122A.68 TEACHING RESIDENCY PROGRAM.
Subdivision 1. Establishment.
A school district with a teaching residency plan approved by
the Board of Teaching may hire graduates of approved Minnesota teacher preparation programs
as teaching residents. A district shall employ each resident for one school year. The district and
the resident may agree to extend the residency for one additional school year. A school may
employ no more than one teaching resident for every eight full-time equivalent licensed teachers.
No more than 600 eligible teachers may be employed as teacher residents in any one school year.
Subd. 2. Teacher eligibility.
Persons eligible to be hired as teaching residents must have
received their initial license no more than two years prior to applying for a residency and must
have less than nine months of full-time equivalency teaching experience as a licensed teacher.
Subd. 3. Program components.
In order to be approved by the Board of Teaching, a school
district's residency program must at minimum include:
(1) training to prepare teachers to serve as mentors to teaching residents;
(2) a team mentorship approach to expose teaching residents to a variety of teaching
methods, philosophies, and classroom environments;
(3) ongoing peer coaching and assessment;
(4) assistance to the teaching resident in preparing an individual professional development
plan that includes goals, activities, and assessment methodologies; and
(5) collaboration with one or more teacher education institutions, career teachers, and other
community experts to provide local or regional professional development seminars or other
structured learning experiences for teaching residents.
A teaching resident's direct classroom supervision responsibilities shall not exceed 80 percent
of the instructional time required of a full-time equivalent teacher in the district. During the time
a resident does not supervise a class, the resident shall participate in professional development
activities according to the individual plan developed by the resident in conjunction with the
school's mentoring team. Examples of development activities include observing other teachers,
sharing experiences with other teaching residents, and professional meetings and workshops.
Subd. 4. Employment conditions.
A school district must pay a teaching resident a salary
equal to 90 percent of the salary of a first-year teacher with a bachelor's degree in the district. The
resident shall be a member of the local bargaining unit and shall be covered under the terms of
the contract, except for salary and benefits, unless otherwise provided in this subdivision. The
school district must provide health insurance coverage for the resident if the district provides it for
teachers, and may provide other benefits upon negotiated agreement.
Subd. 5. Applies toward probationary period.
A teaching residency shall count as one
year of a teacher's probationary period under section
122A.40, subdivision 5
, or section
. A residency extended for one year shall not count as an additional year under
Subd. 6. Learning and development revenue eligibility.
A school district with an approved
teaching residency program may use learning and development revenue for each teaching resident
in kindergarten through grade six. A district also may use the revenue for a paraprofessional who
is a person of color enrolled in an approved teacher preparation program. A school district must
not use a teaching resident to replace an existing teaching position unless:
(1) there is no teacher available who is properly licensed to fill the vacancy, who has been
placed on unrequested leave of absence in the district, and who wishes to be reinstated; and
(2) the district's collective bargaining agreement includes a memorandum of understanding
that permits teaching residents to fill an existing teaching position.
Subd. 7. Recommendation for licensure requirements.
The Board of Teaching must
develop for teachers of students in prekindergarten through grade 12, model teaching residency
outcomes and assessments, and mentoring programs.
History: 1993 c 224 art 7 s 20; 1994 c 647 art 7 s 6-8; 1998 c 397 art 8 s 74-76,101; art
11 s 3; 2000 c 489 art 2 s 2