The Board of Education is committed to having a quality teacher in every classroom and a strong leader in every
building. The Board encourages the use of best educational practices to improve instruction and increase student
achievement. To these ends, the Board requires that the District hire the most qualified and experienced individuals
available and that all staff be licensed as required by law.
Attaining and maintaining proper State licensure under P.I. 34 is primarily the licensee’s responsibility. However,
the Board recognizes its responsibilities under P.I. 34 and supports efforts that promote the effectiveness of staff
through career-long preparation and learning and performance-based assessment.
P.I. 34 controls licenses for teachers, administrators and pupil service professionals. The regulations identify three
(3) licenses for these staff: initial educator, professional educator, and master educator. An initial educator license
is issued by the Department of Public Instruction for a period of five (5) years and is nonrenewable unless the
individual has not been employed as an educator for at least two (2) years within the five (5) year period. A
professional educator license is a renewable license issued for a period of five (5) years. A master educator license
is a renewable license issued for a period of ten (10) years.
The District has the following responsibilities under P.I. 34 relating to initial educators:
A. Ongoing Orientation
The District shall provide ongoing orientation to initial educators. The ongoing orientation shall be developed,
and delivered by the Board, administrators, teachers, support staff and parents.
B. Support Seminars
The District shall provide support seminars for initial educators. The support seminars shall reflect the
standards set forth in the District's approved mentoring program handbook and the mission and goals of the
C. Qualified Mentor
The District shall provide the initial educator with a qualified mentor. A "mentor" is an educator who is trained
to provide support and assistance to initial educators and who will have input into the confidential formative
assessment of the initial educator and who is not to be considered as part of the formal employment
evaluation process. To be "qualified," the person must hold an appropriate license.
D. Initial Educator Team
Upon the written request of an initial educator, the Superintendent shall designate an administrator, subject
to Board approval, to be a member of the initial educator’s team charged under the regulations with reviewing,
and approving the initial educator’s professional development goals.
In addition, the Superintendent shall develop a licensure support plan consistent with the requirements of P.I.
Further, on or before August 31, 2004, the Superintendent shall submit to the Department of Public
Instruction a plan describing how the District will meet its initial educator requirements under P.I. 34.
Approved/Adopted: July 13, 2009
Revised: August 29, 2011