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Reading Endorsement Updates

College Transcripts

Volusia County Schools will accept FL college coursework prior to 2006 if it was already on the approved list. (Out of state/not on this list please submit transcripts to FLDOE for review.)

To have your college transcripts reviewed for college coursework that may be eligible for reading endorsement requirements, please see the steps outlined below.

  1. Teachers should email Robin King, our district certification specialist at Teacher-Certification@volusia.k12.fl.us requesting she forwards a copy of your official transcript to Meg Roa.
  2. Transcript review requests will be completed one time per week.
  3. The Professional Learning office will update the reading endorsement status as needed.
  4. Results shared with the requesting teacher within 1-2 weeks of the request.

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Upcoming Reading Endorsement Classes

VCS Reading Endorsement Courses Update

The Professional Learning office and its team of Reading Endorsement Course Writers are excited to announce that our own Reading Endorsement Add-On Program is open for registration. Please see the attached document for dates, section numbers and options for completing Reading Endorsement courses HERE.

HB7055: Subject Area Exam

The State Board of Education determined that teachers who receive a passing score on the Reading Subject Area Exam will be awarded the Reading Endorsement without completing the previously required coursework. For more information on the assessment visit:

Tuition Reimbursement

As a reminder, VCS will reimburse one Reading Endorsement or college course per fiscal year. HERE is a link to the tuition reimbursement form and directions. Questions? Contact Crystal Bradley.

Stay in the Know with Reading Endorsement Updates

Reading endorsement updates are shared in three ways: Professional Learning Announcements, Principals’ Friday Notes, and our website. Click HERE to access the website and make it a favorite so you can monitor new information. Questions? Contact Meg Roa.

Reading Endorsement Update: Approved Amendment for Reading Subject Area Exam

On November 15, 2019, the State Board of Education approved an amendment to rule 6A-4.0292, F.A.C., Specialization Requirements for the Reading Endorsement - Academic Class: The amendment will allow teachers who receive a passing score on the Reading Subject Area Exam to be awarded the Reading Endorsement without completing the previously required coursework. Please note that we are waiting further guidance on this amendment from The Bureau of Educator Certification (BEC) and will share as soon as it’s received. Here is a link to the full memo. Questions? Email Meg Roa.

Please click on link for responses from DOE November 2019 to some outstanding questions that have been submitted regarding HB7055 and reading endorsement requirements.

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Volusia LEARNS! Summer 2020 Professional Learning Institute: REGISTRATION IS OPEN

 As much as we can’t believe it’s that time of year, it’s super exciting to be preparing for Volusia LEARNS!. Below you will find details about this event.

Annual one-week summer professional learning event targeting all VCS instructional employees for the purpose of professional growth. Face to face and virtual learning opportunities will be offered during this event. All the sessions connect to one or more of the main themes identified below which directly correlate to the goals outlined in the VCS District Strategic Plan.

When: July 20th – 23rd, 2020

Where: Spruce Creek High School, 801 Taylor Rd., Port Orange, 32127 and Creekside Middle School, 6801 Airport Rd, Port Orange, FL 32128

Times: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM (NOTE: Lengths of sessions vary)

Attached please find :

The Canvas platform we used last year to share conference agendas, registration information and communicate updates is available again this year.  Each level (elementary, middle and high school) will offer tracks designed by our curriculum areas. 

To access Canvas site, click HERE and then ENROLL IN COURSE. NOTE: Registration is planned for 50% capacity in accordance with CDC guidelines, so it is important to register while seats are available. If you have questions about specific sessions, please direct those to the district office that is offering the session.   If you have general questions about the event, please contact Meg Roa.

 

Congratulations to our 2020 FUTURES First Year Teacher of the Year nominees!

Although our celebration has been postponed until the new academic year, please join us in honoring these amazing first year teachers who were nominated by their schools for an outstanding first year on campus!

Click HERE to see the 2020 FUTURES First Year Teacher of the Year nominees!

