Resident Educator FAQs

Ohio Resident Educator Program and Summative Assessment Re-structured

The Ohio Department of Education is announcing changes to the Ohio Resident Educator Program and the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA). The changes will shorten the time commitment needed while maintaining an effective program and performance-based assessment. We are in the process of updating information in this web section to reflect the revisions. For more information about the changes, click here


General Questions

Mentor Questions

Principal Questions

Program Coordinator Questions

Licensure

Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)


General Questions

    What are the requirements of the Resident Educator Program?

    The Ohio Resident Educator Program is a four-year induction system of support and mentoring for new teachers. Successful completion of the residency program is required to qualify for a five-year professional educator license. Click here for the Annual Resident Educator Program Requirements for each year of the program.


    Resident Educators work collaboratively with their Mentor to complete the local RE Program requirements for Years 1 and 2 by:

    • Using the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System forms for self-assessment and goal-setting..
    • Demonstrating use of authentic teacher work, such as lesson plans and student assessment data analysis.
    • Reflecting on teacher work that shows the continual implementation of the “Plan, Teach, Assess, Reflect, Revise” teaching-learning cycle.
    • Participating in Instructional mentoring and Focused Mentoring I and II.
    • Analyzing student work during the mentoring in program.
    Additionally, Resident Educators complete the following:
    • Successfully complete the Resident Educator Summative Assessment to become eligible to advance to professional licensure.
    • Engage in optional learning and professional development activities as determined by the district or school.

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    Who is eligible to participate in the Ohio Resident Educator (RE) Program?

    To be eligible to participate in the Resident Educator program, beginning teachers must:

     

    • Hold a valid resident educator license or alternative resident educator license of any type, or a one-year out-of-state educator license;
    • Be employed by an ODE-chartered educational entity, ODE or ODJFS licensed preschool, Ohio correctional facility or a private educational agency located in Ohio;
    • Teach at least two classes or .25 FTE in their area of licensure or in the area in which the teacher holds a supplemental teaching license or endorsement.
    • Be responsible for planning and delivering standards-based, PK-12 curriculum to students and evaluating their progress during the school year;
    • Work during the school year a minimum of 120 days as defined in Ohio Revised Code 3319.09; and
    • Be assigned an ODE-certified, trained mentor by their employer in Years 1 and 2.

    Note: Teachers hired as tutors are considered eligible for the Resident Educator Program if they meet the above criteria.
     
    Individuals teaching career-technical courses under an alternative resident educator workforce development license are exempt from participating in the local Resident Educator Program and should not be registered in the program.  For more information, see Senate Bill 3 FAQs

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    When does the Resident Educator registration process begin?

    Between August 1 and November 15 of each year, the Program Coordinator for the district/school will register eligible REs in the CORE database. The Program Coordinator will also report at the end of each year if the RE completed the requirements for that year.  REs can verify the data entered by their PCs via “My RE Summary” by logging into their SAFE account.
     
    NOTE:  Annually, the district/school’s Program Coordinator must register each eligible Resident Educator in CORE. Resident Educators who are eligible for the program are required to take the RESA in year 3 (or in year 2 if they have prior teaching credit). If the teacher is not successful, the Program Coordinator will register the RE for RESA in subsequent years.
     
    NOTE:  If a Resident Educator does not complete the state and local requirements of their Resident Educator Program in a program year, then they will be marked as “no” for completion criteria for that year and will not receive credit for that program year.  When that Resident Educator is registered for the following year, they must repeat the program year that they did not complete successfully. For example, if a Resident Educator did not complete program year 1 in 2016-17 successfully, then they will repeat and be registered for program year 1 again in 2017-18.

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    What is the purpose of the RE program planning and evaluation tool?

    The RE Program Planning and Evaluation Tool is designed to assist districts/schools in both the planning of their local RE programs and the evaluation of their programs once implemented. The tool may also be used to help districts/schools establish local policies and procedures for the Resident Educator Program.


    The tool assists districts/schools in the initial self-assessment of the available organizational structures and resources for starting a Resident Educator Program at the local level. The planning tool supports districts/schools in determining program goals and areas of focus for program growth. Once the local program is established, the evaluation tool assists districts/schools in assessing their program and measuring progress toward meeting program goals. For purposes of tracking annual growth, program coordinators may access the RE Program Planning and Evaluation Tool in the CORE system.

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    If I am entering Ohio’s teaching profession from out-of-state, am I required to go through the Ohio Resident Educator Program?

    Out-of-state teachers entering Ohio’s teaching profession with fewer than three years of teaching experience and who meet the program eligibility requirements are required to participate and complete the Ohio Resident Educator Program in order to advance to the 5-year professional license. 

