Educator Certification Renewal Information
RIDE announced in the December 21, 2018 Field Memo that new renewal requirements will go into effect beginning January 2020. These educators will be the first who will be required to earn Professional Learning Units (PLUs) for recertification. To this end, the following information outlines the responsibilities and supports for navigating this new renewal process:
Noted in RIDE’s PLU guidance document, in order for educators to earn PLUs, LEAs will approve professional learning activities which meet one or more of the following categories, Subject matter/content knowledge and skills; Pedagogical knowledge or pedagogical content knowledge and skills; Curriculum implementation knowledge and skills; Enhance educator effectiveness.
To encourage cohesive systems of professional learning that support educators, the regulations also require that LEAs create professional learning plans (PL Plans). These plans will identify those local professional learning opportunities offered to educators, in addition to the LEA’s PLU approval process.
While each LEA will support professional learning opportunities at their level, every educator is required to keep track of their own PLUs, both the activities offered within and outside of the LEA. RIDE has provided a sample PLU tracker, both in Word and Excel versions, for educators to use, if one has not already been provided by the LEA (e.g. the Frontline Professional Growth platform). This tracker, at a minimum, will provide a record of educators’ approved PLU activities for recertification, including information such as the professional learning provider, dates, description, and number of PLUs earned.
If, over the course of an educator’s renewal period, an individual separates from their LEA or switches to another LEA, RIDE has also provided a process for verifying PLUs earned during time worked in the former LEA. This process includes the PLU Verification Form, which will be initiated by the educator.
We encourage all educators in RI to review the YouTube video which RIDE has created to explain the process for all educators who are up for renewal in 2020. An email to all educators up for renewal in 2020 will be sent from the eCert system to notify them whether or not PLUs will be required based on the status of the individual’s work history. In addition, there is an updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document which addresses common questions we have received regarding these new certification regulations.
For questions regarding certification, please email email@example.com. For specific questions regarding professional learning, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clare Arnold, Assistant Superintendent