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January 9, 2019
Progress on Recruitment & Retention of Quality Educators for Montana
RISE4MT Introduction and Statement of Challenge
RISE4MT Semi-Annual Report - May 2016
RISE4MT Update - July 2017
RISE4MT Information to the Education Interim Committee 1-22-18
MUS Rural Recruitment & Retention Taskforce
● Identifying and advertising Flexibility for Educator Licensure in Montana in RISE4MT Update - July 2017
● Coordinate communication of RISE4MT, MUS R&R TF, EdNW Comprehensive Center focusing on MT R&R, Mountain West State Executives R&R Dialogue
● MUS/MREA Educator Fellows program provides scholarships for student teachers in rural schools
● Administrative Rule Revisions supporting the Recruitment and Retention of Quality Educators
○ ARM 10.57.410(4)(d)
(Revised 1/1/17) and ARM 10.57.413(4)
(Revised 1/1/17)– grants Class 1, 2 (teacher) or 3 (administrative) license for 5 years of successful experience in the area of endorsement as documented by recommendation of out-of-state accredited P-12 school employer.
○ ARM 10.57.421(4)(e)
(Revised 8/11/18) establishing Class 4 educator license endorsement for HS teacher to teach a course for HS CTE Credit and Dual Credit.
○ ARM 10.55.701(5)(b)
(Revised 6/7/13) establishing mentoring and induction programs to assist licensed staff in meeting teaching standards as defined in ARM 10.55.701.
● Legislation Supporting Recruitment and Retention of Quality Educators
○ HB 119
(2017 Legislative Session) – Loan repayment for educators serving in Critical Quality Educator Shortage Areas
(redefined to include rurality and poverty (with attendance and graduation rate as the metric used). No appropriation for the bill in 2017.
● Long Range Changes
Induction and Mentorship Programs to support teachers/administrators - SAM LPLP
New Leaders Collegial Learning Network, OPI, MUS -- MSU, UM
On the Horizon for Recruitment & Retention of Quality Educators for Montana
1. Develop prioritized advocacy positions for Recruitment and Retention of Quality Educators for Montana
- Restore funding for HB 119 (2017 Legislative Session) – Loan repayment for educators serving in Critical Quality Educator Shortage Areas (redefined to include rurality and poverty).
- Enhance SB 115 (2017 Legislative Session) – Stipends for National Board Certified teachers targets larger incentive to teach in schools impacted by Critical Quality Educator Shortage.
- Legislative considerations for 2019 Session
- LC0341 Quality Educator Payment providing targeted funding in Critical Shortage Areas (MT-PEC)
- LC1143 Incentives for improved efficiency for school district Health Insurance (MT-PEC)
- LC1265 Resources for 2-year campuses and 4-year campuses to support Critical Shortage Areas (MUS RR TF)
- Seek additional legislation resulting from analysis of findings of the Montana Recruitment and Retention Survey.
2. Use findings of the Montana Recruitment and Retention Survey Results to develop strategies for meeting Montana’s Recruitment and Retention needs.
3. Continue development of K-12 Education Career Pathway
- Teacher Education dual credit high school course offering to earn CTE credit at the high school and university credit at all units of the Montana University system where the student may choose to go.
- Continue development of Educators Rising. Educators Rising CTSO organization development to recognize those entering the profession with micro credentialing.
- Examine Previous Learning Experience concepts to see and how it may be used in educator prep programs to attract people to complete their education degree and teach in Montana.
4. Develop marketing strategies to promote Montana education and applicants for jobs in Montana public schools
- Continue support of applicants -- teachers/administrators - Induction and Mentorship Programs - RISE4MT, OPI, SAM LPLP, MUS -- MSU, UM
5. Recruitment strategies
- Prepare an Issue Spotlight from RISE4MT
- Develop a brochure for marketing Montana education