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    What happens if a Resident Educator transfers to another school or district during the school year?

    Registration is portable from one school to another or to another district/school within Ohio. REs should meet with their Program Coordinator (PC) to ensure that they are enrolled at their new school or district and that they are entered into CORE for the correct program year. REs 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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    Can Resident Educators advance their license early after they have successfully passed the RESA?

    The Resident Educator program is a four-year, entry-level program for classroom teachers. Legislation requires local programs to include mentoring during the first two years of the program.  A trained facilitator provides technical support for submission of the performance- based assessment in the third year of the program. Districts/schools shall determine locally the activities to be completed during the fourth year of the program. Therefore, educators cannot advance their Resident Educator license until all four program years have been successfully completed; however, districts/schools may grant one or two years of credit for prior teaching to eligible teachers.

    Those Resident Educators who hold an alternative RE license are required to teach four years under their alternative license; therefore, they are not eligible to advance their teaching license early, even with prior years of teaching credit. 

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    Who is required to participate in the Resident Educator Program?

    Any teacher holding a Resident Educator or Alternative Resident Educator License in the state of Ohio who does not already hold an Ohio professional educator license. Only educators teaching career-technical courses under an alternative resident educator workforce development license are exempt from participating in the Resident Educator Program and these educators should not be registered in CORE.
     
    In some circumstances, educators with three or more years of qualifying experience teaching in another state may not be required to participate in the Resident Educator Program. Please see this page for more information about Out of State Licensure.

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    Is the Learn to Lead module available as an online resource for possible Year 4 options?
    Yes. To access the Learn to Lead module, please go to your Ohio Department of Education SAFE account at https://safe.ode.state.oh.us/portal  Once you are signed into your SAFE account, choose Learning Management System and click on ok for "navigating to an external application.” This will bring you to the Department's Learning Management System (LMS). You may then choose this module from the Course Catalog.

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Mentor Questions

    If I have problems registering for mentor training on STARS, whom should I contact?

    For issues regarding registration for various mentor trainings on STARS, contact starssupport@education.ohio.gov

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    What are the requirements to serve as a mentor?

    The Ohio Department of Education has recommended the qualifications outlined below to serve as a mentor. To participate in the program as a mentor, individuals must meet the following qualifications:

    • Possess or have previously held (e.g. retired teachers) a 5-year professional license, senior professional, lead professional or permanent license.
    • Successfully completed RE Mentor Academy Day 1 and RE Mentor Academy Day 2 training.

    Along with these qualifications, the district/school may have additional requirements such as a mentor application process or targeted training. Local districts/schools will make the decision on who is selected to be a mentor based on their local criteria.

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    What mentor resources are available beyond the initial training?
    • Focused Mentoring Resources, which include Sample Focused Mentoring Activities, can be found on the “For Mentors” section on the ODE webpages found here. A blank sample focused mentoring template is also available for districts/schools to use for locally developed activities.
    • Mentor Refresh can be accessed through your Ohio Department of Education SAFE account at https://safe.ode.state.oh.us/portal. Once you are signed into your SAFE account, choose Learning Management System and click on ok for "navigating to an external application.” This will bring you to the Department's Learning Management System (LMS). You may then choose this option from the Course Catalog.
    • The Resident Educator Orientation PowerPoint, which can be found here, is another important resource for mentors.
    • Mentors should also review the content available for mentors on the Ohio Department of Education website and their local policies and procedures for the Resident Educator Program.

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    Will REs be assigned a mentor in each of the four years of the program?

    No. Mentoring is required only during the first two years of the program. In year 3, REs are assigned a trained facilitator who provides technical support for RESA submission. In some cases, the same person may be a trained mentor and facilitator, able to perform both roles. Facilitators provide a different level of support for REs, recognizing the need for REs to become more independent and reflective in their practice. During year 4, (if the RESA is complete) a colleague is assigned to support the RE in optional district/school activities and/or exploring teacher leadership.

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    When are RE Mentor Academy Day 1 and Day 2 training sessions for mentors available?

    RE Mentor Academy Day 1 and Day 2 trainings are scheduled from June through November in locations across the state. Registration is open in STARS through the SAFE account; search keywords mentor academy, RE mentor academy, mentor training, or RE mentor training.

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    What is the cost of the mentor training?
    The cost for each one-day session of mentor training is determined locally. Check the contact information for the specific session provided in STARS for information about the exact amount and how the payment is to be made and to whom. ODE does not manage these trainings. Do not make a payment to or draw purchase orders for ODE.

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Principal Questions

    What is the role of the principal in the Ohio Resident Educator Program?

