We have seen the recent vlog by Chris Wagner and NAD.
That perspective helped us realize that the systems in place for communication about certification between our organizations are not as solid as we thought. From the vlog we see they are not sufficient – we need a better checks and balance to ensure the communication flow is sufficient in providing consistent information to both organizations.
The current system is this.
NAD appoints individuals of its own choosing to serve on the Certification Committee. RID appoints individuals of its own choosing to serve on the Certification Committee (CC). Currently, NAD has two members—one of whom has been the Chair of the CC for the past six years. RID has 4 (four) members. And there is one independent member.
As well, each organization has a Board Liaison. NAD’s board liaison is President Chris Wagner. RID’s board liaison is Vice President Melvin Walker. In addition, RID also has a staff liaison assigned to the Certification Committee. From time to time, NAD Executive Director, Howard Rosenblum, has attended committee meetings as an NAD staff person.
The Certification Committee has a standard schedule for its meetings—the first Monday of each month, unless otherwise planned. That meeting is open to the committee members, the board liaisons and the staff liaisons. The committee does not hold meetings that are closed to any of these individuals.
From our perspective, we thought this system was working well. The board liaison, Vice President Walker, regularly and consistently brings to the board the recommendations or requests of the Certification Committee. As well, the RID staff has first-hand information from those meetings that impact policy and test administration.
However, while this arrangement has been working for RID, we have come to realize that it is not working for NAD.Therefore, there is a need to revisit the system to see how to make it more functional and satisfactory for both organizations. What works for RID may not be what works for NAD so to be respectful of their role in this collaboration, we need to look at the communication system in place to assure all parties are fully informed and engaged.