In July 2009, Gov. Ted Strickland signed Ohio House Bill 1, which mandates a new licensure system for teachers in Ohio, including a Resident Educator license. In the Governor’s plan, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) will develop a Resident Educator Program to be effective by January 2011.
This four-year experience will provide Ohio educators just entering the profession with quality mentoring and guidance essential for a long and flourishing career. Successful completion of the residency program will be required to qualify for a five-year professional educator license.
During the interim period of July 1, 2009, to Jan. 1, 2011, a transition plan will allow teachers who hold a two-year provisional license (Resident Educators) to advance to a five-year professional license. In order for teachers who currently hold a two-year provisional license to advance to a five-year professional license they must:
Complete a year-long program of mentoring and support;
Demonstrate skills and knowledge (The Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession) as measured through formative assessments; and
Obtain the Signatures of the resident educator, mentor and superintendent on the professional license application.
In the South Euclid-Lyndhurst City Schools, mentors are experienced master teachers who are trained to provide professional support to Resident Educators through peer coaching and classroom observation. The mentor program is non-evaluative and emphasizes a sharing of knowledge and experiences that help the new teacher transition successfully into his/her new career.
The Transition Resident Educator Program was developed cooperatively between administrators and teachers utilizing grant money obtained from the Ohio Department of Education. Currently a committee composed of four (4) administrators, four (4) teachers, and the district lead mentor selects teachers for the mentor pool and reviews the program annually to insure its continuing success.