All certified employees are required to earn Continuing Education Credits or CEUs. The North Carolina State Board of Education policy TCP-A-005 specifies the types and number of CEUs in order to renew a certified employee's continuing license every five years. The current requirements are:
All Teachers in Kindergarten through grade 6:
8.0 Total CEUs with 3.0 of those in reading, 3.0 in the academic content area of the individual teacher, and 2.0 in Digital Learning Competencies.
All Teachers in grades 7 - 12:
8.0 Total CEUs with 3.0 of those in the academic area of the individual and 2.0 in Digital Learning Competencies..
8.0 Total CEUS with 3.0 of those in Standards 2, 4, and 5, focused on the school executive’s role as instructional, human resources, and managerial leader and 2 in Digital Learning Competencies for Administrators.
To check your CEU totals, visit TimeKeeper and click ont he CEU link in the left column..
National Board Certification:
Teachers completing the National Board Certification process may earn all 8 CEUs for completion of the process and certification. Those who are in the National Board renewal cycle may earn 2.0 CEUs.
AIG Professional Development Requirements
Anyone in Catawba County Schools teaching AIG identified students K-8, and/or teaching AP/Honors courses 9-12 must obtain their local Professional Achievement Certificate which consists of:
This course is designed to examine the nature and needs of gifted and talented learners. Participants will become knowledgeable about the characteristics of gifted and talented students. In addition, participants will examine the role of culture in the manifestation of gifts and talents as well as gifted behaviors in special populations.
o This course provides the specific tools and techniques to meet the needs of the gifted through adapting the curriculum. Content, process, and product differentiation will be examined as well as strategies such as pre-assessment, flexible grouping, independent study, compacting, centers, and tiered instruction.
o This course focuses on teaching & learning strategies that have proven successful with gifted students, including creative problem-solving strategy and discussions of moral dilemmas. Participants investigate the assumptions underlying each strategy and the ways in which each meets gifted students' needs for differentiation. Selected strategies will be modeled in class which provides participants with opportunities for becoming proficient using the strategies and integrating them into both core and differentiated curriculum.
Primary Education Thinking Skills or PETSTM is a systematized enrichment and diagnostic thinking skills program. Lessons are presented in convergent analysis, divergent synthesis, visual/spatial thinking, and evaluation, suitable for grades K-3. The program aligns to the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
English Language Arts AIG Teachers 4-8
Shared Inquiry (10 hours) -Shared InquiryTMis a research-supported method of learning that promotes deeper thinking through reading, discussion, and writing. Rooted in the Socratic method, Shared Inquiry is distinct in its focus on complex texts.
Math AIG Teachers 4-8
Curriculum Compacting - Curriculum compacting is a process by which students are pre-assessed to determine what parts of the curriculum they have already mastered. When those areas of knowledge and skills are identified, students engage in extension or acceleration activities.
Advanced Placement Teachers
AP Teachers must attend a week-long summer institute sponsored by the College Board. The summer institute can replace the third AIG course Teaching/Learning Strategies in Gifted Education.