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Stage II

 
 
The New Hope Graduate School of Education is in the process of pursuing accreditation from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  Stage II was submitted for review and approval in June, 2021.
 
 
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Criterion 1

 

The institution clearly identifies the lines of  authority and responsibility for any and all  educator preparation programs within the  

institution and provides assurance that only  those person(s) employed by the program  sponsor will recommend individuals to the  Commission for a credential or  

authorization.

Response
 
a)  1. The divisions that will be responsible for  the oversight of educator preparation programs include the New Hope Graduate School of Education and the two units within the Graduate School of Education, the Preliminary Credentials Program and Induction Programs. Further detail about relationships with the parent organization and partners can be found in the attached narrative description and organizational chart.
 
2. The Executive Director of the New Hope Graduate School of Education, Herinder Pegany,  will be responsible for ongoing oversight of all educator preparation programs offered by New Hope Graduate School of Education.

3. The Associate Director of Preliminary Programs will coordinate both the Teacher Intern programs and Administrator preliminary (PASC) program.  The Associate Director of Induction Programs will coordinate both the Teacher Induction and Administrator Induction programs.  Please see the attached narrative and organizational chart for the  description of the reporting relationships, decision making authority, and responsibilities. 
 
b)  1. As noted in the assurance letter, narrative and organizational chart, the New Hope GSE identifies the Student Services Credential Analyst, as the person responsible for credential  recommendations and assures that the Student Services Credential Analyst will participate in Commission training related to the  recommendation process.  These duties will not be delegated to persons other than the employees of NHGSE. 
 
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Criterion 2

 

A program of professional preparation must  be proposed and operated by an entity that  makes all personnel decisions regarding the  employment, retention or promotion of employees without unlawful discrimination.  The entity must make all decisions regarding  the admission, retention, and graduation of  students without unlawful discrimination.

Response 

 

The New Hope Graduate School of Education follows lawful practices regarding employment, retention or promotion of staff, and admission, retention, and graduation of candidates as seen in the Staff Handbook and Student Handbook.  In addition, the letter of assurance from the Unit Head reaffirms NHGSE’s understanding of these expectations.

 

 

 
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Criterion 3
 

The institution assures all of the following:  a) That there will be compliance with all  preconditions required for the initial  program(s) the institution would like to  propose (General and program specific  preconditions for proposed programs must  accompany this document)  

  1. b) That all required reports to the  

Commission including but not limited to data  reports and accreditation documents, will be  submitted by the Commission approved  entity for all educator preparation programs  offered including extension divisions.  c) That it will cooperate in an evaluation of  the program by an external team or a  monitoring of the program by a Commission  staff member.  

  1. d) That the sponsor will participate fully in  the Commission’s accreditation system and  adhere to submission timelines.  
  2. e) That once a candidate is accepted and  enrolled in the educator preparation  program, the sponsor will offer the  

approved program, meeting the adopted  standards, until the candidate;  

  1. Completes the program;  
  2. Withdraws from the program;  

iii. Is dropped from the program; 

  1. Is admitted to another approved program  to complete the requirements, with minimal  disruption, for the authorization in the event  the program closes. In this event, an individual transition plan would need to be  developed with each candidate.
Response
 

New Hope Graduate School of Education assures compliance with all preconditions, submission of all required CTC report, cooperation with all evaluation activities, participation in the CTC accreditation system, and that the program will offer the approved programs once candidates have been accepted and enrolled until i-Iv are met as evidenced by the assurance letter

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Criterion 4
 

The institution must identify a qualified  officer responsible for reporting and  responding to all requests from the  Commission within the specified timeframes  for data including, but not limited to:  program enrollments  

  • program completers  
  • examination results  
  • state and federal reporting  
  • candidate competence  
  • organizational effectiveness data  other data as indicated by the  

Commission

Response
 

Herinder Pegany, Executive Director of the New Hope Graduate School of Education is the the person responsible for reporting and responding to all requests from the Commission within the specified  timeframes for data, including, but not limited to: 

  • program enrollments  
  • program completers  
  • examination results  
  • state and federal reporting  
  • candidate competence  
  • organizational effectiveness data  
  • other data as indicated by the Commission 
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Criterion 5
 
The institution has a clearly identified  grievance process for handling all candidate  grievances in a fair and timely manner. The  grievance process is readily accessible for all  applicants and candidates and is shared with  candidates early in their enrollment in the  program.
Response
 
NHGSE has clearly defined grievance policies and processes for both students and staff as outlined in their respective handbooks and on the links on the website.  The complaint forms are in the appendices of the handbooks and on the website.
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Criterion 6
 

The institution must provide a plan for  communicating and informing the public  about the institution and the educator  preparation programs. The plan must  demonstrate that:  

 
a) The institution will create and maintain a  website that includes information about the  institution and all approved educator  preparation programs. The website must be  easily accessible to the public and must not  require login information (access codes/password) in order to obtain basic  information about the institution’s programs  and requirements as listed in (b).  
 
b) The institution will make public information about its mission, governance  and administration, admission procedures,  and information about all Commission  approved educator preparation programs.  

