2 A Promising Partnership HISD is partnering with University of St. Thomas to launch the HISD Bilingual Teaching Cohort program.
3 Program Overview Full Program Components Include: Complete 3 semesters coursework (Summer Spring 2016)Participate in Saturday test preparation sessions to prepare for examsComplete 30 hours of pre-service training (Summer 2015)Take and pass appropriate exams to become bilingual certifiedEC-6 Generalist exam (Required to be eligible to teach in August 2015)Bilingual Supplemental examBTLPT certification examPPR examInterview with principals to secure teaching positions (not guaranteed)
4 Program Overview 3 Semester coursework consists of 15-hours Summer 2015: July 6th – July 24thTheories of Language Acquisition (3 hours)Fall 2015: August 24th - December 7thInstructional Strategies in Bilingual Dual Language (3 hours)Dual Language Methodology (3 hours)Spring 2016: January 19th - May 7thTeaching the Spanish Language Arts / Bi-literacy Strategies (other languages) (3 hours)Exceptionality (3 hours)
5 Eligibility Requirements Bilingual Teaching Cohort Participants Must:Must be an HISD employeeMust have a 4-year degree with an overall 3.0 GPA (or 3.0 in the last 60 college hours)Demonstrate proficiency in a second language (Spanish preferred)Complete a language proficiency assessment and structured, in-person interviewEmployee must commit to teaching bilingual education as teacher of record on a TIF 3 or TIF 4 campus (see attachment)Employee must commit to teaching for 3 years minimum upon graduation from the program
6 Program Participants Participant Benefit: Participant Agreement: HISD will pay for coursework tuition and general program materialsProgram stipend will be awarded in the amount of $3000contingent on successful completion of program milestonesGraduate coursework will count towards full Master’s of Education degree with University of St. Thomas (if pursued on voluntary basis)**Courses taken through UST / HISD partnership could lead to a Master´s of Education degree in Dual Language, with a completion of 21 additional hours (7 courses) at the candidate’s expenseParticipant Agreement:Candidate must sign a participant agreementCandidate must work to secure a bilingual teaching position at a designated TIF 3/ TIF 4 campusThis payment will be made directly to the university. The tuition payment does include incidental costs incurred such as University of St. Thomas (UST) fees, procurement of course materials, certification testing fees, certificate fees, and any additional fees not identified as tuition will be paid by the Employee.
7 Application and Selection Process Deadline April 26, 2015Step 1:Complete AppliTrack applicationUpload all official transcript(s) of all college / university level studies*Complete a 250 word essay expressing passion for teaching bilingual students.*(Official, sealed copies are required for the university contingent on acceptance into a cohort.)If candidate meets the minimum application requirementsStep 2:Complete a language proficiency assessmentStep 3:Complete a structured in-person interviewfinal cohort participants will be selected
8 Key Dates for Summer Requirements Attend four (4) EC-6 Generalist certification exam prep sessions on SaturdaysMay 9thMay 16thMay 30thJune 6thSummer Observation HoursDates during summer schoolTake EC-6 Generalist certification examJune 7th – 24th
9 Teaching in 2015-2016 School Year In order to be eligible to teach in a designated classroom as a bilingual teacher of record, the following must be completed:Complete 30 hours of pre-service training Summer 2015Participate in four (4) EC-6 Generalist certification prep sessionsPass EC-6 Generalist Certification ExamApply for Probationary CertificateApply online to bilingual teaching positions at any of the designated TIF campusesCandidate selects campus preferably TIF 3/4 campus
10 Mentorship and Induction A series of supports will be provided throughout the program cohort experience including:Mentorship begins during Summer CourseworkNew Teacher Academy – 1st week in AugustMultilingual Support and Resources - ongoingKey Teacher (Bilingual) - ongoingCampus Mentor - ongoing