February 23, 2022: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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February 23, 2022

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

Three young students on the floor, sharing a book called Ovals, from Donna ISD


“If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes (and it will change)” (possibly) Mark Twain (1835-1910)  

Texas (at least north Texas area) weather is indecisive. This week alone we went from fire warnings on Monday, to storms on Tuesday, and potentially snow Wednesday and Thursday and who knows what Friday will hold. I have found myself complaining about the weather, and by the time I am finished with my social media rant, the weather has changed. 

The same can be said for education. Educational systems are ever evolving; we are constantly learning and applying new practices. As society changes, the education system must as well. It is thanks to your tenacity, innovation, and determination to educate the future that we can thrive as a society. To this end, thank you for your commitment to preparing future educators.

Our goal is for this newsletter to serve as a support by compiling the most up-to-date information concerning what you need to know that impacts your candidates in the coming weeks. Please thoroughly read all the sections for reminders, upcoming events, to dos, and FAQs.   

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Upcoming Events

There are no new events at this time.

Upcoming Deadlines

Topic: PASL
Action: Spring Registration Closes 
Due Date: April 5th, 2022

Topic: PASL
Action: Task Submission Deadline
Due Date: April 19th, 2022 2 pm ET

Table Of Contents

EPP Points of Contact

Your best source for information and support at the TEA.   

As an EPP, your main point of contact is your Education Specialist.   

Educator Preparation Program Support

Updates related to Educator Preparation Program Management

New: EPP Complaints Process 
Did you know that TAC §228.70(b)(1) requires each EPP to have their complaints process on file at TEA? Most EPPs have a process on file with TEA, but some may be outdated. If you’ve updated your EPP’s complaints process recently or plan to update it soon, please remember to send your Education Specialist a copy so that we can update the information in your file. 

New: EPP Contact Information 
Does your EPP’s Contact List need updating? If so, please let us know. It's easy to do. Just send an email to your Education Specialist and include the name, phone number, and email address of the faculty/staff member who has recently been added to your EPP or who is no longer with your EPP. By keeping your EPP’s Contact List up to date, your EPP faculty/staff will be sure to receive information, communications, etc. in a timely manner. 

New: Vetted Teacher Residency Program and Vetted Principal Residency Program Vetted List Application Cycles: Coming Soon  
Does your EPP have an established Teacher and/or Principal residency program? If so, be on the lookout for a new application cycle for the Vetted Teacher Residency Program or Vetted Principal Residency Program list. Vetted programs are eligible for partnership through TEA supported grant opportunities. See the chart below for more information, and even more information will be coming soon! 

Vetted Teacher Residency Program List 

Vetted Principal Residency
Program List

  • Current VTRPs are eligible to support TCLAS decision 5 awarded districts 
  • Application Window: 3/22/22 – 4/12/22 
  • Communication about Application Status: By 4/30/22 
  • Application will be annual 
  • Current VPRPs are eligible providers for district grantees in the Principal Residency Grant. New VPRPs may support 2022-23 Cycle grantees 
  • Application Window: 4/12/22 – 5/9/22 
  • Communication about Application Status: By 6/10/22 
  • Application will be annual 

New: edTPA Pilot Webpage  
We are thrilled to inform you that the Texas edTPA Pilot webpage has launched! Please find the edTPA pilot webpage here, which includes information about the edTPA pilot in Texas for stakeholder groups (EPPs, P-12 partners, and candidates) and will feature regular updates. If you would like to offer suggestions to enhance the edTPA pilot webpage, please feel free to do so via this survey. If you have any questions regarding the edTPA pilot, please contact DeMarco Pitre at demarco.pitre@tea.texas.gov 

New Postings to the Program Provider Resources page 
The following documents are now available on the Program Provider Resources page: 

  • Certificate Correction, Deactivation, and Reactivation webinar and FAQ document 
  • Found under the EPP Training Events and Materials section 
  • Request for Correction Form and Request to Correct the Finisher Record List Process document 
  • Found under the Forms and Documents section 

EPPs now have access to the Request for Correction (RFC) Form which is used to submit a request to correct a candidate’s program status on the Finisher Record List from a previous reporting year.   


