WASHINGTON – The Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) announced the addition of two new members to the CAEP Board of Directors. Dr. Lawrence Paska, Ph.D. and Eric Brown assumed their new duties on July 1, 2018.

"Lawrence Paska and Eric Brown bring unique perspectives to our Board and will add diversity to our leadership from their experiences as educators,” said CAEP President Dr. Christopher A. Koch. “Lawrence Paska and Eric Brown's individual experiences reflect the values and commitment to education upheld by CAEP. On behalf of the Board, I am excited to welcome them and look forward to hearing what ideas and perspective they have to offer."

    • Dr. Lawrence Paska is the Executive Director of the National Council for the Social Studies in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has served in numerous roles as a middle school teacher, district and regional administrator, state policy coordinator, and adjunct professor and on education and community boards including as past-president of the New York State Council for the Social Studies. 
    • Eric Brown teaches biology at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois, where he has worked to implement more leadership positions for teachers. In addition to 18 years of teaching, Brown has also served in several governing roles including 6 years on the Illinois Math and Science Academy Board of Trustees and his current position on the National Education Association’s Executive Committee.  

The CAEP Board of Directors is responsible for creating CAEP policy, handling appointments to the Accreditation Council and various committees, and reviewing the performance and activities of CAEP. The Board is also responsible for approving the organization’s annual budget and independent audits.

CAEP is the sole accrediting body for educator preparation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a uniform accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all providers focused on educator preparation. Currently, more than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system, including many grandfathered into accreditation under former standards. 

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (www.CAEPnet.org) advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.