UPDATE on TEACHER LICENSURE ADVISORY TASK FORCE

UPDATE on TEACHER LICENSURE ADVISORY TASK FORCE

TEACHER LICENSURE ADVISORY TASK FORCE

October 3, 2013

The meeting opened with Rose Hermodson stating what the committee hoped to accomplish during the meeting. She stated that this and the next meeting, which will occur on October 17 in conjunction with the Education Minnesota conference, would be for listening and beginning in November the committee would begin to make recommendations.

Rose was followed by Richard Wassen, director of licensing, who spoke on navigating the system concerning the current tests. He discussed the fact that the executive director of the Board of Teaching (currently occupied by a one day a week interim) was the only individual not connected to Pearson that had access to work on the Pearson website concerning the MTLE tests. All registering for the tests is done on the Pearson website. The licensing website has additional information on the tests available on its website.

Following Richard, a three member panel answered questions concerning immersion programs. Tim Alexander, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Minnetonka, Karin Terhaar, Director, International Spanish Language Academy, and Pam Shrestha, second grade teacher at the International Spanish Language Academy, addressed problems immersion teachers have had with the tests stating, more often than not, reading was the most difficult for the teachers to pass.

This panel was followed by two individuals, one a first year teacher at Hazel Park Academy (whose first language is not English) and the other still in her teacher preparation program (whose first language is English but has an identified special needs disability). Time was seen as one of the biggest obstacles these students faced while taking the tests.

Finally, the meeting ended with a review of initial recommendation proposals, solicited by Rose Hermodson and submitted by task force members. These proposal options will be the starting point for discussion at the November 7 meeting and can be found on the MDE website under “Welcome to MDE/Advisory Boards, Councils and Task Forces/Teacher Licensure Task Force/Options from Committee Members.”

Written by:  Bill Klautt

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