Wednesday, May 14, 2014

End of Year Checklist

This easy breezy check list is all you need to know to complete the steps for your ATPPS paperwork!!!

The nice part of this is that for most people-everything you need is on ONE Document!!
(Mentors and Observers have a few more...)

1. Make sure that all components of your observations are filled in and scored.  If any are missing, you will need to contact the person who did that observation.  

2.  Complete the portion of the document to provide information verifying whether or not you achieved your PDP Goal.

3.  Write your Best Practice Reflection.  (if you are using this for relicensure, be sure to print out a copy for your files)

  Mentors Only:  Share your log with me

Observers Only:  I will need a list of the people you observed and the dates of those observations!


4.  Send me an email letting me know that you have completed everything and are ready to come sign the paperwork to send to the DO!

Pretty Simple....But as always....let me know if you have any concerns!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ahhhh.....Spring! Round 3 Observations!

April Showers (hopefully RAIN showers) bring the LAST round of observations!
I don't know about you....but I feel like we just got done with the LAST observation round.
Not to nag....but April is a very short month!
It is already the 7th!
We lose days due to MCA Reading Tests and Good Friday.
Your BIL team is sending me the dates that they will be available to observe.
I will post that calendar on Google Docs as soon as I know them.
You should all have access to that calendar.

Please Welcome Lisa Yepes to the BIL team for the remainder of the year. 
She is taking Tonia's spot!
I suggest that you spend some time right now looking at the components that are left on your observation form.  This will help you to schedule your observation for the type of lesson that will allow you to demonstrate proficiency in the areas that you have yet to be observed on.

Your BIL or I will be happy to help you with this.

The ATPPS guidelines suggest that you have your BIL do 2 of your observations.
You are welcome to do the third observation with a different BIL or a trained observer.
If you ARE one of the trained observers and wish to do observations this round, please send an email to the staff letting them know of your availability.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February ATPPS Stuff

Wow....January is behind us....thank goodness!

 Mid-year check ins should be complete by the middle of February.  If you have any questions about this, let me know!

Now that it is February it is time for
Round 2 Observations.

The BIL team has chosen the dates they are available for observations.

Here is the link to the Google Calendar to sign up for an observation.

February Observation Calendar need to be logged in to your Google Docs for the link to work!!! need to have AT LEAST ONE observation by someone who IS NOT your BIL!

Look at the available dates the other BILs have chosen to see if they work for you.

You may also use a trained observer who have participated in the inter-rater reliability sessions.
(The only one this session is Nydia)

Here are some suggestions to make it easier to complete all of the domains in the 3 observation windows.
  • think about a math or science lesson for the higher order thinking domain
  • invite your observer to come see you doing small group work instead of a large group lesson to demonstrate formative/summative assessment.
  • use your pre-observation time to demonstrate proficiency in Domain 1
  • let your observer know specific things that you want to highlight and be observed on.
  • take a few moments before your pre-observation to jot a few notes on your observation document to make your conversations richer

Lastly.....I can't stress enough the need for you to complete the BIL survey at the end of your observation.  Even if everything was "perfect"....your BIL loves to hear these things too.  Everyone LOVES feedback!!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Winter Details Mostly For BILS

The information in this post is mainly for the BIL group.
If you are not a BIL you can stop reading.
Posting the information allows me to archive it for the future!

There are Three Things that the BILs will be doing in January and February.

  1. Mid-Year Check in with all of the people you do the paperwork management for.
  2. Your BIL Evaluation with me.
  3. Round 2 Observations


At the  January 27th Late Start session, we will be examining data from the assessments that you have been so busy doing!  This is a logical time for people to do the mid-year reflection.  I will mention it to all, but each BIL needs to check that these have been completed by the end of January!

BIL Evaluation  

Just like in the Fall, you will meet with me for a 10-15 conversation about several components on the BIL Rubric.  This Evaluation period focuses on how your interactions with your "Billies" have been going.  Hopefully enough of our staff have completed the survey to give us some data about "YOU"!

I would like to use the Marking Day (January 24th) to do this.  I hope to have my grades done before the marking I would just be sitting around eating BON BONS :)

Shoot me an email with the time you would like to meet on the 24th!

Round 2 Observations

The February Observation window opens on Februaty 1st.  

Please pick a day to do your observations and publicize this to me and  the entire staff.  
I will create the calendar for people to sign up when I have your dates.

Each staff member needs to have at least 1 observation done by someone who is NOT their BIL!

NYDIA is the only NON-BIL who can do observations, so I am assuming that you will have a mixed group for your observations.

I think that is all that you need to know right now....I am attending the LBIL meeting if I learn anything that you need to know...I will let you know!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

30 Days Hath November!

It is time for Round One of the ATPPS Observations!

You should be in contact with your BIL to make an appointment for your observation!

It is STRONGLY recommended that the first observation be done by your BIL!

Because ONLY BILS and Nydia attended that Inter-Rater Reliability meeting last week, they are the only qualified observers for the first two rounds of observations!

You will do THREE Observations!
There are FOUR parts to each of these observations!

Observation Windows are very defined by our ATPPS Plan!
You MUST have your observation complete by NOVEMBER 30th to qualify for the complete observation compensation. 

Please LINK TO THIS GOOGLE CALENDAR to sign up for your observation with your BIL!

As always.....any questions.....concerns......don't hesitate to ask!

I am taking some time this week to look over all of your PDPs.  If you have any concerns or questios about your PDP, let me know!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

PSI ATPPS Grant Approved!

Each year the money that is set aside when a building DOES NOT meet their School Goal and is made available to that school for Staff Development activities to support goal achievement for the current year!

Your outstanding SD team....Sally, Maria and Corey have written a grant that will bring over $5000 to PSI for our Curriculum Alignment work this year!

The grant was approved!

The planning process for how and when we will use the money will commence soon!
Stay tuned for more information.....but I urge you to participate as this is a way for you to realize the $200 that you DID NOT receive in your ATPPS money last Spring!!

I hope everyone's conferences go well!
I hope everyone has completed and signed off on their PDP Goal with their BIL!
I hope everyone is excited about doing the first round of observations in November :)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Inter-Rater Reliability Information

Mark Your Calendars now...



This fabulous gathering will be held
Monday, October 28th in the Media Center!


All BILS plus any trained observer who wishes to do observations this year.


The definition of Inter-Rater Reliability on Wikipedia:
In statistics, inter-rater reliability, inter-rater agreement, or concordance is the degree of agreement among raters. It gives a score of how much homogeneity, or consensus, there is in the ratings given by judges. It is useful in refining the tools given to human judges, for example by determining if a particular scale is appropriate for measuring a particular variable. If various raters do not agree, either the scale is defective or the raters need to be re-trained.

In much simpler terms: 

You will watch a video of a model lesson before you come to the session.
You will score the teacher on pre-determined areas from the observation rubric.
You will come to the meeting ready to "defend"/"explain" why you scored each domain the way that you did.

The shared conversation will help us have a common sense of what is Proficient or Basic.  This will make our observation coaching more consistent and cohesive.

 Remember....this meeting is mandatory for you to be on the list to do observations!

 If you have any questions about this....don't hesitate to ask!

PLEASE RSVP by October 22nd
 and I will send you the link to the Video along with the domains to be scored!