TAPP Announcement - Clayton County Public Schools

Teacher Academy for Preparation
and Pedagogy (TAPP)
Information Sessions:
Thursday, September 5, 2013; 4:30pm-5:30pm
Wednesday, December 4, 2013; 5:00pm-6:00pm
The vision of Clayton County Public Schools is to be a
district of excellence preparing ALL students to live
and compete successfully in a global society.
The Clayton County
Public Schools
(CCPS) provides
quality instruction to
over 51,000 students
The mission of Clayton
County Public Schools
is to be accountable to
all stakeholders for
providing a globally
competitive education
that empowers
students to achieve
academic and personal
goals and to become
college and career
ready, productive,
responsible citizens.
Core Belief Statements
 We believe children have first priority on all of our resources.
 We believe education is the shared responsibility of the student,
the parent/guardian, the school, and the community.
 We believe communication and understanding among all
stakeholders of our diverse community are essential to
achieving the goals of education.
 We believe that learning is a continuous process and most
productive when the needs of the each child are met through
instruction provided by competent and caring teachers.
 We believe a learning environment where everyone
experiences security, care, dignity, and respect is essential.
District Strategic Goals
To increase academic achievement for all students in Clayton County
Public Schools as evidenced by state, national and international
assessment results.
To provide and maintain a safe, orderly, and secure learning
To create an environment that promotes active engagement,
accountability, and collaboration of all stakeholders to maximize student
To effectively communicate the system’s vision and purpose and allow
stakeholder involvement in an effort to build understanding and support.
To provide high quality support services delivered on time and within
budget to promote academic success in Clayton County Public Schools.
To recruit and retain highly qualified and effective staff.
TAPP is a practical field-based program, designed to develop
proficient teachers in a timely and economically feasible
manner. The same rigorous standards as a traditional teachertraining program are the foundations for this competencybased program. Our Professional Standards Commission
(PSC) approved TAPP Program is a rigorous program that:
 Meets the critical need for quality teachers in Clayton County
Public Schools.
 Prepares qualified candidates to earn clear, renewable Georgia
teaching certificate(s) and a portfolio assessment.
 Provides mentor support at the School and District level as well as
practicum experiences.
We are seeking outstanding
who are committed to
supporting CCPS in the
endeavor of its vision and
mission by bringing your
educational background,
experience, and knowledge
to provide a positive impact
on the lives of our students.
No previous education
coursework or experience is
Starting salary: $35,428.00 up to $49,714.00
Applicant Requirements:
Bachelor's degree or higher
with at least minimum 2.50
GPA on a 4.0 scale
Eligible to work in the U.S.
No current or previous
educator certification
Passing scores on all three parts
of the ETS GACE Basic Skills
Assessment; Reading, Writing,
and, Math (Tests 200, 201, and
202) OR evidence one of the
following exemptions:
 ACT: English and Math
combined score of 43
 GRE: Verbal and Quantitative
combined score of 1030
 SAT: Verbal and Math
combined score of 1000
 Masters Degree
Passing scores on one of the following GACE content assessment
exams for the following high needs areas identified:
Test I (022) and II (023)
Test I (024) and II (025)
Engineering/Technology Education
Test I (048) and Test II (049)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Test I (001) and Test II (002)
Early Childhood Special Education (ECE)
Test I (003) and Test II (004)
Test I (141) and Test II (142)
Test I (143) and Test II (144)
Healthcare Service (Technician):
GACE basic skills only and must have a nursing degree and 2 yrs
Occupational experience
Requirements for Special Education Teachers:
Special Education teachers must have the following
Sp Ed General Curriculum (081 & 082), P-12; is the
foundation for teaching High functioning students
(Interrelated, MID, LD, High functioning Autism, etc)
Sp Ed Adaptive Curriculum (083 & 084), P-12; is the
foundation for teaching low functioning students –
Severe Special needs, Low functioning Autism, MOID,
SID/PID, etc)
Special Education continued…
 Special Education (087 & 088) this GACE test will give you
all content areas to teach(P-8).
 High School: individual content area unless the cognitive
level of the students is lower than 8th grade then you may
have (087 & 088) (P-8); If above 8th grade, must have
appropriate content field and grade level(6-12).
Passing scores on one of the following GACE content assessment
exams for the following high needs areas identified:
 Secondary Math
 Secondary Science
 ECE +
 Foreign Language:
 French
 Spanish
 Special Education (all content with
adaptive curriculum)
 Engineering/Technology
 Health Care Service
 LPN, 2 year occupational experience
 Fine Arts: Orchestra
Financial Commitment
GACE assessment fees
Once you have begun the program, there is a $1000
fee if you should drop out any time before
Candidates who successfully complete the program
and are offered contracts must work for CCPS for at
least 3 years or reimburse the school district up to
$3000 for program expense. Cost is forgiven at the
rate of $1000 per year taught after program
Time Commitment
Pre-TAPP Essentials Classes:
 Offered in the summer and is mandatory for all TAPP
Tentative dates: July 14 – 25 from 8am-4pm each day except
 New Teacher Induction:
Tentative dates: July 28 – 31 from 8am-4pm each day
 The Essentials class must be completed before entrance into the
 TAPP is a 2 year program.
 Additional 3 years commitment upon completion of
Application Process:
2014-2015 School Year
Complete an online
application at
 Submit an information sheet,
 Submit passing scores of the
resume, and a personal statement
detailing your desire to participate
in the CCPS TAPP program
 Submit passing scores on all parts
of the GACE Basic Skills
Assessments or evidence of
GACE appropriate content
assessment associated with the
field in which you desire to teach.
 Unofficial transcripts
(official transcript will be required
only if selected for TAPP)
Please visit www.gace.ets.org for registration and additional details. You may
visit the GA Professional Standards Commission website for questions
regarding types of certification: www.gapsc.com
Please include official transcripts from all Colleges and Universities attended
application packet. Please send transcripts to the following address:
Clayton County Public Schools
Attn: Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy
(TAPP) Program
1058 Fifth Avenue
Jonesboro, GA. 30236
Application Deadline: Friday, March 28, 2014
After submission of all application materials, selected
applicants will be invited to participate in the interview
day activities.
Latest from GACE:
 New website: www.gace.ets.org
 The GaPSC is transitioning from Evaluation Systems (ES) to Educational
Testing Service (ETS) as the supplier for the GACE assessments (with the
exceptions of the Educational Leadership assessment and Professional pedagogy
The public email address for the ETS GACE inquiries is:
[email protected]
The ETS Customer Service at 1-855-255-7178. Customer Service
Representatives are available Monday-Friday, 7a.m-6p.m (excluding holidays)
Important: Registration for ETS-delivered GACE assessments began on
August 19, 2013.
The first ETS-delivered test administration will occur on October 5.
Latest from GACE
All tests in an assessment must have the same supplier to
count toward certification.
 Because scores from tests offered by different test suppliers are not
comparable, passing scores on tests within an assessment cannot be split
between the two suppliers. Examinees must pass all parts of an
assessment with the same testing supplier for that assessment to count
toward certification. For example, an examinee cannot pass Early
Childhood Education Test I with ES and Early Childhood Education Test II
with ETS to get credit for completing the Early Childhood GACE
 You will retain credit for any GACE assessment you have already passed
(all parts of the assessment must be passed to retain credit).