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Appointments made to Governor's Council on Educator Effectiveness

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed Deborah Ball, Mark Reckase and Nicholas Sheltrown to the Governor's Council on Educator Effectiveness.

The council was created by Public Act 102 of 2011 to provide tools that improve teacher effectiveness. The council consists of three appointees by the governor, one from the speaker of the House, one from the Senate majority leader and one from the state superintendent of public instruction. The council will report to the Legislature, State Board of Education and governor its recommendations for student growth and assessment programs for evaluations of teachers and administrators as well as requirements for professional teacher certificates. The council must issue its report by April 30, 2012.

"The future of Michigan depends on the positive growth of our students in the classroom," Snyder said. "With the help of these talented individuals, I am confident we will create a method that gives teachers and administrators the tools to help guide students to success."

Ball, of Dexter, has served as dean of the University of Michigan School of Education since 2005. She has authored or co-authored over 150 publications and made numerous presentations around the world. She is a member of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, National Board for Education Sciences and is an elected member of the National Academy of Education. Ball previously served as an elementary school teacher in East Lansing Public Schools and Spartan Village School, an assistant professor and associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. Ball earned a bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctorate from MSU.

Reckase, of Okemos, is a professor in the measurement and quantitative methods program within the Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education Department of the College of Education at Michigan State University. He worked for 17 years at ACT Inc., a college admission testing company and was a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Reckase also served as the vice president of the American Educational Research Association and the president of the National Council of Measurement in Education. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, and a master's degree and doctorate in psychology from Syracuse University.

Sheltrown, of Alto, is director of measurement, research and accountability at National Heritage Academics in Grand Rapids. He manages the measurement and research initiatives for a network of 71 charter schools with over 40,000 students. Sheltrown previously served as director of research and measurement at Grand Valley State University, the technology director at Byron Center Public Schools and vice president of professional development at ST Concepts Inc. in Byron Center. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Cornerstone University, and a master's degree in curriculum and teaching and a doctorate from Michigan State University.

Appointees by the governor will serve a term at the pleasure of the governor.

Senate Majority Leader appointee:
David Vensel is the principal of Jefferson High School in Monroe. He previously served as a teacher and assistant high school principal at Airport High School in Carleton. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Eastern Michigan University and master's degrees in American history and secondary education from the University of Toledo.

Speaker of the House appointee:
Jennifer Hammond is the principal of Grand Blanc High School. She previously served as a teacher and administrator at schools in Troy and Hamtramck. Hammond earned a bachelor's degree and certificate in secondary teaching from Michigan State University, a master's degree in mathematics education from Wayne State University and a doctorate in philosophy of educational leadership from Oakland University.

Designee of Superintendent of Public Instruction:
Joseph Martineau is the executive director of the Bureau of Assessment & Accountability in the Michigan Department of Education. He has served in the Michigan Department of Education as a psychometrican, manager of large-scale assessment programs and director of state testing and accountability. Martineau earned a bachelor's degree in linguistics and a master's degree in instructional design from Brigham Young University and a doctorate from Michigan State University. Martineau will serve on the council as a non-voting member.

The new law also calls for creation of an advisory committee to provide input on the council's recommendations. The governor will name the advisory committee members at a later date.