Ohio’s Resident Educator Program Changes 2017 – 2018

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has changed the requirements for completing the mentoring and assessment years of Ohio’s Resident Educator Program. These changes reflect feedback received from Ohio’s educators and legislative requests to simplify the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) requirements. For the 2017-2018 school year, beginning teachers with resident educator licenses will complete mentoring requirements and/or the RESA, depending upon their licensure year. Teachers will still become eligible for their professional teaching license once they pass the RESA and complete four years of the resident educator program, including instructional mentoring requirements, new focused mentoring requirements, and any local requirements. This bulletin includes information on all years of the program and includes pathway information for those teachers who did not successfully pass all RESA tasks prior to the 2017–2018 school year.

 

RE 1 and RE 2 Mentoring Requirements for the 2017–2018 School Year

Teacher residency continues to include mentoring in the first two years of the program. In years 1 and 2, the program continues to be organized around formative assessment practices and Instructional Mentoring activities, and now also includes Focused Mentoring. All Instructional Mentoring and Focused Mentoring activities and requirements continue to be locally determined and developed.

 

Focused Mentoring

Focused Mentoring is a new component of the formative mentoring years. Focused Mentoring is specific and targeted to address teacher competencies Ohio previously measured in the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) prior to 2017-2018. Through Focused Mentoring, teachers will demonstrate their competency in these targeted skill areas at the local level rather than the state level. Focused Mentoring occurs in two parts:

  • Focused Mentoring I: targets skills previously assessed in the RESA Professional Growth and Communication task.
  • Focused Mentoring II: targets skills previously assessed in the RESA Formative and Summative Assessment task.

All Focused Mentoring activities are locally determined and designed, and should be based upon the individual needs of the resident educators.

 

Instructional Mentoring

Through Instructional Mentoring activities, Resident Educators work collaboratively with their Mentor to engage in activities that use self-assessment, goal-setting, reflection, and decision-making practices to demonstrate effective use of authentic teacher work such as lesson planning, data analysis, and analysis of student work and assessments. Instructional Mentoring activities should be based on the individual needs of the Resident Educator. Resident Educators meet annual requirements collaboratively with their Mentor, through discussions and feedback about self-assessment, goal-setting, instructional planning, observations for learning, and analysis of student learning.

The following graphic explains Resident Educator year one (1) and year two (2) requirements:

 

Requirement

RE 1

RE2

Self-Assessment (may use OTES self-assessment)

X

X

Goal-Setting or Improvement Plan (may use OTES professional growth plan or improvement plan)

X

X

Instructional Mentoring I: complete the Teaching and Learning Cycle (plan, teach, assess, reflect and revise)

X

Instructional Mentoring II: complete the Teaching and Learning Cycle (plan, teach, assess, reflect and revise)

X

Focused Mentoring I: (Professional Growth and Communication activities)

X

X

Focused Mentoring II: (Formative and Summative Assessment activities)

X

 

Please note:

  • RE 2s must complete both Focused Mentoring I and Focused Mentoring II.
  • All Instructional Mentoring and Focused Mentoring activities are locally determined and developed.
  • Current mentoring training remains valid for the 2017–2018 school year. (Mentors do not need to be retrained.)
  • Instructional Mentoring activities may continue to be documented on the Collaborative Log or other locally developed form.
  • Focused Mentoring activities may be documented on the Focused Mentoring Activity Template that is provided on the ODE website, or other locally developed form.

 

Year 3 Resident Educator Requirements for the 2017-2018 School Year

Resident Educators in Year 3 will continue to take and submit the RESA. The RESA has been restructured from four (4) tasks to one (1) task. Year 3 Resident Educators must also complete Focused Mentoring I and Focused Mentoring II. The RESA will continue to be scored by assessors. Focused Mentoring I and Focused Mentoring II activities will be completed locally and documented as completed within the CORE system. The most current information about the RESA can be found at http://www.ohioresa.com. Please note the following about the restructured RESA:

  • The RESA consists of one task called the Lesson Reflection.
  • RESA candidates will submit an electronic portfolio that includes: a teaching and learning context form, a video recording of their lesson, and a video and commentary reflection form.
  • RESA takers will respond to eight (8) prompts about the video submission that will require them to analyze their planning and lesson content decisions, and to reflect on the overall success of the lesson.
  • The Lesson Reflection is due by January 19, 2018.
  • Score reports are scheduled to be released May 15, 2018.
  • Candidates must be registered in CORE by their program coordinators by November 15, 2017 to take the RESA.
  • Districts/schools have the option to exempt first-time RESA takers from the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System.
  • RESA candidates work with a facilitator.

The following graphic details the 2017 – 2018 Year 3 Resident Educator Requirements:

 

 Year 3 Resident Educator Requirements

Take and submit the restructured RESA Lesson Reflection task by January 19, 2018.

Complete locally determined and designed Focused Mentoring I and Focused Mentoring II activities.

 

 

Resident Educator Year 4 Requirements (passed RESA) for the 2017-2018 School Year

If the Resident Educator has passed the RESA, they will engage in leadership exploration activities that are determined and developed locally. Upon documentation of completion of those activities, four years of teaching on the Resident Educator license, and the successful completion of the RESA, the teacher can prepare to advance to the five-year professional license.

 

Pathways for Teachers with a Prior RESA Attempt for the 2017-2018 School Year

Please see the graphic below for information for teachers who did not pass all portions of the RESA prior to the 2017–2018 school year.

 

CircumstancePathway
Passed Task 1 or 3 and passed Task 2, 5, and 5*Has met all 2017–2018 RESA requirements
Passed Task 1 or 3 and did not pass Task 2, 4, and/or 5*Must complete focused mentoring on tasks that have not been passed (2, 4 and/or 5* only)
Did not pass Task 1 or 3 and did not pass Task 2, 4, and/or 5*Take and submit the 2017–2018 RESA and complete focused mentoring on tasks that have not yet been passed (2,4 and/or 5*)
Did not pass Task 1 or 3 but did pass Tasks 2, 4, and/or 5Take and submit the 2017–2018 RESA

 

*Individuals who were required to take Task 5 and were unsuccessful must now participate in focused mentoring on the use of student feedback to improve climate and practice.