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					Houston Independent School District




A    A l t er n a t i v e
    C C er t i f i c a t i o n
        P Pr o g r a m




    Intern Handbook
        Cycle 28
       2007 – 2008



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   Houston Independent School District

               2006 Board of Education
                 Diana Dávila, President
     Manuel Rodríguez Jr., First Vice President
      Harvin C. Moore, Second Vice President
           Arthur M. Gaines Jr., Secretary
         Greg Meyers, Assistant Secretary
                      Kevin H. Hoffman
                       Dianne Johnson
                   Natasha M. Kamrani
                     Lawrence Marshall

Abelardo Saavedra, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools

   Karen Soehnge, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer
           Office of Academic Services




     Houston Independent School District
   Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center
              4400 West 18th Street
           Houston, Texas 77092-8501

           Web site: www.houstonisd.org

         It is the policy of the Houston Independent School
         District not to discriminate on the basis of age,
         color, handicap or disability, ancestry, national
         origin, marital status, race, religion, sex, veteran
         status, or political affiliation in its educational or
         employment programs and activities.




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                     Houston Independent School District
                     ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM


                                 Mission Statement

The mission of the Alternative Certification Program of the Houston Independent
School District is to recruit, train, and support qualified degreed professionals so
that critical shortage teaching vacancies in the Houston ISD schools are filled with
high quality personnel.


               ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM STAFF

                                      Director
                                     Karen Owen

                                     Managers
        Lidia Gazdyszyn      Sharon Lekawski  Randal Jones         Loretta Shaw

                                     Supervisors

      Felicia Arnic                Viveca Grant               Denise Shaver
      Tamika Cooks                 Cynthia Jones              Donna Shanklin
      Ellie Colvin                 Chaney Ledet               Junetta Slaughter
      Tina Elzy                    Ann Mayfield               Irma Villarreal
      Wally De Covarrubia          Mireta Ortiz               Billy Williams
      Felicitie Fisher             Carol Payton               Cedric Williams
      Gregory Granger              Iris Reyes


                                   Grant Supervisor
                                     Jonett Miniel

                             Master Teacher Technology

                 Joe Chase                          Jennifer Johnston


                                   Office Personnel
      Pat Ashley                    Elizabeth Cisneros        Amy Thompson
      Alicia Brown                  Sharon Kittrell           Carol Warren


                        Web Site: http://dept.houstonisd.org/acp
                       Telephone: Main Number (713) 802-6850;
                                 Fax: (713) 867-5297
                         Location: 300 West 17th Street, 77008



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                             GENERAL INFORMATION

The Alternative Certification Program was established in 1984 by the 68th Legislature
in House Bill 72. In this bill, the State Board of Education was directed to provide for
the certification of individuals who meet certain requirements, including a year’s
internship in a public school. HISD began its Alternative Certification Program in
1985-1986.

Since then, the HISD Alternative Certification Program has certified more than 4,000
teachers, librarians, and educational diagnosticians. The program has been
extremely successful in recruiting a diverse teacher population in the critical
shortage areas, such as elementary bilingual, special education, math, science, etc.
The HISD Alternative Certification Program interns have outperformed their
counterparts from the universities and other alternative certification program.

                             CERTIFICATES OFFERED

              •   EC - 4
                    Generalist
                    Bilingual Generalist
                    ESL Generalist

              •   4-8
                    Generalist
                    Bilingual Generalist
                    ESL Generalist
                    English Language Arts and Reading
                    English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies
                    Mathematics
                    Mathematics/Science
                    Science
                    Social Studies

              •   8 -12
                      Computer Science
                      English Language Arts and Reading
                      French
                      German
                      History
                      Latin
                      Life Science
                      Mathematics
                      Physical Science
                      Science
                      Social Studies
                      Spanish

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                EC-12 CERTIFICATES

•   Special Education EC-12
•   Art EC-12
•   Music EC-12
•   Dance 8-12
•   Theatre EC-12
•   Health EC-12
•   Physical Education EC-12
•   Technology Applications EC-12


               OTHER CERTIFICATES

•   Business Education 6-12
•   Marketing Education 8-12
•   English as a Second Language Supplemental
•   Gifted and Talented Supplemental




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                                    INTERNSHIP


Duration of Internship - Interns serve their internship for one school year,
beginning at their time of placement in a classroom as teacher of record. Interns
must be a full-time teacher in the same certification area in which they were
accepted into the program. Interns may be extended for a second year with approval
of the ACP Director.