Educator Standards and Testing

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

ETS Seeking Scorers for PASL  
ETS invites school leaders and preparation faculty to participate in the online scoring of the ETS® Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL). This is an excellent opportunity for school leaders and preparation program faculty to become more familiar with this certification exam. Professionals who meet the criteria listed on PASL Scoring Job Opportunities are eligible to be scoring professionals (raters) for the assessment.    

Approved Exam Framework Posted – Deafblind EC-12 #185 
The development of certification exams is based on the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) approved certification standards for each field. Recently approved exam frameworks are posted on the New Educator Standards and Test Frameworks website 

Representative Examinations are available for purchase on the Pearson website.   

  • Core Subjects EC-6 (391) 
  • English Language Arts & Reading 4-8 (217) – Available September 2022 

Information about Representative Examinations is available on the program website at http://www.tx.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_AssessingCandidatesReadiness.html. To order a Representative Examination, authorized representatives from SBEC-approved educator preparation programs (EPPs) can send a request for an order form to estestvoucher@pearson.com. 


Educator Certification 

Updates related to Educator Certification 

New: Updated Teacher Assignment Chart 
The TAC Chapter 231 Teacher Assignment Chart document is available on the TEA website. EPPs can find the updated assignment chart in the Assignment Information section of the Certification page found under the Texas Educators tab on the TEA website. 


Updates about SBEC, Rules, and Legislation

Updates related to actions by the State Board for Educator Certification, the State Board of Education, and the Legislature.   

The February SBEC meeting was held Friday, February 11th.  More information about the SBEC meeting, including the meeting agenda and access to view the meeting recording, can be found on the SBEC webpage. 


Program Spotlight

When possible, we present updates and shared practices from EPPs around Texas. If you have information you would like to share in this space, please reach out to your education specialist.

New: Program Spotlight Nomination Form
TEA has created a new process to gather information about the wonderful practices, partnerships, and initiatives conducted by EPPs. If you would like to nominate your EPP or another EPP you’ve worked with, please complete and submit the
Program Spotlight Nomination Form. Our goal is to celebrate the great work from EPPs around Texas. If you have any questions, please reach out your Education Specialist.



Every newsletter we take this space to highlight questions that we have heard from EPPs. 

Q: Can the TEA define what digital literacy is? 
A:Digital literacy is the ability to analyze, evaluate, and navigate digital platforms and media, including the internet and social media. This includes the ability to use technology safely and appropriately.  

Q: Can Education Service Center Alternative Certification Programs (ACPs) create a teacher residency program? If so, what is that process?      
A: Residency transformation is just as important and possible for ACPs. TEA’s Teacher Residency team will soon be providing some strategies to support further residency transformation across Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs). All programs will have the option to apply for the vetted teacher residency program when the application launches again soon. See the section ‘Educator Preparation Program Support’ in this week’s newsletter for more information regarding the application timeline. TEA will be sharing more information for teacher and principal residencies in a future newsletter(s). 


For More Information...

Information regarding educator certification testing can be accessed at the Texas Educator Certification Exam website.   

Information regarding the Science of Teaching Reading Exam can be accessed at tea.texas.gov/str.   

Information regarding Spring 2022 edTPA Virtual Workshops and Webinars.   

Information and updates regarding the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) can be accessed at the Important Updates link.   

Updated information related to the COVID-19 response can be accessed here.   

To view previous editions of the weekly newsletter, please see the Texas Educator Preparation Program Weekly Newsletter webpage.  

Lesson Study Gateway Resources 

Practice based preparation resources for virtual field-based experience: Provides model lessons and video of instructional delivery.  

Texas Teach Like a Champion (TLAC)

Practice based preparation resources for virtual field-based experience:  Provides content neutral pedagogical skill building through observing a model of and practicing the same high leverage skill.    

Texas TLAC One Pager for EPPs   

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