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Report of Regents P-12 Education/Higher Education Joint Meeting Committee to The Board of Regents

Your P-12 Education Committee and Higher Education Committee held a joint meeting on February 10, 2014

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Educator Diversity Initiatives
In November, the Board of Regents discussed Teacher Supply and Demand in NYS. Data show that the current educator workforce in NYS is 82% White, 8% Black/African-American, 6% Hispanic/Latino and 2% Asian. This month a joint committee discussion focused on current research, current P-12 and teacher/leader preparation program practices in NYS to promote educator diversity, and recommendations based on State and national models. Your Committees recommend the following next steps for the Board’s consideration. It is recommended that:

  • the Office of Higher Education revisit the findings from the 2009 – 2010 Regents Work Group to identify potential actionable next steps established to develop a state vision and articulate long-term goals for educator diversity;
  • the Office of Higher Education encourage the sectors to utilize a portion of its Faculty Development MOU monies to support educator diversity initiatives;
  • the Professional Standards and Practices Board review the new CAEP standards related to educator diversity and propose ways the State can further advance the implementation of these efforts across its approved programs;
  • we learn about other existing partnerships between educator preparation programs and P-12 schools and share these as promising approaches to recruit and retain faculty/staff from underrepresented populations; and
  • the Department review the current funding levels for the Teacher Opportunity Corps to determine if the current funding level is commensurate with our interest in increasing the number of diverse educators in the State of New York.

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Meeting Date: 
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 4:00pm