• Continuing Education for Licensed Staff

     

    Clock Hour Reports

    Please check the "Clock Hour Report" for accuracy. If you feel there is an error, please contact Mike Norberg at norbergm@willmar.k12.mn.us.
     

    Contacts

    How to Contact Minnesota Department of Education
    Website: http://education.state.mn.us
    E-mail Address: mde.contactus@state.mn.us
    Phone: 1-651-582-8200
    Mailing Address:
    Minnesota Department of Education

    1500 Highway 36 West
    Roseville, MN 55113
    How to Contact Professional Educator Licensing Standards Board (PELSB)
    Phone: 1-651-539-4200
    Mailing Address:
    Educator Licensing

    1500 Highway 36 West
    Roseville, MN 55113 
    Local Continuing Education Contact
    Continuing Education Chair: Mike Norberg

    E-mail: norbergm@willmar.k12.mn.us
    Phone: 1-320-235-6131
    Mailing Address:
    Mike Norberg

    Willmar Public Schools
    611 5th Street SW
    Willmar, MN 5620
     


    How to View Your License

    Professional Educator Licensing Standards Board (PELSB)

    Website:http://mn.gov/pelsb

    Under MN Educator License Lookup click on License Lookup

    -Use your File Folder Number on your license or your name as it appears on your license to view License 

    This is public information.


    How to Renew Your License With Willmar Public Schools

    To renew your license you need 125 clock hours per your five year renewal period. A recap of where and how those hours can be earned is on the back of the Clock Hour Request form that can be picked up in any District School Office (ask your school secretary where they are located) or at the Human Resources Office at the District Office in WEAC. 
     
     
    As clock hours are earned, submit the forms. Submit the original and the copy with support materials (agendas, certificates, verification of attendance, and, in the case of college credit, a copy of the transcript highlighting the course taken.) Support information for activities (such as agendas, certificates of completion, etc) are nice, but not mandatory The committee assumes honesty as far as completion of activities. The copy and support materials will be returned to you
     
     
    As you complete forms, send them, via inter school mail, to: Mike Norberg, WEAC or Continuing Education, WEAC.
     
     
    If using U.S.P.S. mail, the address is:
     
    Mike Norberg
    Continuing Education
    611 Fifth Street SW
     
    Willmar, MN, 56201
     
     
    When you send a form(s) via United State Postal Service, include a return envelope with your name, address and the same postage as when sent. The yellow copy and support materials will be returned to you.
      

    How to Renew Your License Online

    Procedures for renewing online change periodically. Individuals renewing will be provided the procedure.

     
     

