HOUSE BILL No. 5602

 

 

February 20, 2018, Introduced by Reps. Kelly, Garcia, Crawford, Lilly, Hornberger, Griffin, Zemke and Chang and referred to the Committee on Education Reform.

 

     A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled

 

"The revised school code,"

 

by amending section 1526 (MCL 380.1526), as amended by 1995 PA 289,

 

and by adding section 1526b.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 1526. (1) For the first 3 years of his or her employment

 

in classroom teaching, a teacher shall be assigned by the school in

 

which he or she teaches to 1 or more active or retired master

 

teachers , or college professors, or retired master teachers, who

 

shall act as a mentor or mentors to the teacher. During the 3-year

 

period, the teacher shall also receive intensive professional

 

development induction into teaching, based on a professional

 

development plan that is consistent with the requirements of

 


section 3a of article II of Act No. 4 of the Public Acts of the

 

Extra Session of 1937, being section 38.83a of the Michigan

 

Compiled Laws, 1937 (Ex Sess) PA 4, MCL 38.83a, including classroom

 

management and instructional delivery. During the 3-year period,

 

the intensive professional development induction into teaching

 

shall must consist of at least 15 days of professional development,

 

the experiencing of effective practices in university-linked

 

professional development schools, and regional seminars conducted

 

by master teachers and other mentors.

 

     (2) As used in this section, "master teacher" means a member

 

of the master teacher corps under section 1526b.

 

     Sec. 1526b. (1) The department shall develop and implement a

 

master teacher corps program that meets all of the following:

 

     (a) Allows a master teacher to provide professional

 

development to other teachers.

 

     (b) Requires the department to collaborate with master

 

teachers regarding new pilot programs.

 

     (c) Creates a master teacher roundtable to discuss education

 

issues that includes master teachers, policy makers, legislators,

 

and business leaders.

 

     (d) Provides business cards or other identification for master

 

teachers that identify the master teacher as the member of an elite

 

corps of instructors in this state.

 

     (e) Provides master teachers a yearly stipend in an amount

 

between $5,000.00 and $10,000.00.

 

     (f) Selects master teachers using the selection process under

 

subsection (2).


     (g) Examines the use of master teachers to support low-

 

performing schools, including, but not limited to, schools that are

 

subject to a partnership agreement.

 

     (2) The department shall conduct an annual process for

 

selecting master teachers for the master teacher corps developed

 

and implemented under subsection (1). The selection process must

 

meet all of the following:

 

     (a) The governing body of each school district and public

 

school academy shall nominate 1 teacher for every 2,000 pupils

 

enrolled in the school district or public school academy to the

 

intermediate school district in which the school district or public

 

school academy is located for appointment to the master teacher

 

corps. A school district or public school academy shall only

 

nominate a teacher who meets all of the following:

 

     (i) Was rated as highly effective under section 1249 for each

 

of the immediately preceding 3 school years.

 

     (ii) Ranks in the top 15% of all teachers in the school

 

district or public school academy as measured by the most recent

 

teacher evaluation under section 1249.

 

     (iii) Is recommended by, at least, his or her students, peers,

 

administrators, and community members, as determined by the school

 

district or public school academy.

 

     (iv) Is a model for teachers across this state and

 

demonstrates spirit, determination, and passion for the teaching

 

profession.

 

     (v) Successfully implemented an innovative instructional

 

model, including, but not limited to, a flipped classroom, project-


based learning, intensive intervention for low-performing students,

 

or competency-based learning.

 

     (b) Each intermediate school district shall nominate a teacher

 

or teachers from among the nominations received from school

 

districts and public school academies under subdivision (a) to the

 

department for appointment to the master teacher corps. The

 

nominations submitted to the department under this subdivision must

 

meet both of the following:

 

     (i) The intermediate school district shall nominate 1 teacher

 

for every 5,000 pupils enrolled in the public schools located in

 

the intermediate school district. An intermediate school district

 

with fewer than 10,000 pupils enrolled shall nominate 2 teachers.

 

     (ii) The nominations must be based on at least all of the

 

following:

 

     (A) The teacher's ability to positively influence other

 

teachers in the intermediate school district in which he or she

 

teaches.

 

     (B) The teacher's positive impact on the community.

 

     (C) The teacher's proven experience and success in a skill or

 

instructional model that is in demand in the intermediate school

 

district in which he or she teaches.

 

     (c) Subject to subsection (3), the department shall review the

 

nominations submitted under subdivision (b) and select up to 100

 

teachers from the submitted nominations for appointment to the

 

master teacher corps for an initial term of 3 years. The department

 

shall select master teachers based on at least all of the following

 

factors:


     (i) The level of achievement for pupils of the nominated

 

teacher, particularly among pupils representing disadvantaged

 

populations.

 

     (ii) Geographic diversity of master teachers.

 

     (iii) Diversity of subject areas in which master teachers

 

teach.

 

     (iv) Diversity of grade levels in which master teachers teach.

 

     (v) The ability of a teacher to bring prestige, esteem, and

 

professionalism to the master teacher corps.

 

     (vi) A teacher's diversity of experience and success in unique

 

skills and innovative instructional models, as determined by the

 

department.

 

     (3) The department shall ensure that at least 1 teacher from

 

each of the following groups is selected for appointment to the

 

master teacher corps under subsection (2)(c):

 

     (a) Teachers with experience and success in competency-based

 

education.

 

     (b) Teachers with experience and success in project-based

 

learning.

 

     (c) Teachers with experience and success in balanced calendar

 

systems.

 

     (d) Teachers with experience and success in the turnaround of

 

a low-performing school.

 

     (4) After the initial 3-year term under subsection (2), a

 

teacher may serve additional 3-year terms in the master teacher

 

corps if he or she is renominated at the end of each 3-year term by

 

the school district or public school academy that employs the


teacher.

 

     (5) The department shall consult with a workgroup, including,

 

but not limited to, the governor or his or her designee, current

 

members of the master teacher corps, and other interested parties

 

as determined by the superintendent of public instruction to assist

 

with the selection of master teachers under subsection (2)(c).

 

     (6) The department shall ensure, to the extent practicable,

 

that each individual engaging in student teaching as part of a

 

teacher preparation program is assigned to work with a member of

 

the master teacher corps.

 

     (7) A teacher selected as a master teacher under this section

 

shall assist in the identification of other teachers who are

 

capable of mentoring student teachers.

 

     (8) The department shall promulgate rules that do both of the

 

following:

 

     (a) Allow professional development provided by a master

 

teacher under this section to count toward the master teacher's

 

annual professional development requirement.

 

     (b) Establish a schedule for the implementation of this

 

section.

 

     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days

 

after the date it is enacted into law.