Reflective Statement Requirement

Proposed Process for Completing the Comprehensive Reflective Narrative
Rochester Public Schools

Those seeking renewal of their Minnesota teaching license effective, as of July 1, 2012 teachers will be required to submit “evidence of work that demonstrates professional reflection and growth in best teaching practices. The applicant must include a reflective statement of professional accomplishment and the applicant’s own assessment of professional growth…”

Who must meet this requirement?

  • All individuals who hold a five-year professional license and who were employed as a teacher during any part of the five-year period immediately preceding the license renewal.
  • This includes long-term subs who have taught more than 15 consecutive days in a teaching assignment.


Who is exempt from this requirement?

  • Licensed school administrators, including principals, who have not taught for any portion of the 5-year renewal period immediately preceding license renewal.
  • Licensed related services personnel (school social workers, school psychologists, counselors, speech-language pathologists, school nurses.
  • Classroom teachers who have not taught for any portion of the five-year renewal period immediately preceding license renewal.
  • Teachers who are actively engaged in and making progress toward National Board of Professional Standards Certification or who have had that certification during any portion of the 5-year renewal period immediately preceding license renewal.

*See the official state document above for complete details*

Those seeking renewal of their Minnesota teaching license effective July 1, 2012, will need to complete a reflective narrative using PDExpress. The reflective statement may be submitted at any time during the 5-year renewal period.

  • Log into PDExpress.
  • Click the button on the Home screen to "Request PD Activity". If you don't see this button, under My Information menu, click "PD Activities" and then "Request PD Activities."
  • In the first dropdown, select the year your license expires.
  • In the next dropdown labeled "Type" choose Reflective Statement for Relicensure from the bottom of the list.
  • Read and follow the directions on that form to submit a reflective statement of growth using one of the four categories listed:
    • support for student learning,
    • use of best practices techniques
    • collaborative work with colleagues
    • continual professional development
  • After the relicensure committee reviews your reflection and marks it "Completed" it will show up in your transcript under the list of PDActivities and  be worth 5 CEUs.

How will the requirement be evaluated?

The relicensure committee is not expected to evaluate the merits of the reflective statement or self-assessment. The committee must verify that a reflective statement has been submitted and that the statement meets the statutory language as described above. A teacher may submit additional materials (ie: bulleted lists of experiences or certificates of completion) as supplementary, but there must be a written narrative submitted to the committee. There is no minimum or maximum length for the reflective statement as long as the statutory requirements are met.


Training and support will be provided on an annual basis through the Professional Growth Academy (PGA) program. Representatives from the District CEU Committee, the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Staff Development will offer multiple open house sessions each year for licensed staff members. Notice about training sessions will be shared with site staff development chairs, site administrators, and/or with other district offices.

Aside from the training, online documents will be posted and updated annually so that licensed staff can access them as needed.

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