DOE to host forums on licensure
The Department of Education (DOE) has scheduled four May forums to be held in anticipation of changes to the requirements for educator preparation and licensure. Meetings have been scheduled in Taunton. Malden, Marlborough and Springfield, according to the DOE Web site.
DOE staff will present ideas that are currently being discussed and seek feedback and additional suggestions. MTA local association leaders and members, especially those most impacted by licensing, are urged to attend.
It is unusual for teachers to have an opportunity to react and make suggestions before proposed revisions to regulations are actually written. Let's make our views clear.
We are all aware of the shortcomings of the licensure system that has been in place since 2001. This is an opportunity to discuss if and how it might be changed. Revisions should result in a less convoluted and prescriptive system and, at the same time, ensure that the profession is not eroded by lowered standards.
Delegates to the MTA Annual Meeting of Delegates will have an opportunity to hear more on this process and proposals at the Business Session Issues Forum on Friday, May 5, early afternoon.
The forums are scheduled from 4 - 6 p.m., according to the DOE Web site:
Monday, May 8: Taunton High School Auditorium, Taunton
Monday, May 15: Mass. Department of Education, Malden
Wednesday, May 17: Assabet Valley Regional Vocational-Technical High School Auditorium, Marlborough
Tuesday, May 23: Meline Kasparian Professional Development Center, Springfield