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Hard copies of professional development documents I keep on-file.

If you’re like me, summer is a time to catch up on paperwork and things you’ve put off for months.  Last Wednesday afternoon I went into the NY State Office of Teacher Initiatives’ website to report my professional development hours for both of my NY State teaching licenses.  I mistakenly thought I had until the end of this August to report my hours.  It turns out I have until August 2013 to report my hours to NY State.  Lucky for me that I was a year early, rather than a year late.  While I’ve surpassed the number of hours I need to keep my licenses current, last week’s “event” made me realize how easy it is to lose track of these types of things.  Hence the reason for this public service announcement (of sorts).

A few questions for you to answer:

  • Do you know when your teaching license expires?  If not, please take a moment to check it.
  • Next, do you know how many professional development hours you need to do to keep your license active?
  • Finally, does your school report the hours to your state’s licensing division or do you have to take care of that yourself?  If it’s the latter option, then be sure you know what to do and when you have to do it.

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

2 thoughts on “Certification Leave a comment

  1. Thanks, Stacey, for this timely reminder. Many moons ago, my supervising teacher reminded us how important it was to stay on top of renewing our teaching licenses, especially when we take time away from our teaching careers. The years can roll by quite quickly. I almost missed one of my deadlines once.


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