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  • 05 Dec 2018 7:32 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Council on Elementary and Secondary Education voted unanimously tonight to approve updated teacher certification regulations that increase practical experience for teacher candidates, open up more flexible professional pathways into education, and establishes ongoing professional learning requirements for all teachers.

     

    The vote comes after nine months of extensive public engagement and discussion, including four public hearings and 13 Council meetings that helped to create a comprehensive proposal aimed at strengthening Rhode Island’s educator workforce.

     

    “Just last week, we released our RICAS results and underscored the need to adopt the same kind of long-term strategy that has made Massachusetts the gold standard for public education,” said Barbara S. Cottam, Chair of the Rhode Island Board of Education. “A meaningful approach to professional learning for educators has been a crucial part of the Massachusetts strategy, and a similar focus will define the future of Rhode Island classrooms. As Chair of the Board, I commend the Council for taking decisive action to better prepare teachers, better serve students, and to ensure that all educators have access to the kinds of opportunities that will improve teaching and learning in our classrooms.”

     

    “This is an exciting step forward for education in Rhode Island. At the same time that we expand career pathways for our students, we need to invest in pathways for our educators. This set of regulations will serve to support and enhance the practice of all educators, from teacher candidates to first-year teachers to 20-year veterans of the classroom,” said Daniel P. McConaghy, Chair of the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education.

     

    Rhode Island’s new teacher certification regulations include three main components: teacher preparation, pathways into the profession, and ongoing professional learning. Most notably, the new regulations double the student teaching requirement from one semester to one year for future teachers, and require ongoing professional learning for all certified teachers.

     

    “In order to be ready on day one of teaching, teachers need a strong foundation with more hands-on experience, and we need to carry that approach – anchored in practice – throughout an educator’s career. Great teachers are always learning, and we need a system that supports this continuous improvement,” said Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. “Every strong organization invests in its people. These updated regulations will empower schools, districts, teacher preparation programs, and the state, to invest in the people who make education come alive for students.”

     

    Currently, teacher preparation programs in Rhode Island include a 12-week student teaching requirement. Under the updated regulations, the state would shift to a full year residency model, doubling the amount of time spent gaining practical, hands-on experience before graduating and joining the teaching profession.

     

    Professional learning requirements would be phased-in over time and prorated during the first few years of implementation. Once the regulations are fully phased in, teachers will be required to complete 20 professional learning units each year, and new teachers applying for initial certifications will be required to complete 30 units.

     

    To support professional learning, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) will build the Educator Course Network (ECN). Modeled after the Advanced Course Network in place for students, the ECN will be a network of professional learning providers that offer quality, vetted learning opportunities, with an emphasis on sustained professional learning, rather than one-off professional development days. Offerings through the ECN could include credit-bearing coursework at institutions of higher education, traditionally district-provided opportunities, and no-cost options like teacher-to-teacher professional learning communities.

     

    “Rhode Island has incredible educators. They work tirelessly each day in and out of their classrooms to strengthen their professional practice and they are great models for their students of what it means to be a lifelong learner. It is so important that we recognize their efforts and support our teachers with professional learning opportunities that are relevant, engaging and worth their valuable time,” said Colleen A. Callahan, Ed.D., member of the council and Professional Issues Director for the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals (RIFTHP). “I think these revised regulations recognize that need, and I’m grateful to the Commissioner and the Department of Education for listening to the issues raised during the public hearing process. Now we can work together with our district partners and educators to plan and implement professional learning opportunities reflective of the needs and challenges facing Rhode Island’s students and educators.”

     

    “Throughout this process, we had the opportunity to speak with teachers at every stage of their career, administrators, and community members. My priority has been and continues to be protecting the interests of both Rhode Island students and our talented educators, and I believe these regulations represent a compromise that all stakeholders can understand and appreciate,” said Larry Purtill, member of the Council and President of the National Education Association of Rhode Island (NEARI).

     

    Through the certification requirements, RIDE will also reintroduce the concept of endorsements on a certification, allowing teachers to demonstrate additional skills and competencies to schools and districts without achieving a full certification. RIDE would start by introducing an English Learner endorsement and a reading/dyslexia endorsement, two key areas to improving student outcomes.

     

    Other certification changes include:

     

    • Expanding full reciprocity to teachers from Connecticut and Massachusetts

    • In shortage areas, giving teachers with relevant career experience or expertise seven years to get to certification, as opposed to seven one-year renewals

    • Establishing cultural competence as a shortage area in the Rhode Island educator workforce, thereby opening an alternate recruitment pathway
    • Establishing endorsement areas on teacher certifications, or demonstrated areas of competence short of a full certification (with initial endorsements established in reading/dyslexia and English language learners)
    • Aligning teacher requirements in Career and Technical Education (CTE) with industry expectations
    • To be consistent with the certification requirements of all school-based clinicians, requiring only a nursing degree for certification as a Registered School Nurse

     

    These certification requirements would apply to any certifications that are up for renewal in 2020 or beyond. To view the complete set of regulations, visit the RIDE website.

  • 30 Nov 2018 7:02 PM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    The next meeting of the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 5:30 p.m., at RIDE. 

     

    The full agenda can be found here.

  • 10 Nov 2018 7:28 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

     

    The next Quarterly Meeting of the RI Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m., CCRI, Warwick.

     

    The full agenda can be found here.

  • 19 Oct 2018 5:20 PM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    The next meeting of the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 5:30 p.m., at RIDE.

     

    The agenda and enclosures can be found here.

  • 26 Sep 2018 1:25 PM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)
    Once again, as proclaimed by a National Congressional Resolution passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, October, 2018, is officially recognized as National Principals Month.

    This esteemed national recognition is most significant and serves to recognize the dedicated service and professional commitment of principals and assistant principals both nationwide and in each individual state, including Rhode Island.  

    Below is a listing of the many activities that have been established and/or scheduled to recognize principals and assistant principals during this celebrated time period. Also, be comfortable sharing this message with your staff and parents. You deserve the recognition!

    • Capitol Hill Event: On October 3rd, join us on Capitol Hill for an event highlighting federal support for principals and the impact a principal has on their school and community. This event will be live-streamed if you cannot attend in person.
    •   Video Contest: Students can create fun videos about how much their principal means to them and submit their creation as part of our Student Video Contest. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on        October 5.
    •   #ThankAPrincipal: Students, teachers, and principals can post about their school’s celebrations on social media with #ThankAPrincipal. Access our social media toolkit for sample posts and graphics.
    • National Principal Shadowing Week: For the second year in a row, October will also include National Principal Shadowing Week, taking place October 15–19. We encourage principals to take this opportunity to ask a federal, state or local elected official or their staff to shadow them for a day so they can experience firsthand the responsibilities and challenges principals face.

    Get the word out, and view this link, as well!

     www.principalsmonth.org.

  • 24 Sep 2018 10:10 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)






    RI Recess Day Photo Contest

     

    Join us on social media to share your school’s love of recess and for a chance to win a bag of recess equipment! 

    Use InstagramTwitter, or Facebook to share a picture or video of how your school is celebrating Recess Day with the hashtags #RecessDayRI and #RecessRocksinRI. Your post will earn points from comments, likes, and shares -- the post with the most points wins the recess equipment bag!

     

    Photo Contest point system:

     

    1 point for every “like”

    2 points for every comment

    3 points for every share

     
    We can't wait to see the photos! Winner will be announced on October 4th.

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