    Principals and site administrators play an important role in the RE Program. Administrators support Resident Educators and mentors with relevant professional development activities in the mentoring years that ensure successful RESA completion during the performance years. Administrators also work with the Program Coordinator and district/school administrators to develop, implement and evaluate effective local resident educator programs A supportive building administrator plays a key role in matching Resident Educators with mentor teachers, providing specific feedback and guidance, and being accessible and responsive to the individual needs of these new teachers. For more information on the role of the principal, please see the RE Program Planning and Evaluation Tool and the Resident Educator Program Standards. Also, refer to your local RE Program policies and procedures.

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Program Coordinator Questions

    Is a school or district required to designate a program coordinator?

    Yes. To participate in the program as a program coordinator, an individual must be selected by the district or school to serve in this capacity and be assigned the “Coordinator-Resident Educator Role” in the Ohio Education Directory System (OEDS).

    ODE staff communicates on a regular basis directly with program coordinators to ensure they have the most up-to-date information about the Resident Educator program. Therefore, Program Coordinators must verify that their email address in their SAFE account is accurate.

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    Can a district choose not to register a Resident Educator who meets eligibility requirements for the Resident Educator Program?

    No. Ohio Revised Code 3319.223 states that each district shall provide the Resident Educator Program for four years to those teachers who hold the Resident Educator License or the Alternative Resident Educator License; and that teachers holding a Resident Educator License shall participate in the teacher residency program. Additionally, districts should have specific Resident Educator Program policies and procedures in place approved by local boards of education outlining this requirement. In rare cases where a Resident Educator may have a serious, extended family crisis, military deployment or medical situation, program coordinators are encouraged to work with ODE Resident Educator staff to discuss available registration options.

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    What type of training is required for Program Coordinators?

    There is no required training for Program Coordinators. They are encouraged to review all information provided for Program Coordinators on the Resident Educator website located here.

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    Why are local policies and procedures important to local Resident Educator Programs?
    Having written RE Program policies will support decision making by the program coordinator for implementation of the local RE program. Written policies and procedures provide consistency in decision making around your Local Resident Educator Program. Please refer to the Planning and Evaluation Tool here as a resource for guidance in planning and evaluating a local Resident Educator Program.

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Licensure

    Can teachers earn credit for teaching experience toward residency?

    Individuals with out-of-state teaching experience, Teach for America experience in another state or Ohio teaching experience under certain circumstances may be given consideration for teaching credit toward the Resident Educator Program. Go here to learn more about why and how program coordinators may grant credit to educators who have teaching experience outside of the teacher residency program.

     

    Teachers who come to Ohio with three or more years of teaching experience out-of-state should work with the Office of Educator Licensure to determine if they are eligible to apply for the 5-year professional educator license. Please go here to learn more.

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    How is credit granted for prior years of teaching?

    The employing district/school’s program coordinator must verify teaching experience with the assistance of the teacher. All Resident Educators begin in Year 1 of the program, even if they are granted credit for prior teaching experience. Before beginning the Resident Educator program, those educators who have teaching experience outside of the Ohio Resident Educator program may be eligible for one or two years of credit for teaching experience, beginning in 2009. Program Coordinators are able to enter teaching credit for Resident Educators directly in the CORE registration system.

     

    Resident Educators with one or two years of credit are eligible to be registered for the summative assessment in Year 2 of the program. Further guidance about credit for teaching experience toward residency is found here. Directions for entering credit are included in the CORE Registration directions located here.

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Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)

    How many times can an educator take the Resident Educator Summative Assessment?

    Resident Educators are permitted three opportunities to pass the Resident Educator Summative Assessment 

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    What counts as an “attempt” to pass the RESA?

    An attempt will be counted if a Resident Educator is eligible for the RE Program and is in Year 3 or beyond and has not yet passed the RESA, or for those taking RESA with prior teaching credit.

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    When and how can the educator prepare for the Resident Educator Summative Assessment?

    Resident Educators begin preparing for the RESA on the first day of their teaching experience. This preparation continues throughout Years 1 and 2 of the Resident Educator Program. Resident Educators work with their mentors to reflect on teacher work that shows the continual implementation of the “Plan, Teach, Assess, Reflect, Revise” teaching-learning cycle and demonstrating use of authentic teacher work such as lesson plans, data analysis and student assessment data analysis.,

    The 2017-2018 Ohio RESA Guidebook, available at www.ohioresa.com  guides RESA candidates through the process by providing detailed instructions on how to complete the RESA and the domains that are used with this performance-based assessment.

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    When will I get the results from my RESA?

    The 2017-18 RESA score reports will be sent to candidates by May 15, 2018. 

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