For Immediate Release: July 2, 2013
Contact: Keith Hovis, 651-582-8275 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ROSEVILLE – The Minnesota Department of Education is seeking applicants for a number of new task forces that will be convened to address critical issues like adult education, career pathways and technical education, teacher licensure, and special education.
“The input we received from previous task forces played an invaluable role in shaping the legislation passed during the 2013 session,” Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said. “I am always in awe of the deep commitment to education Minnesotans have and encourage anyone interested in being a part of these task forces to apply.”
Standard Adult High School Diploma Advisory Task Force - a nine-member advisory task force to recommend program requirements for adult basic education programs of instruction leading to an adult high school diploma. Commissioner Cassellius will appoint:
Career Pathways and Technical Education Task Force – a 21-member advisory task force that will offer recommendations on how to structurally redesign secondary and postsecondary education. Five people will be appointed by Commissioner Cassellius for this group, including:
Teacher Licensure Advisory Task Force – a 20-member advisory task force established to make recommendations to the Minnesota Board of Teaching, the education commissioner, and the education committees of the legislature on requirements for teacher applicants to demonstrate mastery of reading, writing and mathematics skills through nationally normed assessments, a professional skills portfolio, or accredited college coursework, among other methods of demonstrating skills mastery; and an alternative licensure pathway for nonnative English speakers seeking licensure to teach in a language immersion program. Commissioner Cassellius will appoint:
Special Education Case Load Task Force – an advisory task force of at least 10 individuals who will develop recommendations for the appropriate numbers of students with disabilities that may be assigned to a teacher both with and without paraprofessional support in the classroom, and for cost-effective and efficient strategies and structures for improving student outcomes. Commissioner Cassellius will appoint:
Visit the Secretary of State’s Website for more information, required qualifications and application forms. Applications must be submitted by July 23, 2013.