Resident Educator Consortium

In July 2009, Ohio House Bill 1 mandated a new four tiered licensure system for teachers in Ohio. The new system includes a four-year resident educator license that replaced the two-year provisional license. The four-year residency recognizes new teachers need sustained coaching, mentoring, and guidance during the initial years of their career in order to ensure long term success as professional educators. Successful completion of the Resident Educator Program is required to qualify for a five-year professional educator license.

To help local school districts implement the Resident Educator Program, the ESC of Lake Erie West has formed a Resident Educator Consortium. The purpose of the consortium is to provide technical assistance and professional development to the important stakeholders in the Resident Educator Program – resident educators, mentors, and principals. The following districts are members of the consortium:

  • Eastwood
  • Elmwood
  • ESC of Lake Erie West
  • Lake
  • Maumee
  • North Baltimore
  • Northwood
  • Otsego
  • Ottawa Hills
  • Penta Career Center
  • Rossford
  • Springfield
  • Sylvania
  • Wood County ESC 

For Information about the Resident Educator Consortium, contact:
Karen Creps
419.246.3119 FAX

Kim Sofo

For 2017-2018, there will be one cohort for each group of resident Educators.  All Sessions will be held at the ESC of Lake Erie West, 2275 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH 43620. All sessions will start at 4:30 p.m. and end at 6:00 p.m.

Complete schedule for Resident Educators Year 1

Complete schedule for Resident Educators Year 2

Complete schedule for Resident Educators Year 3 (RESA candidates)

  • Total number of sessions to be determined - Tentative session(s) to be determined  after Sept. 15 release of info from ODE on  formative and summative assessment strategies, communication, and professional growth
  • First Session will be Wednesday, October 18 starting at 4:30 at the ESC of Lake Erie West, 2275 Collingwood, Toledo, OH 43620


The Ohio Department of Education has posted extensive documents on their website to assist districts and schools as they prepare to implement the Ohio Resident Educator Program.

Mentor Toolkit - for individual forms see below.



Focused mentoring is a new component of the formative mentoring years. While mentoring overall addresses the instructional support resident educators need as they begin their professional teaching careers, focused mentoring is specific and targeted to address teacher competencies Ohio once measured in the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) in the years preceding 2017-2018. Through focused mentoring, teachers demonstrate their competency in the targeted skill areas at the local level instead of the state level.  

Focused mentoring is delivered in two parts. Focused Mentoring I targets professional growth and communication during year 1. Focused Mentoring II targets use of student formative and summative assessment in year 2.

The Ohio Department of Education Resident Educator Program

The Mentor Toolkit replaces all the former Resident Educator forms, timelines, and processes.

The Resident Educator Program is standards based.

Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession

Ohio Standards for Professional Development

Mentor Standards

Mentors may also want to explore the  resources available through their SAFE account - log into your SAFE account and go to the Learning Management System section. Search for courses related to the Resident Educator Program.  The four courses available include a general overview of the program; a course on Learning to Lead; the Mentor REfresh course that explores changes in the program; and Facilitator Training for those helping resident educators who are taking the RESA.


Mentoring Leadership & Resource Center
Supported by ASCD, this network provides information and support to mentors.

New Teacher Center
A national organization that provided the framework for the Resident Educator program



New Teacher Survival Guide: Planning

 Make the Most of Your Mentor

The 100 Best Video Sites for Educators


ASCD -- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Resources that support best practices in education across all content areas.

NEA -- National Education Association
Resources that support educators across all content areas.

Harry and Rosemary Wong’s site w/plenty of resources for new teachers including teacher chat, lesson plans, etc.

IRA—International Literacy Association
Resources that support reading education.

NABT -- National Association of Biology Teachers
Resources that support biology education.

NAEA  --  National Art Education Association
Resources that support art education.

NCSS -- National Council for the Social Studies
Resources that support social studies education.

NCTE -- National Council of Teachers of English
Resources that support language arts education.

NCTM  --  National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Resources that support math education.

NSTA—National Science Teachers Association
Resources that support science education.

NASPE  –  National Association for Sport & Physical Education
Resources that support health and physical education.

 OMEA—Ohio Music Education Association
Resources that support music education in Ohio.


Principles of Instruction – American Federation of Teachers

The Strategic Teacher: Better Instruction, Deeper Learning, Higher Achievement

The New Teacher's Guide to Creating Lesson Plans

Teacher Resources, Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Activities

New Teacher Survival Guide:  Differentiating Instruction

Six Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

Using Video to Improve Practice: Do It Yourself!

Questioning Techniques: Research-Based Strategies for Teachers

The Strategic Teacher: Better Instruction, Deeper Learning, Higher Achievement

What is inquiry-based learning?

Understanding by Design Framework

Understanding by Design with Grant Wiggins

Constructivism and Social Constructivism in the Classroom

Every teacher has to find the strategies for classroom management that works best for them.  However, most experts agree on the following:

  • Teachers must be consistent in their message and consequences
  • Lay a strong foundation of your behavior expectations early in the school year
  • Follow through with promised discipline when students don't follow the rules
  • Remain dispassionate and unflappable
  • Every day is a new day - give students a chance to start over

Featured Web Sites

School Discipline Guidance Package

The U.S. Department of Education, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice, released a school discipline guidance package in January 2014 that is designed to assist states, districts and schools in developing practices and strategies to enhance school climate, and ensure those policies and practices comply with federal law. The guidance package provides resources for creating safe and positive school climates, which are essential for boosting student academic success and closing achievement gaps.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support

A website established by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education that offers extensive resources on established school-wide systems of positive behavior supports. Included throughout the website are suggestions on promoting positive student behaviors in the classroom.

You Can Handle Them All: A Reference for Handling Over 117 Misbehaviors at School and Home

This website describes individual behaviors; identifies the effect of the behavior on others;  discusses what individual student needs are indicated by the behavior; and offers suggestions for action to deal with the behavior.

National Education Association: Classroom Management

A variety of basic suggestions from teachers for effective classroom management


The archives of Education Leadership provides some excellent articles on classroom management. Check out the October 2012 issue on Students Who Challenge Us, the September 2008 issue on The Positive Classroom and the September 2003 edition for an article written by Robert Marzano and Jana Marzano.

As newsletters are sent to the participants, an electronic copy is posted here.

April 2018

January 2018

December 2017

October 2017

As newsletters are sent to the participants, an electronic copy is posted here.

April 2018

January 2018

December 2017

October 2017

The Resident Educator Consortium offers several sessions to support teachers who are taking the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA). These dates can be found under the schedule of meetings tab.

A collection of resources to help Resident Educators with the Resident Educator Summative Assessment can be found by clicking HERE.

As newsletters are sent to the participants, an electronic copy is posted here.

April 2018

December RESA Newsletter

Important RESA Information 11.28.2017

November RESA Newsletter

October RESA Consortium Information Session

October Facilitator Information

In Year 4 of the Resident Educator Program, participants should engage in leadership activities.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

At the completion of Year 4, Resident Educators who have successfully passed the RESA, can apply for their five year professional license. For more information about license options, CLICK HERE.