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LAKE COUNTY SCHOOLS








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Superintendent

Susan Moxley, Ed.D


ake County Schools



School Board Members


Debbie Stivender -Chair

Rosanne Brandeburg -Vice chair

Kyleen Fischer

Tod Howard

Jim Miller









Learning Resource Center

510 S. Palm Avenue

Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida 34737

(352) 742-6900

FAX (352) 324-3072

Email: oldhamc@lake.k12.fl.us
Professional Development Department
Cele Oldham

Program Specialist
The Lake County School District affirms adherence to equal access / equal opportunity in accordance with the provisions of the Florida Educational Equity Act and all other relevant state and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, age, veteran status, disability, or marital status against a student or employee is strictly prohibited. The Equal Opportunity supervisor responsible for compliance is Becky Nelsen, and she may be contacted at (352) 253-6500.
2011 - 2012
GUIDELINES FOR THE

Lake County Public Schools

ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM



MISSION

Lake County Public Schools System is committed to providing the best educational opportunities for all students. The Alternative Certification Program (ACP) philosophy is based on a deep commitment to student achievement by providing high quality professional development for the teachers through a quality competency based program. The goal of the ACP is to expand the pool of educators to include non-education majors committed to making a positive impact on student achievement and providing quality educational opportunities.


Lake County Public School System has designed ACP in accordance with Section 1012.56 (8) Florida Statutes.
“… each school district must provide a cohesive competency-based professional preparation alternative certification program by which members of a school district’s instructional staff may satisfy the mastery of professional preparation and education competence requirements specified in this subsection and rules of the State Board of Education. Participants must hold a state-issued temporary certificate. A school district shall provide a competency-based alternative certification preparation program developed by the Department of Education or developed by the district and approved by the Department of Education.”

LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ACP COMPONENTS



SURVIVAL TRAINING is provided during the initial year of teaching, along with after-school workshops and support staff assistance.
SEMINARS are designed to provide an understanding of the ACP tasks and to provide assistance in the development of skills and knowledge in order to demonstrate effective teaching behaviors.
ONLINE CURRICULUM in Professional Preparation content has been developed by the Florida Department of Education to provide in-depth, in-time learning experiences for the acquisition of professional education competencies.
FOR-PD is an online staff development project designed to help teachers improve reading instruction for learners in grades PreK-12.
PRE-ASSESSMENT is offered to determine the learning needs of each teacher.
INDIVIDUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS outline the structured learning experiences for each teacher.
SUPPORT TEAMS are provided to coordinate and support the professional development of the teacher. Mentors provide face-to-face feedback and assistance throughout the learning experience. Evaluators score the rubrics and provide written feedback on the assessment tasks. Mentors and Evaluators are principal recommended—many are National Board Certified Teachers.
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT provides a standards-based method of determining mastery of the professional education competencies.

PROGRAM PARTICIPATION

The ACP is designed to offer the non-education major, who holds at least a bachelor’s degree, the opportunity to be trained as an educator. After completing the ACP and passing the tests required by the state, the candidate may seek a professional certificate.


The Lake County ACP is a two-year process that includes survival training and assistance in the demonstration of the Professional Education Competencies (PEC) during the first year of employment under the guidelines of the Teacher Orientation Program. During the second year of employment, a teacher may apply for the Alternative Certification Program (ACP). Applications are available through the Staff Development Office.


QUALIFICATIONS
In order to qualify for the Lake County Schools ACP, the applicant must:


  • be a paid, second year instructional employee of Lake County School Board in a teaching assignment that does not vary from day to day (at least half-time or its equivalent).




  • hold a three-year temporary teaching certificate from the Florida Department of Education.




  • have at least a bachelor’s degree and meet the subject area requirements in a subject area for which a professional certificate may be issued.




  • have completed the Teacher Orientation Program (TOP) by successful demonstration of the Professional Education Competencies (PEC).




  • have received passing scores on the General Knowledge Test and Subject Area Exam.




  • obtain the signature of the hiring principal on the ACP Application as agreement to coordinate the ACP on site.




  • Submit the ACP Application and application fee as an agreement of participation.


SCREENING

Current second-year Lake County instructional employees, who are non-educational majors, may be interviewed and screened for interest and appropriate placement in the ACP.



PROGRAM PROCEDURES





  • The Human Resource Services Office identifies employees who qualify for the ACP.




  • Eligible teachers must attend a 2-hour orientation session to receive an application, timelines, and guidelines. A choice of sessions will be offered.



