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!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

2013-14 PDP Information

 I have been catching conversations about PDP Goals.  That tells me that many of you are well on your way to having your goal written and approved by October 30th!

  • Your PDP (Personal Development Plan) needs to be completed and approved by your BIL.
  • The PDP form is a part of the ONE big document that holds all of the paperwork for ATPPS.  (yours is found in your Google Drive with the name lastnameATPPS2013-14) 
  • Your PDP is your Smart Goal Statement with supporting information, data and a implementation plan.
  • Your PDP statement is at the BEGINNING of your ATPPS Documentation.
  • Usually teams write the same or very similar goal statement so that the work they do in PLC can support everyone's goal.
  • YOU do NOT have to write a goal that is MATH related, even though the building ATPPS goal is MATH.

  • Remember! There is no longer a separate BEST PRACTICE reflection.
    • The best practice reflection is a PART of the PDP.
    • This means you need to think about the best practices that support your goal from the outset.
    • It is important that you think of your action plan and strategies as the BEST PRACTICE for your year end reflection.
    • At the Mid-Year Check you will be asked to reflect on how you are using these best practices.
    • At the Year End Check out you will need to reflect on how the best practice affected student growth.

Just a reminder....

The Stipend attached to the PDP is as follows:

Writing a SMART PDP = $200
Attaining goal in PDP/Reflections = $500

If you have any questions....let me or your BIL know what you need!

Now....I just have to figure out what my SMART PDP Goal will be.....hmmmmm!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

BIL Stuff...if you aren't a BIL you don't NEED to read!

If you aren't a BIL you don't have to read any further!!  Lucky YOU!

If you ARE a BIL....please note!

I would like to meet as a BIL group this Friday after school.  If you read the following and come ready to make calendar decisions it can be a very short meeting!  I would also like to spend about 5 minutes talking about the PDP Goals!

  • I will have my first LBIL observation with Rich sometime this next week.
  • Then I will need to schedule a time with each of you for your BIL observation.  I think I will use a sub day and get them all done at once.  Please send me a comment if there are any days in the next couple of weeks when you are not going to be around.
  • We need to have our wonderful INTERRATER RELIABILITY meeting before the end of October.  This will probably be on a Monday after school.  I need to turn the date in to Rich so that all site meetings are posted.  Let me know if there are any Monday's that would not work for you.
  • Please touch bases with your BILLIES to remind them about the October 30th deadline for PDP Goals.  I will be writing a post about the guidelines for this.  In discussions with Corey, we hope that most of the 3-5 classroom teachers will choose a math focus and that K-2 can choose either, but will probably choose reading.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Some Little Tweaks in the BIL Assignments!

Of course missed a few people on the first go around with BIL assignments....but hey only 3 people...that is not too bad!!!  The revised assignments are these! LEAST one observation from your assigned BIL....and the others are at your discretion.

The LBIL's MEETING Tomorrow!

I am attending the first Lead BIL meeting tomorrow morning!
The agenda includes a whole bunch of stuff that you probably don't need to think about, lucky you....but I guess if I am going to the meeting I will HAVE to think about them!!!

Rich Keith the new ATPPS Coordinator reminds us that the PDP is due the end of October!
I know that SOUNDS far away.....but it isn't.

In the meantime.....Corey and I will be tweaking the PSI School MATH goal to submit as our ATPPS goal for the year.  (We choose ONE goal for ATPPS even though we have 2 for District-School Goals)

We are also eligible to apply for a SD-Grant to utilize the money that is available because we DID NOT meet our goal last year!  This is a great way to "reclaim" $$$ for a positive purpose!  If you have any great suggestions for a grant proposal that would be staff development related, I am sure Corey, Sally and Maria would love to hear about it!  Or just shoot me a comment!

And lastly:  Just a reminder of how the ATPPS stipends break out in terms of "what is worth what"!

Observations = $1.100
Writing a SMART PDP = $200
Attaining goal in PDP/Reflections = $500
Site Goal Attainment = $200

Have a Great Day.....I will let you know if there is any "big news" from the LBIL meeting!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

2013-14 BIL Assignments

These are the BIL Assignments for this year.

Look for your name to see who is your BIL-this BIL is your PAPERWORK manager and all round helpful person for all things ATPPS!

You will work in your PLC teams to establish your PDP Goal and your BIL will sign off on that.
You will need to have AT LEAST ONE but LESS THAN THREE observations done by this BIL! 

You may notice that some grade level teams have been split up as to BIL assignments.
This should NOT be a problem now that we are meeting in a central spot for PLCs.  It will be easy for your BIL to check in with you about ATPPS business tied to PLC work!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to stop in anytime!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

ATPPS 2013/14

Soup's On!

ATPPS Alphabet Soup That Is!

I am FULLY aware that during this workshop week....
and next week's first days of school....

ATPPS is probably NOT on the top of things that you are thinking about!!!

Relax....this post is just a quick won't have to do anything but read it!!!

  • Just a reminder that the posting for the BIL vacancy runs until Wednesday
  • The other BILs on the team are Maria F., Judy, Deborah, Tonia, Chris.
  • I am making the Google Doc Files for your paperwork....YOU DON'T need to!
  • I am trying to assign people to BILs based on what makes sense for PLCs, so obviously that cannot be finalized until we have a full BIL team.
  • Our ATPPS program at the Elementary and Middle School will remain almost exactly the same as last year.
  • The High School is piloting a new process and we will be learning about that through the year. ( my sense is that if it is successful...that will move to all levels next year).
Ooohhh!  I Lied to you!!!

There IS something you can do!!!
Since we did not achieve our goal....we will be eligible for the SD grant just like last year!

Put on your thinking cap and brainstorm what we might want to ask for!
Send me a comment.
I have put a comment form on the right side bar....this sends me an email with your comment!

In the meantime!!!!
On Tuesday....THEY WILL COME!


Monday, June 3, 2013

End of Year Notes

All but the last of the paperwork for our ATPPS Year has been turned in.

I had so many great conversations with all of you about ways that your teaching improved
....through collaboration
....with much dedication and effort!

It has been a privilege to serve as Lead BIL at PSI this year....
The BIL leadership team was wonderful to work with....
You ALL are amazing professionals!

Enjoy the Summer!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Complete this Check List to Get Your ATPPS Check!!!

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!!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Best Practice Reflection Guidance

The Definition of Best Practice is:

a teaching or instructional method that has been demonstrated by research to be an effective learning tool. 


education activities or policies resulting in positive changes in student attitudes, academic behaviors


  • This fall you identified a best practice that you would implement during the year.
  • You identified strategies and activities to implement the best practice.
  • At mid-year you examined the progress that your students were making toward your goal.

 Now it is time to reflect on those activities!

This is PART of the document that has your goal and observations....
IT IS NOT a separate document this year! 

The other thing that this is NOT is FORMALIZED Research around a Best Practice!!!
The data you need is the data that shows the results of your GOAL.... 

For the Best Practice Reflection, you need only respond to the following questions:

 Year-end reflection:
  • Thoughts on why the desired results were or were not achieved
  • Is further improvement needed in this area?
  • Might I keep these changes in place next year?
  • How might I improve this plan in the future?
  • As you reflect upon the entirety of your professional growth needs this year, what professional growth opportunities do you feel you need?  How are you going to secure this professional growth? (*This is an optional reflection bullet, however, it is required if this year-end reflection is to be used to meet your re-licensure requirements.)

     In a are answering this question!!!

    What happened as a result of the activities related to your identified best practice ?




What are the logical next steps....

My suggestion is that you work in your PLC to complete this....

As always, let me (or your BIL)  know if you need help!