TITLE 23: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL RESOURCES
SUBTITLE A: EDUCATION
CHAPTER I: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
SUBCHAPTER b: PERSONNEL
PART 25 EDUCATOR LICENSURE
SECTION 25.444 ILLINOIS TEACHING EXCELLENCE PROGRAM
Section 25.444 Illinois Teaching Excellence Program
The annual payments and incentives established under Section 21B-70 of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/21B-70] shall be subject to the requirements of this Section and shall be contingent upon the appropriation of sufficient funds (see subsection (a)). For purposes of this Section, "State Superintendent of Education" means the State Superintendent or a designee. When permitted or required by the State Superintendent, documentation called for in this Section may be submitted via electronic means.
a) When the funding available in any fiscal year is inadequate to cover all the payments requested by "qualified educators", as defined in Section 21B-70(a) of the School Code, payments shall be paid on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of the type of payment being requested, but shall be subject to any limitations established for a particular payment type under Section 21B-70 of the School Code. Therefore, although a qualified educator, as defined in Section 21B-70(a) of the School Code, is someone who meets the requirements for a particular payment, not all qualifying educators in any given year will be assured of receiving the applicable payments.
b) A qualified educator shall qualify for a payment as called for in Section 21B-70(c)(1), (c)(2) or (c)(3) of the School Code when he or she is employed by a school district or other public entity providing early childhood, elementary, or secondary education, including special education, as the individual originally assigned to a full-year, full-time position whose functions:
1) are specifically authorized by the grade levels and content-area endorsements on his or her professional educator license and include the provision of instruction to students; or
2) are specifically authorized by a school support personnel endorsement for school counselor on a professional educator license and include the provision of counseling services to students.
c) A qualified educator shall qualify for one or more incentive payments under Section 21B-70(c)(5) of the School Code for each year during which:
1) he or she is either:
A) employed by a school district or other public entity providing early childhood, elementary, or secondary education, including special education, in a full-year, full-time position whose functions meet the requirements of subsection (b), as verified by the employer using a format specified by the State Superintendent of Education; or
B) retired (i.e., drawing an annuity from either the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois pursuant to Article 16 of the Illinois Pension Code [40 ILCS 5/Art. 16] or the Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund − Cities Over 500,000 Inhabitants pursuant to Article 17 of the Illinois Pension Code [40 ILCS 5/Art. 17]); and
2) he or she agrees, in writing, using a format prescribed by the State Superintendent of Education, to provide at least 30 hours of mentoring or National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) professional development or both during the school year to classroom teachers or school counselors as described in Section 21B-70(c)(5) of the School Code. (Section 21B-70(c)(5) of the School Code)
d) Requirements for Professional Development and Assistance to NBPTS Candidates
1) As verification that he or she qualifies for the applicable incentive payment, a qualified educator who provides professional development to new or experienced teachers or school counselors under subsection (c) shall submit to the State Superintendent of Education a written log of the assistance provided, using a format specified by the State Superintendent, demonstrating that he or she addressed one or more of the standards set forth in 23 Ill. Adm. Code 24 (Standards for All Illinois Teachers) as relevant to the classroom-based needs of the recipient teachers, or one or more of the standards set forth in 23 Ill. Adm. Code 23.110 (Standards for the School Counselor), as applicable. Each recipient of professional development shall be identified by name, shall be working in an Illinois public educational setting, and shall sign the log as verification of the dates and hours of service indicated.
2) As verification that he or she qualifies for the applicable incentive payment, a qualified educator who assists other Illinois educators in preparing for certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards under subsection (c) shall submit to the State Superintendent of Education a written log of the assistance provided, using a format specified by the State Superintendent. This record shall identify the activities performed and verify that these activities addressed specific requirements candidates must meet for NBPTS certification.
e) Requirements for Mentoring or NBPTS Professional Development
1) Mentoring or professional development provided in accordance with subsection (c) shall be conducted either:
A) as part of and in conformance with a mentoring or professional development program formally established by a school district; or
B) under the terms of a written agreement among the mentor, the building administrator, mentor coordinator, or other responsible official of the school district employing one or more recipients, and those recipients, that describes the goals of the mentoring or professional development, the duration of the mentor's involvement, and the amount of time expected to be devoted to each recipient.
2) Mentoring or professional development may be provided to recipients either individually or in groups, provided that the mentor must address areas of practice relevant to the needs of each recipient.
3) An individual who provides mentoring or professional development under this Section shall notify his or her employing district (if different from that of the recipients) to this effect and, as verification that he or she qualifies for the applicable incentive payment, shall submit to the State Superintendent of Education a written log that:
A) meets the requirements of subsection (d)(1); and
B) discusses how the mentoring or professional development was related to the academic needs of the recipient teachers' students or the needs of the students served by the recipient counselors, as applicable.
f) Educator licensed teachers shall receive incentive payments only for providing mentoring and professional development to other teachers, and educator licensed school counselors shall receive incentive payments only for providing mentoring and professional development to other school counselors.
g) Instructional Leadership Training
In any fiscal year in which money remains after funding the categories in subsections (a) through (c), the State Superintendent of Education shall announce no later than June 1 the amount of funding that will be devoted to training for qualified educators. The announcement shall indicate the:
1) specific purposes, from among those specified in Section 21B-70, of the training to be conducted;
2) amount of any stipend awarded for participating in the training;
3) limitations on the qualified educators who may participate (e.g., school demographics, including student characteristics and achievement levels; school district location); and
4) process a qualified educator would use to apply for a stipend under this subsection (g).
(Source: Amended at 39 Ill. Reg. 13722, effective October 5, 2015)