What is the "cut-off date" for completion of category trainings that will count toward the SEI Teacher and Administrator Endorsements?
August 31, 2012.
The Department originally indicated that all category trainings should end no later than June 30, 2012, based upon U.S. Education Department (USED) findings related to Title III funding. However, a recent Department survey completed by many districts revealed the following:
- 27 districts have scheduled category trainings for almost 800 teachers in summer 2012.
- The funding that will be used to pay for most of this training was already budgeted during the current school year and some districts have already executed contracts with vendors to provide these trainings.
- 20 of the 27 districts will use funding other than federal Title III funds to pay for these category trainings.
Summer provides an important opportunity to engage educators in professional development. While we expect to pilot the new model SEI course this summer, it will not be available for statewide implementation until this fall. Therefore, districts planning to provide category training to educators who will be able to complete two or more of the categories (1, 2, and/or 4) by August 31, 2012, and that are using funding sources other than Title III, may do so.
On behalf of the school districts that anticipate using Title III funds for training this summer, the Department has submitted a request to USED asserting that because current school year Title III grants are in effect through August 31, 2012, the funds should be available to be used to pay for category training through that date. We are optimistic that our request will be approved, and we will provide an update as soon as we receive an official response from USED. Assuming the response is positive, districts that had cancelled summer category trainings based upon preliminary information from this Department may wish to consider reinstating the training. We apologize for any confusion.