School of Education showcases programs before NCATE Board of Examiners

Program leaders, administrators, faculty, staff and students from the SUNY New Paltz School of Education gathered at events taking place from March 8-10 to present demonstrations of various programs before an audience of community members and national leaders in teacher preparation.

“We were pleased to be able to showcase many of our excellent, community-minded education and outreach programs,” said Michael Rosenberg, dean of the School of Education. “Community stakeholders had an opportunity to see first-hand the range of programs that positively impact students and teachers within our region.”

The wide array of exhibits on display covered programs and initiatives including student fieldwork, clubs and academic achievements, student-oriented programs like Student Support Services, faculty publications and community outreach partnerships such as the Hudson Valley Writing Program and the Mid-Hudson Teacher Center.

“Our departments prepared presentations on different initiatives and community relationships that have been built, and some students came in to talk about their experiences as well,” said Sunny Duerr, coordinator for accreditation and assessment for the School of Education. “We were able to showcase many of the distinctive and unique things we do that make us New Paltz.”

The showcase was the most recent of the School of Education’s efforts to earn re-accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), for which all teacher preparation institutions must apply every seven years. Community members in attendance were joined by the NCATE Board of Examiners, who summarized their initial findings in a March 10 address before College President Donald P. Christian, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Philip Mauceri, and a number of School of Education administrators, program leaders and department chairs.

The NCATE recently merged with another accreditation agency to form a new organization called the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). More information about re-accreditation is available at the CAEP website.