Northern Illinois University

COMMITTEE ON INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION MEETING
Friday, September 17, 2004 – 1:00 p.m.
Holmes Student Center – Illinois Room

MINUTES
(Approved)


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

Voting Members Absent: G. Baker, M. Fischer, K. Freedman, M. Morris, P. Nelson

Ex Officio Members Present: D. Jackman, H. Kafer, F. Kitterle, S. Warber

Ex Officio Members Absent: A. Buehler, S. Conklin, M. Gillis, S. Richmond, E. Seaver, C. Sorensen, S. Willis

Student Representatives Present: none

Visitors: C. Lubbers, W. Miranda, B. Smith, S. Wyland,


The meeting was called to order by G. Cosenza, Chair, at 1:11 p.m.

  1. Adoption of Agenda

    A motion to approve the agenda was made by M. Daniel and seconded by M. Mazzola. The motion passed.

  2. Approval of Minutes

    A motion to approve the minutes of the April 30, 2004, CITC minutes was made by M. Mazzola and second by M.B. Henning. The motion passed.

  3. Reports from Committees

    1. Executive Committee

      On behalf of E. Seaver, M. Keller, Administrative Assistant to E. Seaver, reported that a complete revamp of the CITC webpage has been planned and is underway. E. Seaver will notify CITC and CAPCE members around October 1, 2004, to offer them the opportunity to view and comment on the newly developed webpage before moving forward with the final upgrade.

    2. Curriculum Committee (There was no formal report.)

      J. D. Bowers had indicated earlier that one area of discussion within this committee will be the elimination of the ETRA course in the middle school concentration and the addition of a second course.

    3. Research and Assessment Committee (There was no formal report.)


    4. Committee on Policy and Procedures

      N. Stahl reported that the committee has met and identified several issues but is not yet prepared to bring them forward.

    5. Ad Hoc Committees

      1. Endorsements/Focused Programs

        J. Miller introduced discussion on establishing a position as a University toward secondary endorsements. Several instances of unrelated possible student circumstances were offered as examples of the wide range of individual situations for which standards may have to be standardized and/or customized. Also briefly discussed were the issues of transcript evaluation and possible charges to students requesting such evaluations. After much discussion, it was determined that more clarification and interpretation of state legislation will be needed in order for NIU to establish a mechanism/structure and publish a description of the method to be used.

  4. Old Business

    1. Conceptual Framework – Review

      Since it appears there are still questions regarding the Conceptual Framework document, N. Stahl requested that the topic be revisited, however, there were no representatives present at the meeting that had worked on the revisions to the document. G. Cosenza explained that this topic had been taken on by CITC because of the need for more citation, research and the need for further details and information in order to be presented to NCATE.

      A motion was made by K. Kitts, seconded by N. Stahl, to table the topic of Conceptual Framework until the next CITC meeting. The motion passed.

    2. Contemporary Experience

      N. Stahl stated that further understanding of contemporary experience for faculty, as well as potential ways of experiencing such, is needed. In addition, a clearer explanation of educational research and publication philosophy needs to be discussed and defined. It is unclear as to the next steps for this issue. G. Cosenza will bring this up for discussion at the next CITC Executive Committee meeting on October 8, 2004.

  5. New Business

    1. Goals for 2004-2005

      G. Cosenza requested the committee to break into small discussion groups and make recommendations for goals for CITC for 2004-2005. The following topics were suggested:

      1. Teacher dispositions
      2. Articulation with community colleges
      3. Public relations program for Teacher Certification
      4. Assessment – Prep for NCATE, Ad Hoc Steering Committee
      5. Middle School certification issue – NIU’s take on endorsements
      6. Web format for CITC
      7. Commitment with CITC, “sharing” sessions at each meeting
      8. Professional Development Schools

      G. Cosenza thanked the committee for their input and stated she will bring these suggestions to the CITC Executive Committee.

  6. Springfield Report

    D. Jackman reported that Middle School Certification has passed the Certification Board, but not the Illinois State Board of Education. The deadline for putting programs in place is December 6, 2004. G. Cosenza proposed forming an ad hoc committee to look into this issue. Volunteering to serve on this committee were J. Miller, D. Jackman, K. Kitts and N. Stahl.

    D. Jackman announced the names of the seven new State Board of Education members recently appointed by Governor Blagojevich.

    The Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IATCE) fall conference is scheduled for Friday, October 15, 2004, at Illinois State University. The theme is “Key Issues in Teacher Education in Illinois.” Anyone interested in attending should let D. Jackman know as soon as possible.

  7. Announcements (No announcements.)


  8. Adjournment

    A motion to adjourn was made by J. Miller, seconded by E. Hines. The motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 2:31 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,
Mollie Keller
Substitute Recording Secretary