COMMITTEE ON INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION
Minutes of the January 21, 2005, Meeting
(Approved)

Voting Members Present: G. Adams, J.D. Bowers, S. Bowers, S. Callahan, J. Cooke-Plagwitz, G. Cosenza, M. Daniel, M. Fischer, C. Fox, S. Wyland for T. Heinze, M.B. Henning, L. Hilgenbrinck, E. Hines, K. Kitts, G. Logan, M. Mazzola, J. Miller, B. Montgomery, M. Mutuku, M. Morris, M. Myles for P. Nelson, J. Rique, N. Stahl, S. Wyland for T. Van Laarhoven, D. Walker, A. Windelborn

Voting Members Absent: G. Baker, K. Freedman

Ex Officio Members Present: M. Myles for D. Jackman, H. Kafer, C. Sorensen, S. Warber, S. Willis

Ex Officio Members Absent: S. Conklin, M. Gillis, F. Kitterle, S. Richmond, E. Seaver

Student Representatives Present: B. Carwile

Visitors: M. Keil, M. Pritchard

The meeting was called to order by G. Cosenza, Chair, at 1:05 PM.


I. Motion by J. Miller to approve the Agenda. Motion seconded by C. Fox. Motion passed.

II. Motion by A. Windelborn to approve the December 10, 2004, meeting minutes as presented. Motion seconded by M. Fischer. Motion passed.

III. Reports from Committees:

A. Executive Committee:

A Draft Teacher Certification Assessment Coordinator Position Announcement had been distributed. A “search” committee will be formed, including members of CITC and CAPCE, to review the applications received. It was also announced the Craig Barnard will be leaving NIU.

B. Curriculum Committee: no report

C. Research and Assessment:

No report at this time, but they will be reviewing the Biology Dispositions Assessment Plan in February.

D. Committee on Policy and Procedures: no report

E. Ad Hoc Committees

1. Student Teacher Orientation Meeting

N. Stahl reported that the committee met and determined that there are information issues that need to be shared in a university-wide meeting, namely legal issues, health issues, a technology policy and violence in the schools issues. These could be addressed in a focused morning program, with the afternoon used for other sessions, such as Career Planning and Placement and Registration & Records information, to be addressed by college or program. This could also be a way for a top administrator to address the students on the NIU mission regarding teacher education. Motion by C. Fox to approve a university-wide S/T Orientation Meeting sponsored by CITC. Motion seconded by J. Miller. Motion passed.

CITC members hoped that the members of this ad hoc committee would continue to serve on an ongoing basis, with the exception of S. Wyland replacing N. Stahl. This committee will meet to find speakers for the next S/T Orientation meeting, scheduled for August, 2005. C. Sorensen reported that School Specialties would be interested in contributing financially to this event and the UOTC will continue to fund the printing of hand-out materials and A/V equipment.

IV. Old Business

1. Conceptual Framework – Review

G. Cosenza reported that the revised Conceptual Framework with the additional wording on “dispositions” and the new references incorporated in the bibliography has been distributed electronically. Please note that this will be on the February meeting agenda for a possible vote on accepting the revised edition.

2. Contemporary Experience:

G. Cosenza reported on the Executive Committee discussion on the need for all instructors to interact with students in K-12 settings and the need to define “Contemporary Experience” and to possibly give some examples for faculty to use. A document containing some examples was distributed with the agenda. N. Stahl distributed the results of the survey he conducted. Because of the need to include this information in our NCATE report and to decide on the procedure for collecting this data for reporting, an Ad Hoc Committee was formed: M. Daniel, J.D. Bowers, N. Stahl, S. Callahan, M. Mutuku. This information will also be shared with CAPCE.

V. New Business

1. Breakout session Review – sharing defining & assessing dispositions within programs

Following a short discussion session in small groups, the entire group discussed the need to develop a mechanism for measuring and reporting dispositions. Positive interest was shown in gathering a “portfolio” of ideas from all programs willing to share their tools (documents, forms, surveys, etc.) to be made available to all programs. G. Adams and G. Cosenza agreed to work on developing/gathering this information. It was also agreed to keep this item on the CITC agenda for further discussion.

VI. Springfield Report:

Dean Sorensen reported that the IACTE is adding a member to the Certification Committee and is looking for a volunteer from NIU. M. Morris indicated that he would be interested in serving on this committee.

VII. Announcements

CITC Meeting February 18, 2005, HSC Illinois Room 1:00-3:00 PM

Motion by J. Miller to adjourn. Motion seconded by A. Windelborn. Motion passed.

Meeting adjourned at 2:20 PM.

Minutes recorded by Elizabeth Cummings.