Thanks to Naugatuck students and teachers for participating in a CEA photo shoot! You made the cover of the Feb-March edition of the CEA Advisor, which is arriving in mailboxes this week. Read it online here.
Professional Development Requirements and CEU Information
Public Act No. 12-116 – An Act Concerning Educational Reform
Per Section 39 of PA 12-116, passed in 2012, as of July 1, 2012, CEU requirements for all teachers HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED. Instead, as of July 1, 2013, districts must offer professional development as part of a plan developed by their district PD committee. The committee guidelines, which have been in place since the passage of PA 10-220a in 2010, are also below.
CT General Statutes (PA 12-116) require that professional development must:
- Be a comprehensive, sustained, intensive approach to improving teacher effectiveness
- Foster collective responsibility for student performance
- Be job-embedded, and take place mostly in small groups or on an individual basis
- Include how to integrate reading, literacy & numeracy enhancement, cultural awareness, and teaching ELLs into instructional practice
- Be informed by teacher evaluation
The entire bill can be found here.
In-service training. Professional development committees. Institutes for educators. Cooperating teacher program, regulations.
Per PA 10-220a – which was passed in 2010 and was not eliminated by the passage of PA 12-116-a professional development committee must meet certain requirements, which are as follows:
- Must include members of bargaining units, chosen by such units;
- Must be responsible for development, evaluation & annual updating of PD plan for district certified employees.
Also Per 10-220a, a professional development plan:
- Must include ongoing & systematic assessment and improvement of PD and teacher evaluation;
- Must provide training for administrators in evaluation;
- Must relate to regular and special student needs;
- May provide for inclusion of career incentives & parent involvement.
If you have any questions about any of the above requirements and/or changes, please contact Michele Ridolfi O’Neill, CEA Educational Issues Specialist, at email@example.com.
The State Department of Education is the state agency that grants certificates and stores teacher certification information. Anyone seeking information about obtaining or maintaining a Connecticut certificate may visit THIS LINK to find information and determine which forms to use. The ED 170 Form is a general application for certification, and may be used in cases where one is uncertain about which level of certificate to apply for or which forms to use.
It is each individual teacher’s responsibility to maintain his or her teaching certificate. As a professional, it is perhaps the most important thing you can do to assure your continued employment in a school district AND protect your retirement benefits.
Meeting certification application deadlines will help protect you from the hassles that mayresult from letting your certificate expire.
Moving Through Connecticut’s Certification Continuum
When you hold a CT Provisional Educator Certificate
When you hold a CT Professional Educator Certificate
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