Developing the Current Conceptual Framework: 2005-2006, A Chronology*
Towson University had its joint NCATE/Maryland State Department of Education Initial Accreditation Visit on October 21-25, 2000. At that time, NCATE Standard I.A required that “the unit has high quality professional education programs that are derived from a conceptual framework that is knowledge-based, articulated, shared, coherent, consistent with the unit and/or institutional mission, and continuously evaluated.
After the 2000 visit, the NCATE Board of Examiners’ Report concluded that the Professional Education Unit’s Conceptual Framework met NCATE Standard I. A, Conceptual Framework, with strength. The BOE report stated that the Professional Education Unit had
From the initial, August 10, 2005 Steering Committee meeting, the preparatory effort to review, revise, and update the Conceptual Framework to meet the current NCATE requirements emphasized a unit-wide approach, as reflected by the chronology below. From May 2005 until September 2006, the Teacher Education Executive Board, the NCATE Steering Committee (representing internal and external stakeholders), the COE Leadership Group, individual departments, and individual initial and advanced preparation programs, external audiences (e.g., including external representatives on the NCATE Steering Committee, Towson’s MSDE Program Approval Specialist, PDS Principals, site-based liaisons) were diligently engaged in revising and/or providing feedback in reference to the Conceptual Framework (e.g., mission, vision, integrated themes).
*(Departments included the Conceptual Framework on numerous department meeting agenda that are not included below)