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Reminder: TEA PD webinar coming soon

09/23/2016
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  • Oct. 3, 2016: The  Nuts and Bolts of Evaluation and Licensure
  • Oct. 25, 2016: Classroom Management
  • Nov. 15, 2016: Formative Assessment
  • Dec. 6, 2016: Test Security and Resources
  • Jan. 10, 2017: Differentiated Instruction
  • Feb. 7, 2017: Knowing, Grouping, and Motivating Students
  • Mar. 14, 2017: Classroom Management

All webinars will be from 6-7 p.m. CST. If you are interested in participating in these webinars, please e-mail Deborah Bonner atdbonner@tnea.org. We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please contact William O’Donnell at800.342.8367 or e-mail bodonnell@tnea.org

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PD in your PJs opportunities from TEA

09/13/2016
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TEA Instructional Advocacy is pleased to offer new webinar topics this academic year to support teachers in their instructional practice. Our sessions cover a wide range of topics from Classroom Management to Differentiated Instruction. The webinars are open to all TEA members and participants will be able to access the materials after the training. We are excited about these professional development opportunities and hope that you can participate.

 

Our webinar topics and dates are as follows:

 

  • Oct. 3, 2016: The Nuts and Bolts of Evaluation and Licensure
  • Oct. 25, 2016: Classroom Management
  • Nov. 15, 2016: Formative Assessment
  • Dec. 6, 2016: Test Security and Resources
  • Jan. 10, 2017: Differentiated Instruction
  • Feb. 7, 2017: Knowing, Grouping, and Motivating Students
  • Mar. 14, 2017: Classroom Management

All webinars will be from 6-7 p.m. CST. If you are interested in participating in these webinars, please e-mail Deborah Bonner atdbonner@tnea.org. We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please contact William O’Donnell at800.342.8367 or e-mail bodonnell@tnea.org

Evaluation: 15-16 Summative, observation scheduling 

09/08/2016
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From TDOE :

2015-16 Summative Conferences

Before beginning observations for the current school year, evaluators should have summative conferences with educators. Summative conferences should incorporate the main components of a coaching conversation to help facilitate a productive conversation.   

 

Each conference should include discussion around the following components:

  • Professionalism scores 
  • Final qualitative (observation) data scores
  • Final achievement data (15%) (if measure is available)
  • How and when and the overall score will be calculated

 

While all available data needed to calculate a level of overall effectiveness (LOE) is not currently available, the summative conference can still be conducted. For more guidance on conducting summative conferences, please visit the evaluation guidance page of the TEAM website.

Observation Pacing and PDPs for 2016-17

The number of required observations is determined by the individual growth score (if available) and the level of overall effectiveness (LOE). Because the department expects the release of evaluation scores in early fall, districts may proceed with unannounced observations, as teachers at every level are required to have a minimum of one unannounced observation each year.

In addition to displaying the LOE, TNCompass will be enhanced to provide minimum observation requirements and status for observed domains throughout the year.Professional Development Points (PDPs)accrued by a teacher through evaluation will be available at the release of evaluation scores. 

Licensure renewal dates extended 

09/06/2016
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From TNDOE:

If an educator has submitted an application to renew or advance a teacher, occupational teacher, or school service personnel license that expired on Aug. 31, 2016, TDOE will honor those applications. Even if the application has not been fully processed, the license will remain active. The deadline for renewing or advancing a teacher, occupational teacher, or school service personnel license expiring on Aug. 31, 2016 has been extended until Dec. 1, 2016.

 

Once the application has been processed, the license will be renewed or advanced if the educator meets the requirements. If there is a deficiency on an application, TDOE will provide the educator an opportunity to correct the deficiency. If the deficiency can’t be corrected, the license will become inactive. 

Using Evaluation Scores for PDPs

TDOE will allow an educator to use overall evaluation ratings from 2015-16 toward accrual of professional development points (PDPs) required for advancement or renewal of an active teaching license. This option only applies to accruing PDPs based on evaluation; all other PDP activities must have been completed prior to Sept. 1, 2016, for licenses that expired on Aug. 31, 2016. Educators using this option must also ensure their application is received by TDOE on or before Dec. 1, 2016. In the future, educators should not anticipate relying on PDPs earned from evaluation during the finalyear that their license is valid.

Reminder

As a reminder, as of Aug. 1, all licensure renewal and advancement transactions must occur through TNCompass. TDOE no longer accepts paper applications for renewals or advancements of Tennessee licenses.

Teacher Survey Highlights

09/05/2016
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DistrictWide

Results from the sixth annual Tennessee Educator Survey have been released

Local highlights:

  • 84% of teachers agree that, “The staff feels comfortable raising issues and concerns that are important to them with school leaders.”
  • 79% of teachers agree that “There is an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect within this school.”

Both of these numbers indicate a healthy working relationship between the classroom and administration, and that Blount County is a great place to teach for the overwhelming majority of teachers.DistrictWide

However, there are several schools where a concerning number of educators disagreed with the two statements above. Working together, we can change that climate. Contact your Association Representative if you’d like to assist.

To see more of this year’s results, visit the educator survey website (here). One area that continues to be a concern for educators state-wide is evaluation feedback. 42 percent of teachers surveyed reported that they did not receive feedback on last year’s evaluation.

License renewal 

08/12/2016
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​From the DOE: Any teacher who holds a license that will expire on August 31, 2016, must submit an application for renewal or advancement to the Office of Educator Licensing and Preparation on or before August 31.

 

As of August 1, all licensure renewal and advancement transactions must occur through TNCompass (here). The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) no longer accepts paper applications for renewals or advancements of Tennessee licenses. If the Office of Educator Licensing and Preparation does not receive the application by August 31, the license will become inactive. To reactivate an inactive license, an educator must submit passing scores on required content assessments that are no more than five years old. 

 

We encourage teachers to be mindful of these deadlines and changes. Please click here to access the licensure website. Please click here to create an account in TNCompass. Non-educators who need access to teacher licensing information may access TDOE’s public-access educator licensure information site herePlease share this information with teachers!

Welcome back! Drop by Southland on Wednesday. 

07/25/2016
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Welcome back! BCS teachers and Staff are invited to drop by Southland Books and Cafe after school between 3:15 and 5 for refreshments and fellowship.   


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