- Advance understanding of teacher education within the policy community through ongoing communication
- Inform the board and the membership about emerging policy, and about opportunities to participate in policy development and advocacy.
- Serve as a resource in California for those communities addressing education policy and teacher education.
- Advocate on behalf of the Teacher Education Community
Policy Committee Co-Chairs
Cindy Grutzik is co-chair for the SPAN Conferences; Nicol Howard is co-chair for policy planning; and Pia Wong is co-chair for legislative action.
Action Activities for 2012-13
- Coordinate policy activity for the membership and board:
- Communicate to membership about issues on current policy, and solicit input.
- Plan conference sessions that are relevant and engaging.
- Ensure that multiple perspectives are brought forward and that difficult conversations are well facilitated.
- Maintain key relationships with leg staffers and invite them to conferences.
- Facilitate CCTE responses to essential policy issues that emerge, i.e., Blue ribbon panel, NCATE/TEAC merger, etc.
- Research the Ed Coalition; talk to CTC about their relationship with them.
- Organize our legislative advocacy:
- Get on “The List” of people called for advice about teacher education policy (list what we can bring to them) including legislators, CFT, CTA, UTLA, etc.
- Monitor legislation.
- Create relationships with Ed Committee staff of Senate and Assembly
- Organize a calendar of consistent visits to Sacramento, decide who to visit (staffers for sure), and invite members to travel, using the budget that has been allocated.
- Build towards advocacy day in Sacramento, possibly hire someone to organize visits
- Representation. Ensure that the policy committee is represented at the Cal Tog meetings and explore becoming an ex officio or liaison to the CCTC and attend all meetings.
- Develop materials. Develop materials to support policy advocacy, including the website, and policy briefs, list of key home offices, business cards and brochure; rework Policy Framework and create summary for use in legislative visits.
- Committee meetings. Continue to meet four times a year, as well as during each conference, and ask the members to bring specific info from groups they’re affiliated with to each meeting
Timetable Issues to consider
- To be more proactive, divide the year into sections according to the legislative cycle. Key dates include the following
- Legislature convenes first week of January
- Bills introduced by third week of Feb
- Spring recess in April
- First week of June is when that House has to pass bills out of the House
- Summer recess in mid-July
- Reconvene in mid-August
- Second week in September wraps up the session
- Schedule Advocacy Committee meetings and board meetings in alignment with Legislative timetable
- Policy co-chairs will schedule the meetings by mid-July