    8710.7200 Clock Hours; 
    Requirements for Renewal of Professional Licenses (Teachers)

    Subpart 1. Definition
    "Clock hour" means an hour of actual instruction, or planned group or individual professional development activity as approved by the local continuing education/relicensure committee.
    Subpart 2. Renewal Clock Hours
    Verification by the local continuing education/relicensure committee that the applicant has completed 125 approved clock hours is required for renewal. Instruction and professional development activities meet requirements to renew licenses only if they address one or more of the standards in part 8710.2000. Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2001, and after, applicants must include in their 125 clock hours instruction or other professional development activities which address positive behavioral intervention strategies and accommodation, modification, and adaptation of curriculum, materials, and instruction to appropriately meet the needs of varied students in achieving graduation standards. Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2004, and after, applicants must also include in their 125 clock hours instruction or other professional development activities which evidence further reading preparation, consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.06, subdivision 4. Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2005, and after, applicants must also include in their 125 clock hours instruction or other professional development activities which address further preparation in understanding the key warning signs of early-onset mental illnesses in children and adolescents which may include depressed mood, excessive fears and anxieties, changes in behavior and performance, failure to develop peer relationships, impaired concentration and thinking, suicidal gestures, the potential connection to substance use, and knowledge of steps to be taken if such warning signs are observed.
    Subpart 3. Categories for clock hour allocation
    Verification of completion of experiences must be submitted by the applicant to the local committee. Clock hours must be earned in two or more of the categories:
    • Relevant coursework completed at accredited colleges and universities;
    • Educational workshops, conferences, institutes, seminars, or lectures in areas appropriate to licenses held;
    • Staff development activities, inservice meetings, and courses;
    • Site, district, regional, state, national, or international curriculum development;
    • Engagement in formal peer coaching or mentorship relationships with colleagues that addresses one or more of the standards in part 8710.2000;
    • Professional service in the following areas:
      • Supervision of clinical experiences of persons enrolled in teacher preparation programs;
      • Participation on national, state, and local committees involved with licensure, teacher education, or professional standards; or
      • Participation in national, regional, or state accreditation;
    • Leadership experiences in the following areas:
      • Development of new or broader skills and sensitivities to the school, community, or profession;
      • Publication of professional articles in a professional journal in an appropriate field; or
      • Volunteer work in professional organizations related to the areas of licensure held;
    • Opportunities to enhance knowledge and understanding of diverse educational settings in the following areas:
      • Experiences with students of another age, ability, culture, or socioeconomic level; or
      • Systematic, purposeful observation during visits to schools and to related business and industry; and
    • Pre-approved travel or work experience:
      • Travel for purposes of improving instructional capabilities related to the field of licensure; or
      • Work experience in business or industry appropriate to the field of licensure.
    Subpart 4. Maximum allocation
    Effective for all experiences completed after June 30, 2000, the local continuing education/relicensure committee shall grant clock hours on the following basis:
    • Relevant coursework under subpart 3, item A, must be granted 16 clock hours for each quarter credit earned, and 24 clock hours for each semester credit earned.
    • Successful completion of activities under subpart 3, items B to I, must be granted one clock hour for each hour of participation with the following exceptions:
      • Supervision of clinical experiences of persons enrolled in teacher licensure programs for one quarter equals 16 clock hours or one semester equals 24 clock hours. No more than 30 clock hours may be granted in a five-year relicensure period for supervision.
      • One week of pre-approved travel or work experience for purposes of improving instructional capabilities equals ten clock hours. No more than 30 clock hours may be granted in a five year relicensure period for travel or work experience. The limit of 30 clock hours may be waived when the local committee determines that the pre-approved travel or work experience is critical to the teacher's advanced or current skills for the teacher's assignment; for example, travel to experience language or cultural immersion by a teacher of world language.
    Subpart 5. Exception for national board certification
    A local continuing education committee shall accept verification that a teacher is actively engaged in and making progress toward National Board of Professional Standards Certification or other national professional teaching certification approved by the Board of Teaching at the time of renewal as equivalent to fulfilling all clock hour requirements for continuing license renewal. A local continuing education committee shall accept verification that a teacher has earned National Board or other approved certification as equivalent to all clock hour requirements during the life of the certificate. If the certificate expires during the five-year renewal period, the local committee shall prorate hours completed under this exception and require completion of a prorated number of clock hours for the years the certificate is not in effect.
    Subp. 6. Exception for local option
    The Board of Teaching shall approve requests submitted by local committees that, through their school district master contracts or other official agreements between the local school board and its teachers, wish to substitute development and implementation of individualized professional development plans for some or all of the clock hour requirements for renewal of continuing licenses, provided that each individualized professional development plan:
    • Is designed primarily to enhance the teacher's ability to effect increased student learning;
    • Focuses on standards in part 8710.2000 and specific content knowledge required for the teacher's assignment;
    • Includes management and monitoring of student learning, including positive behavioral interventions and adaptation and modification of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to assist varied student learners in achieving graduation standards;
    • Includes a focus on research-based best practice;
    • Identifies the procedures and criteria by which successful development and implementation of the individualized professional development plan will be validated and communicated with the local continuing education committee; and
    • Requires that each teacher's individualized professional development plan equal or exceed 125 hours of professional development activities during the five-year period.
    Subpart 7. Experience for clock hour credit
    Except for Subp. 3 "Opportunities to enhance knowledge and understanding of diverse educational settings in the area of experiences with students of another age, ability, culture, or socioeconomic level," teaching experiences for which licensure is required shall not qualify for clock hour credit. 
    Subpart 8. Period for earning clock hours
    An applicant requesting renewal of a license to teach must earn a minimum of 125 clock hours during each five-year period preceding application for licensure renewal. An applicant may not bank clock hours for purposes of relicensure, but clock hours earned after an application for renewal has been submitted may be applied to the next renewal period.
    Subpart 9. School staff development
    Instruction and professional development activities provided by a school may be included among the clock hours in this part.
    Subp. 10. Renewal of license for two or more areas
    An applicant who seeks renewal of a continuing license for two or more areas should allocate at least 30 clock hours to each of the licensure areas for a total of no fewer than 125 clock hours, with priority given to work in areas where the candidate is employed during the licensure period. An applicant who holds an administrative license or licenses may allocate clock hours for the renewal of teaching licensure under this subpart.
    Subp. 11. Denial of clock hours
    A local committee shall not grant clock hours for experiences that are primarily for personal rather than professional improvement or for experiences that duplicate other granted clock hour experiences without new or enhanced professional development value. 
     
    Statutory Authority:            History:                                           Posted:
    MS s 122A.09; 122A.18       25 SR 588; 26 SR 1512; 29 SR 897       October 15, 2007

     


    Specific Requirements for Each License Tier... as of February 7, 2019

    Each licensure tier has different renewal requirements. For Tier 1 and Tier 2 licenses, both the hiring district and license holder must provide evidence for renewal. For Tier 3 and Tier 4 licenses, the license holder must provide evidence for renewal.

    Renewal requirements

    Tier 1

    • The hiring district must meet job posting requirements required for the Tier 1 license application.
    • The hiring district must show the license holder participated in:
      • Cultural competency training.
      • A mentorship program aligned to definition in Board rule; and
      • An evaluation aligned with the district’s teacher development and evaluation model.
    • The license holder must attempt the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) content examination aligned to the assignment, if applicable, during the academic year.

