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This is an important "success" for the field of IT in education. Although it does not define the term "technology," one can interpret this listing to mean that Information Technology (or, Information and Communications Technology) is certainly allowed as one of six possible areas of concentration for Continuing Professional Licensure.
The following is copied from the Overview of: Continuing Professional Development for Licensure Renewal Handbook Third Edition - 1999 Accessed 11/23/00: http://www.open.k12.or.us/scoring/tspc/tspclrh.html.
Studies show that educators participate in continued professional development in order to enhance student learning. Educators wish to gain new skills that they may incorporate into their work with students.
Educators who hold Basic, Standard or Continuing Licenses are required to complete a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Plan in order to renew the license. This requirement does not apply to initial licenses. The Oregon CPD plan provides two options for the educator. One is a plan offered by the district. The second is an individual plan developed by the educator in collaboration with a supervisor or a CPD advisor. A CPD advisor may be a colleague, faculty member from an institution, or business or community member that is related to the activities of the plan and approved by the educator's supervisor.
The plan should be portable so that an educator who moves or changes assignment may amend the plan. The plan should be comprehensive so that it has an effect for the educator in mastering new strategies and skills.
The educator will complete a form that identifies the CPD goals of the educator, the district and state, and will propose the activities necessary to fulfill the plan. At the conclusion of the cycle, the educator will reflect on the activities and how the plan has enhanced student learning. The advisor/supervisor will sign the form. The district will report "successful experience and completed CPD plan" on the Professional Educational Experience Report (PEER) Form when the educator applies for renewal of licensure.
Those applicants who renew a BASIC license will need to complete 75 professional development units (PDUs). The applicants for renewal of STANDARD or CONTINUING licenses will need to complete 125 PDUs. The Proposal for the Professional Development Plan should be developed at the beginning of the licensure period. The required PDUs must be earned prior to application for renewal.
What is a PDU?
A Professional Development Unit equates to one clock hour. One quarter hour of college or university credit equals 20 PDUs. One semester hour of college or university credit equals 30 PDUs.
The CPD requirement becomes effective January 15, 2002, and will be phased in as follows:
Oregon Education Association
The OEA is deeply involved with Continuing Licensure of teachers in Oregon. The following is quoted from this Website: Accessed 1/29/01: http://www.oregoned.org/teaching_