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Unit Head Mailing 6-14-11

  1. Update on NCATE and Student Teaching
  2. CLAS Important Dates

  1. Update on NCATE and Student Teaching – Fred and Mary

Dean Collins, AVP Godwin, and Dean Antczak have come to some agreements about a pilot version of ED 431 that is crosslist-able and that meets SPA requirements. We've collaborated on developing several adjustments in the current process and will implement a pilot version of it in Fall 2011.

  • The pilot version will apply to History, German, PE and Math; as they come up for future SPA review, we'll be able to roll in Art, Languages (Spanish, German, French, Latin, etc.), Geography, Language Arts, Social Studies, History, Sciences, and Psychology.   
  • CLAS should be responsible for 3 of the seminars. 
  • CLAS will do 3 of the observations--so it could be an even split of 6 visits, or if CoE judges that a teacher needs more visits, they can do as many more as they judge needed.
  • There will be a content rubric for CLAS, and a pedagogy rubric for CoE, while there may be one rubric in cases of joint appointments. 
  • A fifth (content oriented) folder may be developed in the areas that haven't already added content.  The ones that have already added content to existing folders are Language Arts, Math, and Music, and as they come up for SPA review they may be looked at for the feasibility and desirability of developing a fifth folder.
  • The details related to cross listing courses are part of further discussions.

Action Items:

1. HST, GER, PE, and MTH unit heads, please provide names of faculty who will be part of ED 431 this fall to AD Schutten by June 27, so that they may be included in the summer planning meetings hosted by the CoE.

2. Each unit: will work to develop content-specific assignment/assessment and evaluation mechanism to meet their SPA needs.

Mary Schutten

  1. CLAS Important Dates 



     Important Dates



June 20

Classes End first 6 weeks


June 21-22



June 27

Grades due first 6 week classes at noon


June 27

Classes Begin 2nd 6 weeks


July 4

Independence Day Recess


July 18

Fall Staffing Plans due 5:00

Aug. 8

Classes End 2nd 6 and 12 weeks


Aug. 9-10

Finals 2nd 6 and 12 week


Aug. 15

Grades due 2nd 6 and 12 week at noon


Aug 15

Unit Alignment to CLAS Strategic Plan

CLAS Dean’s office

Aug. 17 & 18

New Faculty Orientation


Aug. 17

CLAS New Faculty Social

Alumni House

Aug. 23

Unit Head Retreat

324/330 KEN

Aug. 24

FTLC Conference

EC, 8:30-2:00

Aug. 25

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting

TBA-followed by lunch

Aug. 26


Field House

Aug. 29

Fall 2011 Classes Begin


Sept. 5

Labor Day Recess


Sept. 16

Grandparents, Grandkids, and Grand Valley (S2012) – deadline for faculty signups

Sept. 16

CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium, 2:30-5:00pm

308 PAD


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