Wednesday, September 17, 2014
We recognize that the information coming from DESE regarding the awarding of the SEI endorsements has been confusing. DESE has notified Superintendents, RETELL district liaisons, course instructors and MTA leadership of the errors and their plans to send a corrected message to impacted educators. We continue our discussions with DESE and will be updating as information becomes available. In addition, the MTA is sharing updated information regarding the potential cancellation of SEI Endorsement courses.
SEI Endorsement Notifications
Recently, DESE sent emails to some educators regarding the status of their SEI Endorsement which indicated that the educator had failed to obtain the Endorsement despite having completed the DESE course
s. Not all educators received a message from DESE. Members should not be concerned if they did receive any email from DESE regarding the SEI Endorsement.
If you received such an email, you can expect to receive either a correction email from DESE, notifying you that the SEI Endorsement has been awarded, or an email that will contain instructions on next steps to take. This will include instructions on how to apply for the SEI Endorsement in ELAR.
Educators who took but failed to successfully complete an SEI Endorsement course should expect a letter to arrive via certified mail in the coming weeks.
As a reminder, all educators who are seeking the SEI Endorsement must apply for the endorsement in ELAR at gateway.edu.state.ma.us/elar/. Educators will be able to view the status of the application and print an unofficial copy of the licensure information once the SEI Endorsement has been awarded.
If you have questions about any of the communications from DESE, you may send your question directly to the RETELL staff at DESE using the online form atwww.doe.mass.edu/contact/qanda.aspx. MTA members may also request assistance from MTA staff by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RETELL Course Cancellations
DESE is in the process of reviewing the SEI Endorsement courses and will be sending out notifications of course cancellations in the upcoming weeks. Courses may be cancelled due to low enrollment or lack of instructor availability. Any educator who has enrolled in a course that is cancelled for any reason will have an opportunity to enroll in another course section or may be assigned to the course in which they are on the waitlist. If an educator is unable to enroll in another course for the 2014-2015 school year, he or she will be able to enroll in a no-cost SEI Endorsement in the 2015-2016 school year. This will include educators in Cohort 1 districts who enrolled in a cancelled course section or who placed their name on a waitlist.
The registration deadline for the no-cost SEI Endorsement courses in September 17 for fall courses and December 5 for spring courses. Educators can also place their name on a waitlist or cancel their registration until these dates.
While saying they "appreciate" the City Council's concern, School Committee members Monday night asked councilors to leave school business to school officials.
Mayor Jon Mitchell said City Councilors had asked the committee to explain in writing or in person "the department's policies and practices concerning school busing, school building alarm systems, and enrollment figures."
Councilors have criticized school officials for their handling of those matters.
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- hold forums and other actions this fall,
- settle on specific demands over the next few months,
- present them to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the legislature.
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When the great National Football League legend Vincent Lombardi referred to his sport as "a game of cliches and I believe in every one of them," he could also have been talking about the teaching profession.
In addition, NBEA received funds through the Massachusetts Child Program for school supplies. The supplies have been purchased and will be included in the backpacks.
Order forms for the backpacks and supplies have been sent to all of the school nurses. Teachers are asked to contact their school nurses if they have any students in need. The backpacks are available on a first come first serve basis.