A bill heard in the House Public Education Committee on Tuesday requires teachers and principals to attend professional development on integrating technology into classroom instruction. Those who have a Standard certification must renew their certification every five years. In order to renew their certification a teacher must complete 150 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. A principal must complete 200. HB 1054, by
Representative Diane Patrick, stipulates that 25 % of the CPE credits for a teacher and a principal must cover a variety of topics. Included on this list of required training is:
“Integrating technology into classroom instruction”
Requiring teachers and administrators to attend professional development in the use of technology to improve instruction is one of the issues TCEA included in its legislative program. This bill goes a long way to accomplish this goal. In the 2009 Speak Up Survey, we learned that 9% of teachers are incorporating the kinds of technology into their instruction desired by 66% of the parents and a majority of the students. The only way to change this is to better equip Texas teachers to utilize the power of technology into their instructional practices.
This bill was left pending in the House Public Education Committee. Please call the members of this committee and urge them to vote this bill out of committee. This is a good bill that needs to become law.
You can find a list of the members of the House Public Education Committee and their phone numbers here.