District of Innovation Process
The district of innovation concept was passed into law in 2015 when the 84th Texas Legislature created Texas Education Code (TEC) chapter 12A, Districts of Innovation. An innovation plan allows a school district to establish local control through exemptions from various Texas Education Code (TEC) requirements. Seguin ISD is focused on gaining exemptions in the areas of educator certification and school start date.
ALLOW ALTERNATIVES TO EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION
Innovation: Educator certification alternatives may increase the number of dual credit and Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses offered at the secondary level. This change may allow students more opportunities to receive college credit and/or industry certifications while in high school.
Requirement: Texas Education Code § 21.051 provides that before a school district may employ a candidate for certification as a teacher of record, the candidate must complete at least 15 hours of field-based experience in which the candidate is actively engaged in instructional or educational activities. Teacher certification for Career and Technical Education Instructors; TEC § 21.003 CERTIFICATION REQUIRED. (a) A person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by Subchapter B.
Local control advantages:
DETERMINE A FLEXIBLE SCHOOL START DATE
Innovation: A flexible start date would allow Seguin ISD many options which may positively impact student learning and growth. An earlier start date would allow for balanced semesters, innovative and timely summer programs to provide enrichment and intervention, and targeted professional development and school transition opportunities.
Requirement: Texas Education Code §25.0811 states that a school district may not begin instruction prior to the fourth Monday in August.
Local control advantages:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/PLANNING AND PREPARATION
Innovation:Nearly 40% of Seguin ISD teachers have between 0-5 years of experience. With a diverse student population comprised of 70% economically disadvantaged, 56% at risk, 16% LEP, and 12% Special Education, along with a blended platform of face to face and online learners, the district’s educators must be well-equipped to meet the unique needs of each student.
Requirement: Texas Education Code § 21.404 entitles each classroom teacher to at least 450 minutes within each two-week period for instructional preparation, including parent-teacher conferences, evaluating students’ work, and planning.
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