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State Board News March 2012

State Board Asked to Adopt New Professional Learning Standards

Based on recommendations from the Professional Development Audit Task Force and PD Work Groups, in April the State Board will consider adopting the Learning Forward [formerly known as National Staff Development Council] Professional Learning Standards.

These standards replace those developed by NSDC in 1994.  The content of the two sets of standards is almost identical, but the number and format are different.  The State Board endorsed the older set of standards several years ago.

The new standards all begin with the same stem:  “Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students

·         occurs within learning communities committed to continuous improvement, collective responsibility, and goal alignment.

·         requires skillful leaders who develop capacity, advocate, and create support systems for professional learning.

·         requires prioritizing, monitoring, and coordinating resources for educator learning.

·         uses a variety of sources and types of student, educator, and system data to plan, assess, and evaluate professional learning.

·         integrates theories, research, and models of human learning to achieve its intended outcomes.

·         applies research on change and sustains support for implementation of professional learning for long-term change.

·         aligns its outcomes with educator performance and student curriculum standards.”

Additional recommendations from the two groups are the basis of a framework for revising professional learning and licensing regulations.  The framework is being used by KSDE staff to begin drafting more complete proposals, which will need to be translated into regulatory language and moved through the process of regulatory approval.  The approval process alone takes at least 4-6 months.

It is anticipated that the earliest any changes would go into effect would be the 2013-14 school year.  Watch State Board News for updates on the framework as they become available.

KNEA members who served on the PD Audit Task Force were the late Walter Carter, Blue Valley NEA; Jeff Eastman, Bluestem TA; Anna Moon Bradley, Marais des Cygnes Valley TA; Michele Peres, UTW; and Peg Dunlap, Director of Instructional Advocacy.

KNEA members who served on the PD Work Groups were Ann Addison, Olathe NEA; Pam Bales, Mill Creek Valley EA; Dustin Bender, North Cloud EA; Anna Moon Bradley; Joe Dreiling, Plainville KNEA; Taylor Dunham, NEA Topeka; Jeff Eastman; Thomas Fulbright, NEA Topeka; Bev Furlong, Gardner-Edgerton NEA; Denise Kendall, Eudora NEA; Jenna Kuder, Olathe NEA; Jacob Linnell, NEA KCK; Stacy Novak, Pike Valley EA; Blake West, Blue Valley NEA; and Peg Dunlap.

Licensure Regulation Hearing Date Set

The State Board will hold a public hearing on a proposed change to a licensure regulation on Tuesday, June 12 at 1:30 pm at KSDE headquarters in Topeka.

The proposal removes the sunset date from section (f)(3) of 91-1-209, Additional Endorsements.  The effect of this would be to continue to allow Kansas license holders to add endorsements by passing the Praxis content assessments.

The State Board will accept comments on this proposal now through the public hearing.

In other action, the State Board:

·         Learned that requests from McPherson, Clifton-Clyde and KCK to use different assessments for AYP were approved by the US Department of Education for grades 8-12 but not for grades 3-7

·         Approved 37 licensure waivers, 1 mathematics, 2 science, 34 special education

·         Approved recommendations from the Evaluation Review Committee

o   Benedictine College, new Teacher Leader program approved with stipulation through 12/31/13

o   Fort Hays State University, new ESOL program approved with stipulation through 12/31/13

o   Central Christian College, continuing accreditation through 12/31/16

·         Approved recommendations from the Licensure Review Committee to approve 11 requests and deny 4 requests

·         Approve a recommendation from the Professional Practices Commission to issue a license provided all requirements are met

·         Approved requests for bond elections from

o   USD 263, Mulvane

o   USD 381, Spearville

o   USD 448, Inman

o   USD 508, Baxter Springs

·         Heard an update on Emergency Safety Intervention [seclusion and restraint]

Two Changes Impact April SBOE Meeting

The April State Board meeting will be the third Tuesday and Wednesday in April, the 17th and 18th.  The first day will be in Topeka and the second day will be the Board’s annual visit to the Kansas School for the Blind and the Kansas School for the Deaf, both in the Kansas City area.

Meeting agenda and materials should be available on the KSDE website no later than Monday, April 9.

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