3 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 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.
4 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.
5 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 environment.To create an environment that promotes active engagement, accountability, and collaboration of all stakeholders to maximize student achievement.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.
7 We are seeking outstanding individuals… 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 required.
8 Is TAPP for you? The Ideal TAPP Candidate: has established professional experiencehas strong content knowledge and expertise with the subject they will be teachingare highly committed, talented and passionate about teachingcan take charge of a classroom immediatelyis dedicated to helping students succeed
9 TAPP Is…A non-traditional rigorous program that leads to clear, renewable certificationon the job training program that allows you to maintain teaching responsibilities while taking courses in content and/or pedagogyA heavily supported program
10 TAPP is not… A program that leads to another degree Appropriate if you have ever held a teaching certificateAn easy route to a new career in teachingIntended to replace a regular college teacher education program
11 TAPP provides…Rigorous training before the teacher steps foot into the classroomRigorous training and support throughout the programResults in the same credentials as traditional teacher preparation programs at colleges and universitiesMeets the needs of highly skilled teachersSupport and guidance from a school-based mentor, administrators and a Teacher Development Specialist
12 The TAPP Graduate…Has demonstrated proficiency in 4 domains based on Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching. These domains are:Domain 1: Planning and PreparationDomain 2: The Classroom EnvironmentDomain 3: InstructionDomain 4: Professional Responsibilities
13 TAPP RationaleMeet the critical need for quality teachers in the Clayton County Public SchoolsAssist qualified college graduates as they transition to a teaching careerProvide a time and cost effective program that recognizes the education and experiences of each candidatePrepare qualified candidates to earn clear, renewable Georgia teaching certificatesPractical and Field-Based ExperiencesApproved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
15 Complete an online application at www.clayton.k12.ga.us Application Process:School YearComplete an online application atSubmit:an information sheetA TAPP interest FormResumea personal statement detailing your desire to participate in the CCPS TAPP programofficial passing scores on all three parts of the GACE Basic Skills Assessment* or evidence of one of the following exemptions:ACT: English and Math combined score of 43GRE: Verbal and Quantitative combined score of 1030SAT: Verbal and Math combined score of 1000
16 Submission documents cont’d. * Please visit for registration and additional details. You may visit the GA Professional Standards Commission website for questions regarding types of certification: passing scores of the GACE appropriate content assessment* associated with the field in which you desire to teach.Official transcripts of ALL colleges and universities attended. NOTE: Must have a Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
17 Dates to Remember August 15, 2014 (TAPP Application Period Opens) Spring -November 14, 2014 (Application Deadline)Fall – April 3, 2015 (Application Deadline)Monthly Interest Meeting Dates:October 7, 2014November 13, 2014December 11, 2014January 8, 2015
19 Financial Commitments Candidates who successfully complete the program and are offered contracts must work for CCPS for at least 3 years or reimburse the system up to $3000for program expense. Cost is forgiven at the rate of $1000 per year taught after program completion.GACE assessment feesCollege or university expensesBooks/materials for any additional college coursework
20 S. Truett Cathy Department of Professional Learning Please submit all of the aforementioned documents to the following address:S. Truett Cathy Department of Professional LearningATTN:TAPP Selection Committee1087 Battle Creek RoadJonesboro, GA 30236 Application Deadline: Friday, November 14, 2014 After submission of all application materials, selected applicants will be invited to participate in the Interview Day activities.
21 Time CommitmentsPre-TAPP Essentials Class (56 hours) is mandatory for all TAPP candidates.The Essentials class must be completed before entrance into the classroom.New Teacher Induction (mandatory for all TAPP candidates)TAPP is a 2 year program.
22 CourseworkCoursework in the summer and in the evenings (average of two evenings per week).For Special Education all coursework will be provided by the district.All other programs may involve some college coursework in addition to core courses offered in the district. The candidate will cover costs for additional coursework
23 Core Courses for TAPP programs Teaching of Reading and Writing (All)CRISS Learning Strategies (All, but ECE TAPP)Differentiated Instruction (All)Learning Styles (All)Understanding Students in Poverty (All)Human Growth and Development (TAPP) InTel (TAPP)Classroom Management (TAPP)Identification/ Education of the Exceptional Child (All)Assessment (All).-
24 Additional CCPS Requirements Gain admission to an appropriate college to complete needed content coursework, if assignedComplete all courseworkMaintain employment as a CCPS teacherCandidates may not assume any extracurricular teaching, coaching or club obligations which might interfere with CCPS TAPP.
25 Common areas of certification/GACE Hold an academic major or the equivalent (defined as a minimum of 15 semester hours for middle grades certification and 21 semester hours for secondary certification)
26 REMEMBEREveryone must pass the GACE Program Admissions Assessment (formerly known as the GACE Basic Skills Test) or exempt it (SAT, ACT or GRE)All TAPP candidates must pass the GACE before acceptance into TAPPComplete the Checklist
27 Contact InformationS. Truett Cathy Department of Professional Learning ATTN:TAPP Selection Committee 1087 Battle Creek Road Jonesboro, GA 30236Phone Number: (770)