INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Thousands of Indiana teachers are scrambling to begin renewing their
professional teaching licenses before new rules state lawmakers approved
this spring for the renewal process take effect July 1.
modification advanced quietly through the Indiana General Assembly and was
passed in April. But it didn’t grab the attention of most teachers until the
Indiana Department of Education sent out guidance in early May on how to
meet the new requirements, spurring teachers to action.
From May 1 to June
2, the department says 22,760 teachers had professional growth plans in
process, compared with just 514 plans in process during the same time last
year, The Indianapolis Star reported.
the state superintendent of Public Instruction, said she expects those
numbers to climb through June.
“It’s going to be
kind of a mad dash to the end,” she said.
The change requires
teachers who are renewing their license through a “professional growth plan”
- the most common renewal path - to complete 15 hours of professional
development related specifically to their community’s workforce needs. That
includes available jobs and skills needed by local employers.
Teachers need 90
hours of professional development for their license renewal, which comes
every five years for most teachers.
Any teacher who
starts the process after July 1 will have to log 15 workforce-related hours,
so teachers have been racing to beat the clock.
Nearly one-third of
all Indiana teachers have now started that process, according to an update
last Monday from the state’s Department of Education. That will give those
instructors years before they’ll need to comply with the new law. Many are
hoping for a change between now and then.
answering a lot of calls, a lot of emails,” said State Superintendent of
Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick. “There’s a lot of confusion and