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  1. acharles2013 says:


    Deans and Directors Meeting
    Bates, 11/16
    9 present, plus two “call ins”

    PPT: “Teacher Preparation Response to PL 635 and PL 669”

    Not sure where people are starting from, so…: Put in basic info to bring some people up to date.

    [Dee mentions concern with Common Core and “Smarter Balance” system.]

    Concern around how we are helping students work within standards based systems, so this helps them see that we are “standards based.” We have always been on board with standards.

    Question about Critical Literacy – include or not?
    State is looking toward direct instruction for teaching reading and math
    Promotion of direct instruction – why?
    Our response: It is one of the strategies among many.

    Issues around proficiency-based diplomas:
    Special ed and other subgroups?
    Consistency across districts?
    Future impact on the students?
    Could someone get through the system very young?

    **Kathy will edit the ppt for a final draft. She will also paste some of the wording of our “umbrella” ideas (ideologies, etc) to be a start of our “Position Statement” as a group.

    Who are we as a group and what are we about?

    Roland: In some ways, this is a public relations war.
    We need to educate people about what we do and quality teaching
    Research and innovation, professionals

    NCTQ issue – report will be coming out soon.
    ** Put out a statement in response?

    Can we take steps to build a statement proactively?

    “TEAME” Teacher Education Alliance of Maine
    Build a LOGO, Mission Statement, Position Statement

    Diversity Standard – open up the definition for the state of Maine
    We can’t create what doesn’t exist!
    This is about inclusion.
    One shot moments can reinforce stereotypes! (Bussing, skyping)

    Karen can submit bills in the next 4 or 5 weeks, through legislation.

    Brainstorming of our Actions and Purposes:
    Informing others
    Research Agenda
    Assist Policy Decision-Making
    Unbiased and credible expertise
    Data collection from our program
    Collaborative Partnership to support each other and the shared vision of ?
    A unified voice in education initiatives

    NAME: Teacher Education Alliance of Maine (TEAME)

    To engage collaboratively to support evidence-based practices in preparing teachers at Maine Institutions of Higher Learning, and to inform and guide educational policies and practices for all stakeholders in the State of Maine.

    The Teacher Education Alliance of Maine seeks to:
    * Promote responsible and informed decision-making
    * Recognize and embrace the diversity in Maine schools
    * Encourage lifelong teaching and learning
    * Develop professional educators
    * Prepare informed advocates
    * Collect, analyze and distribute robust data
    * Provide unbiased and credible expertise
    * Support shared responsibility for continued development of teacher education
    * Enhance P-16 collaborative relationships

    Wording from the NH Statement: “The faculty and deans of the undersigned Professional Educator Preparation Programs have thoughtfully considered this position statement and endorse its intent…”

    Send to: [just to inform them that we exist]
    Superintendents’ Association
    Principals’ Association
    Curriculum Coordinators’ Association
    Board of Education? Commissioner?

    ** Pass through our institutions to support this. Or our divisions, dept chair?

    *** Kathy could summarize PPT into a position statement.
    Take a look at it for next meeting.

    Also: Who will be the secretary?

    Look at legislation that will be upcoming.

    Future Agenda Item: Discuss Teacher Prep Program Review Process, time frame, cost
    Is it still a productive method of evaluation?

    Next meeting:
    Colby, Jan 11.
    Kathy will share about her presentation.
    We will work on a position statement.
    We will consider the diversity standard.

    (We might also want to consider the “review process” – time frame, cost, etc.)

    End of Meeting.

  2. acharles2013 says:


    TEAMe January 11, 2013 Colby College

    Jan Kristo, U Maine; Dee Nichols, U Maine; Barbara Moody, Husson; Mary, U Maine; Phil McPhee-Brown, Thomas; Linda Fuller, College of the Atlantic, Mark Tappan, Colby; Kathy Yardley, UMF; Anita Charles, Bates; Linda Fuller, College of the Atlantic; Jane Dalton, Maine College of Art; Jean Whitney USM; Barbara Chalou UMPI; Karen Kusiak, Colby; Gael Romei, UMM via phone

    Rough Minutes – see To Do List and Agenda for next time at the bottom of the document for most succinct version

    • Kathy’s comments from her presentation to the State Board of Education

    Board was receptive to her thorough presentation about what we do.

    Odd Question from a member of the Board – How often are faculty reviewed?

    • Mission Statement

    Group Name _ TEAMe Teacher Education Alliance of Maine

    We discussed whether P-20 better describes us, educational leadership programs as well as teacher education programs, that alliance suggests a collaborative group, agreed that we can and will revisit the mission statement. Names of institutions were added to the statement.