Legal Status - An intern is considered a “teacher of record” with all rights, privileges
and responsibilities of any other first year teacher in Texas [Texas Education Code
13.306(2) and Code 13.037(a)]. A person who has been admitted into an alternative
certification program is viewed as having the same first year probationary status as a
teacher who has successfully completed all the requirements of an approved
teacher education program at an institution of higher education. Alternative
certification teacher status is recognized by Texas law and code as being one that
affords those individuals hired by a district all the benefits of any other probationary
teacher within the district.

A person in an alternative certification program who has taken and passed the
appropriate Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) content exam is
considered a “Highly Qualified Teacher” under The No Child Left Behind Act.

Contract Status – HISD will issue one-year contracts to the ACP interns once the
intern is hired.

Communication - Interns are expected to check their e-mail daily and the ACP web
site weekly for any schedule changes, etc. Interns will also use the web site to
download the TExES Study Guides. The web address is
http://dept.houstonisd.org/ACP.




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                STATE BOARD FOR EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION
                                (SBEC)


Educator Profile – All interns entering an Alternative Certification Program are
required to go the SBEC web site, www.sbec.state.tx.us and build an Educator
Profile. This will need to be completed in order to register for TExES exams and
apply for required certificates. Identity information must match government ID
exactly (driver’s license, passport etc.).


Probationary Certificate - An intern is given a one-year probationary certificate by
the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). Each intern will complete the
application form for this 1-year certificate prior to entering the classroom. Each intern
will pay the $52.00 fee on line with a credit card.


   •   The State Board for Educator Certification requires all applicants for an initial
       credential to be fingerprinted as part of a national criminal background check.
       Each applicant will be required to submit a Federal Bureau of Investigation
       (FBI) fingerprint card bearing his or her fingerprints to SBEC. The applicant
       may choose to have roll and print or digital fingerprints completed. We
       recommend the digital service.

       Interns should follow the process below:

   •   SBEC will require all applicants that choose to use the vendor to pay their
       fingerprinting fees ($47) online.
   •   The applicant will be required to pay their fingerprint fees (online) prior to
       being able to use the vendor’s digital services.
   •   The applicant will receive an email from SBEC that will contain a document
       (FAST pass) that will allow them to use the vendor’s digital services.
   •   The applicant will be required to make an appointment with the vendor and
       present the document (FAST pass) at their fingerprint appointment.
   •   Applicants will be required to pay the vendor a fee of $9.95 for the
       fingerprinting service.


Standard Certificate – An intern is eligible to apply for their Standard Certificate
once all ACP benchmarks have been completed and the intern has been
recommended for certification by their principal and the ACP Director.




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                                  BENCHMARKS

 Methodology to Assess Intern Growth                       Assessment Tool
     Prior to Classroom Assignment
Completion of field experience activities     Activity checklist
Self-assessment of lessons presented          Lesson cycle evaluation form
Teacher observation of lessons presented      Lesson cycle observation form
Completion of Pre-assignment Training         Training card and sign- in sheets
Completion of pre-assignment coursework       Informal grade report from the
meeting grade requirements                    university and/or TFA
           Mid-Year Evaluation
Completion of on-going training hours         Training card and sign-in sheets
Completion of semester 1 portfolio projects   Portfolio projects with video
Completion of 2 Substitute Day                Substitute day forms
Observation requirements
Completion of semester 1 mentor/intern        Observation forms
release time observations
Feedback from Supervisor                      Supervisor observation forms
Feedback from Principal (or designee) –       Observation forms
may be walkthroughs or formal
observations, announced or unannounced
           Prior to Certification
Completion of ongoing coursework              Transcript
meeting grade requirements
Feedback from Supervisor                      Supervisor observation forms
Feedback from Principal (or designee)         Observation forms
Completion of remaining training hours        Training card
Completion of all portfolio projects          Portfolio projects
Completion of mentor/intern release time      Observation forms
observations
Passing scores on all required TExES and      TExES and TOPT results
TOPT exams
Satisfactory Teacher Appraisal                Evaluation forms
Recommendation for certification by           Principal recommendation form
Principal
Recommendation for certification by HISD-     Certification recommendation letter
ACP Director


        HABITUAL FAILURE TO MEET ACP BENCHMARK DEADLINES
              MAY LEAD TO TERMINATION OF THE INTERN.




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                      APPROXIMATE COSTS FOR INTERNSHIP
                           (after program acceptance)


Registration fee for university coursework (1-time fee)          $ 35.00

Probationary Certificate                                         $ 52.00
(A second probationary certificate may be required
 for participants who enter the internship during the
 school year).

Fingerprinting                                                   $ 47.00

University coursework                                            $ 300.00 per course
(3-5 courses depending on area of certification)

Textbooks                                                        $ 400.00 approx.

