Master Teachers; Education; DOE; Hawaii Teacher Standards Board
Establishes a master teachers training and certification program for teachers who desire to increase the quality of their teaching skills and serve as a resource to other teachers. Establishes a master teachers job series and salary ranges, grades, and schedules for the series. Appropriates funds.
TWENTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2003
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to master teachers.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Chapter 302A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding three new sections to part III, subpart B to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"§302A- Master teachers training program. (a) The department shall establish a master teachers training program to assist teachers who desire to increase the quality of their teaching skills and serve as a resource to other teachers. Candidates for the master teachers training program shall:
(1) Possess a proven record of successful teaching;
(2) Have not less than ten years of experience as a competent, skilled teacher;
(3) Have experience in performing additional duties and responsibilities at the school-level;
(4) Teach at the mastery level in instruction and strategies and possess expertise in mathematics, English, science, or social studies; and
(5) Agree to serve as a master teacher or regular teacher in a school for not less than five years following the date of initial certification as a master teacher.
(b) The Hawaii teacher standards board shall:
(1) Develop written and oral qualifying examinations to evaluate candidates' readiness for the master teachers training program;
(2) Develop professional development criteria and a course of instruction for the master teachers training program, which may include hands-on training; and
(3) Develop written and oral comprehensive examinations to evaluate candidates' readiness to serve as master teachers in schools.
(c) At the successful conclusion of the master teachers training program, the department shall certify the teacher as a master teacher. The certification shall be conditional upon an annual review by the superintendent or the superintendent's designee that deems the master teacher's performance in the master teacher assignment to have been satisfactory.
(d) The duties of a master teacher shall include, in addition to the master teacher's regular classroom responsibilities, serving as a mentor, supervisor, or staff developer for other teachers both in or out of the master teachers training program.
(e) A certified master teacher who is actively serving as a mentor, supervisor, or staff developer at a public school shall be compensated in accordance with section 302A-622(b).
§302A- Master teachers, staff developer. The department shall provide at least one master teacher staff developer in each school to assist the teachers at that school in preparing for master teacher training and certification, and for ongoing certification.
§302A- Master teachers' salary schedule. (a) Upon certification as a master teacher, an employee shall receive compensation at the lowest step of the lowest grade in the master teacher series that exceeds the employee's existing compensation by at least eight per cent if such a step exists.
(b) Master teachers who have completed a year's satisfactory service shall be entitled to an annual increment. Teachers who lose their certification as master teachers shall be placed in the appropriate range and step of the regular teacher salary schedule as if they had remained regular teachers."
SECTION 2. Section 302A-622, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
§302A-622[ ]] Salary ranges, teachers. (a) Salary ranges for teachers of the department, other than master teachers, shall be subject to the requirements of sections 302A-624 and 302A-626 [ and shall be as follows:
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
POSITIONS DOESR Class I 1 II 3 III 5 IV 6 V 7 VI 8 VII 9].
(b) Salary ranges for master teachers of the department:
(1) Shall be not less than the salary of a teacher at class V, step 9, at the first step of the master teacher series, for ten-month employees, notwithstanding section 89-19 to the contrary; and
(2) Shall be not less than the salary of an educational officer at EO 9, step 12, at the last step of the master teacher series, for ten-month employees, notwithstanding section 89-19 to the contrary,
until such time that new salary ranges, grades, and schedules are negotiated for the master teacher series pursuant to section 89-9."
SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ , or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2003-2004, for the Hawaii teacher standards board to carry out the purposes of this Act. The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of education.
SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval, except that section 3 shall take effect on July 1, 2003.