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CCCCD's Kihl Named To Accountability In Education Task Force

CCCCD's Kihl Named To Accountability In Education Task Force

December 20, 2002 - The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) recently appointed a representative from Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) to serve on an advisory committee charged with determining accountability systems for educator preparation programs. Brenda Kihl, director of the CCCCD Center for Teaching, Learning and Professional Development, is the only community college appointee among a diverse group of school principals, college deans, college and university presidents and educators who comprise the Accountability System for Educator Preparation advisory committee.

"My goal is to help the group accomplish the task of identifying appropriate tools for evaluating the performance of first-time teachers. A strong accountability system can only improve educator preparation in Texas," said Kihl. "I am also interested in bringing to the table the perspective of alternative teacher certification programs."

In 2000, CCCCD became the first community college in the nation to offer teacher certification through the Alternative Teacher Certification Program. The program offers teacher training to individuals who already hold a baccalaureate degree.

"I'm very honored to have been asked to serve on this committee and to know that my views can impact policy at colleges, universities and alternative programs throughout the state," said Kihl. "And, the experience of working with professionals who represent some of the best minds in education gives me a unique opportunity to gain new ideas that can impact our own program."

The SBEC is responsible for establishing standards to govern the continuing accountability and accreditation of all educator preparation programs in Texas.

The Accountability System for Educator Preparation advisory committee will assure that entities are held accountable for the readiness for certification of individuals completing the programs.

Collin County Community College District serves more than 37,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, the CCCCD is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. The college is one of only nine instructor Cisco Academy Training Centers in the world. This center and the engineering technology program are based at the Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco.

For more information on CCCCD's Teacher Certification Program, contact Brenda Kihl at (214) 495-5790.