TExES and TOPT Tests                                             $   82.00 per test
(number of required tests vary according to certification
area)

Application for certification                                    $   77.00



Interns will receive an internship salary during their ACP internship year that is
$3,750 less than the salary of a certified teacher. The program fee is paid by payroll
deduction over 22 paychecks. Salaries are distributed over 12 months and teachers
receive 26 paychecks.

If an intern is extended for an additional year, it will cost the intern $1,500 through
payroll deduction.


Interns who leave the program before completion must pay all or a portion of the
programs fees based on the following:

       Resignation Date                            Amount Owed
       Orientation – September 15                  $1, 250.00
       September 16 – November 15                  $2, 500.00
       After November 15                           $3, 750.00




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                              EMPLOYMENT PROCESS

•   All interns will be responsible for applying and interviewing for teaching positions
    in their certification area.
•   Participation in the HISD-AC Educator Preparation Program does not guarantee
    the intern a job. Principals in HISD are responsible for the staffing of their
    building.
•   HISD-ACP will notify interns of job fairs they are eligible to attend.


Procedures when hired in HISD

Once an intern is offered a teaching position in HISD, the following paperwork needs
to be completed:
             Principal Intent to Hire
             Principal Commitment Form

The above forms may be obtained at either the ACP Intake Office or ACP Training
Office. Completed forms should be returned to the ACP training office as soon as
possible. It is recommended that the intern “walk” the paperwork through. This will
ensure that all necessary information has been submitted in a swift and timely
manner.


Procedures when hired outside of HISD

The intent of the HISD-ACP is to prepare teachers for HISD; however we do
understand that interns may look at other school districts. If an intern is looking
outside of HISD, the teaching position must be at an accredited public, private or
charter school and in their certification area. If the school is outside of the greater
Houston area the intern will need to have approval from the program before
accepting the position.

Interns hired outside of HISD should call the ACP Training Office and make an
appointment to meet with the Special Projects Manager. At the appointment the
intern will receive an information packet and forms that will need to be completed by
the intern and the hiring school district.


Procedures for interns with no job offer

Interns who do not have a position when school starts should continue to look and
interview. It is recommended that they continue taking the UST coursework and
attend the fall on-going training. Interns without a teaching position will not be able
to take the PPR. Once hired by a school, the supervised internship will begin.
(Also see Reactivation page 13).



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                    GENERAL POLICIES AND GUIDELINES

Absence                   Interns are expected to attend all training sessions as
                          scheduled. If interns are ill or cannot attend for any reason,
                          they must contact the ACP office prior to the training and
                          notify the office about why they are missing the training.
                          ALL missed training must be made up by the deadline date
                          or interns may be dismissed from the program. The make-
                          up training should match the topic that was missed. The
                          sign-in sheets are auditable by the State Board for Educator
                          Certification and are part of the requirements for
                          certification. Interns should not ask for exceptions.

                          Interns are expected to attend the entire training session.
                          Interns leaving early, without prior approval from the
                          Program Director or Manager, may be dismissed from the
                          program.

                          During pre-assignment training, interns who miss one
                          training session may be placed on probation in the program.
                          Interns missing two or more sessions may be dismissed
                          from the HISD Alternative Certification Program. If there are
                          extenuating circumstances, an intern must meet with the
                          Program Director or Manager.

                          During on-going training, interns missing more than two
                          nights of training may be prohibited from taking the TExES
                          certification test(s) as scheduled.


Benchmarks                Interns must meet all benchmark deadlines. Failure to do
                          so may be cause for dismissal from the program. If an
                          intern is dismissed from the program they will no longer be
                          allowed to continue in the classroom as the teacher of
                          record.

Change of Certification   Interns must contact the ACP Intake Office and have their
                          transcripts re-evaluated before they may change their
                          certification area. The cost of re-evaluation is $15.00.
                          Additional content training and university courses may be
                          required in order to meet the new certifications
                          requirements. Change may also require an extension in the
                          program at a cost of $1,500.

Children                  Due to limited space and safety concerns, children are not
                          permitted at training. Interns need to make other
                          arrangements for childcare.

Communication             Interns need to stay abreast of all ACP activities and due
                          dates. There are several means of communication available

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                      to assist all interns, including the master calendar, e-mail,
                      the ACP web site, telephone, and the ACP office. If there is
                      a concern, please do not hesitate to ask for assistance. The
                      ACP staff is here for support.

