2017-18 Resident Educator Program FAQs

2017-18 Resident Educator Program FAQs


2017-18 Resident Educator Program FAQs

    What is the Ohio Resident Educator Program?
    The Ohio Resident Educator Program is a comprehensive, four-year initiative to assist beginning teachers with mentoring and professional development as they start their education careers. Ohio Revised Code 3319.223 and Ohio Administrative Code 3301-24-04 provide the basis for the Ohio Resident Educator Program and the requirement to successfully pass the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA). When teachers successfully complete program requirements, including the RESA component, they become eligible for a professional teaching license. Teachers take the RESA in year 3 of the four-year program.

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    What is the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)?
    The Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) is a performance assessment that requires teachers to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in real time based on the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession. This performance assessment allows teachers to show what they know by demonstrating their teaching skills in action. This performance assessment provides direct evidence of what teachers do in the classroom, supported by required written commentary. The RESA calls for teachers to demonstrate their ability to design and implement instruction that engages students in complex thinking and informs their teaching practices.

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    Why is the Ohio Resident Educator Program and the RESA restructured for 2017- 2018?
    The Ohio Department of Education restructured the Resident Educator Program and the RESA to address teachers’ concerns while maintaining an effective program and a performance-based assessment. These changes make the program less time-consuming and more informative for teachers’ professional growth and development.

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    What is different about the program for the 2017-2018 school year?
    The 2017-2018 program remains a multi-year induction into the teaching profession. Teachers will continue to complete local mentoring in years 1 and 2, and they will complete locally determined focused mentoring activities on the topics covered in the former RESA Task 2 (formative and summative assessment); Task 4 (communication, professional growth and collaboration); and, if applicable, Task 5 (Reflection on Teaching Practice/Feedback). Teachers will continue to take RESA in year 3 and complete locally determined activities in year 4.

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    What is different about the RESA for the 2017-2018 school year?
    Based on feedback from educators throughout Ohio and an advisory group, the Department has reduced the overall assessment by 75 percent. Rather than four tasks, RESA takers now complete one lesson reflection in which they submit a single video demonstrating their ability to teach significant content to students and write responses to related prompts. Resident educators will learn about topics in the previous RESA through focused mentoring at the local level. These areas include formative and summative assessment (the former RESA Task 2); communication, professional growth and collaboration (the former Task 4); and, if applicable, reflection on teaching practice and feedback (the former Task 5).

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    When will the restructured program begin?
    The restructured Resident Educator Program begins with the 2017-2018 school year. The  Resident Educator website will provide updates, guidance and optional resources for districts, program coordinators and resident educators.

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    Who determines whether the resident educator is ready to take the RESA?
    Resident educators entered in program year 3 in CORE must take the summative assessment. Beginning in 2018-2019, resident educators who are in program year 2 in CORE are eligible to take the RESA if they choose to do so. The CORE system will identify whether the resident educator is eligible to take the RESA in a program year. Teachers who are registered in program year 3, 4 or 5 who have not yet passed the RESA will be required to take the assessment during that program year.

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    What is focused mentoring and what resources are available for mentors?
    Focused mentoring is a new component of the formative mentoring years. While mentoring overall addresses the instructional support resident educators need as they begin their professional teaching careers, focused mentoring is specific and targeted to address teacher competencies Ohio once measured in RESA prior to 2017-2018. Through focused mentoring, teachers demonstrate their competency in the targeted skill areas at the local instead of the state level.

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    Does the current mentor training model satisfy mentor training requirements?
    Yes. The current mentor training satisfies the requirement for certified mentors in Ohio.

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    How does RESA 2017-2018 apply to those who took the RESA in the past and still need to pass one (or more) task(s)?
    To meet the requirements of the RESA 2017-2018, a teacher who has not passed at least one lesson task (either the previous task 1 or task 3) must take the new lesson reflection. Furthermore, some teachers also may need to participate in focused mentoring activities if they were unsuccessful on the former Task 2, Task 4 and/or Task
    5 (if applicable). The Pathways for Teachers With A Prior RESA Attempts overview is available  here.

