Resident Educator FAQs

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General Questions

Mentor Questions

Mentor Training

Principal Questions

Program Coordinator Questions

Licensure

Career Tech


General Questions

    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;
    • Be responsible for planning and delivering standards-based, preK-12 curriculum to students and evaluating their progress;
    • Work 120 days as defined by Ohio Revised Code; and
    • Be assigned an ODE-certified, trained mentor by their employer.

    Note: Teachers hired as tutors are considered eligible if they meet the above criteria.

    Teachers who are deemed not eligible based on the above criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis, upon request from the employer. Such requests should be submitted in writing to REProgram@education.ohio.gov. Schools/districts that hire out-ofstate or Teach for America teachers with one or two years of previous experience should contact ODE RE program staff for guidance.

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    What schools/districts are required to participate in the RE Program?

    Required

    • Chartered school districts
    • Chartered community schools
    • Chartered non-public schools
    • State-supported schools with special purpose programs (Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities; Ohio School for the Deaf; Ohio State School for the Blind; Department of Youth Services)

    Eligible (but not required)

    • Private pre-schools
    • Adult corrections facilities
    • Non-chartered non-public schools
    • Scholarship providers

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    What are the steps to begin implementation of the RE program?

    Orientation

    ODE requires all districts to register Resident Educators in the fall of each school year and provide a Resident Educator program orientation. A Resident Educator orientation Power Point is available on the ODE Resident Educator web page: Resident Educator webpage. It is strongly recommended that program coordinators, mentors and principals also view this presentation.

    Registration

    Resident Educator program coordinators must register Resident Educators and their mentors in the Connected Ohio Records for Educators (CORE) system. If you are not able to access CORE, please contact your school/district Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS) administrator to have the role of “Coordinator- Resident Educator Program” assigned to you. Go here for more information.

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    What is the time span of the Resident Educator program?

    The Resident Educator program is a four-year program.

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    What is the purpose of the RE program planning tool?

    The RE program planning tool assists districts in self-assessing their programs to set program goals and measure progress toward meeting its goals. The program planning tool may be completed every year and is available in the CORE system.  

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    When does the Resident Educator registration process begin?

    Registration will be available through CORE beginning in September of each year. Registration must be completed by November 15 of each year.

    NOTE: Each Resident Educator must be registered in CORE each year he/she participates in the program (i.e., Resident Educators who are in the first year of the program must be registered as Year 1 REs; Resident Educators who are in the second year of the program must be registered as Year 2 REs, and so on).

    NOTE: Any Resident Educator who did not complete the Year 1 required tools and processes may not be registered as a Year 2 Resident Educator in CORE. He/she must be registered as a Year 1 Resident Educator.

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    Are there any exams to take at the end of the RE program?

    Resident educators must successfully complete a summative assessment. Resident educators may prepare for and take the assessment in Year 3 of their program. More information about the summative assessment can be found on the Resident Educator webpage here.

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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 who meet the eligibility requirements are required to participate and complete the Ohio Resident Educator Program in order to advance to the five-year professional license.

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

    The program is portable from one school to another school or to another district. The RE program coordinator must complete a “Transfer of Records Form” (available here: Resident Educator webpage ) and provide a copy to the Resident Educator who is transferring. REs are responsible for keeping all documentation of the work they have completed with their mentors (e.g., lesson plans, collaborative logs, etc.)

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

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

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    How will ODE keep schools and districts informed about the RE Program throughout the year?

    Updates are provided in the weekly email from the State Superintendent to schools and districts and in the ongoing e-mail updates sent by ODE to all RE program coordinators. To ensure that program coordinators receive all updates, anyone serving in that role must first be assigned that role in the Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS) by their school/district OEDS administrator. Program coordinators should contact their district technical staff to ensure their contact information is up-to-date in OEDS. Information and updates about the RE program will be also provided on the Resident Educator website as News on the left side of the pages.

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Mentor Questions

    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. Along with these qualifications, the school/district may have additional requirements such as a mentor application process or targeted training. To participate in the program as a mentor, individuals must meet the qualifications specified by the program.  These indlude that mentors must:

    • Possess, or have previously held (for retired teachers), the five-year professional license;
    • Complete the district application process and be selected to serve; and
    • Attend, and succesfully complete, RE Mentor Academy Day 1 and RE Mentor Academy Day 2.

    New mentors to the Resident Educator program are required to successfully complete the face-to-face two-day mentor academy to receive mentor certification.  Registration is open in STARS through the SAFE account; search keywords mentor academy, RE mentor academy, mentor training, or RE mentor training.

    For certified mentors trained prior to June 1, 2015, an online module titled Mentor Refresh is availalbe to update the mentor on program requirements.  

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

    Mentoring is only required during the first two years of the program.

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    With how many REs can each mentor work?

    Mentors should be assigned Resident Educators as appropriate for their schedules. Full-release mentors can mentor multiple Resident Educators. Full-time classroom teachers usually work with a single Resident Educator. Schools and districts retain the discretion to make mentor assignment decisions.

