Certification Standards and Practices Advisory Council
Goals for 2014-15

CSPAC Goals – 2014-2015

  1. Study and make recommendations to the Board of Public Education on the status and efficacy of approved teacher educator programs in Montana.
    1. Participate in CAEP/Montana accreditation reviews.
    2. Professional Educator Preparation Program Standards update recommended to BPE by CSPAC on a 5-year review cycle. 
    3. 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.
  1. Study and make recommendations to the Board of Public Education in the area of licensure renewal requirements and procedures.
    1. Review of Chapter 57.
    2. 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.
    3. Meet annually with the Board of Public Education and with the Council of Deans of Postsecondary Education.
  1. 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.
    1. Attend NASDTEC Professional Practices Institute.
    2. Work with OPI Licensure staff on updates of Administrative Rules.
  1. Study and make recommendations to the Board of Public Education regarding establishing standards of professional practices and ethical conduct.
    1. Work with OPI to develop a framework for professional development based on best practices. 
    2. As funding permits, attend NASDTEC Professional Practices Institute.
    3. 5 year review of the Professional Educators of Montana Code of Ethics (To begin January 2016).
    4. CSPAC will study the process utilized in Montana for reviewing cases of suspension, revocation and denial of educator licensure.
  1. Study and make recommendations to the Board of Public Education on the status and efficacy of alternative and/or nontraditional teacher preparation opportunities.
    1. Complete semi-annual reviews of Class 8 Dual Credit-Only Post Secondary Faculty License applications.
    2. Attend Western States Certification Conference.
    3. Gather information about diploma mills and find ways to inform teachers of this and other forms of fraud.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.