Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Educators Affected by ECOT Suspension

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Educators Affected by ECOT Suspension

Finding a New Position

Resident Educator Program, Including the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)

Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) and Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP)

Educator Evaluation Systems

Additional Information


Finding a New Position

    1. What are some steps I can take to increase my employability?
    There are several things you can do to increase your employability, including:
    • Revise and update your current resume to better reflect recent employment history, qualifications and responsibilities;
    • Reach out to contacts in the field to learn about existing opportunities, outline a support network and reach out to them;
    • Review and update any current social media profiles (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter); and
    • Apply for a substitute license (some districts will require this even if currently holding a valid teaching license) – more information can be found here.

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    2. Where can I look for open positions?
    You can search the Ohio Department of Education’s online recruitment system. In addition, you should contact your local educational service center and school districts to inquire how to apply for any openings and be added to their substitute lists. Please feel free to contact the Department’s Office of Educator Effectiveness at (614) 466-0685 for more information.
     

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    3. While I’m seeking a new position, where can I find information on unemployment benefits?
    Educators should contact their local department of job and family services to apply for unemployment benefits. Read more about the benefits and how to apply online. Those who hold the medical benefits for their families may be eligible for continuation of medical benefits through COBRA. Former employers are required to notify their employees about this benefit and the associated costs. However, if COBRA is not financially possible, click here for more information and to see whether you may be eligible for Medicaid coverage. 
     

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Resident Educator Program, Including the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)

    1. If I submitted the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) by the submission deadline, will my submission be assessed?
    Yes. Those who submitted the RESA by the submission deadline of 11:59 ET on Jan.19, 2018, will receive a score report on or before May 15, 2018.
     

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    2. What if ECOT does not submit my resident educator program completion criteria in the Connected Ohio Records for Educators (CORE) for the current school year?
    In this situation, educators are advised to reach out to ECOT’s sponsor, the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, at (419) 245-4150 for assistance. If you need additional support, please contact the Ohio Resident Educator Program by email to REProgram@education.ohio.gov.
     

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    3. What happens to my Resident Educator registration in CORE if I am employed by another school/district in the future?
    Resident Educator Program registration within CORE is portable from one school/district to another. Upon employment, resident educators should meet with their program coordinators to ensure they are enrolled at their new schools/districts and that they are entered in CORE for the correct program year. Resident educators are responsible for keeping all documentation of the work they have completed with their mentors (e.g., lesson plans, collaborative logs, focused mentoring activities, etc.).
     

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    4. How do I update my email address within CORE?
    The Department sends important updates and information to program coordinators and resident educators throughout the year. This information may include changes and information related to the RESA or Resident Educator Program registration. To ensure you receive these updates, please make sure your email address is current within your SAFE account. Once you are signed in to your SAFE account and on “My Home Page,” click on Manage Account Settings. You will then be able to manage your primary email contact. For questions about the SAFE account, contact the SAFE administrator at SAFE.Admin@education.ohio.gov.
     

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Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) and Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP)

    1. What should I request from my LPDC upon separation?

    The educator, upon separating from a school/district, should request and retain the Verification Form for Educators Leaving the LPDC. The former district is to provide verification of the Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) approval, including coursework and continuing education that is completed and has been accepted by the Local Professional Development Committee. You may find a sample form here.

    If you were unable to receive a Verification Form for Educators Leaving the LPDC from ECOT, you are encouraged to reach out to its sponsor, ESC of Lake Erie West, at (419) 245-4150. If you still need additional assistance, you may contact the Department at LPDC@education.ohio.gov.
     

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    2. I must renew my educator license this summer. Since I no longer have an LPDC to work with, how do I renew?
    Educators who are not employed and need to renew their educator licenses should submit any completed continuing education units (CEUs) using the Verification Form for Educators Leaving the LPDC, along with any transcripts noting coursework completed directly to the Department through their SAFE accounts. Always ensure you have the most current email address identified in CORE to ensure you receive important communications related to license applications. 
     

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    3. Can I still use my Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) even though I’m no longer part of an LPDC?
    Educators who are no longer employed cannot continue to use their IPDP. Once employed, you should work with your new school’s/district’s LPDC to have your IPDP approved. There is an expectation of reciprocity among LPDCs to honor ongoing work and professional development from other districts so long as the educator has received the Verification Form for Educators Leaving the LPDC.
     

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Educator Evaluation Systems

    1. How can I view my previous evaluations from ECOT in eTPES?
    You can view these by logging in to eTPES and clicking on the Evaluations tab. Next, click on the View History button and find the row with the appropriate academic year. Finally, click on Evaluation to the right of the row.  You can contact eTPES@education.ohio.gov for support, including log-in assistance.
     

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    2. If an educator receives an evaluation rating in one school/district and moves to another, does the evaluation rating follow that educator?
    Due to security reasons, the eTPES system does not permit a district to see a new educator’s evaluation rating entered by another district. Therefore, the rating entered in eTPES for the educator evaluation conducted in one district does not follow you to a new district. You will need to have a full annual evaluation in your first year of employment in the new district.  
     

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    3. ECOT did not complete my educator evaluation for the current year. What do I need to do?
    The employing school/district, not the educator, has the responsibility to complete the educator evaluation. You do not need to take any further action. You can continue to access prior evaluations within eTPES. 
     

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Additional Information

    1. Have more questions?
    Please contact the Department’s Office of Educator Effectiveness at (614) 466-0685 for more information. 
     

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Last Modified: 2/2/2018 1:17:35 PM