Information will be made available through  various means of communication including  but not limited to website, institutional  catalog, and admission material.

Response
 

The programs NHGSE plans to offer are:

  •  Teacher Intern (link), 
  • Teacher Induction (link), 
  • Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (link), 
  • Administrator Induction(link)

Each of these programs has its own section on the NHGSE website as does the mission and vision (link), graduate and administration (link), admission procedures and requirements (link), course and fieldwork requirements (link), and completion requirements (link).  The website also indicates that we have completed Stage 1 of the approval process and now are in Stage 2.

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Criterion 7
 

The institution must demonstrate that it will  maintain and retain student records.  Institutions seeking Initial Institutional  Approval will provide verification that: 

 

(a) Candidates will have access to and be provided with transcripts and/or other  documents for the purpose of verifying  academic units and program completion.

 

(b) All candidate records will be maintained  at the main institutional site or central  location (paper or digital copies). 

 

(c) Records will be kept securely in locked  cabinets or on a secure server located in  a room not accessible by the public.

Response
 

(a) Candidates will have access to their transcripts and/or other documents for the  purpose of verifying academic units and program completion.  Please see Candidate Records Plan for more detail.

(b) All candidate records (paper or digital copies) will be maintained at the main institutional site located at 201 Jessie Avenue, Sacramento CA 95838 (co-located with the Glenwood Elementary School, Robla School District).

(c) Records will be kept securely in locked cabinets or on a secure server located in  the Executive Director’s office,  a locked office which is not accessible by the public. The Executive Director’s office is at the Glenwood Elementary School site.

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Criterion 8
 

Institutions must disclose information  regarding:  

 

(a) The proposed delivery model (online, in  person, hybrid, etc.)  

 

(b) All locations of the proposed educator  preparation programs including satellite  campuses.  

 

(c) Any outside organizations (those  individuals not formally employed by the  institution seeking IIA) that will be providing any direct educational services, and what those services will be,  as all or part of the proposed programs.

Response
 

(a)The New Hope GSE plans to use a hybrid delivery model for all of its programs.  While the majority of the candidates’ experience will be in person, both for coursework and field work, candidates will experience portions of their coursework online (e.g. reading and online discussions, online projects, asynchronous video, summer foundations courses, pre-service. 


(b) The New Hope GSE plans to offer all of its programs in the Sacramento area, specifically in the area in and around the Robla School District.  Classes will be held either at the New Hope Charter School co-located on the Glenwood Elementary campus or at Robla School District facilities.


(c) New Hope GSE is working in collaboration with the Robla School District and plans to recruit Robla staff members to serve as field supervisors, Induction coaches, and instructors in areas of needed expertise.
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Criterion 9
 

The institution and its personnel demonstrate veracity in all statements and  documentation submitted to the Commission. Evidence of a lack of veracity is  cause for denial of IIA.

Response
 
The letter of assurance from the Unit Head, Herinder Pegany assures the veracity in all statements and documentation submitted to the Commission.
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Criterion 10
 

An institution’s mission and vision for  educator preparation is consistent with  California’s approach to educator preparation. 

*Note: A complete program design with  significant detail included is not what is  intended here as that will be submitted to  ensure alignment with the Commission’s  adopted program standards in Stage III.  Rather, the intent is to provide the Commission with sufficient information to  ensure that the institution’s philosophy and  approach about educator preparation is  consistent with California’s.

Response
 

Submission Requirements for all institutions seeking IIA: 

 
(a)The New Hope GSE will be offering teacher intern programs for multiple subject, single subject, and education specialist credentials, teacher induction, preliminary administrative services credential, and administrator induction programs.
 
(b) The mission and vision statements can be found on the website and in student and staff handbooks.  These statements demonstrate the NHGSE commitment to educator preparation that is designed to serve all of California’s students.
 
(c) The NHGSE Pillars document demonstrates the underlying framework for the GSE’s curriculum and pedagogy.  All elements of the pillars are aligned with California standards for the teaching profession and California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.  The organization of these standards into the larger pillar framework is the means by which the GSE will ensure strong educator preparation strongly rooted in the standards. 
 
(d+e)As can be seen in the vision statement and origin descriptions in both staff and student handbooks, NHGSE is being founded to serve a need in for the Robla School district, which serves a large population of English Language Learners, students qualifying for free and reduced lunch, and/or students currently experiencing homelessness.   The foundations of our program are designed so that educators are prepared to serve in communities of need.
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Criterion 11
 

Institutions seeking IIA must have sponsored  an educator preparation program leading to  licensure, or participated as a partner in any  educator preparation programs and/or  

programs focused on K-12 public education  and provide history related to that experience.  

