Invited Expert Study Panels

The 2009 Conference will feature eight expert study panels to assist the NNER in dealing with a set of important issues. In all cases these groups were asked to develop recommendations for NNER settings and for the network which are other than "giving the group or individuals in the group more money." Where appropriate, groups will be encouraged to make recommendations that include cross-setting goals and activities. See meeting times below.

The first three groups will focus on how individuals in various roles can contribute to the mission of the NNER and how the NNER can provide greater support for them:

  1. School superintendents and other district leaders:

    Jim Lowham, former Casper Wyoming superintendent, will facilitate and Jean Eagle from the executive board will be asked to sit in with the group.

    Group 1 tentative meeting times: Friday and Saturday mornings (7:30 to 9:00 AM) and otherwise as needed.

  2. SCDE Deans and Chairs

    Ada Beth Cutler, COE Dean at Montclair State, will facilitate and Deb Shanley from the executive board will be invited to sit in with the group.

    Group 2 tentative meeting times: Friday and Saturday mornings (7:30 to 9:00 AM) and otherwise as needed.

  3. A&S Deans and Chairs

    Ron Cambra, Associate Dean A&S, University of Hawaii, will facilitate this panel with John Rosenberg from BYU invited to sit in with the group.

    Group 3 tentative meeting times: Friday and Saturday mornings (7:30 to 9:00 AM) and otherwise as needed.

Group four reaches out to non-NNER settings.

  1. New Settings

    This group consisting of individuals not now members of the NNER will review present practices for adding new member settings and make recommendations - particularly to suggest means by which a critical mass of interested school and university educators can be developed at prospective settings.

    Randy Hitz, COE Dean at Portland (Oregon) State University will facilitate and Carol Wilson will sit in with the group.

    Group 4 tentative meeting times: Friday and Saturday mornings (7:30 to 9:00 AM) and otherwise as needed.

Groups five through eight will focus on recommendations for strengthening various elements of the work being performed by the schools and/or universities in NNER settings.

  1. Special Education Equity

    This panel will address two questions related to strengthening programs in the various NNER settings: What can the NNER do to strengthen education programs serving special needs students? What can special educators do to contribute to the mission of the NNER?

    Elizabeth Kozleski, Arizona State University, will facilitate and Gene Edgar, University of Washington, will sit in with the group.

    Group 5 meeting times: Friday and Saturday mornings (7:30 to 9:00 AM).

  2. The education of prospective teacher educators

    This group will consist primarily of graduate students who are particularly interested in becoming teacher educators. The group would develop recommendations on what the NNER can do to help strengthen the preparation of teacher educators and how such graduate students can contribute to the accomplishment of the NNER mission. Among topics that might be discussed are the advantages of creating a "job search" activity as part of the annual meeting, developing recommendations for career path recognition for teacher educators, creating opportunities for graduate students and new PhD's to present and publish.

    Nick Michelli, CUNY, and Ken Zeichner will facilitate with Marisa Bier, University of Washington, assisting.

    Group 6 will meet on Friday and Saturday mornings (7:30 to 9:00 AM) -- and otherwise as needed.

  3. LGTB Equity

    This group will seek answers regarding what teacher education programs can do to better prepare teachers to support LGTB students. Recommendations will be prepared for consideration by the settings in the NNER.

    Tina Jacobowitz, Montclair State University, will facilitate the session. The first meeting may include some LGTB students and adults who work with them. This will be an extended session that will meet on Thursday afternoon as well as Friday and Saturday morning.

    Group 7 meeting times: Thursday 1:30 – 4:00 PM and Friday and Saturday mornings (7:30 to 9:00 AM).

  4. Community engagement

    This group will develop recommendations for each setting to consider regarding how to get beyond tokenism in community participation to authentic partnerships with communities to address critical educational issues.

    Mona Bailey of IEI, Cori Mantle-Bromley from Washington State University, and Dennis Potthoff from University of Nebraska-Kearney will co-facilitate this group.

    Group 8 tentative meeting times: Thursday 1:30 – 4:00 PM and Friday and Saturday mornings (7:30 to 9:00am).


Invited Panel Study Group Meeting Times

THURSDAY, 1:30-4:00 PM

LAUREL
LGBT Equity, - Study Group 7

Facilitated by: Tina Jacobowitz

LARCH
Community Engagement - Study Group 8

Facilitated by: Mona Bailey, Cori Mantle-Bromley, Dennis Potthoff

FRIDAY, 7:30 AM-9:00 AM

AUDITORIUM
School Superintendents - Study Group 1

Facilitated by: Jim Lowham

BIRCH
College of Education Deans - Study Group 2

Facilitated by: Ada Beth Cutler

COTTONWOOD
Arts & Sciences Deans - Study Group 3

Facilitated by: Ron Cambra

EB-A
New Settings - Study Group 4

Facilitated by: Randy Hitz

EB-B
Special Education Equity - Study Group 5

Facilitated by: Elizabeth Kozleski

EB-C
Prospective Teacher Education - Study Group 6

Facilitated by: Nick Michelli and Ken Zeichner

MADRONA
LGBT Equity - Study Group 7

Facilitated by: Tina Jacobowitz

Cedar B
Community Engagement - Study Group 8

Facilitated by: Mona Bailey, Cori Mantle-Bromley, Dennis Potthoff

SATURDAY, 7:30 AM-9:00 AM

BALSAM
School Superintendents - Study Group 1

Facilitated by: Jim Lowham

BIRCH
College of Education Deans - Study Group 2

Facilitated by: Ada Beth Cutler

COTTONWOOD
Arts & Sciences Deans - Study Group 3

Facilitated by: Ron Cambra

EB-A
New Settings - Study Group 4

Facilitated by: Randy Hitz

EB-B
Special Education Equity - Study Group 5

Facilitated by: Elizabeth Kozleski

EB-C
Prospective Teacher Education - Study Group 6

Facilitated by: Nick Michelli and Ken Zeichner

AUDITORIUM
LGBT Equity - Study Group 7

Facilitated by: Tina Jacobowitz

EB-G
Community Engagement - Study Group 8

Facilitated by: Mona Bailey, Cori Mantle-Bromley, Dennis Potthoff