TITLE 23: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL RESOURCES
SUBTITLE A: EDUCATION
CHAPTER I: ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
SUBCHAPTER b: PERSONNEL
PART 65 NEW TEACHER INDUCTION AND MENTORING
SECTION 65.20 REQUIREMENTS OF THE PLAN; PROGRAM SPECIFICATIONS
Section 65.20 Requirements of the Plan; Program Specifications
a) When State funding is available to support new proposals for any initiative under Article 21A of the School Code, the State Superintendent of Education shall issue application materials in order to solicit applications from eligible entities. As used in this Part, a "proposal" or "application" means relevant portions of a plan for an induction and mentoring program that meets the requirements of Section 21A-20 of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/21A-20], accompanied by the additional materials applicants will be required to submit, as described in Subpart B of this Part.
1) When the level of funding is insufficient to provide grants to each eligible entity in the State, a Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued to solicit applications from eligible entities, and applications will be considered for funding based on the extent to which they meet the criteria set forth in Section 65.150 of this Part.
2) When the level of funding is sufficient to fund all eligible entities in the State, a request for applications will be issued and each school district whose plan meets the requirements of Article 21A of the School Code and this Part will receive a grant in an amount equal to at least the amount specified in Section 21A-25 of the School Code.
b) In accordance with Section 21A-20 of the School Code, each plan approved for a beginning teacher induction grant shall:
1) assign a mentor teacher to each beginning teacher for a period of at least 2 school years, providing sufficient time for the beginning teacher and mentor to engage in mentoring activities;
2) align with the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, content area standards and the employing entity's existing local school improvement and professional development plans, if any. In order to demonstrate the alignment required by this subsection (b)(2), each plan shall discuss the relationship among the services and experiences that will be available to beginning teachers, the content-area standards applicable to their respective fields of licensure endorsement or assignment (see 23 Ill. Adm. Code 20, 21, 26 and 27), and the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards (see 23 Ill. Adm. Code 24);
3) address all of the following elements and how they will be provided:
A) mentoring and support of the beginning teacher;
B) professional development specifically designed to ensure the growth of the beginning teacher's knowledge and skills and accelerate the beginning teacher's practice; and
C) formative assessment designed to ensure feedback and reflection, which must not be used in any evaluation of the beginning teacher; and
4) describe the role of mentor teachers, the criteria and process for their selection, and how they will be trained, provided that each mentor teacher shall demonstrate the best practices in teaching his or her respective field of practice. A mentor teacher may not directly or indirectly participate in the evaluation of a new teacher pursuant to Article 24A of the School Code or the evaluation procedure of the public school.
c) Each plan shall meet the Illinois Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Beginning Teacher Induction Programs set forth in Appendix A of this Part and further amplified in Section 65.150 of this Part.
(Source: Amended at 37 Ill. Reg. 15925, effective September 27, 2013)