Professional Development Activities - Illinois Council on Continuing

SB 578: Professional Development and Renewal
Jeffrey A. Aranowski, Division Supervisor
Public School Recognition/Office of the General Counsel
Illinois State Board of Education
General Renewal Requirements for PELs
Professional Development Activities
Approved Providers
Failure to Complete Professional Development
Lapsed Licenses
◦ One-hundred twenty (120) hours of PD per five year cycle
NBPTS Teachers
◦ Sixty (60) hours of PD per five year cycle
◦ Validity period aligned with NBPTS designation
No reductions for advanced degrees
Applicable Endorsements: any teaching endorsement on a PEL
Administrators & Teacher Leaders
◦ One-hundred (100) hours of PD per five year cycle; and
◦ One (1) Illinois Administrators’ Academy (IAA) course
during each fiscal year of administrative employment
◦ Current administrators must complete one IAA course
during FY 2014
◦ Applicable Endorsements: general administrative, principal,
superintendent, chief school business official, director of
special education, and teacher leader
School Service Personnel
◦ One-hundred twenty (120) hours of PD per five year cycle
◦ If IDFPR licensure is held, the applicant is deemed to have
fulfilled all professional development requirements
◦ Applicable Endorsements: school counselor, school social
worker, school psychologist, school nurse, and nonteaching speech and language pathologist
◦ A Teaching Speech and Language Pathologist endorsement
may be exchanged for a Non-Teaching Speech and
Language Pathologist endorsement through April 30, 2014
Educators working in a position 50% or more for any
particular year must complete the relevant renewal
If endorsed in more than one area, renewal requirements
must be completed for the position in which the educator
spends the majority of time working.
Beginning with his or her first full 5-year cycle, any licensee
with an administrative endorsement who is not working in a
position requiring such endorsement shall complete one (1)
IAA in each 5-year renewal cycle in which the administrative
endorsement was held for at least one year
Professional development activities shall align with one or
more of the following criteria:
◦ (1) activities are of a type that engage participants over a
sustained period of time allowing for analysis, discovery, and
application as they relate to student learning, social or emotional
achievement, or well-being;
◦ (2) professional development aligns to the licensee's performance;
◦ (3) outcomes for the activities must relate to student growth or
district improvement;
◦ (4) activities align to State-approved standards; and
◦ (5) higher education coursework.
Only activities offered by approved providers will count for
renewal purposes if they meet at least one of the following
◦ (1) Increase the knowledge and skills of school and district
leaders who guide continuous professional development;
◦ (2) Improve the learning of students;
◦ (3) Organize adults into learning communities whose goals
are aligned with those of the school and district;
◦ (4) Deepen educator's content knowledge;
◦ (5) Provide educators with research-based instructional
strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic
◦ (6) Prepare educators to appropriately use various types of
classroom assessments;
◦ (7) Use learning strategies appropriate to the intended
◦ (8) Provide educators with the knowledge and skills to
collaborate; or
◦ (9) Prepare educators to apply research to decision-making
Within 60 days of the conclusion of a PD activity, licensees
must enter the following in ELIS:
The Name of the activity
Location of the activity,
Number of PD hours
The provider’s name.
IAA courses will be entered by the provider, not by the
State Board of Education
Regional offices of education and intermediate service centers
Public school districts, charter schools, cooperatives/joint
Regionally accredited Illinois higher education institutions
that offer educator preparation programs
Illinois professional associations representing the following
groups that are approved by the State Superintendent of
◦ School administrators, principals, school business officials,
teachers (including special education teachers), school
boards, school districts, parents, and school support
Align professional development activities to the Learning
Forward State-approved national standards for professional
Meet the professional development criteria for Illinois
licensure renewal;
Produce a rationale for each activity that explains how it
aligns to State standards and identify the assessment for
determining the expected impact on student learning or
school improvement;
Maintain original documentation for completion of activities;
Provide license holders with evidence of completion of
Annually submit to the State Board of Education a list of
subcontractors used for delivery of professional development
activities for which renewal credit was issued and other
information as required.
To determine continued renewal, annually submit data to the
State Board of Education demonstrating how the professional
development activities impacted one or more of the following:
◦ (a) educator and student growth in regards to content
knowledge or skills, or both;
◦ (b) educator and student social and emotional growth; or
◦ (c) alignment to district or school improvement.
For any renewal cycle in which PD hours were required but
not fulfilled, the educator must complete by September 1 of
the renewal year any missed hours to total the required
For any fiscal year or renewal cycle in which an administrator
or Teacher Leader was required to complete one or more
Illinois Administrators’ Academy (IAA) courses, but did not,
that individual must complete the IAA course(s) by September
1 of that year.
Licensees may complete all deficient hours and IAA courses
while continuing to work in a position that requires that
license until September 1 of that year.
If PD opportunities were unavailable to a licensee, proof that
opportunities were not available and a request for an
extension of time beyond August 31 to complete the renewal
requirements may be submitted between April 1 and June 30
of the renewal year to the State Educator Preparation and
Licensure Board (SEPLB).
If an extension is approved, the license will remain valid
during the extension period.
Licenses must be renewed and registered between April 1 and
June 30 of the final year of the cycle.
Licenses that are not renewed by September 1 of the first
fiscal year of the new cycle will lapse.
Licenses that are not registered six months after the last date
of registration will lapse on December 31 of that year.
A PEL may be reinstated by the licensee by:
◦ Paying a $500 penalty fee; or
◦ Completing nine (9) semester hours of college coursework
from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
in a content area related to the educator’s endorsement
Licensure and renewal questions:
◦ [email protected]
General information and updates:
For a copy of this presentation:
◦ [email protected]

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