Contacts

Name: Area: Phone:
Beth Wilkin

Reading Endorsement Coordinator

Verification of Completed Reading Endorsement

General Reading Endorsement Questions

(863)534-9235
Valarie Kowlessar Reimbursement Contact (863) 647-4276

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Polk County School Board now offers all five Reading Endorsement Competencies in Moodle and they are all free to Polk County School Board employees! See information below to register.

 

 

Background:

In 2001, Governor Jeb Bush signed an Executive Order that established a Just Read, Florida! state-wide reading initiative.  The purpose of this rule is to establish the six (6) competencies required for teacher preparation programs and district in-service plans leading to the Reading Endorsement in Florida. 

In October, 2011, an amendment rule was signed for the purpose of updating the Competencies and Indicators for the Reading Endorsement. The effect is a rule which will reflect the current five (5) competencies and indicators. 

Guiding Principle: "Teachers will understand and teach reading as an ongoing strategic process, resulting in students comprehending diverse text. Teachers will understand how writing, listening, and speaking support the teaching of reading, and how family involvement supports student achievement in reading. Teachers will understand that all students have instructional needs and apply the systematic problem solving process:  use data to accurately identify a problem, analyze the problem to determine why it is occurring, design and implement instruction/interventions, and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction/interventions. Teachers will understand that the problem-solving process is recursive and ongoing, utilized for effective instructional decision making." Just Read Florida

Link to more information: https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ruleNo.asp?id=6A-4.0163

The Polk County Plan:

Legislation requires that every district in Florida develop a District Add-On Plan to provide the required five (5) competencies (60 points each) that total 300 hours. The Polk County District Reading Endorsement Plan is outlined in the information and links below.

  • Competency 1: Foundations of Reading Instruction
  • Competency 2: Application of Research-Based Practices
  • Competency 3: Foundations of Assessment
  • Competency 4: Foundations and Applications of Differentiated Instruction-(formerly 4/5)
  • Competency 5:  Demonstration of Accomplishment

Information: 

The Polk County District Reading Endorsement Plan is outlined in the information and links below:  

  • Polk County School District Professional Development (scroll below)
    • Employees may no longer be reimbursed for reading endorsement courses taken outside of PCSB since PCSB now offers all five competencies.
  • Polk County School Board offers
    • Comp 1
    • Comp 2
    • Comp 3
    • Comp 4 (this is offered through FDLRS, a department within Polk County School Board. It is not housed in Moodle, but in FDLRS' preferred PDA system)
    • Comp 5 (this course MUST be taken last. All others can be taken in any order)

The following institutions offer all 5 Reading Endorsement Competencies for a fee.

    NEFEC (North East Florida Educational Consortium)(scroll below)

    Schultz Center (scroll below)

Polk County School Board Reading Endorsement

In an effort to make attaining Reading Endorsement a reality for our teachers, the Polk County School Board Professional Development Department, Teaching and Learning Department, along with the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources Department have joined together to offer all 5 of the Reading competencies in-house at no charge to Polk County Public School Employees. (Charter school employees may still incur a $100 fee).

Competency 1: Foundations of Reading Instruction-- 60 In-service Hours

Comp 1 will be offered online through Moodle:

  • January 9 - March 12, 2017
  • March 13 - June 4, 2017

Registration is open online for the above listed classes. Please register in Net Connect, the new professional development system that has replaced PDS Scheduler. Click link below for directions on how to register for a course in Net Connect.

  Enrolling in a Net Connect Course

 

Competency 2: Application of Research-Based Instructional Practices -- 60 In-service Hours

Comp 2 will be offered online through Moodle:

  • February 6 - June 11, 2017
  • April 3 - July 23, 2017

Registration is open online for the above listed classes. Please register in Net Connect, the new professional development system that has replaced PDS Scheduler. Click link below for directions on how to register for a course in Net Connect.

Enrolling in a Net Connect Course

 

Competency 3: Foundations of Assessment -- 60 In-service Hours

Comp 3 will be offered online through Moodle:

  • January 9 - May 21, 2017
  • March 13 - June 18, 2017

Registration is open online for the above listed classes. Please register in Net Connect, the new professional development system that has replaced PDS Scheduler. Click link below for directions on how to register for a course in Net Connect.

Enrolling in a Net Connect Course

 

Competency 4: Foundations and Applications of Differentiated Instruction -- 60 In-service hours This course is managed by FDLRS. Continue to look in the weekly district emails sent out every week for the most updated information. When you see the course advertised, act quickly; it fills up very fast. If you have questions about Comp 4, email jillian.traurig@polk-fl.net.

 

Competency 5--Demonstration of Accomplishment

Comp 5 will be offered online through Moodle:

  • February 6 - April 23, 2017
  • April 3 - June 18, 2017

Registration is open online for the above listed classes. Please register in Net Connect, the new professional development system that has replaced PDS Scheduler. Click link below for directions on how to register for a course in Net Connect.

Enrolling in a Net Connect Course

 

The courses offer flexibility to work at your convenience during the week, but assignments and discussions will have specific due dates.

Participants do not have to be classroom teachers, but must have student contact.

Participants must complete Reading Competencies 1 – 4 before registering for Reading Competency 5. Competencies 1-4 can be taken in any order.

The courses offered through PCSB are free to Polk County School Board employees and are funded through the Title II Federal Grant allocation. Some charter school participants will incur a $100 fee. The courses offered through Polk State College, NEFEC, and the Schultz Center are not free to PCSB employees.

Employees may no longer be reimbursed for reading endorsement courses taken outside of PCSB since PCSB now offers all five competencies.

 

Polk State College Reading Endorsement

Reading Endorsement Information on Polk State College Website: www.polk.edu/re

Polk State College is now only offering Reading Endorsement Competency 4.

Comp 4 is eight weeks in length. This online course provides learner-centered teaching and an online supportive learning environment.

The College's goal is to assure that every person completing the Reading Endorsement Competency 4 will acquire knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes necessary for success in teaching reading to students in the K-12 schools.

Link to Polk State College K-12 Reading Endorsement Information

The cost for taking Comp 4 through Polk State College is $200.

NEFEC Reading Endorsement

Self-Paced Facilitated Online Reading Endorsement Courses

The North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC) is a self-paced, facilitated Reading Endorsement Program. What that means to you is that you can sign up anytime for high quality courses, you can finish at your own pace, and you will always have access to top-notch facilitators.


These online reading courses are learner-centered, curriculum-focused, and instructor-guided. Each course will satisfy the first four competencies for teachers seeking the Reading Endorsement. All courses meet the latest indicators as outlined by the Florida Department of Education.

Students must complete Reading Competencies 1 – 4 before registering for Reading Competency 5. Competencies 1-4 can be taken in any order.

The fee for these courses is currently $300 per course.

Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership Endorsement

Self-Paced Facilitated Online Reading Endorsement Courses

12weeks / 60 Hours / $170 per course

The K-12 Reading Add-on Endorsement will enable teachers to meet the demands for highly-qualified teachers in reading, as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and by the Florida Department of Education requirements under the Just Read, Florida initiative. Teachers who instruct secondary students in reading or K-5 teachers teaching elementary reading courses who do not hold a Florida Elementary Education certificate are required to earn 300 hours of specialized in-service training in the five competencies.

Link to the Schultz Center Reading Endorsement page