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NATCHITOCHES – Dr. Kimberly McAlister, department head and coordinator of assessment in Northwestern State University’s Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Development, has been appointed to the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Examiners. NCATE is a council of educators created to ensure the quality of their profession and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accrediting institution or teacher education programs.

McAlister was one of a cohort of 56 National Board of Examiners members trained in Indianapolis last November. Team members who review institutions on behalf of NCATE are drawn from the Board of Examiners, which is composed of teacher educators, teachers and state and local policy makers. BOE members are nominated based on their expertise in professional education, teaching and research and are skilled in evaluation techniques and making sound judgments about professional education units. All BOE members are initially appointed to three-year terms.

“As a National BOE member, these individuals represent a distinctive group of professionals drawn from a pool of teacher educators, practitioners, policy makers, and subject matter specialists,” said Stephanie Kowal, assistant to the Vice President of Accreditation at NCATE. “Their work on accreditation reviews will have critical impact on ensuring the quality of educator preparation programs and the fidelity of NCATE’s national accreditation system.”

McAlister joined the faculty at Northwestern State in 1998 and served as coordinator of Assessment and Undergraduate Studies before being named head of the Department of Teaching and Learning.

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