Juneau to Serve on Executive Board of Nation's Largest Non-Profit Education Accrediting Organization

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
by Jessica Rhoades
406.444.3160

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau has been appointed to serve on the Executive Board of Directors for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau to Serve on Executive Board of Nation's Largest Non-Profit Education Accrediting Organization

HELENA, Mont. —Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau has been appointed to serve on the Executive Board of Directors for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The organization is an accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation. As a member of the executive committee, Juneau will provide overall leadership to the organization.

"It is a great honor for Montana, and says a great deal about the quality and commitment of our teachers to have our Superintendent serving on this board," said Pete Donovan, who served as past president of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher and Educator Certification and currently administers the Montana Certification Standards and Practices Advisory Council of the Board of Public Education. "NCATE helps improve of educator performance through quality teacher preparation and accountability to children, their parents, and the public at-large."

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education is a non-profit, non-governmental alliance of 33 national professional education and public organizations representing millions of Americans who support quality teaching.

NCATE currently accredits 632 colleges of education with 78 more seeking accreditation. NCATE accreditation provides recognition that the college of education has met national professional standards for the preparation of teachers and other educators.

"I am honored to be selected for this position and look forward to working with America's leaders on important education issues facing each state and the nation as a whole," said Juneau. "I look forward to advocating for kids and teachers at a national level and sharing what’s working in Montana public school classrooms to improve education on a national level."

In addition to her appointment to the NCATE Executive Board, Superintendent Juneau was recently awarded 2009 Educator of the Year by the National Indian Education Association.

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Jessica Rhoades
Communications Director
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Montana Office of Public Instruction
Denise Juneau, Superintendent

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