Resident Educator FAQs

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 will now be 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

    Not Eligible

    • Non-chartered non-public schools

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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.

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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 should 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).

    NOTE: Any Resident Educator who did not complete the Year 1 required tools and processes (including the Year 1 Formative Progress Review) 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?

    REs must successfully complete a summative assessment. REs 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.

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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?
    Eligibility requirements to participate in the RE Program are outlined under Section 1: Resident Educator Program and Processes of this FAQ document. Educators 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. Ohio Resident Educator Program mentors should:

    1. Meet all of the following qualifications:
      • Five-year Professional License OR two-year Provisional License that has been renewed two or more times;
      • Five years of teaching experience; and
      • Recent classroom experience within the last five years.
    2. Complete the school or district application process.
    3. Be selected by the school or district to attend state-sponsored mentor training.
    4. Successfully complete both Instructional Mentoring (IM) and Resident Educator-1 (RE-1) state-sponsored mentor training.

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

    Yes, however, the role of the mentor in the Ohio Resident Educator Program differs from Year 1 to Years 2-4. Since the Resident Educator’s first year of teaching is critical, structured mentor support and guidance will be provided in Year 1. Though REs are required to be assigned a mentor in Years 2-4, differentiated support may be provided in those years. Information about types of differentiated support can be found at the Year 2 RE PD Planning link, located  on the Resident Educator webpage.

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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?

    Yes. As part of the Resident Educator registration process, it is required that each RE’s mentor be identified in the CORE system by the Program Coordinator.

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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 mentors to become certified?

    Mentors must successfully complete both Instructional Mentoring (IM) and Resident Educator-1 (RE-1) state-sponsored mentor training to become a certified mentor.

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    When are IM and RE-1 training sessions for mentors available?
    IM and RE-1 trainings are scheduled from June through November in locations across the state. The state’s STARS system provides information on dates and locations.

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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 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.

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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.

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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 that role 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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    What are RE program coordinators’ reporting responsibilities at the end of the year?

    Program coordinators are responsible for completing the following processes at the end of the year:

    • Ensuring that mentors and REs complete the Formative Progress Review (FPR); and
    • Providing confirmation in CORE that all program requirements have been completed.

    Guidance documents and webinars to assist program coordinators with completion of these processes are available on the Resident Educator webpage.

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    What are RE program coordinators’ responsibilities for REs in Year 2 of the program?
    Program coordinators have the same responsibilities in Year 2 as they did in Year 1 (e.g., assigning a mentor; planning, implementing, and reporting on the program). As part of the program planning process, program coordinators must plan for appropriate professional development for REs who are in Year 2 of the program, including determining what kind of differentiated support Year 2 REs should receive. Information about types of differentiated support can be found at the Year 2 RE PD Planning link, located on the Resident Educator webpage.

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Licensure

    Where is the Resident Educator license application located?

    The contact number for educator licensure is 877-644-6338.

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    What if I am not able to complete the Ohio Resident Educator Program within the four year life of a resident educator license or alternative resident educator license, because I was not employed as a teacher during all four of those years? Is there a procedure for renewing or extending one of these four year licenses?
    A resident educator license or alternative resident educator license may not be renewed, but there is a provision in law (ORC 3319.22) for these licenses to be extended on a case-by-case basis as necessary to enable the license holder to complete the Ohio Resident Educator Program. Due to the fact that many newly licensed teachers do not obtain teaching positions right away, or may not be employed as a teacher for a continuous four years, it is likely that there will be many people in this situation. A specific procedure will be developed by ODE and the State Board of Education in the future for extending a resident educator license or alternative resident educator license, since these licenses will not begin to expire until June 30, 2015.

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Career Tech

    Does the Ohio Resident Educator Program apply to career-technical teachers?
    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 obtain either a Resident Educator license or an Alternative Resident Educator license.

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    When does a career-technical teacher begin the RE program?
    Career-technical teachers begin the Resident Educator program in the first year of teaching.

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    Can a career–technical supervisor become a mentor?
    The mentoring process 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 is in an evaluative capacity in any way for the RE, then the supervisor cannot act as a mentor.

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Last Modified: 4/19/2013 2:27:39 PM