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Instrument of Governance

Passed unanimously by CPC on 1-23-14

INSTRUMENT OF GOVERNANCE OF THE UNCG TEACHERS ACADEMY

The Teachers Academy was developed in 1993 to strengthen a university-wide approach to the education of teachers and other school personnel. It serves as the organizational umbrella for all professional education preparation programs on campus, including BK-12 teachers, school librarians, administrators, counselors, and school social work. Its central purposes are promoting and coordinating quality professional education and maintaining a professional community among faculty, both within and outside the School of Education.

Statement of Purpose

The Teachers Academy seeks to establish a climate for quality education of teachers and other school personnel on a campus that is committed to a university-wide approach. For UNCG, it has the potential to foster the balance needed between program diversity and a sense of community and purpose among all faculty and administrators involved with the education of teachers and other school personnel.

Responsibilities

The Teachers Academy oversees

  • policies and practices of professional education programs at UNCG;
  • accreditation and DPI reviews in conjunction with the SOE Director of Assessment
  • dissemination of information about North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction (SDPI) licensing requirements; and
  • the administration of school-university partnership activities related to USTEP funding.

Organizational Structure

The Teachers Academy includes (a) a Council of Program Coordinators (CPC) that represents all professional education programs on the UNCG campus, (b) a Steering Committee that includes representatives from the units on campus, and (c) an Advisory Board consisting of members from the 15 school districts that constitute the Piedmont Triad Educational Consortium (PTEC). The Director of the Teachers Academy is also the Chair of the Council of Program Coordinators and reports to the Dean of the School of Education.

Teachers Academy Council of Program Coordinators (CPC)

 

Statement of Purpose

The Council of Program Coordinators acts as the policy-making body of the Teachers Academy, including developing policy related to the implementation and assessment of professional teacher education programs.

Responsibilities:

The Council of Program Coordinators:

  • develops and approves policies related to the practice of preparing professional educators;
  • engages in professional development for faculty as a means of creating and maintaining community among professional educators as well as informing faculty of current issues and research related to the professional preparation of educators;
  • takes up other initiatives as directed by the Steering Committee or the Dean of the School of Education.

Organizational Structure

All programs involved in the preparation of teachers, principals, and other school personnel have a representative on the CPC. Programs with more than 10 continuing faculty (e.g., clinical faculty on contracts, tenure earning or tenured) are entitled to two voting representatives. The Chair of the Council of Program Coordinators is the Director of the Teachers Academy.

Meetings and Procedures:

The Council of Program Coordinators meets, at a minimum, twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring semester. At these meetings, major policy and programmatic issues are presented, discussed, and approved by vote.

Motions for Consideration:

A motion for consideration and a second may be made from the floor at a called CPC meeting. In addition, the Steering Committee may recommend a motion for consideration.

Quorum:

The CPC will conduct business at regularly called meetings. If a member calls for a quorum when an item of business is discussed, then a quorum must be present to consider that item of business. A quorum shall consist of 50% + 1 representatives.

Voting:

Voting on motions may occur at a CPC meeting by voice or secret ballot, or through electronic means.

Committees:

The Council of Program Coordinators mainly operates as a committee of the whole with the exception of the Appeals Committee, which is elected annually. Ad hoc committees may be developed (either appointed or with volunteers) as the need arises. The appointment of ad hoc committees will be approved either by the Director of the Teachers Academy or the CPC.

The Director of the Teachers Academy, or designee, will chair any ad hoc committees. The SOE Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services and will serve as ex officio member of all committees.

Appeals Committee:

The Teachers Academy Appeals Committee adjudicates student appeals following procedures established in the Teachers Academy Professional Improvement Plan (PIP) policy. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services chairs the Appeals Committee. Members are elected every Spring.

Amendments to the Teachers Academy Instrument of Governance:

The Teachers Academy Instrument of Governance may be amended by majority vote. A program representative with a second or the Steering Committee can propose amendments. Members of the Council of Program Coordinators must receive a copy of the proposed amendment(s) ten calendar days before the vote may occur.

Adoption of the Instrument of Governance:

Date: 1/23/14

Director of the Teachers Academy

Barbara B. Levin

Date: 1/23/14

Dean of the School of Education:

Karen Wixson

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