Message from the President
As we enter the final countdown to our year, I want to say “Thank you!” to those who have supported our efforts to make inroads with our contract on your behalf. Nobody really wants negotiations to last until April or May each year, however, we found the Instructional evaluation language was something we had to fight for. It is job security and financial gain for some 5200 of you. We feel comfortable with what was agreed upon through mediation, and look forward to tying up some loose ends with the evaluation process rather quickly for this next year. We also want to say “Thank you!” to our SRP, who, even though settling their own contract earlier in the year, stood in support of our Instructional brothers and sisters.
During this year end time of testing, please be aware of and adhere to testing guidelines. If you have a question, contact your administrator or this office for guidance.
Finally, upon completion of this year, get away from the hectic schedule you’ve been forced to maintain, and enjoy some time with family and friends. Rest your mind as well as your body. Let’s gear up emotionally over the summer to make 2019-2020 the best year yet!
See you in August.
Don Peace, President
House Bills (HB) 7069 and 7055 require changes to reading instruction policies at both the district and state level. Two such requirements pertain directly to reading endorsement: HB 7069 states that by July 1, 2020, retained students shall be provided with a teacher who is certified or endorsed in reading and HB 7055 states that by the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, intensive reading interventions must be provided by a teacher who is certified or endorsed in reading.
HB 7055 requires that any teacher who is providing intensive interventions to any K-12 student in reading must be certified or endorsed in reading. If you are a teacher who provides intensive interventions to students in reading, you will need to be certified or endorsed in reading by the 2020-2021 school year. This includes ESE teachers who are providing small group interventions. Intensive interventions would also include teaching ESY Summer Reading Camps and providing interventions to students identified to receive Tier 3 supports in reading. This applies to both elementary and secondary teachers.
The District is offering five reading endorsement courses three times a year (summer, fall, and winter) to provide an opportunity to add the endorsement to teaching certificates. To receive the endorsement, teachers must complete courses that develop their understanding of the foundations of language, research of best practices, assessment, and differentiation in reading, as well as a semester practicum. Once all five courses are successfully completed, teachers can add the endorsement to their certificate. Courses 1-4 can be taken in any order; course 5 can only be taken once Courses 1-4 are complete. Courses 1-4 are online and course 5 is offered face-to-face. You may take the courses you need to complete the endorsement through the District even if you took courses elsewhere. The District is also currently trying to create additional avenues to complete the reading endorsement.
Courses for the summer will open at Midnight on May1st. Fall courses will be listed in the back to school communication. Registration for all courses is through myPGS. If the course is full, please make sure you waitlist so the District can determine the need for additional sections. According to the District, if you cannot find the course on myPGS, it's because both the course and the waitlist are full. If you find this to be the case, please send an e-mail to your business rep for your worksite so USEP can also communicate the need.
The reading endorsement must be completed and added to a teacher's certificate by July 1, 2020. If the endorsement is not completed by July 1, 2020 and the teacher is serving a 3rd grade retained student in the year of retention OR is providing intensive interventions in reading, the teacher will be tagged out of field.
FDOE certification can review transcripts to determine if any of your previously taken reading courses can be applied towards an endorsement. Information can be found at: http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/. Unfortunately, reading certification is not a tested certification but a result of graduate study, so going through the District reading endorsement program is the most cost-effective and timely way for teachers to meet this requirement should it impact them.
If you have a master's degree in reading and have added reading certification to your teaching certificate, then it is not necessary for you to obtain a reading endorsement. Please note that you need to pass the FCTE in reading K-12 to add the master's degree to your certificate.
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