June 2013
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Certification to Licensure
Teach the CCSS
Illinois Reads
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Welcome to iCommunicate, IRC's new monthly e-newsletter!  Here you will learn, share and enjoy information on timely topics and cutting edge projects.  We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments and ideas:  icommunicate@illinoisreadingcouncil.org.   
By Wendy McPherrin, ISBE Certification/Licensure Specialist




Teachers', administrators', and school service personnel's certificates will automatically be converted to a Professional Educator License (PEL).  All credentials from any and all certificates will be on one license per educator, with each credential listed as a separate endorsement.


There will be no paper licenses.  All credentials will be accessible online on the State Board's Educator License Information System (ELIS) found at www.isbe.net.  All actions concerning licensure will be conducted on ELIS, including applications, renewals and reinstatements.


Professional Educators' renewal cycles will not change, and the registration fee will remain $10 per year, payable for the full registration period at the time of registration (usually 5 year increments).


An initial certificate will convert to a full PEL, and there will be no more initial to standard applications.


A master certificate will convert to a full PEL. National Board Certification will convert to a permanent National Board Certificate endorsement on the PEL.  Those who received National Board Certification on July 1, 2012 or after will receive a ten-year National Board designation on their licenses that will remain on the license after ten years if the holder completes the National Board Certificate renewal process before the end of the tenth year.


Renewal requirements are being changed, with detailed information available in the fall of 2013. It is important to wait until renewal requirements are finalized before making any changes or destroying any evidence of completion currently held.


Substitute certificate holders will receive a substitute license.  All substitute licenses will expire on June 30, 2018. Substitute license holders will need to log on to ELIS and register their new licenses, and pay the additional registration fee. To renew a substitute license, the test of academic proficiency will need to be passed before renewal in 2018. Individuals with substitute certificates expiring on June 30, 2013 will have to apply for a new substitute license after July 1, 2013.  The application fee will be $75, and the registration fee will be $50.  Educators with a lapsed teaching certificate will no longer be able to receive a substitute-teaching license after July 1, 2013.


Teacher aides who hold Highly Qualified or TASN credentials will receive an Educator License with Stipulations (ELS).  Teacher aides who hold TA or TAS will receive an approval to be a teacher's aide in non-Title I assignments.  In the future, holders of an ELS Paraprofessional will have to register the license and instructions will be available after June 30.


For more information, please see the Illinois State Board of Education website at  http://www.isbe.state.il.us/certification/default.htm.
By Tracy Tarasiuk, IRC Technology Chair

The Basal Alignment Project (K-5) and Anthology Alignment Project (6-10) were both launched over the past year. The purpose of these projects is to provide teachers with Common Core aligned lessons for texts and stories available in all major basals and anthologies currently used in classrooms. Each project provides a full explanation of its history and purpose, including the educators and partnerships responsible for developing these resources. In short, the teachers who have worked on this project have developed close reading protocols, text dependent questions, vocabulary lists and writing tasks that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. These lessons are not present in the basals and anthologies.


The materials developed by these projects are available at Edmodo.com.   To access these materials you will need to join Edmodo. Once you are a member of Edmodo you will need to click on the "join" button on the left side of your Edmodo page. The codes to join and access materials for each project are listed below:

  • Basal Alignment Project: F4Q6NM
  • Anthology Alignment Project: pkx4sp

To access materials and lesson plans, you will need to click on the "folders" button at each project. Within the folders you will see a list of all the basals and anthologies for which lessons are available. Once you click on a basal, you will get a list of stories and texts with lesson plans. These projects are not complete and new materials are constantly being added. The lessons are available to download for free as word documents. Within each lesson you will find a list of teacher instructions that includes:

  • Before and during teaching strategies
  • A list of text dependent questions with examples of evidence-based answers
  • A vocabulary list that distinguishes between words that must be taught and those that students can figure out through context
  • A culminating writing task based on the text

Both these projects provide classroom teachers with resources and support to begin aligning instruction to the Common Core State Standards. These lessons were developed by teachers for teachers. The best part about these projects is that they use materials that teachers already have access to and are currently using in their classroom.   These lessons are easy to follow and will help classroom teachers begin to apply CCSS-type reading lessons in their classrooms.


Under the auspices of the Illinois Reading Council, ILLINOIS READS was launched in March at the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield. Guests were greeted with delightful string music provided by The Fleming School of the Performing Arts. In Representative Hall, the site of Lincoln's "House Divided" speech, attendees heard an Illinois House Resolution co-sponsored by 20 Representatives, unanimously approved, and read by Emily McAsey.


Guests were the first to hear the Public Service Announcement produced by the Illinois Broadcast Association and sponsored by the Illinois Education Association. As of this date it has played well over 1,000 times across the state!  Lt. Governor Shelia Simon was on hand to welcome guests and the authors in attendance. Lt. Governor Simon said, "Thanks for arranging for me to be present during the launching of your ILLINOIS READS program.  What a fabulous bunch of authors!"  What a thrill it was to have Joan Bauer, Andrew Clements and 16 more Illinois authors in attendance! Anderson Book Shops had copies of their ILLINOIS READS books and autographs were secured by the librarians, teachers, grandparents and students in attendance. 

We extend another THANK YOU to the Old State Capitol's staff and to everyone who made the launch so memorable. (Join us next year on March 12, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.)


Since the launch of ILLINOIS READS in March, 350 Illinois citizens have signed on to be ILLINOIS READS Ambassadors. Over 5,000 bookmarks have been mailed to teachers, librarians and book stores across the state. Posters have appeared in Panera restaurants, teachers' workrooms, libraries and gas stations.


ILLINOIS READS was included in a press release sent to media outlets across the state by the Illinois State Board of Education this spring. In the press release Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White, State School Superintendent, Chris Koch, and Governor Quinn encouraged summer reading. ILLINOIS READS books were highlighted as great titles for summer reading.


Across the state teachers and librarians have recommended ILLINOIS READS books for summer reading. This is great preparation for getting to know students early in the 2013-14 school term.


Please visit our web site to become an ILLINOIS READS Ambassador: www.illinoisreads.org.