Commission on Teacher Credentialing gears up for new year

At the year’s first meeting of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing Jan. 31-Feb. 1, new chair Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond committed to an active year.

The professor of education at Stanford University, co-director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and widely published and renowned expert on teaching and learning said she intends to build on the progress the commission made last year. As she said following her election as chair last December, “We are very well organized at this point to do important work going forward. It is work well worth putting one’s shoulder to the wheel for.”

Darling-Hammond particularly thanked the commission’s staff for putting in the extra time necessary to close so many of the educator discipline cases that were filed in 2012. The commission had an unusually high workload then due to alleged student molestation cases that inspired school districts to more closely examine personnel files and submit cases for disciplinary action.

Along with committing to ensure educator quality, the commission redoubled its commitment to review educator training programs to ensure compliance with the new demands of the Common Core State Standards.

The commission is seeking input on the practical observation portion of the Administrative Services Credential program and will be reviewing the work of the Teacher Preparation Advisory panel as it considers the content, structure and requirements for California teacher preparation and licensure.  More information on the Administrative Services Credential process is available on the CTC website.

The commission’s next meeting will be March 7-8. An agenda will be posted here, where video archives of the earlier meeting are also available.

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