Critical Issues in Human Resources October 16, 2013 Presented by Melissa Aguero Ramirez Welcome, Introductions, & Announcement Educator Preparation Programs NCLB HQ Survey 13 - 14 • TAA Letter dated 8/1/13 • Sample 13-14 NCLB HQ survey • Region One ESC Contact: – Dr. Tina McIntyre (984-6027) or email@example.com – Melissa Aguero Ramirez (984-6100) or firstname.lastname@example.org • TEA NCLB Contact: Linda Freeman (512) 936-6366 – Anita Villarreal email@example.com (512) 463-9213 NCLB 2013-2014 Timeline • September 16 - Snapshot Date • November 15 - eGrant PR1100 deadline • December 16 – – LEA Public Reporting, – Principal Attestations, – Improvement Planning Process • June 15 End of Year eGrant PR1100 deadline Continued uses of HOUSE • • • • • • • Rural multi subject secondary teachers Multi-subject Sp. Ed. Teachers (after 1 year of teaching) Visiting international teacher (good for 3 years) Secondary foreign language teacher (until tests created) TEA approval Elementary* – eligible during 09-10 Secondary* – any experienced secondary teacher * Updates / revised CTE courses = HQ requirement • Science: Advanced Animal Science, Advanced Biotechnology, Advanced Plant and Soil Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Engineering Design and Problem Solving, Food Science, Forensic Science, Medical Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Principles of Technology, Scientific Research and Design • Mathematics: Mathematical Application in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Statistics and Risk Management; Advanced Quantitative Reasoning • English: Business English • Fine Arts: Principles and Elements of Floral Design, Digital Art and Animation, 3-D Modeling and Animation Paraprofessional Requirements • an Associate’s degree or higher; OR • have completed two years of study at an institute of higher education, OR • passed a rigorous state or local assessment demonstrating one of the following: 1.Knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing in the core academic subject areas; 2.Reading readiness, writing readiness, or mathematics readiness, as appropriate Institution of Higher Education – Paraprofessional Requirements 1) admits as regular students only persons having a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such a certificate; 2) is legally authorized within such State to provide a program of education beyond secondary education; 3) provides an educational program for which the institution awards a bachelor’s degree or provides not less than a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward such a degree; 4) is a public or other non-profit institution; and 5) is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association or, if not so accredited, is an institution that has been granted preaccreditation by such an agency or association that has been recognized by the Secretary for the granting of pre-accreditation status, and the Secretary has determined that there is satisfactory assurance that the institution will meet the accreditation standards of such an agency or association within a reasonable time. Validation • Randomly selected • 3 separate processes – Teacher Status Validation • TEA validates LEA’s determination of HQ status • Starts in October – Principal Attestation Validation • LEA will submit principal’s attestation(s) as requested • Starts after 12/16/13 – Parent Notification Validation • LEA will submit copies of letter to parents notifying them that child was taught for 4 or more weeks by a teacher that wasn’t HQ • Starts in late September NCLB sample forms • The following forms can be found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=4749&menu_id=798 – Parent “Right to Know” notification of teacher qualifications – Parent notification of child being taught by a Teacher that is not HQ – Principal Attestation NCLB Sample Worksheets • Teacher worksheets: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=2147485438&menu_id=798 – For Elementary teachers (PK – 6) • • • • New Elementary Teacher Experienced Elementary Teacher Elementary HOUSE Elementary Special Education – For Secondary teachers (7 – 12) • • • • • • Secondary Teacher Secondary HOUSE Secondary Special Education Secondary Special Education HOUSE Secondary CTE/Technology Applications Secondary CTE/Technology Applications HOUSE • Instructional Aide worksheet: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=4670&menu_id=798 LEA consequences for not reaching 100% HQ Teachers • NCLB requires completion of an improvement plan – TEA will notify LEAs when an improvement plan is required • Highly Qualified Teacher Continuous Improvement Planning process (DUE 12/16/13) – HQTFDA (Highly Qualified Teacher focused Data Analysis) – HQTCIP (Highly Qualified Teacher Continuous Improvement Plan) – Submittal checklist LEA consequences for not reaching 100% HQ Teachers • HQTFDA & HQTCIP – Template & instructions available • http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=214748543 9&menu_id=798 – Support provided by Region 1 ESC • HQTFDA – Equitable distribution of Highly Qualified Teachers (LEA will be notified by TEA if need to complete equity analysis) • HQTCIP – Strategies & activities identified here must be incorporated into LEA’s district improvement plan. LEA consequences for not reaching 100% HQ Teachers • Highly Qualified Teacher Continuous Improvement Planning process – LEA must submit a Highly Qualified Teacher Focused Data Analysis (HQTFDA) AND – a Highly Qualified Teacher Continuous Improvement Plan (HQTCIP). – By December 15, 2012 • Content Requirements for Letters Submitted in Lieu of HQTFDA and HQTCIP Exceptions to consequences • If not HQ due to multi-subject new special