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    Are mentors required to register in the state’s CORE system?

    As part of the resident educator registration process, program coordinators select the assigned mentor for each resident eudcator in the CORE registration system.  

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    Can administrators serve as mentors?

    No, unless the administrator who is the mentor is NOT the evaluator of the RE for the purpose of employment. The mentoring process is for the purpose of professional growth and eventual professional licensure, not an evaluative process for the purpose of employment. Every effort should be made to keep the formative assessment occurring in the RE Program separate from the teacher evaluation conducted by the site administrator. For more information on the role of the principal in the RE Program, please see the RE program standards for the Resident Educator webpage.

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Mentor Training

    What training is required for new mentor certification?

    New mentors to the Resident Educator program take two days of face-to-face training; RE Mentor Academy Day 1 and RE Mentor Academy Day 2.  These trainings replace the former IM and RE-1 trainings. Registration is open in STARS through the SAFE account; search keywords mentor academy, RE mentor academy, mentor training, or RE mentor training.

    For certified mentors trained prior to June 1, 2015, an online module titled Mentor Refresh is availalbe to update the mentor on program requirements.  

      

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

    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 $85 regardless of location. The training fee includes materials and lunch. Check the contact information for the specific session provided on STARS for information about how the payment is to be made and to whom. ODE does not receive any of these funds. Do not make a payment to or draw up purchase orders for ODE.

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    Can a program coordinator or administrator attend training and then train the mentors in the district?
    No. Each mentor in the Resident Educator Program must attend required training led by state trainers to become certified.

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    Are additional mentor trainings available to mentors?
    Yes. Additional optional mentor trainings are provided throughout the year. More information is available on the Resident Educator webpage.

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    Are any district personnel (other than mentors) required to take any training?

    No, however the state encourages school and district personnel involved in the Ohio Resident Educator Program to review the resources and materials that are available to support their program (See SECTION 9: Resources).

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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. For more information on the role of the principal, please see the Resident Educator program standards. In addition, a principal orientation Power Point is available here: Resident Educator webpage. Additional in-depth training is available for principals throughout the year and is posted on STARS.  Go here to learn more about the role of Principals and Site Administrators.

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Program Coordinator Questions

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

    YES. 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. Resident Educator program coordinators are responsible for:

    1. planning, implementing, and reporting on the Resident Educator program;
    2. communicating Resident Educator program information to any teacher(s) who may be eligible for the Resident Educator program; and
    3. registering Resident Educators in the state’s CORE system.

    Go here to learn more.

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    How can RE program coordinators be added to the OEDS database to ensure that they receive up-to-date information about the program?

    Anyone serving as a RE program coordinator must first be assigned the role of Coordinator-Resident Educator Program in the Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS) by their school/district OEDS administrator. This information then pre-populates the state’s RE program coordinator list serve. Updates on the RE Program are provided through this list serve. Program coordinators should work with their technical staff to ensure their contact information is updated in OEDS.

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Licensure

    How do I apply for a resident educator license or alternative resident educator license?
    The first step in applying for a resident educator or alternative resident educator license is to apply for a SAFE account by accessing the SAFE link at the top of education.ohio.gov. In addition to the last four digits of the applicant’s Social Security number, the applicant will need either an Ohio driver’s license number or state of Ohio identification number (available from an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office). Those without one of these two forms of identification will find instructions in the SAFE creation menu about uploading another acceptable form of identification.
     
    Once the SAFE account is validated, applicants should log into SAFE and verify that their email addresses are entered correctly. Once logged into SAFE, they can begin an application by accessing ODE.CORE and the My Educator Profile licensure system. You can complete your profile in the My Information section and start your application in the My Applications page, both of which are accessible from the top left drop-down menu.
     
     

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    How do I extend, advance or renew my resident educator or alternative resident educator license?

    Please see this Web page for more information.

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Career Tech

    Does the Ohio Resident Educator Program apply to career-technical teachers who hold a Resident Educator License?

    The Ohio Resident Educator Program uses the same procedures and protocols for career-technical teachers as it does for all other teachers. Career-technical teachers who hold a Resident Educator license complete four years of the Resident Educator Program including two years of mentoring support.  

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    When does a career-technical teacher who holds a Resident Educator license begin the RE program?

    Career-technical teachers who hold a Resident Educator license begin the Resident Educator Program in the first year of teaching.

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    Does the Ohio Resident Educator Program apply to career-technical teachers who hold an Alternative Resident Educator license?

    Forthcoming

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    When does a career-technical teacher who holds an Alternative Resident Educator license begin the Resident Educator Program?

    Forthcoming

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    Can a career–technical supervisor become a mentor?

    The mentoring process in the Resident Educator Program is for the purpose of professional growth and eventual professional licensure, not an evaluative process for the purpose of employment. If a career-technical supervisor serves in an evaluative capacity in any way for the resident educator, then the supervisor cannot act as a mentor to that same resident educator.

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Last Modified: 7/13/2015 1:21:03 PM