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The most effective teachers teach from the heart - through this program, you can fill your classrooms with those individuals.
Do you have an incredible school staff person who simply doesn't have the financial or time capability to pursue traditional teacher certification? The Professional Innovators in Teaching alternative certification and endorsement program supports passionate educators within your school to obtain proper credentials, immediately allowing you to fill high-need positions and prioritizing real-time instruction without taking teachers out of the classroom.
Host schools must provide a candidate-assigned mentor, who has achieved a highly-effective rating as part of Michigan’s educator evaluation system.
Host school culture and climate must provide evidence of significant student achievement in classrooms of at-risk students, and possess commitment to leadership, effective feedback and dialogue.
Candidates' first year in this teacher alternative certification and endorsement program will include a combination of facilitated learning through workshop training, real-time classroom instruction, and ongoing feedback from your cohort coach. After successful completion of their first year in the program, they will have the opportunity to participate in quarterly cohort network meetings. These meetings will provide a valuable network of their peers to support them in what we know to be the hardest time of their career as they become a seasoned and highly-effective teacher who loves their job.
Program participants will immediately receive an Interim Teaching License upon acceptance, kicking off a year-long apprenticeship.
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An ideal candidate-assigned mentor has achieved a highly-effective rating as part of Michigan’s educator evaluation system; demonstrated experience as a mentor and evidence of success in the role is preferred, and a novice in the position must be supported by an experienced mentor for the first year.
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Our program works collaboratively with each host school to ensure candidates are fully immersed
All host schools must apply and provide assurances of research based practices to ensure candidate support and inclusion in a mission driven culture of performance. Host schools must provide documentation of an existing coaching and mentor model inclusive of the educator evaluation process and approach to professional development and the qualifications of a chosen mentor. Further, a district must provide a Letter of Commitment to the values and principles of the program which are inclusive of having a strong culture of coaching, feedback and investment in individualized development.
The cost of the 3-year inclusive program is $7,500, plus associated testing fees. It is recommended that host schools embrace creative financial solutions to reduce the burden of responsibility for the candidate or reimburse candidates for these costs. The program is compatible with statute required professional development and offers value-added leadership development for mentor coaches and PLC leaders.
Begin filling your classrooms with passionate and well-rounded educators today by applying to be a host school with the program. If you have a candidate you feel would make an amazing teacher that you are willing to support in this program, please inform them to visit our Candidate page and apply when the January 2020 cohort applications open in early July.