Ed Prep Update Master Spring 2013, rev., 2.3.13

Educator Preparation Updates
David M. Hill, Ph.D., Division Director
Educator Preparation and Certification
Ed Prep Updates
Race To The Top Progress
Upcoming Rule Changes
New Preparation Requirements
GACE -- Testing Program
Georgia’s Race To The Top
Progress Report
RTTT Progress Report
GaPSC/GaDOE joint development of induction
guidelines for new teachers & leaders
• guidelines create a model for school system
induction (available on GaDOE website)
• guidelines currently used in RTTT districts
• once tiered certification is in place, induction
will have increased importance
• universities are interested in helping with
induction work
RTTT Progress Report
Development of measures to assess
effectiveness of teacher & leader
preparation programs
• GaPSC task force has developed a
recommended set of measures
• GaPSC is working on creation of
implementation guidelines
• Timeline: piloting in 2013-2014; extended
piloting, 2014-2015; effective in 2015-2016
RTTT Progress Report
Alternative Prep of School Leaders
• Think of this as GaTAPP for school leaders
• Designed to attract people with leadership
experience in other fields; teachers will be
eligible too
• Performance-based with an emphasis on leader
• School district will play major role in selection of
program participants
• Limited number of programs
RTTT Progress Report
Tiered Certification
• Described by Kelly Henson
• Work began in December and will be completed
by fall 2013
• Tiered certification assumes
– Need for growth opportunities without leaving the
– Teacher leadership is important in school improvement
– The learning community is the most viable model for
improving teaching & learning
2012-13 Rule Changes
Rule 505-3-.01
• The overarching rule for all educator
preparation programs
• Definitions
• Requirements for seeking approval
• Approval requirements for units and programs
• Program requirements
• Regulations related to recommending
candidates for certification
Prep Program Changes
• Focused on raising the bar; improving the
preparation of educators
• Effective January 15, 2013
• Programs must be based upon the 2011
InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards
• The new standards include elements associated
with performances, essential knowledge, and
critical dispositions
• Focused on the learner, as opposed to the
InTASC Standard Ex.
• Standard: Uses understanding of individual differences,
diverse cultures, & communities to ensure inclusive
learning environments that enable each learner to meet
high standards.
• Performance: Accesses resources, supports, &
specialized assistance & services to meet particular
learning differences or needs.
• Essential Knowledge: Knows how to access information
about the values of diverse cultures & communities, &
how to incorporate learners’ experiences, cultures, and
community resources into instruction.
• Critical Disposition: The teacher makes learners feel
valued & helps them learn to value each other.
Prep Program Changes
• Field experiences emphasize
practice/demonstration of KSD over
• Student teaching/internship must last a
minimum of one full semester
–one full school year is the ideal
• The rule will define partnerships between
program providers and P-12 schools as…
Collaborative relationships between program
providers and P-12 schools are formalized as
partnerships and focused on continuous school
improvement and student achievement through
the preparation of candidates and professional
development of P-20 educators.
Reciprocal relationship
School Improvement
Student achievement
Caution: Ongoing Complaints
Complaints continue from educators about
online, for-profit programs
• Added course work that was not revealed at
beginning of program (rather than 9-12 hours for
dissertation work, 15-24 hours has been
• Some provide no support for field experiences &
student teaching expecting the school district to
handle this
• Caution employees about these problems!
Other Rules
• Slated for revision this year:
– Reading Endorsement
– Reading Specialist
– School Psychology
– Visual Impairment
– Add a Field Rule (more restrictive)
Rules coming soon:
– Alternative Prep of School Leaders
New Certificate Fields
• Three fields: teacher leadership,
instructional technology, & curriculum and
• Programs are scheduled for approval in
February and should be ready to accept
candidates summer or fall of 2013
• Certification will come later once new
GACE assessments are developed for
these fields
Professional Learning Task Force
• Follow-up to legislative study committee & 5year relaxing of the professional learning
requirement for certificate renewal
• Task force will design a new rule linking
professional learning to certificate renewal
• Collecting PLUs as representative of seat time
will be deemphasized; focus will be on link
between professional learning & student
achievement, & will be integral part of a tiered
certification system
Professional Learning Task Force
• Task force work schedule: begin summer 2013;
complete rule development spring or summer
• We don’t know how the new rule will be phased
in (grandfathering period or not?)
• Important for those educators whose certificates
expire on June 30, 2016, to be prepared to
renew under renewal requirements in effect
before HB1307 suspended the PLU requirement
• We will keep you posted!