Course Substitution   Interns may petition for a course substitution if they believe
                      they have already taken one of the required courses. The
                      course must have been taken within the last 5 years, with at
                      least a “B” earned in the course. To petition a course, an
                      intern needs to submit a written request, along with a copy
                      of the university catalog course description and copy of the
                      transcript to the Program Director.

Dress                 Dress is casual, but respectful. While in the schools, interns
                      need to dress as a professional. If in doubt, check with an
                      ACP staff member.

Food/Beverages        Interns may bring food or drinks into the training rooms
                      provided they do not interfere with the learning process
                      and/or participation and provided that the trash is removed
                      from the training room. While in the schools, interns will be
                      notified of specific school policies.

Grades                Interns must maintain a "B" average. The final transcript
                      may have only one "C". If an intern has more than one "C",
                      he/she must take one of the courses over and receive a
                      grade of at least a "B". If an intern has a "W", "D", or "F",
                      he/she must take the course again and receive a grade of
                      at least a "B". If an intern has an "I", he/she has up to one
                      semester in which to complete the course with at least a
                      "B".

Graduate Students     Interns are considered graduate students while attending
                      the University of St. Thomas and must follow the University
                      of St. Thomas (UST) guidelines and policies while
                      attending. For any matters concerning the UST courses
                      (drop, add, etc.), interns should call 713-525-3544.

Name Tags             For security reasons, each intern is to wear his/her nametag
                      during training and while in the school during Integrated
                      Field Experience.

Paperwork             It is extremely IMPORTANT that all required forms are
                      completed and turned in to the ACP office by the due dates.
                      This is necessary for certification documentation.
                      Incomplete or late forms can prohibit an intern from getting
                      certified. ACP files are auditable by the State Board for
                      Educator Certification. It is very important that interns get
                      organized and know when forms are due. If interns have
                      any obstacles preventing the completion of required forms,
                      contact the ACP office immediately. If release-time forms
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                  are not turned in by the fifteenth of the month, building
                  principals will be notified.

Participation     Interns are expected to be active participants during training
                  sessions and university courses. Do not attempt to grade
                  papers or conduct other business during this time. Please
                  turn off all cell phones and pagers, or place them on
                  silent/vibrator mode.

Professionalism   Interns should conduct themselves as professionals at all
                  times. Interns should treat others with the same respect and
                  courtesy with which they want to be treated.

Reactivation      Interns who do not obtain a teaching position by the end of
                  October or who choose to delay their internship may
                  request a move to the next training cycle. Interns must
                  contact the ACP Intake Office and pay a reactivation fee
                  of $50.00. The ACP Intake Office will then notify the
                  training office concerning the intern’s request. Interns must
                  also contact the training office to receive a deficiency plan
                  that outlines the program requirements that must be
                  completed. In order to continue in the program for a second
                  year interns must find a teaching position and complete all
                  benchmark requirements.

                  Reactivation is limited to one cycle only.

Sign–In           Each intern must sign in for himself/herself before each
                  training session. DO NOT sign in for anyone else. Interns
                  must write the time of arrival if it is after the designated start
                  time.

Tardies           Interns are expected to be on time for all training sessions.
                  Allow extra time for traffic, parking, etc. Interns are required
                  to make up all tardies by the deadline date or they may be
                  dismissed from the program. The sign-in sheets are
                  auditable by the State Board for Educator Certification and
                  are part of the requirements for certification. Do not ask for
                  exceptions. Each tardy is rounded up to 15-minute intervals.
                  For example, if an intern was tardy 7 minutes at one
                  session and 9 minutes for another session, that intern
                  would have 30 minutes to make up – 15 minutes for each
                  session. Excessive tardies will not be tolerated and may
                  have a negative impact on certification.

Telephone Calls   All interns are expected to be in their assigned training
                  sessions during training. Avoid telephone calls except in an
                  emergency.




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Test Registration       Candidates that are fulfilling the requirements in an
                        SBEC-approved Texas educator preparation must
                        receive prior approval to register for a certification
                        examination. After acceptance in an educator preparation
                        program, candidates will acquire a unique TEA Test ID
                        number (not your social security number) by creating an
                        online account and setting up an educator profile on the
                        SBEC Web site at www.sbec.state.tx.us or by logging on
                        to an existing account to obtain the TEA Test ID number.
                        Then the candidate may go to www.texes.ets.org to
                        register for only those exams uploaded and approved by
                        the program.

Training Requirements   Interns must successfully complete ALL training
                        requirements. The training has been carefully planned to
                        address the state teacher proficiencies and the TExES
                        competencies, which will assist the intern in the classroom
                        AND prepare them for the certification exams (TExES).




