Resident Educator

Resident Educator

Resident Educator Program

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.

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