    • Upcoming issues

    Smarter Balance Assessments We wonder if the assessments will be ready when planned. We agreed to invite Dan Hupp from the Maine DOE to talk about progress with Smarter Balance Assessments.

    Keeping in conversation with other education groups – for example Educate Maine – business people behind it – powerful group – two groups came together – Alfond Scholarship – positive projects – influencing what happens – Who holds the power behind the names – Educate Maine – Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education

    Another example – Maine Legislative bus tour and dinner at Thomas College in January – Phil attended Early intervention was topic

    • Resources and establishing what we do

    Web site – Mark will start it – link in our materials – set up for clearing house and repository for new ideas

    White papers – questions about this

    • “Harry’s position” or the Education Specialist III position for higher education – requirements are minimal and pay rate is low BA – five years of experience and Masters and no experience

    Barbara will request that a representative of higher education participate on the search.

    Karen will ask about the approval process.

    Barbara noted that other states have separate offices for higher education.

    *Don’t invite us to the process – we issue a statement.

    • Jean – USM – meeting and STEM

    • Karen – how many weeks of student teaching? Has language in legislation changed?

    NCATE approved programs complete 15 weeks

    USM year long – internship – Bates 13 weeks Colby 13 weeks part time & 4 full time

    We define programs differently – Chapter 114 – is the rule we follow

    • Discussion of newsletters we get – ways to be informed

    Patsy Dunton – Literacy – new generation science standards with connections to literacy

    Next Gen Standards – USM – reapplying for Noyes Scholarship – support interns with STEM

    • USM will host our next meeting –

    Task force for the colloquium – before April – invite K-12 people – STEM faculty – get word out small group to work on it – U Maine representatives will work with her

    Content area math teachers/professors get together – STEM going – modeling piece –

    • Diversity standard –

    Back in November 2010

    Why did the state board decide what diversity is – having experiences from at least two different racial/ethnic groups – and social class

    New booklet for teacher preparation program review teams is in draft form right now

    Kathy is proofreading the new booklet – ask her to make sure the language from the definition of diversity from Chapter 114 is in the booklet

    • To Do List:

    Mark – set up Website (done)
    Kathy – edit program preparation handbook to include definition of diversity from Chapter 114
    Karen – ask about process for hiring for Harry’s position (done – no state board approval)
    Barbara – ask if representative of higher education be included in the hiring (done – but request denied; member of state board may participate on the committee) (Do we speak up about this??)
    All – be sure our institutions know about our alliance and institutional name on the mission statement – especially if we start to issue statements, press releases, white papers, testimony

    Do we issue a statement about the hiring process for Ed Specialist III Higher Education?

    • Agenda for March 8 meeting:

    Dan Hupp on Smarter Balance
    More complete report on the Educate Maine conference in Dec.
    Comments about the Web site
    Next steps

  3. acharles2013 says:

    Minutes from 3/8/13 at USM:

