INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has named the members of a Blue Ribbon Commission on recruiting and retaining teachers. The department says the effort aims to address a "significant decline" in the number of people receiving teaching licenses in recent years.

The IDOE says, over the last five years, there has been an 18 percent drop in the number of initial teacher licenses issued. Ritz says she will use input from the commission to shape the department's agenda for the upcoming legislative session. The first meeting is set for September 11.

The members of the commission are:

Co-Chair: Glenda Ritz, NBCT, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction
Co-Chair: Dr. Maryann Santos de Barona, Dean, Purdue College of Education

Dr. Celeste Allen
Perry Township Schools (retired)

Ellen Augustine
Middlebury Community Schools

Dr. Melanie Beaver
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Mary Beth Borkowski
MSD Washington Township

Commissioner Steve Braun
Department of Workforce Development

Charles Cammack, Jr.
Fort Wayne Community Schools

Dr. Sandi Cole
Indiana University – Center on Education and Lifelong Learning

Ashley Cowger
State Board of Education (staff)

Carey Dahncke
Charter Schools

Laurie Davies
Avon Community Schools

Dr. Hope Smith Davis
Indiana University – South Bend

Joshua Francis
Indiana Tech

Stephen Gainey
MSD Warren Township

Keith Gambill
Indiana State Teachers Association

Ginger Giessler
Fort Wayne Community Schools

Dale Groves
New Prairie United School Corporation (school board)

Nancy Hannah
Middlebury Community Schools

Dr. Kandi Hill-Clarke
Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Karin Huttsell
Northwest Allen County Schools

Dr. John Jacobson
Ball State University

Dr. Lisa Lantrip
Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents

Dr. Angela Lupton
Butler University

Dr. Marvin Lynn
Indiana University – South Bend

Alicia Madeka
School City of Hammond

Dr. Sandra McCormick
Perry Township Schools (retired)

Tim McRoberts
Indiana Association of School Principals

Jeannette Melcic
School City of Hammond

Dr. Jon Milleman
Indiana Teacher Appraisal and Support System

Dr. Colleen Mulholland
University of Indianapolis

Kathy Nimmer
Tippecanoe School Corporation

Kimberly Osborn
MSD Lawrence Township

Melanie Park
Huntington County Community School Corporation

Dr. Paul Parkinson
University of Evansville

Keana Parquet
MSD Washington Township

Steve Perkins
MSD Washington Township

Representative Gregory Porter
Indiana House Democratic Caucus – Indianapolis

Matthew Presley
LaPorte Community School Corporation

Marjorie Ramey
Westfield Washington Schools

Diane Scott
Lebanon Community School Corporation

Sally Sloan
American Federation of Teachers Indiana

Dr. Brian Smith
Indiana School Boards Association

Zach Smith
Commission for Higher Education

Dr. Shenia Suggs
Indiana Urban Schools Association

Vickie Thomas
School City of Hammond

Representative Randy Truitt
Indiana House Republican Caucus – West Lafayette

Scott Turney
Indiana Small and Rural Schools Association

Tony Willis
Cathedral High School