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Gathering Evidence During Observations
& Conferencing Using Danielson
By the end of this academy for professionals who formally evaluate teachers and other non-administrator certified personnel, attendees will be able to identify evidence at the component/element level during formal and informal observations, and use this evidence to effectively rate staff on the levels of performance for each domain. Participants will acquire strategies to support effective collaborative conferencing around formal and informal observations, and will learn techniques, strategies, and protocols to use when conferencing with staff about professional development. Participants will apply these new skills and strategies to a case study of professional practice as it relates to their work in the teacher appraisal system.
Next up: Robinson (Crawford County), Tuesday, January 29, 2019; register here by Jan. 23
The Academy focuses on a high rate of inter-rater reliability using the required performance evaluation ratings. Using case studies, the participants will collect evidence and use the Illinois Standards for Principal Evaluation to rate the principals.
Participants will use data collected from the case studies and compare the data to best practices for evaluating principals and assistant principals. This data will also be analyzed to prepare administrative and school-level professional development plans.
Participants will prepare targeted professional development, in a collaborative and supportive way, plans that consider past results and contribute to professional and personal growth. This plan will be aligned to the school improvement plan. The instructional environment indicators will be analyzed. The purpose of the evaluation plan will be to communicate the outcomes and findings in such a manner that the principals and assistant principals set goals for improvement. The participants' own personal bias will be analyzed while making these decisions.
Next up: Robinson (Crawford County), Wednesday, March 20, 2019; register here by March 15
Mahomet (Champaign County), Tuesday, April 16, 2019; register here by April 11
Retraining: Student Growth
This is the one required student growth retraining course for principal and teacher evaluators who are renewing their designations required to evaluate staff. Evaluators will be required to participate in a pre-session webinar that will review Part 50 Administrative Rules as they relate to student growth. Participants will learn how to:
Use assessments and measurement models identified by the joint committee in determining the student growth attributable to individual teachers/principals and understand how different types of assessments are used for measuring growth;
Use data from the evaluation rubric, other evidence collected, and best practices relative to evaluating student growth to link teacher/principal and school-level professional development plans to evaluation results;
Create, in collaboration with teachers/principals, supportive, targeted professional development plans that consider past results, contribute to professional growth, and assist teachers/principals in aligning professional development and goal-setting to school improvement goals; and
Communicate evaluation outcomes and findings in constructive and supportive ways that enable teachers/principals to set goals and improve practice.
Communicating and Lobbying with Legislators: How to Make Your Views Known and Affect Change
This exciting and engaging academy is taught in the Illinois Statehouse while the legislature is in session; includes conversations with and presentations by a Senator and a Representative, Senate and House Staffers, and a staff member from the Governor’s office. Participants will have the opportunity to attend legislative hearings.
PRESENTERS: Diane Hendren, Director/Governmental Relations, IASA; Calvin C. Jackson, Legislative Consultant, Illinois ASBO; Illinois State Legislators & Staff (TBD)
OUTCOMES: Participants will understand and be able to work effectively with legislators and their staff, apply rules for giving testimony at legislative hearings, develop working relationships with the Legislative Reference Bureau and the Legislative Information System, and work with the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.
Moving from Vision to Action:
Learn to Become an Essentialist
This course focuses on a minimalist—or essentialist—approach so that important goals may be brought to the forefront of our lives. This approach assures that the choices made move you from a multitasking environment to one of choice that emphasizes limiting and setting goals, defining those goals clearly, setting everything else aside and refraining from taking on additional responsibilities. Leaders can make use of the essentialist principles by identifying a clear focus and clearly defined roles for team members. This approach facilitates clear communication, removal of obstacles to the goals, and choosing the best team members. The focus of this course will be how to move from vision to action by effectively impacting leadership, district finances, and balancing your personal life.
Each participant will be able to produce a prioritized list of essential and non-essential budget items to present to the school board. Each participant will examine the resources available in their own building or school district and make a recommendation to the Board of Education which essential items to keep and which items to cut as a result of the district’s financial condition.
Next Up: Springfield, Friday, March 29, 2019; register here by Monday, March 25
ESSA: School Accountability Under
This academy is designed for administrative teams, including teacher leaders, to work together to understand the Quality Framework for Illinois School Districts, to be able to apply each school’s ISBE Summative School Designation Score to a Continuous School Improvement Plan for improvement and growth, and to communicate the requirements of ESSA to their constituents and communities. The academy includes a 1.5-hour Pre-Session Activity, a 4-hour in-person Presentation and Group Activity, and up to two weeks to complete one of four actually useful Application & Dissemination projects, with either individual or team submission: an ESSA overview presentation for your staff; a meeting agenda with guiding questions and press release; a presentation for telling your story to the board and community; and an Action Plan for your district.
PRESENTERS: Ms. Sara Boucek & Dr. Richard Voltz of IASA