  • The teacher obtains the signature of the hiring principal as agreement to coordinate the ACP on site. The teacher signs the completed application for Lake ACP as an agreement of participation. The completed application and application fee are forwarded to the Office of Staff Development.




  • Applicants are interviewed and screened for appropriate placement in the program.




  • Evaluators and other support staff members must complete ACP evaluator training.




  • Approved candidates will commit to paying the published fees for the ACP.




  • The participant will attend a 2-day summer course to receive guidance on the online curriculum and assistance in completing the ED-Ventures© Assessment System.




  • The ACP participants will complete Florida Online Reads-Professional Development (FOR-PD).




  • The ACP participants complete a self-assessment based on the FEAP.




  • ACP participants will list Alternative Certification as both the professional and student goals on their Individual Professional Development Plan. Upon conclusion of the ACP program, whatever weaknesses remain shall be identified as the ACP teacher’s needs for the following year’s Individual Professional Development Plan.




  • ACP participants will attend additional monthly support seminars (mandatory).




  • The ACP participant must successfully complete the 23 assessment tasks of the ED-Ventures© Assessment System online curriculum.




  • ACP participants must successfully take the Professional Education Exam and provide verification of passing scores to the Human Resource Services department.




  • Upon portfolio completion, a final support meeting is held to sign off on the documentation record (Summative Assessment).




  • After verification of successful completion, the Director of Staff Development signs the participant out of the ACP and forwards the Verification of Completion of an Alternative Certification Program form to the Human Resource Services department.




  • The Human Resource Services department verifies the passing of the participant’s Professional Education Exam and secures the Superintendent’s signature on the Verification of Completion of an Alternative Certification Program, which is forwarded to DOE, along with test scores required, for issuance of the regular professional certificate.


LENGTH OF ACP
The ACP is designed as a one-year program. A participant may be allowed to continue into the following year, under justifiable circumstance, (i.e., serious illness, catastrophic event), and with BOTH director of Staff Development and School Principal approval, and providing their 3-year temporary teaching certificate hasn’t expired.
The participant will write a letter to the Director of Staff Development describing the circumstance requiring an extension. The letter must be signed by the participant, the evaluator, and the principal. The Director of Staff Development must approve the extension and set a new end date.

SUPPORT TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES

The Administrator who signs the application is the administrator who serves on the support team. The administrator’s responsibilities include:



  • Attend all updates regarding current guidelines and procedures.

  • Sign the application

  • Review ACP teacher’s self-assessment instrument at the beginning of the ACP program.

  • Perform periodic classroom walk through to monitor successful classroom performance.

  • Ensure that the portfolio is submitted for the annual audit.

  • Make the final decision regarding ACP completion, obtain all signatures, and submit the Documentation of Accomplished Practices.

The Evaluator responsibilities include:



  • Provide evidence of Clinical Educator and Coaching & Mentoring training.

  • Participate in ACP Evaluator training.

  • Maintain mentor log

  • Conference with Alternative Certification Mentor on a frequent and consistent basis.

  • Review and assist Alternative Certification teacher with portfolio documentation.

  • Score tasks in timely manner and return to Alternative Certification Program teacher.

  • Document submissions of tasks and complete final documentation record.

  • Schedule and complete observation tasks as required in the assessment system.

  • Sign, date, and submit all appropriate paperwork.

  • Attend Alternative Certification Program Evaluator meetings and provide input.

The Coach responsibilities include:

  • Provide evidence of Clinical Educator and Coaching & Mentoring training.

  • Attend a mandatory Alternative Certification Program Coach training.

  • Maintain mentor log

  • Conference with Alternative Certification Program Evaluator on a frequent and consistent basis.

  • Coordinate weekly face-to-face meetings with ACP participant to provide support and feedback.

  • Conference with Alternative Certification Program teacher a minimum of once per week.

  • Serve as a role model by modeling effective teaching and communications skills.

  • Provide support and assistance to the Alternative Certification teacher in completing and revising assessment tasks.

  • Review and assist Alternative Certification Teacher with portfolio documentation.

  • Schedule and complete observation tasks as required in the assessment system.

  • Sign, date, and submit all appropriate paperwork.

  • Document submission of assessment tasks and complete final documentation record.



