Professional Educator Preparation Program Approval
The purposes of professional educator preparation program approval are to ensure that all future educators in New Hampshire are highly qualified and well prepared to serve all students effectively. Preparation programs utilize data on their students’ preparedness for professional practice and other essential indicators for continuous program improvement.
Orientation to the basics of state policy on professional educator preparation program review and approval
Council for Teacher Education
The program approval process is advised by the New Hampshire Council for Teacher Education (CTE). For every program approval site visit, two CTE members serve as co-chairs for the review team that conducts the visit.
Those who conduct reviews of individual preparation programs are experienced P12 or postsecondary educators who are or have been certified and/or prepare future educators in the program areas being assessed. Reviewers serve as unpaid volunteers. However, the institution for higher education that hosts the review team provides meals, refreshments, mileage reimbursement and, when needed, lodging. The great majority of program reviewers say that reviewing preparation programs is highly rewarding and a significant professional development experience.
Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) with Preparation Programs
Fifteen IHEs in New Hampshire each offer one or more approved professional educator preparation programs.
Manuals, Matrices and Related Materials for IHEs and Reviewers
The manuals and program matrices for IHEs and program reviewer matrices support the self-assessment and external assessment of the state's preparation programs.
Site Visit Co-Chair Documents
New Hampshire Summit on Redefining Educator Development for 21st Century Learners
In May 2010, the New Hampshire Department of Education joined with 11 other statewide associations to hold the 1st Annual Invitational Summit on “redefining educator development for 21st century learners.” The summit brought together 150 P12 teacher educators, state association leaders, and state policy makers to examine how best to transform P12 education and preservice and inservice educator development. Comprehensive information about the summit and the initiatives it has led it is available at www.nhsummit.org.
Improving Teacher Effectiveness, New Approaches to Certification Top the Agenda at Summit of Education Leaders From Four New England States
With compelling topics such as teacher effectiveness and new approaches to teacher certification on the agenda, education leaders from four New England states met recently to brainstorm ways that collaboration among the neighboring states could improve teaching and learning for students. At the recent “Educator Effectiveness: A New England Regional Solutions Summit” hosted by Dr. Virginia Barry, New Hampshire Commissioner of Education, representatives from the Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire Departments of Education and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education joined with other educational experts to delve deeply into the challenges and opportunities they face in their states.
Dr. Robert McLaughlin
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