Senate Holds Hearing On 21st Century Teacher Preparedness

 

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Whitestone), Chairwoman of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee and Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), Chairwoman of the Education Committee, announced the Senate will examine proposed changes in the education criteria required by the State Education Department for the certification and placement of teachers in New York State.
 
On April 20, 2010, the Board of Regents adopted a recommendation to implement a graduate level teacher preparation pilot program in the state of New York. These alternative teaching programs would give graduates a Professional Master’s of Arts in Teaching degree. The program would focus on placing teachers in high needs school districts where close to 50% of current teachers leave the system within the first five years of teaching.
 
Those scheduled to testify will discuss the anticipated affects that new alternative teaching programs have on students’ education and teacher preparedness.
 
WHERE: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York
 
WHEN: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 @ 1 PM
 
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AMONG THOSE EXPECTED TO TESTIFY:

David M. Steiner, Commissioner, State Education Department
Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, SUNY
Richard Iannuzzi, President, NYSUT
Dr. Robert Bangert-Drowns, Dean, UAlbany School of Education
A. Lin Goodwin, Associate Dean of Teacher Education, Columbia University
Laura Anglin, President, CICU
Elizabeth Van Nest, General Counsel, CICU