CTC staff will research available information  about the institution relevant to the  application for initial institutional approval  Institutions must submit:  

Proof of third party notification enlisting  comments to be sent to: Input@ctc.ca.gov
Response
 
(a) While NHGSE does not currently offer educator preparation programs, the NHGSE Design Team comes with a wealth of experience in other educator preparation programs as can be seen in the NHGSE Design Team document.  NHGSE is working in collaboration with Robla Unified School District employees and has sought out their input in the design of this program.  The notes in the Stakeholder Engagement Plan documents both the plan and whom NHGSE has engaged in this effort, but they include the Superintendent, Chief of Personnel, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, school administrators, and teachers.  From these interactions, we have learned that Robla teachers typically go through Induction with the Sacramento County Office of Education and that teachers typically come from a variety of local traditional credentialing programs,  primarily from UC Davis, and some candidates from Sacramento State and National University.  The local source for Robla teacher intern candidates was through the Sacramento County Office of Education, although we learned in our market analysis that a few other local options are available.  Until the NHGSE is open, New Hope Charter School also imagines that its teacher candidates will come from a similar pool and plans to engage with the Sacramento County Office of Education for Teacher Induction.
 
(b)We have enlisted third party comments by posting the Input@ctc.ca.gov on the NHGSE website

NHGSE does not offer education preparation programs outside of California so c-h do not apply.

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Criterion 12
 

An institution must submit a Capacity and  Resources plan providing information about  how it will sustain the educator preparation  program(s) through a 2 – 3 year provisional  approval (if granted) at a minimum. The  institution must submit a plan to teach out  candidates if, for some reason, the institution is unable to continue providing  educator preparation program(s).

Response

 

a)As a new institution, NHGSE does not have an audited budget for past years.  NHGSE will exist in conjunction with the New Hope Charter School which does have a 5-year budget.  The year by year budget has been approved by the New Hope Charter School Board (which will oversee both the charter school and then GSE). 

 
b) As can be seen in the staffing section of the operational budget for New Hope Charter School, funding for Executive Director and Associate Director positions is already accounted for.  The multiyear projection (MYP) includes a fund balance surplus that starts at 10% in 2021-22, grows to 34% surplus in 2022-23, and projects ahead to 150% by 2025-26.  This will be the basis to fund initial costs of the NHGSE throughout provisional approval and early enrollment.
 
c) In the upcoming year of the NHGSE (2021-2022), the primary staff will be the Executive Director, Herinder Pegany, and the Associate Director, Amanda Goldman, who will be leading Stage 3 and Stage 4 of the accreditation process.  As the year progresses and assuming programs are approved in Stage 4, the Student Services Credential Analyst will be hired before the first year of programs are offered in order to build systems, attend the needed training and be ready for the start of programs. As the first year of programs (intended for 2022-2023) begins, the staff will include additional induction coaches who will be hired based on the numbers of candidates.  Induction coaches will be hired in time to have participated in the mandatory coach training.  In the second year of programs, NHGSE will add the preliminary credential programs, and with those programs come additional staff, including teaching faculty and field supervisors, and site based mentors.  This staffing will remain the same in the third year of operation, but the number of induction coaches, field supervisors, and site based mentors will vary based on enrollment in each program.  While this detail of the staffing plan is not spelled out in line-item in the operational budget for New Hope Charter School, the total fund-balance surplus on the overall budget are intended to address the growth of the GSE.
 
d) The criteria for minimum qualifications for each position in the staffing plan is outlined in the job description for the position.  The qualifications all meet the minimum requirements in the CTC Common and Program Standards. Please refer to the staffing plan and job descriptions.
 
e)  As demonstrated in the Stakeholder Engagement Plan, partnerships will be developed with schools and districts that have candidates in the NHGSE program.  Upon opening NHGSE,  the target clients are teachers and leaders from Robla School District and New Hope Charter School.  As evidenced in the letter from Robla School District Superintendent, Ruben Reyes,  the Robla School District is committed to supporting NHGSE candidates in finding appropriate field experience opportunities as well as supporting NHSGE in finding appropriate site based mentors and Induction Coaches, as needed.  
 
f)  As seen in the Delivery Model and Locations chart and noted in the letter of assurance and letter from the Robla Superintendent,  NHGSE will have access to classroom space primarily on the New Hope Charter School campus, but also will have support from Robla if additional space is needed.  As one can see in the operational budget, sufficient funds for a learning management system have been allocated (line 96 in MYP).
 
g) If for any reason NHGSE were unable to continue to provide any of the proposed educator programs, the NHGSE has a detailed Teach Out plan that would be followed to ensure all impacted candidates would have an individualized transition plan that would support them in completing their credential program.
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