Certification Standards and Practices Advisory Council
Goals for 2014-15
CSPAC Goals – 2014-2015
- Study and make recommendations to the Board of Public Education on the status and efficacy of approved teacher educator programs in Montana.
- Participate in CAEP/Montana accreditation reviews.
- Professional Educator Preparation Program Standards update recommended to BPE by CSPAC on a 5-year review cycle.
- Continue to work with OPI to encourage the implementation of mentor programs across Montana to facilitate the induction of beginning teachers into the profession of teaching.
- Study and make recommendations to the Board of Public Education in the area of licensure renewal requirements and procedures.
- Review of Chapter 57.
- As funding permits, attend the following conferences: Western States Certification, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, and National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future.
- Meet annually with the Board of Public Education and with the Council of Deans of Postsecondary Education.
- Study and make recommendations to the Board of Public Education on policies related to the denial, suspension, and revocation of teachers' licenses and the appeals process.
- Attend NASDTEC Professional Practices Institute.
- Work with OPI Licensure staff on updates of Administrative Rules.
- Study and make recommendations to the Board of Public Education regarding establishing standards of professional practices and ethical conduct.
- Work with OPI to develop a framework for professional development based on best practices.
- As funding permits, attend NASDTEC Professional Practices Institute.
- 5 year review of the Professional Educators of Montana Code of Ethics (To begin January 2016).
- CSPAC will study the process utilized in Montana for reviewing cases of suspension, revocation and denial of educator licensure.
- Study and make recommendations to the Board of Public Education on the status and efficacy of alternative and/or nontraditional teacher preparation opportunities.
- Complete semi-annual reviews of Class 8 Dual Credit-Only Post Secondary Faculty License applications.
- Attend Western States Certification Conference.
- Gather information about diploma mills and find ways to inform teachers of this and other forms of fraud.
- Continue the awareness that issues such as distance learning, dual enrollment, alternative certification models, etc. are multi-faceted and inter-related concepts that cannot be viewed in isolation from one another.
- Continued involvement in the implementation of Graduation Matters Montana and Montana Content standards.
Other CSPAC Activities:
CSPAC to monitor any teacher licensure issues that may emerge from the implementation of distance learning programs (Montana Digital Academy).
CSPAC to participate in the School Staffing Project to develop a new state data system to track school staffing patterns in Montana.
Solicit input from the Board of Public Education regarding research priorities for CSPAC for 2014-2015.