[r88] Bosma announces appointees to the Accountability System Review Panel (9/4/2013)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Start Date: 9/4/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/4/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM
Bosma announces appointees to the Accountability System Review Panel

STATEHOUSE — Last week, through a joint Memorandum of Understanding, the Speaker of the House, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Governor and the Superintendent of Public Instruction set guidelines to establish the Accountability System Review Panel (Panel) to advise the Ind. State Board of Education as they determine new categories of designation, as required by HEA 1427 (2013). Today, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced his appointees to the Panel. 

“The need for a strong accountability system is a fundamental management principle; if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. But in order for school accountability to work, the system must be fair, accurate and uniformly applied in a transparent fashion. This Panel will work to ensure these tenets are present as we seek to improve our state’s schools,” said Speaker Bosma.

The Panel in total will consist of seventeen members. The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), Senate, House and Governor have each appointed four members. These members consist of one teacher, one principal, one superintendent and one technical advisor.  The Superintendent of Public Instruction will also be a member of the committee and serve as Co-Chair along with one of the other 16 members who shall be designated as Co-Chair by the Chair of Legislative Council in consultation with the Vice Chairman of Legislative Council.  

Speaker Bosma has appointed the following individuals:

  • Dr. Shane Robbins, Superintendent of Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County;
  • Sheila Seedhouse, principal at Key Learning Community in the Indianapolis Public Schools;
  • Jessica Dunn Feeser, teacher at Nora Elementary School in MSD Washington Township; and
  • Scott Bess, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Goodwill Industries of Central Ind., who will serve as a technical advisor. 
“All of these distinguished individuals bring many years of diverse education experience to the table,” said Speaker Bosma. “They will each be instrumental in working with the State Board of Education for the benefit of all Hoosier students.”

These individuals will work in concert with the other appointees in making recommendations regarding the A-F accountability system, examining other states’ accountability systems and looking for innovative solutions to school performance measures, while ensuring fairness of the recommended accountability system. 

A final report including their recommendations will be due by November 1, 2013 in order to allow time for their recommendations to be implemented for the 2014-2015 school year.


Note: Please find additional background information on the Speaker’s appointees below:

Dr. Shane Robbins, Superintendent of the Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County, is in his second year at Northwestern Consolidated schools. Prior to coming to Northwestern, Robbins served as the Superintendent of the Monroe Central School Corporation for four years. Other administrative positions have included serving as the assistant principal at Huntington North High School, Principal at Madison-Grant High School and Assistant Principal at Blackford High School. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Educational Leadership at Ball State University.  

In addition to his administrative and teaching positions, Dr. Robbins has served on multiple Quality Assurance Review teams for AdvancEd, formerly known as the North Central Association for school accreditation. Robbins received his doctorate in educational leadership from Ball State University. In addition to his doctorate, Robbins also earned his Educational Specialist Degree from Ball State University as well as Master’s Degrees in K-12 Administration and Secondary Education.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Allied Health/Athletic Training from Franklin College.

Dr. Robbins was honored by being named a “Distinguished Hoosier” by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels in 2010, “Cambridge’s Who’s Who Among Top Executives” in 2009, and “Who’s Who in American Education” in 2003 and 2005.  He was awarded the United States Army Bronze Star for his work as the Education Officer with the Indiana 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team, deployed to Afghanistan in 2010-11.

Shelia Seedhouse, principal at Key Learning Community (Multiple Intelligences Magnet School 616), an IPS school, is in her second year at Key after having taught in Chicago at Farragut Career Academy. In Chicago, Ms. Seedhouse worked as a high school science teacher, in addition to serving as a Program Director for OneGoal, a college enrollment and persistence program. Seedhouse also worked for a teacher training program and as an Instructional Support Leader working with principals on the west side of Chicago.

She also attended the Columbia University Teacher’s College Summer Principals Academy and is a graduate of Butler University.

Jessica Dunn Feeser is an English as a New Language (ENL) teacher at Nora Elementary School. Throughout her long tenure in education – 20 years – she has taught Spanish, social studies, science, grammar and mathematics. She serves on Nora’s school improvement team and is intimately involved in the collection and utilization of student data to improve student achievement. She’s an involved member of the ENL Program Evaluation Committee, an ENL Team Leader and the co-founder of the Refugee Collaboration Committee.

At night, she teaches Coordinated and Developed ENL Programming for Marian University’s Master’s program. She has a Master of Science in School Administration from Butler University, 2004. She also taught for Teach for America in Oakland, Calif. from 1993-1995, now serving as a member on the Alumni Board. 

Scott Bess, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Goodwill Education Initiatives, Inc.is a graduate of Purdue University (B.S., Mathematics) and Marian University (M.A., Education) and has been a teacher, worked in senior management in the IT field and operated an independent business. 

Bess works for Goodwill Initiatives, Inc., which operates the Indianapolis Metropolitan High School (The Met) and The Excel Centers. The Met is now in its tenth year of operation and serves 350 students. The Met has maintained a 90 percent college and post-secondary attendance rate and two-thirds of its graduates have either completed or are still engaged with post-secondary work two years after graduation. The Excel Center, which opened in the fall of 2010, targets older youth or adults who have dropped out of school. From its opening with 300 students and a single location, the Excel Center now serves nearly 3,000 students in nine locations around Central Indiana. 

He has been on the School Board of Trustees in Danville for the past fifteen years and serves on boards for EmployIndy, Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana Region and the Indiana Public Charter School Association.