The organization that represents the deans of education at land-grant colleges has published a booklet detailing the group's support for the establishment of autonomous state standards boards to regulate the teaching profession.
The Association of Colleges and Schools of Education in State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and Affiliated Private Universities also favors the development of national teacher certification.
Control over the licensure and policing of the field, the document says, must shift "from public bodies to permit educators to assume responsibility for determining entry-level standards, policing their peers, and enforcing a code of professional standards if teaching is to become a profession."
The group says such standards boards must: be established by statute; be provided with an independent staff and budget; have a majority of teachers as members; and, while representing the profession, base decisions on the welfare of "children and youth, and thus, the society at large."
Copies of "Who Sets the Standards?" are available for $3 each from Dale Andersen, Dean, College of Education, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nev. 89154; (702) 739-3374.
The National Committee for Citizens in Education has developed a training manual for school-based management councils that emphasizes the continuous training of council members and the linking of their work to research on effective schools.
Carl Marburger and Barbara Hansen, authors of the manual, provide materials for presentations on nine topics, including the roles and responsibilities of school councils, teamwork, and the conducting of needs assessments.
Copies of "A Manual for Training School Councils" are available for $39.95 each, plus $2 for postage and handling, from the n.c.c.e., 10840 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 301, Columbia, Md. 21044. The first manual is available for $35, plus $2 for shipping. Both are offered for $69.95, plus $2.
A private foundation has awarded $145,000 in grants to five small colleges working on ways to help teachers work more effectively with children from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
The grants represent the second annual round of donations from the Consortium for Private Higher Education/nynex Foundation Program for Teacher Education. The selected institutions are Le Moyne College, Syracuse, N.Y.; Manhattanville College, Purchase, N.Y.; Mount Saint Mary's College, Los Angeles; Oglethorpe University, Atlanta; and Sinte Gleska College, Rosebud, S.D.--ab & dv