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                                       TRAINING

All training sessions are based on the Texas Teacher Learner-Centered
Proficiencies, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, and the Educator
Standards, all of which form the basis of the TExES exams.

PRE-ASSIGNMENT TRAINING

Pre-assignment training includes all training and university coursework prior to
entering a classroom as teacher-of-record.

   •   Orientation – an information meeting to explain the requirements of the
       program.

   •   TExES Content Training – training to prepare interns for the TExES content
       – certification exam. Interns must pass this exam to be classified as “highly
       qualified” for the No Child Left Behind Act.

   •   Integrated Field Experience – includes the lesson cycle, classroom
       management and classroom observations of an experienced teacher.. The
       interns will complete specific activities, including teaching lessons.

   •   University of St. Thomas (UST) coursework – six to nine semester hours
       will be completed during the summer. Interns must maintain a "B" average.
       The final transcript may have only one "C". If an intern has more than one "C",
       they must take one of the courses over and receive a grade of at least a "B". If
       an intern has a "W", "D" or "F", they must take the course again and receive a
       grade of at least a "B". If an intern has an "I", they have one semester in which to
       complete the course with at least a "B".

   •   Curriculum Training – training for interns to begin learning the HISD CLEAR
       Curriculum, state mandated grade level objectives (Texas Essential
       Knowledge and Skills – TEKS). The interns will also develop activities and
       lesson plans.




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ON-GOING TRAINING

  •   UST coursework - Each intern will take one course during the fall semester
      and one course during the spring semester (except 8-12 interns). A few
      courses are also offered on-line.
      ACP interns participating in Teach for America will take UST courses in the
      fall, spring and complete the course requirements in the summer following the
      internship year.

  •   Interns will attend evening and/or Saturday ACP training sessions as outlined
      on their training calendar. The topics are based on “best practices”, state
      teacher proficiencies, pedagogy, subject content and TExES competencies.
      Interns are required to attend at least one additional training session for each
      certification exam that is focused on TExES preparation. Additional TExES
      review sessions will also be scheduled as needed.

  •   All interns are expected to show competence with instructional technology
      and develop a classroom technology implementation plan.

  •   All interns will complete portfolio projects that focus on teacher self-reflection,
      classroom instruction, and student data analysis.




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                           University of St. Thomas
              Coursework Requirements for Cycle 28 ACP Interns


Course Substitution: Interns may petition for a course substitution if they believe
they have already taken one of the required courses for their certification area. The
course must have been taken within the last 5 years with at least a “B” earned in the
course. To petition a course, the intern needs to submit a written request along with
a copy of the university catalog course description and copy of the transcript to the
Program Director.


EC - 4 Certification:

   Summer I, 2007 :
     EDUC 5370 Curriculum & Instruction in Elementary Reading

   Summer II, 2007: EDUC 5355 The Young Child

   Fall, 2007: EDUC 5377 Emergent Skills

   Spring, 2008: EDUC 5325 Remedial Reading Techniques



Bilingual EC-4 and Bilingual 4-8 Certification:

   Summer I, 2007 :
     EDUC 5314 Theories of Second Language Acquisition
     BIE 5364 Spanish Language Arts for Spanish Dominant Child

   Summer II, 2007: BIE 5362 Techniques of Teaching ESL

   Fall, 2007: BIE 5332 Instructional Strategies for the Content Areas in
                 Bilingual Education

   Spring, 2008: EDUC 5355 The Young Child (for EC-4 Certificate) OR
                 EDUC 5318 Intermediate/Middle School Methods
                   (for 4-8 Certificate)




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4 -8 Certifications (Generalist and Single Subject)

   Summer I, 2007 : EDUC 5380 Reading Skills for Adolescents

   Summer II, 2007: EDUC 5332 Educational Psychology

   Fall, 2007: EDUC 5325 Remedial Reading Techniques

   Spring, 2008: EDUC 5318 Intermediate/Middle School Methods


8-12 Certification

   Summer I, 2007 : EDUC 5380 Reading Skills for Adolescents

   Summer II, 2007: EDUC 5332 Educational Psychology

   Fall, 2007: EDUC 6301 Secondary Methods


English as a Second Language

   Summer I, 2007: EDUC 5314 Theories of Second Language Acquisition

   Summer II, 2007: BIED 5362 Techniques of Teaching ESL

   Fall, 2007: BIE 5336 Instructional Strategies for the Content Area in ESL

   Spring, 2008: BIE 5333 Applied Linguistics


Special Education (PK-12 Certificate):