    TEAMe Meeting
    March 8, 2013
    102 Wishcamper

    Welcome, Updates, Discussion of TEAMe and institutional endorsement
    • Jean Whitney shared information about the 4/4/13 screening of “World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements” and sessions with teacher and 2011 TED speaker, John Hunter. Co-sponsored by USM’s School of Education and Human Development; College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; and the Portland Children’s Film Festival; this event will include
    o A workshop for pre-service and novice teachers from 4-5 pm
    o Reception and book signing from 5-6:45
    o Screening and Q and A with John Hunter at 7:00
    o FMI contack Anne Chuprevich at
    • Announcments from DOE by Dan Hupp:
    o DOE has hired Harry Osgood’s replacement: Alicia Johnson, from Unity, to start March 20th
    o Maine is well positioned on work with common core and assessment system and is likely to receive funding for a liaison between PK-12 and higher ed.
    o DOE is likely to receive another grant for another full-time position as common core communications person
    o The Govenor’s Conference on Education will be held at Cony High School on March 22nd.
    • Reminder of the TEAMe website with latest version of mission and members This will also be a place to post minutes and resources
    • Discussion about TEAMe identity and institutional endorsement included:
    o Review/summary of the group’s mission; importance of having a voice/presence/identity as teacher educators; main purpose to learn and have collegial relationships; and opportunity to “be at the table”
    o The importance of/need for endorsements
    o Discussion of who TEAMe represents: individual members, teacher education departments or unit, whole university
    o Reports of reactions by Provost and institutional leaders—most expressed interest and the need to review statements or publications going out publically with institutional name prior to dissemination
    o Discussion about the relationship between individual public institutions and the University of Maine System, seeking input in both directions.
    o Discussion about the inclusion of DOE representation in TEAMe; discussion included equality of membership/partnership; are there others at our institutions who might be members; distinctions between membership and active involvement; value of consistently inviting DOE and other stakeholders (open invitation vs. targeted invitations vs. membership); earlier decision to not have DOE a members; implications for discussion climate
    o Consensus: Agreed upon the expectation that prior to any dissemination with institutional names on the publication time be allowed for vetting through the institutional leadership (1-2 weeks), with the understanding that inclusion of individual and institutional names is optional on a case-by-case basis, and that dissemination can proceed without all TEAMe member names.
    o Consensus: Leave membership as currently articulated and extend invitations as appropriate
    • Informational clarifying question: what is the date for full implementation of new standards in Chapter 114?
    o Dee and Jean will ask the question and find answers for the group
    o Topic item for next meeting: how we are transitioning to the new standards?
    Presentation by Dan Hupp on Smarter Balanced
    • Things people want to learn today:
    o What do we need to be sharing with pre-service candidates?
    o Are there sample items yet?
    • All information and presentation PPT that Dan shared available at
    • Some basics:
    o Criterion reference—no interest in becoming norm referenced
    o Sample items and rubrics are currently available on the web site above
    o Scoring: goal: everything that is not multiple choice, will be scored by IA and teachers—turn around time is projected to be a couple of weeks
    o The first Smarter Balanced summative state-wide test will be given spring, 2015—This will roll out with first delivery in April and then re-take option before the end of the year
    • Every state has to have a higher ed. lead: in Maine Allyson Handley from UMA
    • PARCC—the other major assessment consortium—they have 20+ states in their consortium
    • States that have not adopted the common core: AK, TX, VA, NE, MN (adopted CC ELA, not math)
    • Smarter Balanced is delivered via computer, and is adaptive: responds to how the test taker is responding
    • There will be a nation-wide discussion on national cut scores for proficiency (across SB and PARCC)
    • Policy is being shaped that students who score at or above proficiency: they will not have to take developmental, non-credit bearing course in IHE
    • Optional interim assessments—available for additional fee of approximately $7.00 per student. There are formative assessments available as part of the package being purchased by the state. The state is determining funds available to support use of the optional features. Use of optional features will be made at the local level.
    • Nation-wide Digital library being create through volunteer vetting of the materials, but not systematized, and/or of highest scientific caliber
    • Some discussion of state Waivers to NCLB rules:
    o Maine is working on a waiver request
    o Parameters to get a waiver: have to have an accountability system, you have to identify lowest performing schools, have to tie test scores to teacher evaluations, which have to count in a “significant” way, e.g., using 20% of the scores tied to teacher evaluation
    • Infrastructure for Smarter Balanced:
    o Technology: At school level: Maine is the poster child for technology preparedness—Maine is well covered with the infrastructure needed for the assessment
    • Discussion of the relationship between Smarter Balanced and standards-based diploma
    o Student progress will be based on local decisions
    • Sue Fossett presented on the development of a state alternate assessment tool for the 1% of the population who cannot be assessed with Smarter Balanced. Maine is moving away from the PAAP toward a national model, which is a collaboration between National Center and State Collaborative and Dynamic Learning Maps
    o Maine joined NCSC as a tier two state
    o Still in the process of building their web site
    o Using learning progressions
    o Core content connectors (still not published as this point)
    • Discussion on follow through on Gov’s executive order: A-F letter grade for all schools
    o Letter grades will be based on:
    • Assessment proficiency levels
    • Cohort growth component
    • HS grad. Rate or improvement?
    • % of participation—in the assessment itself
    o Will be out in three weeks
    o The grades will be criteria referenced
    o All public schools—it will be school-based—each school will get a grade
    o Will be presented and discussed at the Governor’s educational conference at Cony HS on March 22nd
    NGSS presentation
    • Presentations by:
    o John Shumway, Assistant Professor at UMO, Science educator
    • Report on Science Teachers’ thinking about inquiry-based science teaching and learning
    o Anita Bernhart, Maine DOE Science Curriculum Leader
    • Presentation on implications for teacher education of the NGSS
    • Small group discussions on implications and priorities for teacher education of the NGSS across three areas:
    o STEM content
    o STEM pedagogy
    o Clinical practice
    • Brief report out on priorities
    • Amy Johnson will follow up on strategies and steps to summarize and address priorities

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