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.
- Where: 1507 East Broadway, Maryville 37804. Near the roundabout. Additional parking in rear of the building.
- When: 3:15-5:00 p.m.
- Who: BCS teachers and staff
- Pre-Retirement meeting, March 8th, 4:30-5:30 at Maryville High.
- Civication – Want to see the sausage made in Nashville? Register for Civication on the Tuesday of Spring Break-TEA will pay for hotel & mileage! Register here. Join our facebook event to let us know you’re planning to attend/arrange carpools.
- TEA RA May 13-14- BCEA has about 21 seats. You are highly encouraged to attend and represent Blount county. This year a new TEA president & Vice president will be elected. To go, submit a Nomination form by March 17.
- NEA RA Washington D.C., July 2-7. BCEA has 3 seats. Interested? Submit a nomination form by March 17
- School Board agenda for Thursday includes updated attendance policies & “Discussion and possible action regarding use of $2,000,000 fund balance for Eagleton Middle, Eagleton Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Heritage Vocational, Lanier Elementary, Porter Elementary, Rockford Elementary, Townsend Elementary, William Blount Vocational, William Blount 9th Grade Academy, and Everett Learning Opportunity Center roofs.”
Members received the above PLUS information on conferencing, salary and insurance via their HOME email address. If you did not receive this email, update your home email address!
The BCEA facebook is the most frequently updated form of communication – check the page out-https://www.facebook.com/BCEAnow
TEA is pleased to announce a series of webinars this academic year to help support teachers in their instructional practice. The webinar topics and training dates are as follows:
- December 1, 2015: Making Your Evaluation Work For You
- December 3, 2015: Differentiation in Instruction
- January 11, 2016: Engaging Families
- February 29, 2016: Assessment
Making Your Evaluation Work for You: This webinar will provide helpful tips regarding the evaluation process. Participants will learn about the evaluation law and strategies for pre and post observation meetings.
Differentiation in Instruction: This webinar will focus on developing a deeper understanding of differentiation and provide strategies for lesson planning and implementation. Participants will also learn about different frameworks that support differentiated instruction.
All webinars will be from 7-8 p.m. Eastern Time. If you are interested in participating in these webinars, please e-mail Deborah Bonner at firstname.lastname@example.org.We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please contact William O’Donnell at800.342.8367 or e-mail email@example.com
Teachers who met all requirements for license renewal or advancement on August 31, 2015, (under the former licensure policy) have until December 1, 2015, to submit renewal or advancement applications. The applications must be received by the Office of Educator Licensing on or before that date. Click here to access the relevant licensure forms. If you have questions about license renewal and advancement under the previous and new policies, contact your building AR, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TNReady Updates and Resources
Measurement Incorporated Secured Testing (MIST) is the online platform that will be used for TNReady math and ELA assessments and the social studies/U.S. history assessments. Many of you participated in Break MIST day Thursday, October 1st. TDOE stated that nearly 110,000 users logged on during the 3 hour window of time. TDOE explained that the activity was designed to condense what will be a four week testing window in the spring into three hours to proactively test the MIST capacity. Nonetheless, several systems had difficulty with the activity as noted in several local system articles. Click here and here to see those articles.
The Measurement Incorporated Classroom Assessment (MICA) Items Sampler can be incorporated into classroom use. Click here to access the item sampler website. The following are the top five suggestions for classroom use:
1. Use a question as a bell-ringer to introduce a new lesson or review a previous lesson.
2. Use a question as an exit ticket after a lesson or assign problems for homework.
3. Use several questions as a center part of the classroom rotation.
4. View one question with the class and walk through it to learn the features of the system.
5. Create individualized quizzes based on student areas of improvement.
Practice tests for math, ELA, and social studies/U.S. history are also now available through MIST.
All teachers, in collaboration with their evaluator, must select their achievement measure by October 16th.
Click here for the Achievement Measure Worksheet for the variety of options. The achievement measure should be as closely aligned as possible to the teacher’s primary responsibility. Since the state is transitioning this school year to new assessments in ELA, math, and social studies, teachers in those three subject areas will not able to select an achievement measurement based on state assessments. TDOE has noted that although teachers might see other options on the pop-up list when selecting their Achievement Measure in TNCompass, they should only “select an Achievement Measure that is listed on the worksheet for their specific grade and subject.” We urge members to be aware of their options for this portion of the evaluation.
Teachers can register for their TN Compass account at: http://tdoe.tncompass.org/. We urge members to review and track their evaluation information.