DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Office of the Secretary

Statutory Authority: 14 Delaware Code, Section 122(b) (14 Del.C. §122(b))

14 DE Admin. Code 235

PROPOSED

PUBLIC NOTICE

235 Teacher of the Year Award

Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To 14 Del.C. Section 122(D)

A. Type of Regulatory Action Required

Reauthorization of Existing Regulation

B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation

The Secretary of Education seeks to reauthorize 14 DE Admin. Code 235 Teacher of the Year Award as part of the five-year review cycle.

Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by the close of business on or before January 6, 2011 to Susan Haberstroh, Education Associate, Regulation Review, Department of Education, at 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901. A copy of this regulation is available from the above address or may be viewed at the Department of Education business office.

C. Impact Criteria

1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The regulation is readopted as part of the 5 year review cycle.

2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The regulation is readopted as part of the 5 year review cycle.

3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ health and safety are adequately protected? The regulation is readopted as part of the 5 year review cycle.

4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ legal rights are respected? The regulation is readopted as part of the 5 year review cycle.

5. Will the amended regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level? The regulation is readopted as part of the 5 year review cycle.

6. Will the amended regulation place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels? The regulation is readopted as part of the 5 year review cycle.

7. Will the decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated be placed in the same entity? The entity for decision making and accountability will not change.

8. Will the amended regulation be consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies? The regulation is readopted as part of the 5 year review cycle.

9. Is there a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation? There is not a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of this regulation.

10. What is the cost to the State and to the local school boards of compliance with the regulation? There is no cost to the local school boards.

235 Teacher of the Year Award

This program shall be administered in accordance with 14 Del.C. Ch. 89, and the following rules and regulations.

1.0 Qualifications

To be considered for the Teacher of the Year award a person shall:

1.1 Have taught, continuously or intermittently, for an accumulative period of three years or more in a Delaware public school previous to the date of such person's nomination.

1.2 Have been formally nominated.

1.3 Be actively teaching in their district or charter school in this state at the time of their nomination.

1.4 Continue to actively teach in the nominating district or charter school for the duration of the school year of their nomination.

1.4.1 If the nominee chooses to leave the district or charter school during the selection period the district or charter school shall submit another nominee.

1.5 Meet all the requirements for a Standard Certificate for the position held and hold a valid and current license, as approved by the Professional Standards Board, Department of Education and the State Board of Education.

7 DE Reg. 1178 (3/1/04)

9 DE Reg. 1182 (2/1/06)

2.0 Nominations

The following shall apply in preparing nominations in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

2.1 The Department of Education shall meet annually with the district coordinators of the Teacher of the Year Program and the representative for the charter schools for the purpose of providing them with detailed instructions and proper forms for the presentation of nominees. Each district is invited to nominate one teacher employed by the district and the charter schools are invited to select one nominee to represent all of the charter schools.

2.1.1 Nominees shall be skillful and dedicated teachers, prekindergarten through grade 12. Administrative personnel such as principals and guidance counselors are not eligible to be considered for State Teacher of the Year. Nominees for State Teacher of the Year who are not actively engaged in teaching in a public school at the time at which observations are made pursuant to Section 2.2 below shall be disqualified.

2.2 Nominees shall submit a portfolio describing themselves and setting forth their positions on educational issues. Format will be based on the National Teacher of the Year program.

2.3 Following the submission of the portfolios, selected Department of Education staff members and selected former state and local district Teachers of the Year shall be assigned in pairs to read the portfolios of two nominees and observe those nominees in the classroom based on the criteria stipulated in the Teacher of the Year Program Guide that is updated each year. Another group of Department of Education Staff members shall be assigned to read all of the portfolios and rate them based on forms found in the Teacher of the Year Program Guide. Based on the numerical ratings from both the portfolio readers and from the observations, three nominees shall be identified as finalists for consideration by a panel of judges.

2.4 The panel of judges shall include: the current State Teacher of the Year; the President of the State Congress of Parents and Teachers; the President of the State Student Council Association; a member of the State Board of Education; a representative of the Chamber of Commerce; the President of the Delaware State Education Association; and the Chair of the Professional Standards Board or, if necessary, their designees.

2.5 The judges shall recommend one person for the Secretary of Education to declare as the State Teacher of the Year.

3 DE Reg. 104 (7/1/99)

7 DE Reg. 1178 (3/1/04)

9 DE Reg. 1182 (2/1/06)

14 DE Reg. 510 (12/01/10) Prop.