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Ohio Resident Educator Program

Program Overview 

The Ohio Resident Educator Program is a four year induction system of support and mentoring for new teachers. Successful completion of the Resident Educator Program is required to qualify for a five-year professional educator license in the state of Ohio.

For the 2015-2016 school year, the Ohio Department of Education has updated the Resident Educator Program and the Resident Educator web pages to reflect legislative revisions included in the 2015-2016 budget bill. Resident Educators and Mentors will notice updates that include:

  • A flexible program that allows for more local decision making
  • A streamlined set of tools and resources
  • Greater alignment between the Resident Educator Program and the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System

Go here for more details about the Ohio Resident Educator Program revisions.


For Resident Educators

Resident Educators work collaboratively with their Mentor to complete the RE Program requirements through self-assessment and goal setting; demonstrating the use of authentic teacher work such as lesson planning, data analysis, assessment for reflection; and successfully completing the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) to advance to a Five Year Professional License.

Resident Educators meet the annual requirements through collaborative discussions that include feedback from their Mentors about:

  • Self-assessment
  • Goal-setting
  • Instructional planning using authentic teacher work such as lesson plans and assessments
  • Observations for learning
  • Analysis of student learning using student work and assessments

Go here for more information about the program for Resident Educators.


For Mentors

State-trained Mentors provide ongoing instructional support to Resident Educators through differentiated mentoring models.  Local school districts must ensure that mentors complete the state mandated, two-day Mentor Academy Trainings. To participate in the program as a Mentor, individuals must meet the qualifications specified by the program.  These include that mentors must:

  • Possess, or have previously held (for retired teachers), the five-year professional license
  • Complete their local district application process and be selected to serve
  • Attend, and successfully complete, RE Mentor Academy Day 1 and RE Mentor Academy Day 2.


For Mentors trained prior to June 1, 2015, an online module titled Mentor Refresh is available. Mentor Refresh includes all program updates and the new Mentor Tool Kit.

After successful completion of state-sponsored mentor training, Mentors are matched with Resident Educators (REs) and are expected to provide standards-based mentoring support to Resident Educators.

Go here for more information about Resident Educator Mentors.


Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)

The RESA is a performance-based assessment that a Resident Educator must successfully pass. Resident Educators must take the RESA in their third year of the program. The RESA requires Resident Educators to demonstrate their ability to design and implement instruction that engages students in complex thinking and uses formative and summative assessments to inform their teaching practices. Teachers must pass the RESA before they can apply for a Five Year Professional Teaching License.

Teachers completing the RESA work with a trained Facilitator who is provided by a local school district. Facilitators:

  • Facilitators are experienced, licensed, educators who understand the content and processes of the Resident Educator Program
  • Facilitators are selected by their schools or districts
  • Facilitators must complete the required online, two-hour Facilitation Training.

Please note that the RESA is managed through Educopia at the Ohio RESA website. Go here to access the most current information about RESA.

For additional information about the RESA, please go here.


Resident Educator, Year 4

In year four of the Resident Educator Program, the Resident Educator will:

  • participate in professional development and leadership roles as designated by their local school district
  • re-take any deficient portions of the RESA (if applicable)
  • complete Resident Educator program requirements then apply for the 5-year professional license which includes securing the signatures of the mentor and superintendent or designee


Suggestions for Local Associations

  • Continue to review all documentation related to the Resident Educator Program and any current mentoring language in your contract to ensure compatibility
  • Participate in the district decision making processes related to the selection/creation of forms, processes, and activities for Resident Educator Years 1, 2, and 4.
  • Take an active role in the Mentor and Facilitator selection process and locate regional mentoring training sessions
  • Follow-up to ensure that all Mentors have received and completed mandated state in-person trainings and that all Facilitators have completed mandated state on-line training
  • Advocate for district support of Mentors and Resident Educators, with attention paid to time for collaboration
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