Online ESE Credit Opportunities

20-hour free online Independent Study courses for Special Programs teachers:

Teaching Students with Disabilities in the Fine Arts.

Teaching Students with Disabilities for Physical Education.

These courses and more found on the BEESS Portal: https://fl-pda.org

Volusia United Educators Training Opportunities

VUE Learning Opportunities

ESE: Building Relationships with Students – NEW DATE & Virtual Course# 72058, Section# 92135, Thursday, April 30, 2020 Trainers: Paulette McKibbins-Shed, M. Ed. & Jeffery Turner, M. Ed.

ESOL-Culture - Summer-2-2020, Course # 12552, Section # 92234, Monday - Thursday, June 8-11, -- Portfolios due July 13, Trainers: Amy Airgood & Teresa Ward

ESOL-Methods, Course # 72406, Section # 90808, Monday - Thursday, June 15-18, - Portfolios due July 20, 2020, Trainers: Chris Wassem & Amy Airgood

Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

Applications Now Available for the 2020 Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute!

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its week-long summer institutes for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., this professional development opportunity provides educators of all disciplines with resources and strategies to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching. Each session will focus on pedagogy, with an emphasis on supporting student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.

While practicing these teaching strategies, attendees will explore some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available in the Library’s collections. They will also conduct research to identify primary sources and develop an activity related to their classroom content.

Four week-long sessions will be offered this summer:

General Focus - open to K-12 educators across all content areas:

  • June 15-19, 2020
  • June 22-26, 2020

Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus - recommended for K-12 educators who teach science, technology, or engineering, or collaborate with those who do:

  • July 6-10, 2020

Civics Focus - recommended for K-12 educators interested in teaching with primary sources from a civics perspective:

  • July 13-17, 2020

The institute and instructional materials are provided at no cost. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and any required overnight accommodations.

Applications are due March 23 and require a letter of recommendation. Read more and apply now.

University of Florida Summer Professional Learning

UF has some great science opportunities at the University of Florida this summer for a unique professional learning experience. From one-day Summer Shorts! to three-week curriculum and research experiences, you and your district educators can spend a little time recharging your teaching spirit with us. All of our programs are on the University of Florida campus and allow K-12 educators and research faculty opportunities to collaborate. The summer opportunities are listed below.

Visit https://www.cpet.ufl.edu/ for more information on all of our student and teacher programs.

 NCI Training Postponed

Due to the current health crisis & the likelihood that the threat to physical health may remain for some time, all NCI training sessions will be cancelled for the remainder of the school year.  All trained participants who are due to re-certify in May will have until October 31st, 2020 to register for and complete re-certification training.  2020-2021 NCI training dates will be released in August upon our return to a regular schedule.

 

This will change your re-certification date to an early fall date.  Please be assured that all requests will be accommodated next fall.  Stay safe & be well during this unprecedented time.

 

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Mandy Ellzey at akellzey@volusia.k12.fl.us or Rayne Lewis-Hart at rllewish@volusia.k12.fl.us.  

 

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AFIRM Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules:

https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/node/137

AFIRM: after actively engaging in a module, participants can earn a FREE certificate of completion with identified hours that will count toward ESE credit.  Please send your certificates of completion to Sarah Dowdell at the Office of Professional Learning as verification of hours to be entered in MyPGS.  


Autism internet Modules from OCALI:

https://autisminternetmodules.org/mod_obj.php?mod_id=19

OCALI AIM modules, they do now identify the number of hours for each module and have a process for earning a certificate of completion; each module certificate of completion costs $10.  Please send your certificates of completion to Sarah Dowdell at the Office of Professional Learning as verification of hours to be entered in MyPGS.  

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  • Reading Endorsement Click HERE to access our intranet website to read about new reading endorsement requirement per HB 7055.
  • FLDOE Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Serviced (BEESS) www.fl-pda.org offers a variety of FREE online courses, click HERE for details.
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