Friendly Reminder Please turn off cell-phones & no texting during the meeting
Introduction Dr. Jenny Parker Associate Vice Provost for Educator Licensure and Preparation Northern Illinois University
Welcome Dr. Douglas D. Baker President Northern Illinois University
Purpose To convene as a community of educators (including student teachers, teachers and administrators from all levels of education and disciplines) in order to: Reflect on the student teacher’s professional role within the school district, school and classroom, and to Inform student teachers of policies and processes associated with licensure Identify strategies to assist the student teacher in professional and personal management.
8:45 AMLegal and Ethical Issues for Educators Ms. Erika Schlichter, Chief Academic Officer, District 158 9:15 AMHealth and Wellness Issues Dr. Jenny Parker, Associate Professor, KNPE, Northern Illinois University 9:30 AMBreak Agenda
9:45 AM Cooperating Teacher Panel Moderator – Dr. James Cohen – Literacy Education Ms. Gail Cappaert, ESL Teacher, DeKalb High School, District 428 Ms. Venika Goode, Early Childhood Teacher Early Learning Development Center, District 428 Ms. Martha Henning, Special Education Littlejohn Elementary School, District 428 Ms. Kelli Hamilton, Teacher on Special Assignment Clinton Rosette Middle School, District 428 Mr. Scott Horlock, Biology Teacher, Sycamore High School, District 427 Ms. Lissette Jacobson, 3 rd Grade Bilingual Teacher Cortland Elementary School, District 428 Agenda Continued
10:30 AMTeacher Panel Questions & Answers 11:00 AM Licensure Procedures and Policies Dr. Jenny Parker Associate Vice Provost for Educator Licensure and Preparation 11:40 AMWrap-up and Evaluation Agenda Continued
Feedback Form Please complete & return the handout form to the check-in table before leaving today.
Legal and Ethical Issues for Educators Student Teacher Orientation January 9 th, 2015 Northern Illinois University
A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops. Henry Adams
Annual Mandated Training as required by Illinois School Code Blood Borne Pathogens FERPA HIPAA Hazard Communications Sexual Harassment Child Abuse (Mandated Reporting) ADHD (every two years)
Abused & Neglected Child Reporting Any district employee who suspects or receives knowledge that a student may be an abused or neglected child shall immediately report such a case to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Locate and become familiar with the school and district procedures for Mandated Reporting.
Application and Implications in Role as a Student Teacher Quick Share: With the person next to you, brainstorm situations in which these concepts might apply to you as a student teacher.
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act – Provides the right to parents or eligible students to have access to educational records, the right to seek to have records amended, the right to have control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information, and the right to file a complaint – The Act prohibits the improper disclosure of personally identifiable information derived from educational records – An exception to the prior written consent allows “school officials”, including teachers, to obtain information when they have a “legitimate educational interest” – Other Exceptions that would impact a teacher – Confidentiality – Difference between a Want to know and a Need to Know.
Applications and Implications in Role of a Student Teacher Quick Share: With the person next to you, brainstorm situations in which these concepts might apply to you as a student teacher.
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Office of Civil Rights enforces this Rule which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information
Applications and Implications in Role of Student Teacher Quick Share: With the person next to you, brainstorm situations in which these concepts might apply to you as a student teacher.
Important Policies/Procedures to Know and Understand Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Access to Electronic Networks: Acceptable Use Copyright Discipline Grading Communication Social Networks
Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace All district/school workplaces are drug and alcohol free workplaces
Access to Electronic Networks-Acceptable Use Use is a privilege not a right Students and staff have no expectation of privacy in any material that is stored, transmitted or received via a district’s electronic network or computers Electronic communications and downloaded material, including files deleted from a user’s account but not erased, may be monitored or read by school officials
Copyright Compliance Become familiar with Copyright laws When in doubt contact the technology department or Superintendent’s designee for assistance in determining whether the material complies with laws or obtaining proper authorization to use materials
Discipline Behavior Management is an essential component for any pre-service teacher to become familiar with. – Obtain a copy of the school’s handbook and become familiar with the discipline policies and procedures – Obtain a copy of the district’s policies that discuss discipline – Observe a variety classroom management plans
Grading Grading has a lasting impact on each and every student Obtain a copy of the district’s grading policy Obtain a copy of the school’s handbook and review the grading policies, procedures and practices Be sure to follow all practices and procedures set up in the classroom
Communications Parent Communications Staff Communications Written and Verbal Communications Phone calls vs. emails
Social Network Policies More districts and schools are adopting Social Network policies Obtain a copy of policies or procedures that the school or district may have Many other policies are impacted through the use of Social Networks (i.e. Publishing student photos) If no policy exists it is highly recommended to: – Not “friend” students and parents – Use professional judgment – Not discuss school related situations, staff, parents, or students, in any online forum ever! Carefully examine whether your pages/media sites are “private” Hiring implications
504s and IDEA Federal legislation requires that all students with disabilities have access to appropriate educational opportunities. – Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 – 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act Become familiar with and seek experiences to gain an understanding of both 504 and IEP laws, protections, accommodations, etc.
