CTC reappoints three educators to accreditation committee

Joseph Jimenez of Visalia, Gary Kinsey of Camarillo and Reyes Quezada of San Diego recently were re-appointed to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing's Committee on Accreditation.

The three educator-administrators were chosen from a pool of six finalists, according to the CTC.

Jimenez will serve as a representative of the K-12 community, while Kinsey was reappointed to represent the postsecondary education community. Quezada is a widely-respected expert in the area of bilingual education and the needs of English learners, the CTC reported.

The Committee on Accreditation is a 12-member panel of six representatives from postsecondary education and six certificated professionals from public schools, school districts or county offices of education in California.

COA members are responsible for understanding the accreditation framework and the standards for professional teacher training that are developed and adopted by the CTC.

In addition to approving new programs for teacher preparation, the committee coordinates an ongoing cycle of teacher program accreditation. Teams of committee members also conduct site visits at each program institution. These site visits include extensive review of program data and documentation, and interviews with faculty, program participants and graduates, administrators and public school personnel.

To best represent California's diverse learning community, the CTC considers such variables as geographic, academic and professional sector representation when choosing members for the panel.

The terms of service for these new members extends from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2016. All three have been members of the Committee on Accreditation since 2008.

Jimenez currently provides technical assistance to induction programs as a part-time induction consultant at the Tulare County Office of Education, where he has served in a number of roles since 1992. Prior to that time, Mr. Jimenez was on the faculty at California State University, Fresno, served as dean of students at Green Acres Middle School, and was a principal and teacher at three Central California schools.

Kinsey recently joined the faculty at California State University, Channel Islands, where he serves as the associate vice president of academic affairs and director of the School of Education. He also served the CTC as a member of its Administrative Services Credential Advisory Committee, providing the commission with recommendations on ways to improve and strengthen the preparation of school leaders in California.

Quezada is professor/director of Curriculum and Teaching Graduate Programs at University of San Diego, where he has served since 1999.