlement and endorsement procedures contemplated by the
                ISBE.  A suggestion that this meeting could be used as a workshop to address areas of weakness noted in the APT results was made by N. Stahl.
 
VI.   Springfield Report
        C. Sorensen reported on the progress of the cooperative work of the Illinois Community College  Board (ICCB), the Illinois Board of Higher Education
        (IBHE) and the ISBE in developing   community college Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT)degree models.  A preliminary report has  been completed for
        Math and Sciences programs.  The next model to be considered will be  Special Education.  Future areas to be considered are 1.) ESL/Bilingual, 2.) Middle
        School,  3.) Vocational and 4.) Early Childhood Studies.  Since the first three do not articulate to an  approved certification program, there may be additional
        concerns. (A draft of the final report of  the Illinois P-16 Education Initiative: Community College/University Partnerships Associate of Arts  In Teaching
        Steering Committee can be viewed at http://www.iccb.state.il.us/html/what/aat.html )

VII.   Announcements
        A.     CITC Meeting, November 14, 2003, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, HSC, Illinois Room
        B.     IACTE Fall Conference October 17, 2003, NIU Naperville
        C.     AACTE, Dispositions & Conceptual Frameworks, February 7, 2004, Hilton Hotel, Chicago
                C. Sorensen noted that there will be pre-conference workshops at the AACTE meeting on assessment and dispositions and recommended attendance.
                E. Seaver reported that the Office of the Provost would assist with the transportation costs for a small group wishing to attend.

Motion by N. Stahl to adjourn.  Motion seconded by P. Ervin.  Motion passed.
Meeting adjourned at 2:00  PM.

Minutes recorded by Elizabeth Cummings.