   Summer I, 2007 :
     EDUC 5320 Exceptionality in Children & Youth

      EDUC 5370 Curriculum & Instruction in Elementary Reading OR
      EDUC 5380 Reading Skills for Adolescents

   Summer II, 2007: EDUC 5322 Theories & Behavior of Emotionally Disturbed

   Fall, 2007: EDUC 5346 Remediation Techniques for the Mildly Disabled

   Spring, 2008: EDUC 5345 Theories and Approaches for Teaching Mildly
                  Disabled Students




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All Level EC-12 Certification (Art, Music, Physical Education, Health, Theatre )

   Summer I, 2007 :
     EDUC 5370 Curriculum & Instruction in Elementary Reading OR
     EDUC 5380 Reading Skills for Adolescents

   Summer II, 2007: EDUC 5332 Educational Psychology

   Fall, 2007: EDUC 6301 Secondary Methods

   Spring, 2008: EDUC 5355 The Young Child


Languages Other than English 6-12; Business Education 6-12; Marketing
Education 8-12; Dance 8-12


   Summer I, 2007 : EDUC 5380 Reading Skills for Adolescents

   Summer II, 2007: EDUC 5332 Educational Psychology

   Fall, 2007: EDUC 5325 Remedial Reading Techniques

   Spring, 2008: EDUC 5318 Intermediate/Middle School Methods


Technology Application EC-12

   Summer I, 2007 :
     EDUC 5370 Curriculum & Instruction in Elementary Reading OR
     EDUC 5380 Reading Skills for Adolescents

   Summer II, 2007: EDUC 5332 Educational Psychology

   Fall 2007: EDUC 6301 Secondary Methods

   Fall 2007 and Spring 2008: Digital Knowledge and Skills (Saturday courses)




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                 Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES)

In order to receive certification in the state of Texas, interns must successfully pass the
required certification tests for their certification area. Interns will register for all certification
tests through the HISD ACP office. The ACP office staff will attach a bar code label to their
registration form showing eligibility to take the exam.

Listed below are the required exams for each certification area:

•   Generalist EC - 4 – (2 tests)
                 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC - 12
                 Generalist EC – 4
•   Bilingual Generalist EC - 4 – (3 tests)
                 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC -12
                 Bilingual Generalist EC- 4
                 Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT)
•   ESL/Generalist EC - 4 - (2 tests)
                 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC -12
                 ESL/ Generalist EC-4
•   Generalist 4 - 8 /Single Subject/Dual Subject– (2 tests)
                 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC- 12
                 Generalist 4-8/Single Subject/Dual Subject
•   Bilingual Generalist 4 - 8 – (3 tests)
                 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC - 12
                 Bilingual Generalist 4-8
                 Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT)
•   ESL/Generalist 4 - 8 (2 tests)
                 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC- 12
                  ESL Generalist 4-8
•   8 -12 – (2 tests)
                 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC - 12
                 Content Area 8-12
•   English as a Second Language - (3 tests)
                 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC - 12
                 Content Area
                 English as a Second Language Supplemental
•   EC-12 Special Education – (3 tests)
                 Generalist EC-4, Generalist 4-8, or 8-12 Content Test
                 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12
                 Special Education EC-12
•   Languages Other Then English – (3 tests)
                 Content Area
                 Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT) for Spanish or French subjects
                 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12
•   Art EC-12, Music EC-12, Physical Education EC-12, Theatre EC-12,
    Business 6-12, Marketing 8-12 - (2tests)
                 Specific Content
                 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12
•   Computer Science 8-12 – (2 tests)
                 Computer Science
                 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC - 12
•    Technology Applications EC-12
                 Technology Applications EC-12
                 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12



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                              PROFESSIONAL GROWTH


•   Teacher interns must complete monthly release-time observations of their
    mentor or another certified teacher. The observations should be at least 35
    minutes in length, with a 10-minute follow-up conference. There will be one visit
    for the combined months of November and December and one visit for the
    combined months of March and April. There is no observation in May. These
    observations may not occur during a planning period or duty free lunch period.

•   Mentors must complete monthly release-time observations of the intern. The
    observations should be at least 35 minutes in length, with a 10-minute follow-up
    conference. There will be one visit for the combined months of November and
    December and one visit for the combined months of March and April. There is no
    observation in May. These observations may not occur during a planning period
    or duty free lunch period. The mentor must always observe the intern. The intern
    may observe the mentor or another certified teacher.

•   Two substitute days will be provided by the school for the intern to observe
    experienced teachers on their campus or at a selected school site approved by
    the principal and ACP supervisor. These two substitute days must be completed
    during the first semester. A third, optional, substitute day may be used at any
    time during the year. The principal, supervisor and/or intern may request a third
    substitute day. This substitute day must have prior approval from the ACP office.

