COMMITTEE ON INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION
Minutes of the December 10, 2004, Meeting
(Approved)

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

Voting Members Absent: G. Baker, M. Fischer, M. Mazzola,

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

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

Student Representatives Present: B. Carwile, M. Myles for J. Kemper

Visitors: P. Bauer

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

  1. Motion by C. Fox to approve the Agenda as amended. Motion seconded by M. Mutuku. Motion passed.
  2. Motion by S. Callahan to approve the October 15, 2004, meeting minutes as submitted. Motion seconded by M.B. Henning. Motion passed.
  3. Reports from Committees:
    1. Executive Committee:
      E. Seaver reported that the next ISBE/NCATE Review has been rescheduled for Spring 2009. A timeline received from NCATE has been distributed to all CITC and CAPCE members. The Unit Assessment Website is almost completed and will be available to key holders shortly. This will be a central resource for all test data, Exit Survey and Alumni Survey information. This is a work in progress and the Vice Provost’s Office is negotiating with the Illinois Certification Testing System to see if the contract can be extended to allow us to post the individual student test scores, at least for the Basic Skills Test, on this website. Faculty indicated that the individual test scores are essential for the evaluation of student performance. The Provost’s Office is also trying to link programs into the Data Warehouse information.
      Following the Winter Break, the Unit Assessment Committee plans to have a proposal to address issues on Diversity brought up at the last Review when the question was raised on our process for candidate clinical settings. The UA Committee is also working on how programs can address assessment of knowledge, practice and reflection from a rubric approach.
    2. Curriculum Committee:
      M.B. Henning presented the Summary of Action from their meetings of November 9, 2004 and December 7, 2004, followed by her motion to approve both Summaries. Motion seconded by C. Fox. Motion passed.
    3. Research and Assessment Committee:
      G. Logan reported the Committee’s review of the English Certification Program’s plan on assessment of professional dispositions. Theirs is an ongoing, long term assessment program throughout the career of the student, compiling the information in the student’s portfolio. They also have the student complete the disposition sheet early in the program to acquaint the candidate with the dispositions and they use the recommended flowchart to augment the checklist. The History/Social Sciences programs will present their plans to the Committee in January, 2005.
    4. Committee on Policy and Procedures:
      J. D. Bowers presented the committee’s proposal for a change in Article 2, Section 2.1 Faculty Representation of the CITC By Laws to address how membership is attained in CITC. Following discussion which included further direction on membership/representation clarification for this committee, the proposal was sent back to the committee. They plan to have two proposals for CITC review at the January 21, 2005, meeting.
    5. Ad Hoc Committees:
      1. Endorsements/Focused Programs:
      M. Morris reported for clarification that there is no change contemplated in the procedure for candidates requesting endorsements at the same time they are requesting initial certification through NIU. Further, there is no change contemplated in the procedure for certificate holders requesting coursework through NIU for the purpose of eligibility under ISBE guidelines for endorsements (i.e., if a program has prerequisite courses for the minimum courses that ISBE requires for an endorsement, we may continue to require those prerequisite courses).
      Regarding the procedures for “Focused Programs”, or certificate holders requesting course work leading to an additional certificate, please refer to the “Focused Program Proposal” approved by CITC 10-15-04, which states that each program adviser will create an individual program for each candidate on a case-by-case basis following an individualized review.
  4. Old Business:
    1. Conceptual Framework – Review:
      G. Cosenza reported that she and S. Callahan and B. Montgomery had completed the review to address the lack of disposition wording in the revised Conceptual Framework. This will be distributed by e-mail to CITC members and will be discussed at the January 2005 meeting.
    2. Contemporary Experience: (Handout)
      S. Conklin reported that the next ISBE/NCATE Review will not require faculty vita, but rather a form similar to today’s handout, which asks for a brief description of recent experience in scholarship, leadership in professional associations and service and in teaching or other professional experience in P-12 schools.
    3. Dispositions:
      G. Cosenza presented a short synopsis of the Dispositions Conference that she attended at Eastern Kentucky University as part of the pre-conference workshops for the AACTE meeting. This focused on Behaviors, Characteristics and Perceptions. She has some written materials available from this workshop for anyone who would like to contact her about them (gcosenza@niu.edu)
    4. Student Teacher Orientation:
      Following discussion on CITC supporting a “University-sponsored” Student Teacher Orientation Meeting each semester, it was agreed that N. Stahl, J. Miller, K. Freedman and S. Conklin will meet to discuss possible agenda topics of interest to all programs and report to CITC at the next meeting.
  5. New Business:
    1. Reorganization of the University Office of Teacher Certification (UOTC):
      E. Seaver reported that he plans to reorganize this office into four positions:
      a.) L. Patton will be serving as NIU liaison in Springfield, both to provide us with information on education issues and to raise the visibility of NIU in Springfield. Faculty should also address certification questions to her, either directly or through E. Seaver’s office.
      b. and c.) The present UOTC staff (E. Cummings and C. Patch) will continue to provide support to CITC, CAPCE and the certification programs.
      d.) After the first of the year a search will begin to fill the fourth position, for which E. Seaver plans to have someone with a background in educational assessment. This person will also serve on the university assessment panels, representing certification programs, and who will be working on ISBE/NCATE assessment as part of the university-wide cycle of assessment rather than a separate review process.
    2. Breakout Session: Defining and assessing dispositions within programs
  6. Springfield Report: no report
  7. Announcements
    CITC Meeting January 21, 2005, HSC Illinois Room 1:00-3:00 PM


Meeting adjourned at 2:30 PM.

Minutes recorded by Elizabeth Cummings.