    Tier 2

    • The hiring district must show the license holder participated in:
    • Cultural competency training
    • An evaluation aligned with the district’s teacher development and evaluation model.
    • For Tier 2 license holders enrolled in a board-approved teacher preparation program,the provider must certify that meaningful progress, as defined by the provider, has been made toward completion of the program.

    Tier 3
    The license holder must complete:

    • Verification by the local continuing education/relicensure committee of completion of 75 approved clock hours for the three year relicensure period.
    • Evidence of professional reflection and growth in best practices, including but not limited to:
      • Cultural competency training
      • District-approved training in meeting the needs of English learners that has job-embedded opportunities for learning and practice and aligns with Interstate
        Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards for English learners.
    • Evidence of professional development in:
      • Positive behavior intervention strategies;
      • Reading preparation
      • Mental illness training; and
      • At least one hour of suicide prevention training

    Tier 4
    The license holder must complete:

    • Verification by the local continuing education/relicensure committee of completion of 125 approved clock hours for the five year relicensure period.
    • Evidence of professional reflection and growth in best practices, including but not limited to:
      • Cultural competency training and
      • District-approved training in meeting the needs of English learners that has job-embedded opportunities for learning and practice and aligns with Interstate
        Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards for English learners.
    • Evidence of professional development in:
      • Positive behavior intervention strategies;
      • Reading preparation;
      • Mental illness training; and
      • At least one hour of Suicide Prevention Training.

    Mandatory Professional Development Requirements... as of February 9, 2019

    Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies

    Applicants must include in their professional development activities which address positive behavioral intervention strategies.

    Reading Preparation

    Teachers must have in-service preparation in scientifically-based reading instruction, which the law identifies as: “instruction and practice in phonemic awareness, phonics and other word-recognition skills, and guided oral reading for beginning readers, as well as extensive silent reading, vocabulary instruction, instruction in comprehension, and instruction that fosters understanding and higher-order thinking for readers of all ages and proficiency levels.”

    Note: 
    the following licensure fields are exempt from evidencing the reading preparation renewal requirement: school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, school social workers, audiovisual directors and coordinators, recreation personnel.

    Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents & Suicide Prevention Training

    Applicants must include in their professional development activities which provide an understanding of key warning signs for early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents.

    The 2016 Legislature requires a separate mandatory minimum of at least one hour of Suicide Prevention Best Practices as part of the renewal condition for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents.

    This requirement can be completed by attending by attending an inservice for Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents that includes one of hour of Suicide Prevent Training.

    There is an option for the Suicide Prevention Training listed below.

    On line option for Suicide Prevention Training

    READING this information plus following the steps below will satisfy the requirement for 1 hour of Suicide Prevention Training.

    Ctrl + Click to follow below links for online reading material

    1. National Association of School Psychologists
      1. Go to website. https://www.nasponline.org (You may need to type site into your search engine)
      2. Click on “National Association of School Psychologists – Official Site”
      3. Top right search “Netflix”
        1. Read "13 Reasons Why" Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators
      4. Then on the left click on “Suicide”
        1. Read “Preventing Youth Suicide”: Brief Facts and Tips
        2. Read Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents and Educators
    2. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
      1. Go to website. https://afsp.org (You may need to type site into your search engine)
        1. Read Warning Signs & Risk Factors, Statistics, and Treatment.
    3. Write a paragraph reflecting on the material you read.
    4. Attach your paragraph to A Clock Hour Request Form and request the number of hours you spent on reading and writing your paragraph. Send via interschool mail to Continuing Education, WEAC.

    Reflective Statement of Growth in Best Practices in Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners

    Evidence of growth in best teaching practices through district-approved training for meeting the varied needs of English learners from children to adults. Minnesota statute requires this training align with Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards for English learners. This requirement may be evidenced in the reflective statement.

    Exempt: Individuals who have not taught during the 5 year period preceding license renewal, short term subbing, principals who have not taught during the 5 year renewal period, school social workers, school psychologists, counselors, speech-language pathologists, and school nurses.

    Cultural Competency (Beginning with Renewals on January 1, 2020)

    Cultural Competency Training must include the following elements in a format fostering self-reflection and discussion where the focus is on deepening the teacher’s own frames of reference, potential bias in these frames, and the impact on expectations for and relationships with students, students' families, and the school communities:

    • Racial, cultural, and socio-economical groups;
    • American Indian and Alaskan native students;
    • Religious diversity;
    • Gender identity, including transgender students;
    • Sexual orientation;
    • Language diversity;
    • Individuals with disabilities and mental health concerns; and
    • Systemic racism.

    Training programs must be designed to deepen teachers' understanding of their own frames of reference, the potential bias in these frames

    Summative Evaluation Option for Reflective Statements, Cultural Competency

    Under Minn. Stat. 122A.187, individuals have the option of submitting their summative evaluation of their growth and development plan in place of:

    • A reflective statement of professional growth
    • Cultural competency training; and
    • Meeting the needs of English Language Learners

    Individuals should submit their summative evaluation and development plan to their local re-licensure (Continuing Education) committee if they choose this option.