UINTAH SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY ACTION REVIEW

 

1st Reading

10/9/07

New

X

2nd Reading

10/9/07

Revised

 

Effective Date

10/9/07

Substitute

 

 

 

005.4000 ENTRY YEARS ENHANCEMENT: STRUCTURED SUPPORT FOR

†† LEVEL 1 TEACHERS

 

NEW POLICY

 

1.0  PHILOSOPHY

It is the policy of the board for all Level 1 teachers to participate in the Entry Years Enhancement (EYE). This program is a structured support and enhancement program for Level 1 teachers. EYE provides the novice teacher with school, district and state support for a three-year period. The goal of EYE is to encourage Level 1 teachers to develop effective teaching skills and strategies as described in the Utah Professional Teacher Standards (UPTS), with assistance from experienced colleagues, mentors.

2.0  DEFINITIONS

2.1              EYE:Entry Years Enhancement.

2.2              Mentor: A highly qualified Level 2 or Level 3 educator who has been trained with an approved Mentor training.

2.3              High quality teaching, as defined by the Utah Professional Teacher Standards (UPTS): The core of a successful education for all students. The standards promote student learning and enhance professional practice.

2.4              Alternate Routes to Licensure (ARL): A program to license teaching candidates who have gained experience, and have at least a Bachelorís degree, in fields of study other than education.

2.4.1        Level 1 Teacher: A licensed teacher with fewer than three years of successful experience as a licensed teacher in a Utah public school or accredited private school.

2.5              Level 2 Teacher:A licensed teacher with three or more years of successful experience as a licensed teacher in a Utah public school or accredited private school who was recommended for a Level 2 license by his/her district and received the license from the State of Utah.

2.6              Highly Qualified Teacher: One who has obtained full state teacher certification or has passed the state teacher licensing examination and holds a license to teach in the state; holds a minimum of a bachelorís degree; and has demonstrated subject area competence in each of the academic subjects in which the teacher teaches.

3.0  IMPLEMENTATION PROCEDURES FOR EYE

The EYE program shall be administered according to the following guidelines:

3.1              All teachers with a Level 1 License whose employment or reemployment in the Utah public schools began after January1, 2003, are required to complete EYE to qualify for a Level 2 License.

3.2              A Level 1 teacher will complete all requirements to qualify for Level 2 within 3 years with a possibility for a one year extension.

3.2.1        Alternate Routes to Licensure (ARL) participants do not begin EYE requirements until after they have earned a Level 1 License. To qualify for a Level 2 License, they must complete all EYE requirements and teach with a Level 1 License for a minimum of three years.

3.3              All Level 1 teachers will work with a trained mentor for 3 year.

3.4              All Level 1 teachers will complete a portfolio review.

3.5              All Level 1 teachers will successfully satisfy district/school evaluations for three years.

3.6              All Level 1 teachers will achieve a score of 160 or higher on the Praxis II-Principles of Learning test, or in the area of their educational preparation and assignment.

3.7              Upon the Level 1 teacherís successful completion of the EYE requirements, the district will recommend the teacher to the State Board of Education for a Level 2 Utah Professional Educator License.

4.0  NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER (NCLB HQT)

NCLB HQT is required for elementary and secondary teachers in the core subject areas of mathematics, science, fine arts, geography, government and civics, economics and English/ language arts (reading and writing).

5.0  OUT-OF STATE APPLICANTS

Educators applying or a Utah Educator License from another state who fulfill Utahís requirements will be granted an initial Level 1 License. A teacher with a minimum of three yearís experience, after a year of service in Utah, may be recommended for a Level 2 License by his/her employing district.