Establishing a Local Resident Educator Program

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Personnel Requirements

Schools/districts seeking to establish a Resident Educator Program must first determine if they have the necessary qualified personnel to begin the program. The school/district should meet the following personnel requirements:

  • Educator(s) who can serve as mentor(s) and hold or have previously held (for retired teachers) the five-year professional Ohio educator license or permanent educator license. These educators must also have completed the two-day state Resident Educator Academy. Read more about the requirements for and the role of a certified Mentor here.
  • Educator(s) assigned by the school/district in OEDS serve in the role of Program Coordinator for the Resident Educator Program. Read more about the requirements for and the role of a Program Coordinator here.
  • Educator(s) assigned by the school/district serve in the Facilitator/Colleague role. Read more about the requirements for and the role of a Facilitator here and for the role of a Colleague here.
  • Please note that in some districts/schools, the role of Program Coordinator, Mentor and Facilitator may be held by the same person. 

Establishing OEDS Account and Assigning the Role of Program Coordinator

If these above personnel requirements are met, the next step is to establish an OEDS (Ohio Educational Directory System) account with the Ohio Department of Education. If you are already established in OEDS, you will have an IRN (Information Retrieval Number). If not, then you will need to request an OEDS account. Please go here to begin the process of establishing your organization in OEDS.

Once an OEDS account has been established, the OEDS administrator will need to designate the role of “Coordinator-Resident Educator” to someone in the district. For help determining who this educator should be, please go here.

The educator designated as Program Coordinator will need to establish a SAFE account (if he/she doesn’t already have one) so he/she can register the school/district’s Resident Educators in CORE. For help in setting up a SAFE account, please see this page.

Establish/Review Local Resident Educator Policies and Procedures

The school/district should also meet with their Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) to review and establish policies and procedures for their Resident Educators. If the school/district does not have an LPDC, they should still establish local policies and procedures for their Resident Educator Program. This will ensure that everyone in the program has the same expectations and requirements.

For guidance in planning and evaluating a local resident educator program, Program Coordinators may use the Resident Educator Program Planning and Evaluation Tool

Additional Resources

Last Modified: 10/13/2017 8:26:56 AM