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    I am a resident educator who has not yet taken the RESA. What do I need to do to ensure I complete the requirements for the restructured Resident Educator Program and RESA?
    To meet the requirements of 2017-2018 RESA, a teacher must participate in focused mentoring and successfully pass the new lesson reflection. The Pathways for Teachers Without a Prior RESA Attempt overview is available  here. The district provides a facilitator in year 3 and determines if resident educators need other support within local focused mentoring.

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    Who will support resident educators as they work through the restructured program?
    Mentors will continue to support resident educators in years 1 and 2 of the program. For instructional mentoring on the teaching and learning cycle as well as focused mentoring on student assessments, communications, collaboration and professionalism, the district or school will determine the activities and supports needed. Facilitators will work with resident educators during the RESA year. In year 4, schools and districts will determine the appropriate activities and supports their resident educators need.

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    If I did not pass the RESA for the third time in 2016-2017, what must I do in 2017- 2018 to continue teaching?
    Educators who did not pass the RESA for the third time received a letter describing specific next steps toward program completion. These teachers now have an additional opportunity to meet the RESA requirements. They will follow requirements appearing in the Pathways for Teachers With a Prior RESA Attempt posted  here.

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    As a teacher who was unsuccessful with RESA three times, when I apply for a license do I check the box that asks if any certificate, license or permit, or an application for same, was revoked suspended limited, or denied?
    No. The Department has not revoked, suspended, limited or denied any resident educator license due to multiple unsuccessful RESA attempts. These licenses simply expired due to ineligibility. Therefore, teachers with an expired license due to multiple unsuccessful RESA attempts should mark this box ‘No’. Please note teachers who had other circumstances resulting in a revocation, suspension, limitation or denial of a license should mark the box accordingly.

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    Will feedback about RESA performance be available for teachers who complete the assessment?
    Teachers will receive more specific feedback beginning with the 2017-2018 school year score reports.

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    When does a resident educator become part of the Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) process for license renewal?
    Like most professionals, educators in Ohio must complete professional development annually. Ohio develops and supports teachers by providing an aligned system of teacher development beginning with the Ohio Resident Educator Program and continuing through their careers. Beginning teachers fulfill their professional development obligations through the local Resident Educator Program and summative assessment.
     
    When teachers complete the Resident Educator Program, they become eligible to advance to their professional licenses. Thereafter, with a professional license they complete their annual professional learning for approval by their local professional development committees, which review and approve all professional learning for license renewal. Teacher’s may continue advancing through their careers by fulfilling the steps outlined in  Ohio’s Four-Tiered License Structure.

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    Are leadership activities required in year 4 of the Resident Educator Program?
    Local district and school policies and procedures determine the year 4 activities. Those districts and schools that include a leadership component will find an optional Learn to Lead resource module on the Department learning management system.

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    What guidance will be available for program coordinators about the restructured Resident Educator Program and the RESA?
    The Ohio Department of Education will soon provide new resources that teachers, mentors, and program coordinators can choose to use at their discretion. In the interim, they may find information regarding the restructured program here.

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    Will completion criteria in CORE look different with the restructured program?
    Program coordinators will find guidance on the restructured program in the CORE manual. Program coordinators are responsible for verifying all completion criteria including focused mentoring on former Task 2 (formative and summative assessment), former Task 4 (communication, professional growth and collaboration), and, if applicable, former Task 5 (Reflection on Teaching Practice/Feedback). Teachers who made prior RESA attempts who have not yet successfully completed all tasks have a flag set in CORE for RESA-taking. Teachers will show as “Taking RESA” until they successfully pass the lesson reflection and complete any required focused mentoring.

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Last Modified: 10/20/2017 3:54:18 PM