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HF 3633

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to education; establishing course preparation and continuing education
requirements for school administrators and teachers working with gifted and
talented students; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 122A.14, by
adding subdivisions; 122A.18, by adding subdivisions.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 122A.14, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 2a. new text end

new text begin Graduate gifted and talented preparation. new text end

new text begin A university approved by
the board to prepare candidates for administrative licensure must require the candidate,
as part of the preparation program, to demonstrate competency in administering gifted
and talented services. A university under this section must use the administrative
professional preparation standards developed by a national gifted education organization
to define competency and the program standards of the university to evaluate a candidate's
competency.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to candidates who enroll in either a traditional or an alternative preparation
administrator licensure program after August 15, 2009.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 122A.14, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 2b. new text end

new text begin Relicensure requirements; gifted and talented training. new text end

new text begin (a) A
university that provides approved graduate-level courses and programs in educational
administration also must provide opportunities in each five-year licensing period for
administrators to obtain continuing education credits and training in working with gifted
and talented students.
new text end

new text begin (b) In each five-year licensing period, an administrator with responsibilities for
gifted and talented students must acquire 12 clock hours of gifted and talented training for
relicensure. This training, which supplements training required by a school or district,
must:
new text end

new text begin (1) focus on effectively supporting gifted and talented students, programs, and
other services using best gifted-education practices supported by research, theory, and
experience, and effective identification, instruction, programming, evaluation, and staff
development;
new text end

new text begin (2) offer online, interactive, competency-based instruction, where appropriate, and
allow an administrator to submit to the local relicensing committee a brief professional
portfolio of achievements that documents effective support of gifted students under
clause (1); and
new text end

new text begin (3) provide additional training to supplement in-service training offered by a school
district while allowing an administrator to count toward relicensure the district-sponsored
"quality" in-service clock hours that meet professional in-service standards within gifted
education.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to administrators with responsibilities for gifted and talented students who
seek relicensure after August 15, 2009.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 122A.14, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 2c. new text end

new text begin Preparation and relicensure training; board review. new text end

new text begin (a) Upon the
request of a university, the board must review and approve traditional preparation
sequences for school administrators and the sequence of competencies in administering
gifted and talented student programs and services. The board, in consultation with
the commissioner, also must consider alternative preparation programs for building
administrator competencies in serving gifted and talented students, including the
alternative licensing under section 122A.27 among other programs.
new text end

new text begin (b) The board also may advise a university, upon request, on developing and
implementing online and traditional continuing education programs focused on building
competencies for administering gifted and talented programs and other gifted services.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 122A.18, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Teacher preparation; gifted and talented instruction. new text end

new text begin A college
or university with a teacher preparation program approved by the board must require
a teacher candidate to demonstrate competency in recognizing gifted students and in
providing classroom instruction to gifted and talented students. A college or university
must use the preservice professional preparation standards developed by a national gifted
education organization to define competency and the teacher training standards of the
college or university to evaluate a teacher candidate's competency.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to teacher candidates who enroll in either a traditional or an alternative
preparation teacher licensure program after August 15, 2009.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 122A.18, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Relicensure requirements; gifted education. new text end

new text begin In any five-year relicensing
period a teacher must complete at least one service clock hour on effectively identifying,
teaching, and programming for gifted and talented students. Such service hours must
supplement district-sponsored quality in-service clock hours that meet professional
development standards within gifted education. As an alternative to the clock hours, a
teacher may submit to the local recertification committee a brief professional portfolio
of achievements that documents the teacher's effective support of and competency with
gifted and talented students.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to teachers who seek relicensure after August 15, 2009.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 122A.18, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 12. new text end

new text begin Gifted and talented teachers; preservice training. new text end

new text begin A college or
university with a teacher preparation program approved by the board must require a
teacher candidate seeking initial licensure as a gifted and talented teacher to demonstrate
competency in recognizing giftedness and providing classroom instruction to gifted and
talented students. A teacher preparation program must use the preservice professional
preparation standards developed by a national gifted education organization to define
competency and the teacher training standards of the program to evaluate a teacher
candidate's competency.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to teacher candidates who enroll in either a traditional or an alternative
preparation teacher licensure program after August 15, 2009.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 122A.18, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 13. new text end

new text begin Gifted and talented teachers; relicensure requirements. new text end

new text begin In any
five-year relicensing period, a gifted and talented teacher must complete 25 clock hours
focused exclusively on effectively identifying, teaching, and programming for gifted and
talented students. These hours supplement required in-service training offered through a
school district. However, education may count toward relicensure those district-sponsored
quality in-service clock hours that meet professional development standards within
gifted education. As an alternative to the clock hours, a teacher may submit to the local
recertification committee a brief professional portfolio of achievements that documents
the teacher's effective support of and competency with gifted and talented students.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to gifted and talented teachers who seek relicensure after August 15, 2009.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 122A.18, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 14. new text end

new text begin Gifted and talented specialists and coordinators; graduate
preparation.
new text end

new text begin To prepare gifted and talented specialists and coordinators, universities
offering board-approved graduate-level courses and programs must require gifted
specialists and coordinators to complete the equivalent of 12 graduate semester hours
focused on the characteristics, needs, and identification of and the programming for gifted
and talented students. Program requirements must include, among other requirements,
a practicum or student-teaching experience with gifted and talented students. As an
alternative to the clock hours, gifted and talented specialists and coordinators may submit
to the university a brief fee-based professional portfolio that documents the competency of
the specialist or coordinator in effectively supporting gifted and talented students.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and requires specialists and coordinators to have completed 12 semester hours of training
under this section beginning September 1, 2014.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 122A.18, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 15. new text end

new text begin Gifted and talented specialists and coordinators; relicensure
requirements.
new text end

new text begin Gifted and talented specialists and coordinators must complete at least 25
clock hours in each five-year relicensing period that are focused within gifted education
on effectively identifying, teaching, programming and evaluating services for gifted and
talented students. Coordinators also may choose to focus on staff development that assists
gifted and talented students. Clock hours supplement the in-service training required by
an educator's district. Gifted specialists and coordinators may satisfy their relicensure
requirements with district-sponsored quality in-service hours that meet professional
development standards in gifted education. As an alternative to the clock hours, gifted
and talented specialists and coordinators may submit to their local district relicensure
committees a brief professional portfolio of professional achievements that documents the
competency of the specialist or coordinator in effectively supporting gifted and talented
students.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to gifted and talented specialists and coordinators who seek relicensure after
August 15, 2009.
new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 122A.18, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 16. new text end

new text begin Gifted and talented specialist and coordinator preparation and
relicensure instruction; board advisory role.
new text end

new text begin (a) In consultation with the commissioner,
and at the request of a university, the board may review a university's alternative,
graduate-level preparation programs for gifted and talented program specialists and
coordinators. These programs must focus on effectively supporting gifted and talented
students and services, and be consistent with this section, section 122A.24, and other
alternative competency-based programs.
new text end

new text begin (b) Also consistent with this section, the board, upon a university's request, may
advise the university on developing and implementing continuing education programs
designed for the relicensure of gifted and talented specialists and coordinators.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end