Educational Policy Information
Comprehensive Research-based Reading Plan
ESE Requirement: Senate Bill 1108 Update
The State DOE has not provided clarification or a list of acceptable courses that would meet the new ESE requirement. UTD will notify professionals once the State had defined the courses. UTD is working closely with the Florida Education Association (FEA) to identify the courses that can be approved by the State.
In the meantime, professionals who have certificates expiring in 2014 and 2015, and have the necessary in-service points, may renew now and not be required to take the coursework regarding the new requirement until their next renewal. Renewal must occur prior to the June 30, 2014 deadline. Any professional who renews after July 1, 2014 will be required to have the necessary coursework.
UTD will offer courses to meet this requirement once we have direction from the State.
ETO (Educational Transformation Office)
- Current Terms and Conditions for All Teachers and Education Support Staff at Schools Designated by M-DCPS as ETO Non-SIG Schools
- ETO Schools
- New ETO Schools Never Identified as DTDA or ETO
- 2012-2013 ETO Schools (Schools without * are new to ETO for the 2012-2013 school year and are not SIG schools)
School Improvement Grant (SIG)
- SIG Schools
Memorandum of Understanding - Contract Modification/Implementation - The objective of the plan is to improve student achievement outcomes and increase high school graduation rates by focusing on extended learning opportunities, providing intensive student interventions based on assessment data, and offering job-embedded professional development and financial incentives to teachers. Click here
- MDCPS District Testing
- Over Assessing
FAIR now replaces DIBELS, ORF and DAR. There are 3 administration periods that are each approximately 40 days in length. (See Testing Calendar) The test must be administered using a “team” approach at each school and will not be the sole responsibility of the classroom teacher. Click here
Click here to see a letter sent on behalf of Milagros (Millie) Fornell, Associate Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction regarding FAIR implementation.
FAIR testing update. Teachers are not required to grade the spelling test portion of the Broad Diagnostic Inventory for the second grade test as per Contract Article X, Section 1. F. According to the District Language Arts Dept., students may grade each other's papers or the school may use a SWAT team approach.
FLORIDA STANDARDS ASSESSMENTS FROM FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
INDIVIDUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (IPDP)
- The Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) has been revised to be more user friendly. The IPDP is not a part of the IPEGS evaluation nor is it tied to Standard 5 – Assessment. However, the IPDP is part of the UTD/MDCPS Contract under the IPEGS Handbook and must be completed. The IPDP is a growth tool for the professional which indicates the professional development plan for the current school year. The professional can use multiple sources for the basis of the IPDP. Any revisions to the IPDP must be mutually agreed upon by the professional and the principal. It is due to the principal on Friday, September 27, 2013. Click on the link below to see a breakdown of the IPDP procedures and the link for the form. All information on the IPDP can be found in the IPEGS Handbook, pages 68-70.
UTD Summative Evaluation Preparation Forms – This is a member only voluntary form to be used to assist you in documenting your practice in preparation for a discussion of ratings during the Summative Evaluation Meeting. (Please refer to pages 25 – 29 in the IPEGS handbook for additional information regarding the summative evaluation process.)
- Teacher Edition
- Student Services Edition
- Instructional Support Edition
- IPEGS Post-Observation Self-Evaluation Form (to be completed at earliest time following a formal IPEGS observation)
- Value Added Model
National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT)
UTD PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
UTD will be offering its AFT Professional Development (AFT PD) courses at locations throughout the district. Engaging teachers and educational support professionals (ESPs) in “high quality” professional development to help improve student achievement is a major goal of UTD. Based on research with demonstrated applicability for classroom teachers, these AFT developed courses can be used for in-service credit for teacher certificate renewal.
ATTENTION PARAPROFESSIONALS and ESP’s: An opportunity to become “highly qualified” through UTD’s ER&D Meeting the Standards for Paraprofessionals course is still available. Please call Gruselda Dowe at 786-594-0251 for more details.
Requirements vs. Recommendations
Response to Intervention
Teacher Certification Renewal
If your renewal application was received after July 1, 2014, you are required to complete the new renewal requirements which includes at least one (1) semester hour of college credit or the equivalent twenty (20) in-service points in the instruction of students with disabilities.
For additional information, visit the Educator Certification http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/renew.asp