June 20, 2011

I am flying to Sacramento this week to be interviewed at the Governor’s Office. That sounds like something, doesn’t it?  I think it sounds much more glamorous than it is… but that has not stopped me from sharing the news that I received a call and I am Sacramento bound.

A couple of months ago, I was notified that I was being considered for an appointment to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).  The CTC oversees the credentialing and teacher preparation processes for the State of California.  I am familiar with the workings of the CTC because I have just finished a 4-year term as a committee member on the Committee on Accreditation (COA) which is commissioned by the CTC.  The move up to the Commission is an honor and a challenge I believe I am ready to accept. Appointments like these are political, and as our newly elected Governor announced appointments, my name was not called, most likely to appease other interest groups of which I do not belong.

So I was pleasantly surprised when a call came last week asking me travel up for an interview with a Senior Advisor and assistant.

I am preparing for the interview by reviewing the history and policy practice of the CTC. I am practicing my answers to questions about why a classroom teacher should and can serve on state level committees. I am re-reading my dissertation on teachers as policy makers and contemplating the impact of a new role.

These are challenging times. There is political pressure on the CTC and a proposal to move the independent agency under the auspices of the California Dept. of Ed (CDE).   There is conversation about RTTT and merit pay. There is criticism on teacher evaluation and discipline. There is corporate pressure to privatize education.  As is typical of me, I have opinions and I am willing to share. Will anyone is Sacramento be ready to listen?