09-R362

2009 -- H 5896 SUBSTITUTE A

Enacted 11/09/09

 

 

J O I N T R E S O L U T I O N

CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE

ESTABLISHMENT OF A BLUEPRINT FOR A NEW GENERATION OF TEACHER EDUCATION IN RHODE ISLAND

     

     

     Introduced By: Representatives Fox, M Rice, Ajello, Melo, and McNamara

     Date Introduced: February 26, 2009

 

 

     RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created

consisting of twenty (20) members: one of whom shall be the Chairman of the Rhode Island

Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education, or designee; one of whom shall be

the Chairman of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, or designee; one of

whom shall be the Chair of the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare, or designee;

one of whom shall be the Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, or designee; one of whom

shall be the Commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary

Education, or designee; one of whom shall be President of the University of Rhode Island, or

designee; one of whom shall be President of Rhode Island College, or designee; one of whom

shall be the Commissioner of Higher Education, or designee; one of whom shall be the President

of the National Education Association, or designee one of whom shall be the President of the

American Federation of Teachers, or designee; two (2) of whom shall be Deans, Chairs or

Directors of Education from a local college or university, to be appointed by the Rhode Island

Board of Governors for Higher Education; two (2) of whom shall be faculty members from a

local college or university, to be appointed by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher

Education; one of whom shall be a Dean of Arts and Sciences from a local college or university,

to be appointed by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education; one of whom

shall be the President of the Rhode Island School Superintendentsí Association, or designee; one

of whom shall be a School Principal from a Rhode Island school district, to be appointed by the

Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education; one of whom shall be

an elementary school teacher from a Rhode Island System, to be appointed by the Rhode Island

Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education; one of whom shall be a middle/high

school teacher from a Rhode Island school district, to be appointed by the Rhode Island Board of

Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education; and one of whom shall be a Director of

Personnel for a Rhode Island school district, to be appointed by the Rhode Island Board of

Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education.

       In lieu of any appointment of a member of the legislature to a permanent advisory

commission, a legislative study commission, or any commission created by a General Assembly

resolution, the appointing authority may appoint a member of the general public to serve in lieu

of a legislator, provided that the majority leader or the minority leader of the political party which

is entitled to the appointment consents to the member of the general public.

      The purpose of said commission shall be to make a comprehensive study and recommend

policies that lead to a transformed PK-20 system of teacher education that holds institutions of

higher education and school districts accountable for recruitment, preparation, support, and

retention of teachers who produce higher achieving students.

      This system shall address:

       1.      Accountability of teacher education programs, including:

      (a) Process to assess the effectiveness of teacher education programs; and

      (b) Public transparency.

       2.      Higher expectations for teacher preparation programs, including:

      (a) New models for teacher preparation and ongoing support;

      (b) Curriculum and capacity to address critical-need areas; and

      (c) Faculty role in supporting students during preparation and early career.

       3.      Higher expectations for new teachers, including:

      (a) Academic performance;

      (b) Course taking; and

      (c) Use of technology.

      4.      New career paths for public school teachers, including:

      (a) Differentiated staffing plans;

      (b) Options for performance pay;

      (c) Recognition for accomplished teaching; and

      (d) Continuous professional growth opportunities.

      5.      Recruitment and retention strategies, including:

      (a) Strategies for institutions of higher education and school districts to recruit

      high achieving students to enter the teaching profession;

      (b) Strategies for districts to recruit certified teachers; and

      (c) Strategies for institutions of higher education and districts to retain effective

      new and certified teachers.

      6.      More effective certification and licensure structure, including:

      Performance-based certification and licensure structure for individuals

      pursuing traditional certification pathways, alternative pathways, and

      advanced/continuing education pathways.

       Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at

the call of the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate and organize and shall select a

chairperson.

       Vacancies in said commission shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment.

       The membership of said commission shall receive no compensation for their services.

       All departments and agencies of the state, shall furnish such advice and information,

documentary and otherwise, to said commission and its agents as is deemed necessary or

desirable by the commission to facilitate the purposes of this resolution.

       The Joint Committee on Legislative Services is hereby authorized and directed to provide

suitable quarters for said commission; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the

General Assembly no later than February 1, 2011, and said commission shall expire on April 30,

2011.

 

     

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