education teacher or multi-subject rural teacher flexibility – NOT required to submit interventions to TEA – Interventions are to be maintained locally – Must send letter to NCLB notifying them that this is what they are doing Exceptions to consequences cont’d. • If not 100% HQ on 9/16/13 (“as of date”) but 100% by 12/16/13, the LEA must: – Update campus report(s) on website AND – Submit a letter to NCLB stating that are now 100% HQ NCLB Technical Assistance • NCLB Overview Technical Assistance Workshop – October 16, 2013 • 1 – 4 p.m. • Workshop # 41480 • NCLB HQTCIP Technical Assistance Workshop – November 21, 2013 • 9 – 12 noon • Workshop #41481 Certification Update Excerpt from Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators Fall Support Staff Conference September 16, 2012 Kerri Elzie Certification Specialist Texas Education Agency 230.1 Definitions (14) Mentor – A certified educator who is assigned by the campus administrator and who has completed, within the past three years, mentor training provided by an educator preparation program, education service center, campus, or school district. Responsibilities of the mentor include, but are not limited to: (A) guiding, assisting, and supporting the beginning teacher in areas such as acquisition of instructional materials, classroom management, curriculum and instruction, district policy, parent involvement, and student assessment; and (B) providing information to the educator preparation program regarding the progress of the beginning teacher seeking a new certification. Subchapter D – Types and Classes of Certificates 230.37 – Probationary Certificates (e)(1)Demonstrate knowledge of each subject area to be taught: (A) at the elementary school level (EC-6) by passing an appropriate certification examination. (B) at the middle or high school level (Grades 7-12) (i) by passing an appropriate content area certification examination, (ii) completing coursework that complies with TEC §21.050 and comprised of not fewer than 24 semester credit hours, including 12 semester credit hours of upper division coursework in the subject area taught, or (iii) in the case of CTE assignments based on skill and experience, by satisfying requirements for that subject area contained in § 233.14 (relating to Career and Technical Education Certificates requiring experience and preparation in a skill area). Subchapter D – Types and Classes of Certificates 230.37 – Probationary Certificates (e)(2)The individual in a special education classroom teaching assignment must demonstrate both knowledge in special education and knowledge of each subject to be taught, (A) at the elementary school level (EC-6), (i) by passing a certification examination appropriate to the grade level or subject matter assignment, and (ii) by passing a special education examination (B) at the middle or high school level (Grades 7-12) (i) by either (I) passing a certification examination appropriate to the individual’s subject matter assignment, or (II) completing coursework comprised of not fewer than 24 semester hours, including 12 semester hours of upper division coursework in the subject area taught, and, (II) by passing a special education examination. Subchapter D – Types and Classes of Certificates 230.37 – Probationary Certificates (f) Probationary certificate for professional class certificates: Superintendent, Principal, School Counselor, School Librarian, Educational Diagnostician, Reading Specialist, and Master Teacher - meet all requirements prescribed by the EPP, based on the qualifications and requirements for the class of certification sought and duties to be performed by the holder of a certificate in that class - be accepted and enrolled in an approved EPP - be assigned in the professional class certification area being sought in a Texas school district, open-enrollment charter school or other school approved by TEA. - subject to all the terms and conditions of a probationary certificate Subchapter E – Educational Aide Certificates 230.53 (c) An applicant for an educational aide certificate must be able to communicate, listen, read, write and comprehend the English language sufficiently to use it easily and readily in daily communication. See 230.11(b)(1)-(5) for general requirements and options for meeting English proficiency. Subchapter F – Permits 230.77 (g) Assignment for other instructional and support personnel (3) School Librarian (EC-12) must: (A) hold a bachelor’s degree (B) have completed 12 semester credit hours directly related to the basic competencies required of school librarians (C) have two creditable years of classroom teaching experience Subchapter F – Permits 230.77 (g) Assignment for other instructional and support personnel (4) Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) instructor: (A) An individual must verify that he or she has satisfied requirements and been approved to serve by the ROTC, (B) An ROTC instructor permit may not be renewed, but must be reissued every year. NOTE: Districts will no longer be able to carry the ROTC instructor each year of renewal on a service record, but must apply and pay for a permit each year. Subchapter F – Permits 230.81 Renewal Requirements and Procedures (5) (D)Renewals must be completed online prior to the beginning date of duties for the current school year and (E) The school district must pay the appropriate fee. Local renewal is no longer available. Bilingual Permit clarification - “Demonstrate proficiency in comprehension and expression by having a passing score on an appropriate SBEC approved examination” - Defined as BTLPT for Bilingual Spanish - ACTFL for other languages Chapter 232 – Subchapter A 232.7 Requirements for Certificate Renewal (a)(1) TEA