Friday, September 23, 2011

Deborah Ball appointed to MI Governor's Council on Educator Effectiveness

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On September 22, 2011, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed Deborah Loewenberg Ball to the Governor's Council on Educator Effectiveness.

According to a statement from the Governor's Office, the council was created to provide tools that improve teacher effectiveness and consists of three appointees by the governor, one from the speaker of the House, one from the Senate majority leader and one from the state superintendent of public instruction. The council will report to the Legislature, State Board of Education and governor its recommendations for student growth and assessment programs for evaluations of teachers and administrators as well as requirements for professional teacher certificates. The council must issue its report by April 30, 2012.

“The future of Michigan depends on the positive growth of our students in the classroom,” Snyder said in a statement. “With the help of these talented individuals, I am confident we will create a method that gives teachers and administrators the tools to help guide students to success.”

In addition to Ball, Snyder appointed Mark Reckase, a professor at Michigan State University, and Nicholas Sheltrown, director of measurement, research, and accountability at National Heritage Academies in Grand Rapids.

The Senate majority leader appointee to the council is David Vensel, principal of Jefferson High School in Monroe. The House speaker appointee is Jennifer Hammond, principal of Grand Blanc High School. The superintendent of public instruction's designee is Joseph Martineau, executive director of the Bureau of Assessment & Accountability in the Michigan Department of Education.

An announcement of Ball's appointment appeared on the governor's website on September 22, 2011. also published a story of the announcement on September 22, 2011.


Deborah Loewenberg Ball is William H. Payne Collegiate Chair, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and dean of the School of Education.

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