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Report of Regents Cultural Education Committee to The Board of Regents

Regent Roger Tilles, Chair of the Cultural Education Committee, submitted the following written report. Your Committee on Cultural Education Committee had its scheduled meeting on July 15, 2014. In attendance were committee members: Regents Tilles, Dawson, Bendit, Rosa, Cea and Brown. Absent: Regent Cottrell

In addition to CE Committee Members, in attendance were: Regents Norwood, Tallon, Cashin and Phillips as well as Commissioner King and Executive Deputy Commissioner Berlin.


Chair’s Remarks: Regent Tilles welcomed everyone and opened the meeting.

Deputy Commissioner’s Remarks:
Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey Cannell provided a brief update on key programmatic activities and accomplishments of OCE including the Summer School of the Arts 2014 season, a report on the Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core workshop that was hosted by the Office of Cultural Education in mid-August, a Museum exhibit on the Passenger Pigeon and an upcoming major exhibit on the Shakers. Mr. Cannell also announced the retirement of Christine Ward from the position of State Archivist and stated that Thomas Ruller, Director of Operations for OCE will be serving as interim-State Archivist.

Educational Services from Public Broadcasting- Update
Elizabeth Hood, Director of Educational Television and Public Broadcasting introduced Robert Altman, President of station WMHT; John D. Craig, Vice President – Education & Outreach Western New York Public Broadcasting Association; Jon Rubin Senior Director, Education Services Thirteen WNET; and Katherine P. Jetter Vice President, Education if station WMHT. The panel showed a short video on the role of public broadcasting in supporting education, especially programming that supports the Common Core Learning Standards. The panel also presented information and data on the variety, reach and effectiveness of their education services, including broadcast programs, web-based services, and outreach to high need families and schools. The stations provide services for teachers and families to use with children from age two right up through high school, with particular emphasis on our youngest children and the K-12 population.

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Meeting Date: 
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 4:50pm