Continuing Ed Committee  

  • The local Continuing Education Committee of the Cloquet Public School District #94, is established according to the Minnesota Board of Teaching Rules Chapter 8710, for the purpose of evaluating continuing education activities, granting appropriate clock hours for those activities, and recommending renewal of five-year continuing or professional teaching and support service licenses.  It is understood that the purpose of continuing education is to enhance the capabilities of the professional educator in performing assigned professional responsibilities.  All activities for which clock hours are granted must address standards in Minnesota Rules 8710.2000.  Except for individuals holding life licenses, all individuals with continuing or professional licenses are subject to the Board of Teaching continuing education rules.

    Contact Committee Chair, Jill Elwood, for information on issues concerning CEUs at [email protected]


    REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSE RENEWAL

    Clock hour means an hour of actual instruction, or planned group or individual professional development activity as approved by the local continuing education/relicensure committee.

    Renewal clock hours. The local relicensure committee must verify that the applicant has completed 125 approved clock hours; applicants must include in their 125 clock hours instruction or other professional development activities which address:

    • positive behavioral intervention strategies
    • accommodation, modification, and adaptation of curriculum, materials, and instruction to appropriately meet the needs of varied students in achieving graduation standards
    • further reading preparation,
    • recognizing the key warning signs for early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents in students.
    • Integrate technology effectively with student learning to increase engagement and student achievement.
    • ****Evidence of work that demonstrates professional reflection and growth in best teaching practices.

    Clock hours must be earned in two or more categories in items A - I. (Categories B-I: 1 hr = 1 clock hr)

    • A. Relevant coursework completed at accredited colleges and universities. (Copies of transcripts and grade reports must be submitted.) 1 qtr. hr. = 16 clock hours     1 semester hr. = 24 clock hours
    • B. Educational workshops, conferences, institutes, seminars or lectures in areas appropriate to license held.
    • C. Staff development activities, in-service meetings, and in service courses.
    • D. Site, district, regional, state, national, or international curriculum development.
    • E. Engagement in formal peer coaching or mentorship relationships with colleagues
    • F. Professional Service
    • G. Leadership Experiences
    • H. Opportunities to enhance knowledge and understanding of diverse educational settings
    • I. Pre-approved travel or work experience:

    An applicant requesting renewal of license to teach must earn a minimum of 125 clock hours during each 5-year licensure period from July 1 of the year of issuance to June 30 of the year of expiration. An applicant may not bank renewal clock hours for purposes of relicensure, but clock hours earned after an application for renewal has been submitted may be applied to the next renewal period.

    An applicant who seeks renewal of a continuing license for two or more areas shall allocate at least 30 clock hours to each of the licensure areas for a total of no fewer than 125 clock hours, with priority given to work in areas where the candidate is employed during the licensure period. An applicant who holds an administrative license or licenses may allocate units for the renewal of teaching licensure in this same manner.

    The Relicensure Committee shall not grant clock hours for experiences that are primarily for personal rather than professional improvement or for experiences that duplicate other granted clock hour experiences without new or enhanced professional development value.

    New Continuing Education Requirement as of July 1, 2012
    State board of Teaching has an additional requirement for renewal of MN Teaching License.
    “This requirement is a written work which demonstrates professional reflection and growth in best teaching practices. This must include a reflective statement of professional accomplishment and the applicant’s own assessment of professional growth…”

    In an attempt to make this requirement as clear and efficient as possible, the Continuing Education Committee has created a template for your use, to be attached to the written piece.

    Who must meet this requirement?
    All individuals who hold a five-year professional license and who were employed as a teacher during any part of the five year period immediately preceding the license renewal such as:

    • Full-time licensed teachers
    • Long-term substitute teachers, who have taught more than 15 consecutive days in a teaching assignment during any part of the five-year period.

    Who is exempt from this requirement?

    • Licensed teachers who have not taught within the five-year renewal period immediately preceding license renewal.
    • Licensed school administrators, included principals, who have not taught for any portion of the five-year renewal period immediately preceding license renewal.
    • Licensed related services personnel (social workers, school psychologists, counselors, speech-language pathologists, school nurses)

    What criteria meets the requirement?

    A written statement prepared by the teacher that demonstrates reflection on their professional accomplishments and includes a self-assessment of their professional growth using one of the following types of evidence:

    • Support for student learning
    • Use of best practices techniques and their applications to student learning
    • Collaborative work with colleagues that includes examples of collegiality
    • Attested-to committee work, collaborative staff development programs, professional learning community work (PLCs)
      • Continual professional development
      • E.g. job-embedded or other ongoing formal professional learning, including coursework

    When should this requirement be met?
    One may meet the requirement any time during the five-year renewal period immediately preceding license renewal. The reflective statement must be submitted in compliance with the local committee procedures. It is suggested that the teacher engage in ongoing reflective practices that culminate in a statement for license renewal.

    How will this requirement be evaluated?
    The Continuing Education Committee will verify the completion of the reflection by:

    • Noting it has been submitted
    • Noting it has met the requirements listed above

    The teacher may submit additional materials including lists of experiences or certificates of completion but these are only supplementary to the written statement. There is no minimum or maximum length for the reflective statement as long as the requirements are met.

    Additional notes:

    • Teachers in the active process or who have achieved National Board Certification during any time of the five-year renewal are exempt.
    • The requirement applies to teachers with MN teaching licenses living out of the state if they have been teaching at any time during the 5 years preceding the renewal date.

    The written statement belongs to the teacher and will be returned to the teacher by the Continuing Education Committee. It will NOT be shared with other district employees, nor administration, without the teacher’s consent.