PROGRAM COMPONENTS




Entry Level Assessment & Competency Demonstration

All participants will have successfully completed the Teacher Orientation Program and the demonstration of the Professional Education Competencies (PEC). Several entry-level assessments are provided during the first year. In addition, a self-assessment by the participant will provide a starting point for the ACP program. Participants will be required to successfully satisfy all requirements for the Summative Decision for Professional Certification. Evidence of the demonstration of the Accomplished Practices will be assessed through portfolio documentation through both product and performance assessments.




Assistance Delivery
Lake County Schools will be utilizing the delivery system developed by the Florida Department of Education, as well as required seminars to assist participants in successfully completing the Alternative Certification Program.
Participants will be provided online curriculum, textbooks, self-assessment instruments, and seminars to assist with the knowledge and skills needed to complete required tasks. Online and on the job assistance will be provided by the support staff. The Staff Development Department will provide trained instructors to provide assistance through seminars.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Phase I

  • The ACP teacher will attend ACP 2-day summer training session and begin work on EdVentures© course content.

  • The ACP teacher will conduct a self-assessment.

  • The program coordinator will assemble the support team members.

  • The ACP evaluators and coaches will attend ACP training.

  • The administrator will conduct a pre-observation conference and review the self-assessment.

  • The support team will hold a post-observation conference to write the IPDP to assist teacher with professional development goals and with annual yearly progress in mind for their current class or classes.

  • The ACP teacher will attend monthly support seminars.

  • The support team will meet with the ACP teacher weekly to assist with completion of tasks.

  • The ACP teacher will complete eleven tasks.

  • The ACP teacher will observe an exemplary teacher.

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Phase II

  • The ACP coach will meet with the ACP teacher weekly to assist with completion of tasks.

  • The ACP teacher will continue working productively on the product and performance-based assessment tasks.

  • The ACP evaluator will assess, score, and return assessment tasks in a timely manner.

  • The ACP teacher will attend monthly support seminars.

  • The ACP evaluators and coaches will attend update meetings as scheduled.

  • The ACP teacher will complete a minimum of six additional tasks.

  • The ACP teacher will observe an exemplary teacher.

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Phase III

  • The ACP coach will continue to meet with the ACP teacher weekly to assist with completion of tasks.

  • The ACP teacher will continue to attend monthly support seminars.

  • All remaining assessment tasks will be completed.

  • If not already done, FOR-PD will be completed.

  • The administrator will review the portfolio documentation of the Accomplished Practices to assess successful satisfaction of the requirements for the Summative Decision for Professional Certification or make recommendation to continue program.

  • The support team will document all demonstrated Accomplished Practices and forward the Documentation Record to the office of Staff Development.

  • The ACP teacher will make preparation to take Professional Education Exam.

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PROGRAM COMPLETION
Successful Lake County Public Schools ACP completion will be based on all of the following:

  • Successful completion of Florida Online Reads – Professional Development (FOR-PD)

  • Submission of complete competency portfolio

  • Written verification from the ACP support team and administrator of successful comprehensive competency demonstration

  • Passing scores on Professional Education Exam

  • Fulfillment of all financial commitments to the Alternative Certification Program and the Lake County School Board.


APPEAL PROCESS
A participant who is unsuccessful in completing the Lake County Public Schools ACP may appeal by:

  • Submitting a written request to the principal for a review and for reconsideration of the decision within ten days of receiving notification of unsuccessful completion.

  • Submitting a written request to the principal for a meeting with the support team to review all materials in the portfolio within 10 days after the principal’s decision not to grant a review. If the review does not result in overturning the original non-completion determination, the decision stands.

  • Submitting a written request to the Superintendent. After review of the portfolio and other supporting documents, the Superintendent may or may not grant program completion.


CERTIFICATION
In order to obtain a State of Florida Professional Certificate, the participant must:

  • Meet requirements for a three-year temporary certificate in an area in which the Department of Education offers certification

  • Successful completion of Florida Online Reads – Professional Development (FOR-PD)

  • Successfully complete the Lake County ACP

  • Pass the Florida Professional Educator Examination

  • Pass the Florida Subject Area Examination

  • Meet other requirements of law

  • Complete the certification application and submit with the appropriate fee.

  • Satisfy items as required by DOE Statement of Eligibility.


PROGRAM EVALUATION
Evaluation of the Lake County Public Schools ACP will be based on the following:

  • Annual audit of participant portfolios

  • Participant surveys

  • Administrator surveys

  • Assessment data comparison of ACP teachers and traditional certification teachers

  • Evaluation of employment status of participants over three years period.



1/19/2017


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