Tine Sloan named to the Teacher Preparation Advisory Panel for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tine Sloan of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School has been named to the Teacher Preparation Advisory Panel for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This panel will look at a range of issues relating to the preparation of teachers as directed by the Commission at its April 2011 meeting. The panel will be expected to make recommendations to the Commission regarding a variety of policy issues, including but not limited to the structure of the multiple and single subject credentials, issues relating to teaching and learning, national teacher preparation reform efforts and other issues as appropriate to meet the needs not only of today’s teachers and students in California public schools, but also for the future. The goal of the panel will be to come to consensus on recommendations for teacher preparation that benefit all learners and all participants in the Learning to Teach System.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is an agency in the Executive Branch of California State Government. It was created in 1970 by the Ryan Act and is the oldest of the autonomous state standards boards in the nation. The major purpose of the agency is to serve as a state standards board for educator preparation for the public schools of California, the licensing and credentialing of professional educators in the State, the enforcement of professional practices of educators, and the discipline of credential holders in the State of California.

Sloan is currently Director of the Teacher Education Program in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. She also represents the University of California on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the body responsible for setting certification policy in the state. She served on the development team for the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT), a version of which is undergoing adoption in over 20 states in the U.S. Her courses focus on issues in human development, educational psychology, teacher education, and assessment. Her primary research interests revolve around teacher education, particularly with respect to the use of performance assessment in candidate and faculty learning, and the use of performance data for program improvement. All of her work is framed by her primary interest in understanding and advocating for the well being of children in educational contexts. Sloan completed her teacher certification at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1988, and her master’s and doctoral work at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1996. Sloan lived in Singapore for three years, and during that time served on the faculty in the National Institute of Education at the Nanyang Technological University.

[Tine Sloan is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]