•   All release-time forms are due to the ACP office by the 15th of each month.
    If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, the forms are due the preceding
    Friday, or school day. Principals will be notified if forms are not completed
    and submitted on time.




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                             INTERN SUPPORT SYSTEM

Teacher Interns

•   Each intern will be assigned an ACP supervisor who will provide support and
    assistance during their internship year. The supervisor will observe the intern
    teach a lesson at least one time each month followed by a conference focusing
    on instructional improvements. It is the intern’s responsibility to ask questions for
    clarification and to implement any suggestions or recommendations.

•   The ACP director and managers are available for assistance. Do not hesitate to
    call the ACP office when questions arise or assistance is needed.

•   Each intern will be assigned a mentor who is an experienced, certified teacher on
    his/her campus in the same subject area or at the same level for which the intern
    is to be certified. In some cases, a special education mentor may not be on the
    same campus due to availability of someone in the same certification area. The
    mentors are selected by the principal. Mentors will receive training and will
    conduct the monthly release-time observations of the interns. If there is a
    concern about a mentor during the year, please contact the ACP office.

•   Interns will also receive support from the campus administrators who will conduct
    both formal and informal observations and provide instructional feedback.
    Administrators may observe an intern at any time, announced or unannounced.




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                                INTERN EVALUATION

The tools and criteria listed below will be used to assess each intern’s progress:

•   Mentor observations and conferences

•   ACP supervisor observations and conferences

•   Principal or Assistant Principal’s informal assessments (walkthroughs,
    conferences, etc.) or formal assessment at least once each six weeks.
•   Documentation of training progress

•   Portfolio activities

•   University coursework with no grades lower than a “B,” except for one “C” for ALL
    required courses during the entire internship

•   Principal and Supervisor will be in communication. An Intervention Plan will be
    developed if an intern demonstrates deficiencies

•   Professional Development Appraisal System (PDAS) must meet acceptable
    (proficient) ratings or higher for each domain to be eligible for certification

•   Passing scores on TOPT (if bilingual or Spanish teacher)

•   Passing scores on all required TExES tests

•   Recommendation for certification by building principal and ACP director. The
    principal or ACP director may choose to extend an intern for one additional year
    based on classroom performance or to recommend non-renewal of the intern's
    contract.




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                      PRINCIPAL’S RECOMMENDATION

•   The ACP supervisor and the principal will collaboratively discuss the intern’s
    performance.

•   By January 15th, the principal will make a recommendation to the ACP Director
    based on the intern’s classroom performance. The recommendation will include
    one of the following:
              1. certification
              2. one-year extension
              3. non-renewal of contract

    1. Certification – If the principal recommends initial certification, then the ACP
       director may make the recommendation for certification to the HISD
       supervisor of certification based on teaching experience, principal's
       recommendation, ACP supervisor's recommendation, passing scores on all
       appropriate tests and meeting all program benchmarks including a score of
       proficient in each domain of the PDAS teacher appraisal.

    2. One-Year Extension – There are four reasons an intern may be granted a
       one-year extension in the ACP. Those reasons include (a) extended at
       principal’s request when a principal indicates that the intern needs an
       additional year of internship to fully develop his/her potential; (b) extended to
       complete TExES if all other ACP requirements have been met, (c) extended
       to complete ACP benchmark requirements, and/or (d) extended by director’s
       approval due to extreme extenuating circumstances.

    3. Employment Termination – non-renewal or termination of the probationary
       contract will be in accordance with TEC 21.103 or 21.104 (see page 21).

       The principal may change the recommendation before the end of the
       semester.




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                                One-Year Extension

1. Extended at principal's request:
   •   Based upon the request of the principal and upon approval of the Commissioner of
       Education, the Alternative Certification Program will accept interns from the previous
       internship year as extended interns.

   •   Such a request would be made when a principal indicates a one-year extension on
       the Principal recommendation form or the intern earns a “Below Expectations” on
       any domain of the PDAS.

   •   The extended interns will be assigned a mentor and an ACP supervisor for the
       extended year.

   •   The principal, intern, and the ACP supervisor, will collaboratively develop an
       Intervention Plan to address deficiencies identified by Principal observations or
       PDAS. The principal or assistant principal will continue to do the classroom
       observations each six weeks.

   •   The intern must have a current year PDAS with acceptable ratings or higher in each
       domain.

   •   The intern must be recommended for certification by the principal and program
       director.

