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1 Licensure & Certification for School Administrators in Delaware Jacquelyn O. Wilson, Ed.D. University of Delaware Director Delaware Academy for School Leadership January 14-16, 2013 NGA College of Education and Human

2 The Process Communication Statewide School Leadership Consortium Research Ideas Policy Implementation Legislation Visionary Leadership Funding Policy Leadership

3 2001 Professional Accountability Legislation Resulted in.. A three-tiered licensure & certification system for all educators Approval of the ISLLC standards as Delaware School Leader Standards Funding for a statewide mentoring program for all educators during the first three years Requirement of 90-clock hours of professional development & satisfactory performance evaluations to maintain the license, and

4 2001 Professional Accountability Legislation A statewide performance appraisal system for all educators that required A minimum of 5 components, equally weighted ---one must include evidence of student achievement Statewide training for all educators A pilot of the performance appraisal system

5 Three-Tiered Licensure System Before After 37 school leader certificates 3-tiered license 3 administrative certificates

6 3-Tiered Licensure System Licensure assures that the educator has the credentials required to work as an administrator in the state, and, the license must be renewed Initial Continuing Advanced Certification assures that the educators has the skills & knowledge in the areas they will work Assistant Principal/Principal School Leader I School Leader II

7 Tiers Initial License 3 years Pass PRAXIS I & II Graduated from a regional accredited program approved by state Continuing License- 5 years Principals often come in on a continuing license since they have 3 years of teaching on the beginning license Description Participation in a mentoring program Satisfactory performance appraisals 90-clock hours of approved professional development Satisfactory performance appraisals If the educator moves from teacher to administrator they must participate in a coaching/mentoring program Advanced License --10 years National Board Certification

8 Certificates Certificates do not expire they are lifetime Certificates define what you can do as an educator in Delaware Assistant Principal/Principal School Leaders I (District Office Directors, Specialists, Administrative Assistants) School Leader II (Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent)

9 Driver of Change Performance Appraisal School Leader Standards Licensure & Certification Recruitment & Hiring Aspiring School Leader Programs Redesign of Preparation Programs Mentoring Professional

10 Getting Started Work Plan Timeline Responsibilities Funding Developing Partnerships Professional organizations Universities Districts/Charters Sustainability Plan Funding Human Capital

11 Skills and Behaviors University Programs Aspiring Leader Programs District Succession Planning ISLLC STANDARDS Pre-Service Preparation Professional for Licensure Renewal Recruitment, Licensure, Hiring Coaching Retention Performance Evaluation College of Education and Human

12 Funding Wallace Foundation State Funds District/Charter Funds

13 Principles of Delaware s Cohesive Leadership System preparation Delaware School Leader Standards State and District Policies evaluation governance incentives roles and responsibilities professional development L CAREER TIMELINE I CAREER TIMELINE education C internship E induction/residency accreditation/ N program approval S professional development U R R E L I C E N S U R E E Coaching/Mentoring Mentoring C E R T I F I C A T I O N Delaware Academy for School Leadership University of Delaware

14 Race to the Top Sustainability Build on past successes Opportunity for continued innovation

15 Current Policy Changes Related Licensure Revising three administrative certificates/ pending PSB and State Board Approval Statewide advisory committee provided recommendations to improve Anticipating principals will now earn an Advanced Certificate with completion of pilot of NBCPT Adding a new regulation regarding principal preparation programs to provide opportunities for non-traditional certification programs

16 Standards Key Leverage Points Produce Resulting in. A Shared Vision of Leadership grounded in leadership standards & aligned to a job description that prioritizes the job of the principal as focused on improving teaching and learning Pipeline Pre-Service Preparation Selection, School Match, & Induction Evaluation & Management A strong pool of teacher leaders & skilled in using data to inform decisions & leading adults A strong pool of leaders ready to assume the principal ship by virtue of knowledge, skills, dispositions, experience, & training Principals that are both qualified & certified placed where they are needed most & accelerated development of new leaders through mentoring & other supports Identification of strengths & weaknesses of principals relative to performance standards Large numbers of high-performing schools led by better trained & better supported leaders that can improve teaching & learning at scale In-Service Support Continuous improvement of leader performance designed to address needs identified in evaluation & school Working Conditions Alignment of accountability, incentives & leaders authority over people, money,& time & empower them to act on their training & experience to achieve results

17 Contact Information Jacquelyn O. Wilson (office) (cell)

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