shall notify educators by email at least 6 months prior to the expiration date. (2) TEA shall consider requests for hardship extension of renewal for: - catastrophic illness of the educator or an immediate family member. - military service of the educator. Chapter 232 – Subchapter A 232.15 Types of Acceptable CPE Activities (a)(1) participating in institutes, workshops, seminars, conferences, interactive distance learning, video conferencing, online activities, and in-service or staff development by an approved provider or sponsor, which are related to or enhance the professional knowledge and skills of the educator. Staff development through accredited public or private schools in other states, U.S. territories, or countries can be accepted. Chapter 232 – Subchapter A 232.15 Types of Acceptable CPE Activities (a) (2) undergraduate or graduate courses or training taken for credit through an accredited institution of higher education (3) independent study (20% limit) (4) developing, teaching, or presenting CPE (10% limit) (5) mentor another educator (30% limit) Principal Assessment no longer included since this activity was repealed by the legislature and removed from Chapter 241 requirements related to the Principal certificate. Language Proficiency Exams for Bilingual Certification Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT) is no longer given or accepted for certification Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) is used for bilingual certification when the target language is Spanish American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) – for bilingual in languages other than Spanish – oral and written tests required Contact Information Website – www.tea.state.tx.us Email through TEA website – Educator Certification Contact Page Live Chat with Educator Certification Telephone 512-936-8400 Option 1 – Recorded General Information Option 2 – Educator Certification Staff Option 3 – Fingerprinting Staff Option 4 – Educator Standards Staff Option 5 – Legal Information Option 6 – Investigations Staff Service Record Clarifications • TRS rules ≠ TEA rules • TEC vs. TAC • If dock days, service record #days worked decreases • 1 year of service per line • Must create service record for ALL employees – substitute teachers (note certified or not) • Does NOT need to be certified in Texas Personal Leave Days • 5 days available at beginning of year – Ability to pro-rate if they leave • Days for ALL employees (PT, FT, retirees, etc.) – “value” of day depends on regular workday hours – District can NOT restrict order of use of leave balances – CAN have fractions of days as a balance Charter Schools • NOT required to issue state days • NOT required to meet state minimum salary schedule • NOT required to have Chapter 21 contracts Criminal History Reminder • TAA letter (10/8/12) - IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES INVESTIGATORS TEC §38.022(a) – authorizes a school to require school visitors to display either a driver’s license or some other unspecified form of government photographic identification. – does not authorize retaining a paper copy of a driver’s license or other personal identification. – Thus, if a driver’s license is not required for electronic database purposes, a CPS photographic identification card may be accepted for identification purposes, and further verification, if deemed necessary, may be obtained by calling the local CPS office. – Questions? Contact Andrew Allen, Assistant Counsel, at (512) 936-8238 Class Size Waiver • No letter will be sent • Available on TEAL – automated waiver system CTE Presented by Eduardo Garcia, Specialist – CTE firstname.lastname@example.org 984-6243 PEIMS Presented by Belia Granado, Specialist – Student Data Analyst email@example.com 984-6090 Bilingual Education Presented by Amy Mares, Coordinator – Bilingual Education firstname.lastname@example.org 984-6191 • Bilingual Ed Exceptions / Waivers for ESL – Due November 1, 2013 – Emailed directly by Superintendent – TEA contact: Susie Coultress 512-463-9581 • Teacher Fluency requirements Texas Student Data System (TSDS) Transition and Implementation Plan Presented by James Mendoza, Administrator– Technology email@example.com 984-6052 Region One ESC trainings • HR 101 – Wednesday, January 31, 2013 – 9-4 – Workshop # 41519 • Service Records and Creditable Years of Service – TBD Substitute Teacher Certification Academy • District trainings • Online trainings • ESC trainings – November 19 and 20 #41475 – January 9 and 10 #41474 2013-2014 Schedule of HR meetings • December 18, 2013 – workshop #41340 • February 20, 2014 - workshop #41341 • April 25, 2014 - workshop #41342 • August 29, 2014 - workshop #41343 Fall Job Fairs October 29, 2013 – University of Texas at Austin November 6, 2013 - Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi November 6, 2013 – Texas State University - San Marcos November 7, 2013 – University of Texas - San Antonio November 7, 2013- University of Texas – Brownsville November 8, 2013 - University of Texas Pan American TASB trainings at Region One ESC • Rules of Engagement – determining employment status – TBD • Get a Grip on the FMLA – TBD TASPA Activities • TASB/TASPA HR Administrators’ Academy – October 28-29, 2013- Registration Now Open! • TASPA/Legal Digest Personnel Law Conference for School Administrators – December 11, 2013 • TASPA/TAEE Winter Conference Presented by Aesop/Frontline Placement Technologies – December 11-13, 2013 TASB Surveys • District Personnel Survey Email Invitation: September 5 Due Date: October 18 • Extra-Duty Stipend Survey Email Invitation: November 4 Due Date: November 27 Regional Salary Survey Thank you to everyone that participated! Happy Bosses Day!