Professionalism Employees are expected to maintain high standards in their school relationships, to demonstrate integrity and honesty, to be considerate and cooperative, and to maintain professional relationships with students, parents, staff members, and others. – Student Interactions/Relationships – Parent Interactions/Relationships – Faculty Interactions/Relationships – Community Interactions/Relationships
Cooperating Teacher Panel Moderator – Dr. James Cohen, Assistant Professor, Literacy Education, NIU Speakers- Ms. Gail Cappaert, ESL Teacher, DeKalb High School, District 428 Ms. Venika Goode, Early Childhood Teacher Early Learning Development Center, District 428 Ms. Martha Henning, Special Education Littlejohn Elementary School, District 428 Ms. Kelli Hamilton, Teacher on Special Assignment Clinton Rosette Middle School, District 428 Mr. Scott Horlock, Biology Teacher, Sycamore High School, District 427 Ms. Lissette Jacobson, 3 rd Grade Bilingual Teacher Cortland Elementary School, District 428
Helpful Information for Educators www.windows2universe.org Google: “ERIC Clearinghouse” for several Educator options/grade levels
Licensure Procedures and Policies Dr. Jenny Parker Associate Vice Provost for Educator Licensure and Preparation Northern Illinois University
Certification / Licensure Stories 1.Late Larry – completed program nine years ago but did not register and just sent me an email (last month) asking what he needs to do to get his certificate turned active. 2.Eager Erin – didn’t want to wait for NIU to run all of its proper checks and processes so sent an application to the state and paid the fee for an evaluation. 3.Summary Sam – went on to ELIS and processed certification without checking to make sure all of his endorsements were correct and complete. 4.Inattentive Iris – sitting in the back today, doing the crossword puzzle or checking email, not paying attention and attempting to self-advise.
Important ISBE Websites Illinois State Board of Education: www.isbe.netwww.isbe.net Illinois State Board of Education: www.isbe.net/licensure/html/webinar_archive.htm#elis130612 Link to: Educator Licensure Information System Webinar. Click on, “Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) Training for Educators June 14, 2013” This webinar will give details on how to access and use ELIS to track your licensure status.
Illinois State Board of Education: www.isbe.netwww.isbe.net Link to : ELIS for Educators, click on “Educator Credentials” at top of screen, then click on “Educator Access” Here you will create your account and see information regarding your status as an Educator. Regional Office of Education: http://www.dekalbcounty.org/ROE/roe.html http://www.dekalbcounty.org/ROE/roe.html Important Links: “FAQs” and “Services”
Important Updates 1.Endorsement qualifications and Endorsement Forms are found on the UOELP webpage. 2.APT Test …before program completion– you will not graduate and/or be entitled without this. 3.BST/TAP validity is ten years, all other tests (content, APT) is five, but…
To Apply for your License 1.Go to the Online Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) and set up / log in to your account. 2.Work with your program’s coordinator to fill out the proper NIU paperwork (Endorsement Applications) for the initial license and all endorsements for which you have taken the appropriate coursework. 3.Pass student teaching with exemplary ratings! 4.At the time of recommendation by NIU to ISBE has been made, you will receive an email stating you are able to apply for your license by following the links and instructions on ELIS.
Log into your ELIS account: If you see a screen like this… you are too early and you have not been entitled yet! WAIT Do not click on any buttons! And you will be tempted to click! Applying via that button requires ISBE staff to review their application. This will cause a considerable delay in issuing a license.
Follow the prompts. Your application fee will be $100 plus a convenience fee. Once you have applied you should automatically be issued your credential pending answers provided to questions in the wizard. Please make sure you read each question carefully. You will then need to register your license. Your license is not valid until it is registered. You will be required to register your license every 5 years. Look for a registration button on your home screen and follow the prompts. You will be charged $60 plus a convenience fee. This fee covers registration for your first partial year and the 5 full subsequent years of your license validity. If you accidently apply using the incorrect button, call ISBE Call Center at 217-557-6763 and let them know you applied for a license review rather than for their entitlement.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 1.You must send ISBE an official copy of all college/university-level transcripts. 2.You must wait until NIU recommends you. 3.You must have your Illinois license and it must be registered in Illinois before you can go to another state (each state has their own rules; you must consult their state certification/licensure boards for information). 4.To add additional endorsements to your existing license you will have to go through ISBE or the ROE directly, NIU does not do this once the initial license is issued. NIU can never process an ELL or ESL endorsement directly; you must go to an ROE or ISBE. 5.Applying for a substitute license also requires a BA or BS degree; so you should wait on this as well. Sometimes if there are two pending licenses, the substitute license process can impede the initial license process.
Additional Information 1.Student teaching is one long job interview! Think of yourself as being in the profession now. 2.Begin working on your resume and applications now, as you go throughout student teaching! Keep a record of achievements and activities while student teaching for putting into your applications. 3.Career Services is an excellent resource for information on applying for jobs, writing resumes, cover letters, and responding to application questionnaires. See http://www.niu.edu/CareerServices/ for info.http://www.niu.edu/CareerServices/ 4.If you get a teaching position, please register that position with Career Services on their website and notify your Program Coordinator.
Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools: http://www.iarss.org Illinois Education Job Bank: http://www.illinoiseducationjobbank.org/pages/ Annual Professional Development Conference: http://www.roeachievementconference.org This conference is held at Pheasant Run in St. Charles each year. Professional Development and Job Opportunities
Wrap-up and Evaluation Please complete evaluation form & return to the check-in table before leaving today.