Contact Information
Penney McRoy
Assistant Division Director, Educator Preparation
Educator Preparation and Certification
[email protected]
The Georgia Teacher
Academy for Preparation
and Pedagogy (GaTAPP)
Perceptions and Facts
Framework of GaTAPP
Significant Components
• Summer “Boot Camp”: The Essentials of Effective
• Candidate Support Team
• Individualized based on Candidate Assessment Data
• Job-embedded Clinical Practice
• One-Three Years to complete
• Candidates Highly Qualified
• Assessment of Academic Content Competency
Characteristics of Candidate
• Career Switchers
• General Education
• Career Technical and Agriculture Education
• Undergraduate degrees/Majors
• No related degree to ECE and Special
• Unfamiliar with School Culture
Filling the Gaps:
No related degree to ECE and Special Education
• Candidates expect additional instruction
• Instruction developed by identified Sped and
ECE specialists:
• Instruction based on Candidate performance
assessment data
• ECE and Special Education Specialist
designed instruction and assessment to
measure knowledge, skills, and dispositions
Filling the Gaps:
Unfamiliar with School Culture
• Candidate Support Team (CST)
• School-based Administrator
• School-based Mentor
• Provider Supervisor
• Content Specialist
• CST Member Training/Assessment
• Program Requirements/Assessments
• Coaching Standards
• Assessed for Coaching/Performance in Role
Framework of GaTAPP
Essentials of Effective Teaching (eModules and
Common Assessment System with Common
− Blended Model: Face-to-Face and online: Flipped Classroom
− Common Core Georgia Performance Standards
− Developing appropriate assessments and using data to make
teaching decisions for student learning
− Strategies for engaging all students
− Classroom management and discipline
− Ethics in Education
Contact Information
Phyllis Payne
Director of Non-Traditional Educator Prep
[email protected]
GaPSC Program Approval
Program Approval
• Reviews and monitors all programs
leading to GA certification
• IHEs, LEAs, RESAs, and organizations
• Currently 75 approved program providers
• Average approximately 10 reviews per
• Reviews conducted by volunteers
Volunteers are Board of Examiners
• BOE teams are diverse in:
– Educational positions IHEs, LEAs and RESAs
– Gender
– Geographic Location
– Experience
• GaPSC provides in-depth training for BOE
• Focused on ensuring programs meet state
and national standards
• We need more BOE members
Contact Information
Hilda Tompkins
Director of Program Approval
[email protected]
Latest on GACE
Educator Testing Program
New Program (ETS)
• At launch (October 2013), all tests will be offered via
computer only, except for the performance portion of
American Sign Language.
• Due to new technologies, most tests (not all) will
contain selected response items only.
• All tests will be customized for Georgia and aligned
with state and national standards for educator
preparation and with state standards for the P-12
student curriculum, the Common Core Georgia
Performance Standards (CCGPS).
New Program (ETS)
• An eligibility or “approval to test” code will be required.
• Candidates will have access to test centers within 50
miles of program provider sites.
• Increased number of free test preparation materials.
Full-length, interactive practice tests will be available for
purchase for every subject.
• The number of testing sessions available to examinees
will move from 3,555 (currently) to 18,668.
New Program (ETS)
• Currently Georgia educators are helping develop
GACE assessments (includes item development,
bias review, & other activities)
• Ed Leadership is a field that will be assessed by
the current testing provider (ES) until spring 2014
before we rollout a new leadership assessment
that better aligns with performance-based
• Assessments for three new cert fields will be
developed and rolled out in spring of 2014:
– instructional technology
– teacher leadership
– curriculum & instruction.
Title II, Part A Updates
Title II, Part A
Highly Qualified (HiQ):
• The HiQ2 Data System is Open and will close June 30,
• All Principals and Superintendents will need to sign off
electronically on all data. Directions have been sent to your
Title II, Part A LEA Coordinator regarding:
– How to use the HiQ2 system
– How to request login credentials
– Upcoming HiQ2 Webinars
– Timelines
Contact Information
If Questions, Suggestions, Comments:
Anne Marie Fenton
[email protected]
Title II, Part A
Your assigned GaPSC Title II-A Specialist
GaPSC Educator Workforce
Recruitment and Development
New Data Analysis Tools
New PSC Tools
Designed specifically for educator workforce
analysis and planning
• Instructional Capital Planner (ICP)
• Georgia School Staffing Survey of Certified
Personnel Vacancies (GSS)
Instructional Capital Planner
• ICP is an educator workforce information and
planning tool
• Statewide task force provided guidance for
ICP concept and development
• Shows all current core content teachers by
building, certification, HiQ, and other fields
• Will expand to include additional content
areas and professional fields
• Estimates attrition risk by teacher by school
• Provides recruiting assistance via a “Supply”
pool of available traditional and nontraditional candidates - by field and source
• Training for school systems, RESAs,
GATAPP and educator preparation programs
• Allows searchable, differentiated access
– Superintendents, Human Resources, Principals and
RESAs and educator preparation programs
Georgia School Staffing Survey
• GSS is a bi-annual count of true teacher
vacancies by school and content area
• PSC will collect the data
• Collection is in October and March to
coincide with CPI and FTE reporting periods
• Will eventually encompass certified service
personnel and leadership personnel
Contact Information
If Questions, Suggestions, Comments:
Educator Workforce Recruitment and Development
Cyndy Stephens
[email protected]
Contact Information
David M. Hill
Division Director
Educator Preparation and Certification
[email protected]
Thank you!