NLA Discussion: Adult ed certification Issues in LA
PDWall at aol.com
PDWall at aol.com
Sun Aug 29 18:26:40 EDT 1999
I figured out a while ago that good teachers are born and often difficult to,
otherwise, produce.....with that said, I will provide for discussion the
following information about Louisiana's adult ed teacher credentialing
efforts. As state policy, we are committed to expanding the numbers of
instructors certified in adult education.
First, all instructional funds--state and federal--in Louisiana are
distributed by performance-based formula. I am not sure if the formula yet
identifies the best delivery and outcomes for reward, but we continue to be
open to "tweaking" it and invite programs each year to examine how the money
is passed out. Percentage of staff certified in adult education is rewarded
in the funding formula, even though we know that single factor is difficult
for community literacy programs.
In Louisiana, a person with an education degree takes 12 hours of graduate
credit, 3 hours of which is a practicum of some kind, to become certified.
The state office has tried to ensure that a variety of opportunities exist to
access the required coursework, such as television courses and intensive
4-day trainings with follow-up assignments. In August we offered three full
days in the computer lab for "Using the Internet as the Content of Adult Ed
Instruction" and now have the second half of the course offered in a
'"virtual classroom" over the Internet with a professor from LSU. State
leadership funds will pay tuition for all completing the course.
One problem is the lack of any difference in Louisiana in the hourly wages
paid for certified teachers versus degreed but uncertified teachers. All
receive $15/hour, with most working part-time, of course. So while programs
are motivated to help teachers become certified because funding increases,
individual teachers are not rewarded. We are hoping the state professional
association will work on that. We continue to look at options for
certification of literacy volunteers, also.
In addition, one strategy to improve program quality stated in our Five Year
Plan is, at least for the next few years, the requirement that all full-time
teachers enroll in 15 clock hours of professional development, with part-time
staff required to take 10 hours during the year. Again, we try to provide
much of this regionally so everyone has the opportunity to attend training.
We are open to further suggestions............
Pam Wall, Director
State Literacy Resource Center
LA Dept of Education
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