CAEP board of directors adds Dean Gallagher

February 1, 2017

The accreditation body strives to improve educator preparation programs

By Renae Tornatore

Dean Karen Symms Gallagher has been appointed to the board of directors of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, or CAEP. Her appointment will run through June 2019.

CAEP formed in 2010 with the merging of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). According to the organization’s website, the organization “advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.”

Dean Gallagher joins three other new appointees—Wanda Blanchett, of Rutgers University; Jayne Ellsperman, of the National Association of Secondary School Principals; and María del Carmen Salazar, of the University of Denver.

“Dean Gallagher is a welcome addition to the CAEP board of directors,” said Mary Brabeck, chair of the CAEP board and professor of applied psychology at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. “She will bring her wisdom, experience and creativity to help achieve CAEP’s ambitious goal: To advance excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation. Dean Gallagher has engaged in the process of continuous program improvement to enhance P-12 student learning for decades. I look forward to the significant and substantive contributions she will make to educator preparation as a member of the board.”

Dean Gallagher has a long career of collaborating on teacher preparation improvement. In 2015, she joined with other education leaders to form Deans for Impact. The organization aims to improve educator preparation through data-driven initiatives, including the Impact Academy, policy advocacy and publications.

“It’s an honor to be part of an organization committed to improving the teaching profession by elevating educator preparation programs,” says the dean of her new appointment. “I look forward to collaborating with my fellow board members to further the mission of CAEP while also improving learning for thousands of aspiring teachers.”

CAEP announced its aspirational standards for educator preparation programs in 2013. While the standards are not yet required nationally, states, as well as colleges and universities, have elected to apply the standards to their teacher preparation programs. So far, 29 states have announced plans to apply the standards. In December 2016, the results from a review of 21 programs applying the new “tougher” standards found that 17 of the programs passed the process.