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Amendments expected to SENATE BILL 409

ANNOUNCEMENT – AMENDMENTS EXPECTED TO SENATE BILL 409

In response to testimony provided at the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development on Wednesday, February 6th with respect to Senate Bill 409, we have received notification that the proposed bill will be amended.  Great News!  Specifically, we have received word –

“an amendment (will be made) to SB 409 which will keep licensing in the DOE and begin teacher education accountability system in the DOE.”

The bill, in short, proposed that initial teacher license be awarded by a candidate’s institution rather than the Indiana Department of Education.  Several IACTE members were persistent in providing testimony in opposition to this bill.  Representatives from the American College of Education, Butler University President’s Office, Indiana University – Bloomington Dean Gonzalez, and Purdue University Dean Santos de Barona provided excellent testimony. Also included was Jill Shedd, representing IACTE and Marg Mast, speaking from her professional experience.

The bill was intended as an accountability mechanism, the authors noted.

"Why I choose to Teach" Video Winner -Megan Van Pelt

Congratulations!

Megan Van Pelt won the contest for creating Youtube video of "Why I choose to Teach", co-sponsored by IACTE and the ISEA. She won an iPad as a prize from Assitant Dean for Teacher Education, Jill D. Shedd.

IACTE Updates - March 22 Meeting Added

IACTE Colleagues –

Attached are the notes from our very informative meeting on January 25th.  Please note that additional resources provided by Carlotta Cooprider can be found on our IACTE Website.

We have added a meeting to our schedule for March 22nd at the University of Indianapolis.  One discussion item will be the various reports that have come out recently on how to improve teacher education; reports include the NCATE/CAEP Blue Report, and those from the Obama Administration, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the American Federation of Teachers.  We realize that March is “spring break” month, but we felt that our next meeting associated with the Outstanding Future Educators banquet on April 12th was too far away.  With the long legislative session, there simply is a lot do discuss.

So mark your calendars for March 22nd, more information will be forthcoming.

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