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WebEx will cover new teacher certification rules'

Free for Members Only

On Monday, July 21, at 10 a.m., MEA will be hosting a WebEx for members only on the new teacher certification rules from the Department of Education which went into effect June 20, 2014. 

"What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Certification" will cover the new rules-and the current ones--so that you can keep up-to-date on your teacher certification.

Contact your local UniServ office for WebEx login information.

Teacher certification changes now in effect

Changes in teacher certification affecting master’s degrees, professional learning hours, and DPPD certification went into effect June 2014. The changes affect renewing a Provisional certificate or progressing to a Professional certificate. They include:

Recorded WebEx – What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Certification

NOTE:  You will hear feedback noise for the first 45 seconds of this WebEx – this will clear up and the rest of the WebEx will be clear.

Includes:

  • NEW Teacher Certification Rules and Regulations for the Provisional Certificate, Professional Certificate and the new Advanced Professional Certificate
  • Occupational Certificate, School Counselors, Psychologists, Speech Therapists and Social Workers
  • Renewal and Progression – DPPD, SCECH, Credits
  • Professional Development
  • Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS)
  • Secure Central Registry (SCR)

Use this link to view the Certification WebEx:

https://mea.webex.com/mea/ldr.php?RCID=3a7da372f4a0da1fcf494a5ea881ffbb

LFA: Get It Right-Common Sense on Common Core

Earlier today, the Learning First Alliance -- the national coalition of major k-12 public education stakeholder organizations-- issued this statement in support of providing time and resources for Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation before assessing progress with high stakes testing was released and the new web landing page on the LFA web site launched.

Now all members can take advantage of Flint’s evaluation alternative

MEA’s Professional Development/Human Rights Department is hosting a series of WebEx trainings on professional practice portfolios, an alternative approach to teacher evaluations.  The first training, “Introduction to the UTF Professional Practice Portfolio (P3)” is now available for viewing. *

Understanding the Michigan Online Educator Certification System

Understanding the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) – Recorded WebEx, presented by the MEA Professional Development / Human Rights Department.

Certification

 

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Frequented Asked Questions regarding Professional Development and Teacher Certification. 

Since the final approval of the Administrative Rules Governing Michigan Teacher Certification on May 18, 2012, the Michigan Department of Education has put in place new procedures regarding Teaching Certificates.  Teachers may now progress to the Professional Certificate or renew the Professional Certificate with District Provided Professional Development (DPPD).

A resource for improving School Climate and Discipline

A new document from the U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights Division in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has been published. This document is intended to help local school districts in developing guidelines for consistent and appropriate discipline within the school environment. It is titled “Guiding Principles – A Resource for Improving School Climate and Discipline.” It has been developed to help school districts develop policies for improving student discipline. The main purpose of it is to ensure that student civil rights are not being violated and students are getting the best education possible. These principles are a joint effort to bring together resources to help develop disciplinary policies that will keep students in school rather than suspending them for minor infractions. 

Special Education Administrative Rules

There is currently ongoing public comment regarding the proposed changes to the Michigan Special Education Administrative Rules. The rules are not being significantly changed. The current changes are bringing Michigan more closely aligned to IDEA rules. If you have questions please contact the PDHR department for more information regarding these proposals.

What is Quality Professional Development

Professional development is defined as those processes and activities designed to enhance the professional knowledge, skills and attitudes of educators to improve the learning of students.  In order to accomplish this, professional development should be deliberate and intentional based on a clear vision of purpose and planned goals.

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