2. Extended to complete TExES:
   •   If an intern completes all requirements of the Alternative Certification Program except
       passing all TExES requirements, the intern may work an additional year as a
       teacher. However, the intern must pass all requirements by July of the second
       academic year; if not, the intern may not continue in the Alternative Certification
       Program.

   •   The intern will be assigned an ACP supervisor for the extended year.

   •   The intern must have a current year PDAS with acceptable ratings or higher in each
       domain.

   •   The intern must be recommended for certification by the principal and program
       director.

3. Extended to complete ACP benchmark requirements.
   • The intern must complete all ACP benchmark requirements.

   •   The intern must be recommended for certification by the principal and program
       director.

   •   The intern must have a current year PDAS with acceptable ratings or higher in each
       domain.



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                                             Employment Termination

Non-renewal or termination of the Probationary Contract will be in accordance
with TEC 21.103 or 21.104.

Appeals Process:
1. If a teacher is not recommended for renewal of contract, he/she has no right to
   due process per Board Policy. The teacher can file a grievance through the
   District Dispute Resolution Process.

2. If the teacher's probationary contract is terminated during the school year, the
   teacher will be provided due process under Board Policy and state law.

3. If a recommendation is made to extend the internship for a second year, that
   recommendation must be submitted to the State Board for Educator Certification
   and an application must be processed for a second year probationary certificate.

Results:
• Non-renewal of contract would prohibit the teacher from any future employment
  in HISD.
• Termination would prohibit the teacher from any future employment in HISD.
• Resignation/retirement in lieu of termination would prohibit the teacher from any
  future employment in HISD
•
§21.103. Probationary Contract: Termination                          §21.104. Discharge During Year or Suspension
                                                                     Without Pay Under Probationary Contract
(a) The board of trustees of a school district may
terminate the employment of a teacher employed under a               (a) A teacher employed under a probationary contract
probationary contract at the end of the contract period if in        may be discharged at any time for good cause as
the board's judgment the best interests of the district will         determined by the board of trustees, good cause being
be served by terminating the employment. The board of                the failure to meet the accepted standards of conduct for
trustees must give notice of its intention to terminate the          the profession as generally recognized and applied in
employment to the teacher not later than the 45th day                similarly situated school districts in this state.
before the last day of instruction required under the
contract. The board's decision is final and may not be               (b) In lieu of discharge, a school district may suspend a
appealed.                                                            teacher without pay for good cause as specified by
                                                                     Subsection (a) for a period not to extend beyond the end
(b) If the board of trustees fails to give the notice of its         of the current school year.
intention to terminate the teacher's employment within the
time prescribed by Subsection (a), the board must employ             Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, § 1, eff. May 30,
the probationary teacher in the same capacity under:                 1995.

(1) a probationary contract for the following school year, if
the teacher has been employed by the district under a
probationary contract for less than three consecutive
school years; or

(2) a continuing or term contract, according to district
policy, if the teacher has been employed by the district
under a probationary contract for three consecutive school
years.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, § 1, eff. May 30.
1995.
Amended by Acts 199, 76th Leg. ch. 396, § 2.05, eff. Sept,
1, 1999




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Location of University of St. Thomas .................................................... 23

UST Campus Map ................................................................................ 24
 Integrated Field Experience Principal Commitment Form: The
 form on the next page is to be completed by the principal in order for
 the intern to complete Integrated Field Experience in his/her
 classroom.

   Only interns who are currently
  teachers of record may complete
Integrated Field Experience on their
            own campus.
   Interns must attend the Pre-IFE
     lesson cycle and classroom
    management workshop before
    completing any IFE activities.
           HOUSTON ISD ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
                    INTEGRATED FIELD EXPERIENCE
                         COMMITMENT FORM
                        Form due April 24, 2007



This to certify that ______________________ (name of ACP intern) is currently a
full-time “teacher-of-record” at _____________________ (name of school). In lieu of
attending the traditional HISD ACP Integrated Field Experience (IFE), which would
require the intern to be away from his/her campus for five days, I prefer that the
intern complete the IFE experiences and requirements in my building. In order to
meet his/her needs, I will provide the following:


•   Provide release-time for the ACP intern to observe two master teachers on my
    campus for 45 minutes each.
•   Provide release-time for a master teacher (s) to observe the ACP intern teach
    two lessons for 45 minutes each. The teacher (s) is expected to complete the
    Lesson Cycle Observation Form.




Signatures:                              ________________________________
                                                  Intern’s Signature

                                         ________________________________
                                                   Principal’s Signature


Please fax this form by April 24th to (713) 867-5297 and mail the original to the
ACP Training Office, Route 6.

				
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