Commission Charged With Educator Preparation And Licensure Standards Holds Inaugural Meeting
The newly created Professional Educator and Standards Commission, charged with making recommendations to the State Board of Education about all aspects of teacher preparation, licensure, continuing education and standards of conduct, convened for its initial meeting this week. The Commission was created as part of Senate Bill 599, making various changes to teacher preparation and licensure, including expanding educator preparation programs to entities outside of universities and colleges, and phasing out lateral entry licensure. NCASA is pleased to have several member appointed to the Commission. Those Commission members include:
• Dr. Patrick Miller, Superintendent of Greene County Schools
• Mr. Aaron Fleming, Superintendent of Harnett County Schools
• Mrs. Glenda Jones, Assistant Superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools
• Dr. Westley Wood, Executive Director of Personnel and Human Resources of Wilkes County Schools
• Ms. Meaghan Loftus, Principal of Ashley Park PreK-8 School in Charlotte
• Mr. Joseph Childers, Principal of Simon G. Atkins Academic and Technology High School in Winston-Salem
The Commission’s first order of business was to elect Commission officers. Superintendent of Greene County Schools, and current NCASA President, Dr. Patrick Miller, was nominated and elected Chairman of the Commission. NCASA congratulates Dr. Miller on his chairmanship of this important Commission.
Other officers were elected as follows:
• Vice-Chair, Dr. Michael Maher, Assistant Dean for Professional Education and Accreditation at North Carolina State University
• Secretary, Dr. Ann Bullock, Dean of the School of Education at Elon University.
The Commission then received background information regarding what the law creating the Commission requires of the Commission, a timeline for the Commission’s work, and background policy surrounding educator preparation and licensure. The powerpoint used during the Commission meeting can be found here. The Commission’s agenda from this week’s meeting, which contains many documents and link to other materials provided to the Commission, can be found here. The Commission is set to next meet in early-mid November.