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2017 – 2018 Deadlines

Welcome Back!

One of the most common questions I receive regarding evaluation is “When is this due?”  In order to make things easier for both administrators and educators, we now have a combined list of deadlines for both educator evaluation and the Unit A contract.  For a PDF version of the listing, click here.

 

 

 

2017 – 2018 BPS Deadlines

(Evaluation and Contract Dates as of August 2017)

Before the start of school (prior to August 28, 2017)

  • Building Principals post the school start time.

At the start of school, by September 15

  • Superintendent, Principal, or designee conducts meeting for Educators and Evaluators focused substantially on educator evaluation (overview of process, how to access forms, district goals and priorities)

September 1

  • Deadline for BEA members to submit proof of any earned credit toward salary advancement.  
  • Deadline for BEA members to submit intent to participate in the attendance incentive program for the current year.

September 30

  • Accumulated sick leave computed and communicated to BEA members.

October

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  • Ongoing communication meeting – BEA and School Committee

October 2

  • Deadline for BEA members to complete and submit self-assessment portion of evaluation documentation.
  • Deadline for evaluators to meet with new BEA members (1st year)  to assist in completing the self-assessment and drafting goals which much include induction and mentoring activities.

October 16

  • Deadline for 1st year BEA members to meet with evaluator to establish the Educator Plan portion of the evaluation documentation.
  • Deadline for evaluators to meet with educators in teams or individually to establish Educator Plan portion of evaluation documentation.
  • Deadline for application for tuition reimbursement course approval for this semester.

November 1

  • Deadline for evaluator to complete Educator Plans.

November 8

  • Deadline for BEA members to sign Educator Plan portion of evaluation 
  • documentation and provide any response.

November 15

  • Deadline for evaluators to complete first observation of the evaluation cycle for each BEA member assigned.

December

  • Ongoing communication meeting – BEA and School Committee

December 1

  • Deadline for sabbatical leave of absence requests for the following year.

January 5

  • (or 4 weeks prior to Formative Assessment Report date established by evaluator)
  • Deadline for BEA members on 1-year plans to submit initial evidence on parent outreach, professional growth, progress on goals)

January 31

  • Deadline for one announced observation and one unannounced observation of BEA members with PTS who have an overall rating of needs improvement.  An additional announced and unannounced observation to be made after this date.
  • Deadline for one announced observation of BEA members with PTS who have an overall rating of unsatisfactory.  An additional announced observation will be made after this date.  (Additionally, BEA members with PTS who have an overall rating of unsatisfactory shall have four unannounced observation, at least one per marking period.)

February 1

  • Deadline for evaluators to complete Formative Assessment Reports for BEA members on 1-year plans.

February 15

  • Deadline for evaluators to hold formative assessment meetings if requested by either evaluator or BEA member.
  • Deadline for application for tuition reimbursement course approval for this semester.

March

  • Ongoing communication meeting – BEA and School Committee

March 1

  • Deadline for BEA members on extended maternity leave to indicate intent to return at the start of the following school year.

April 23

  • (or 4 weeks prior to Summative Evaluation date established by evaluator)
  • Deadline for BEA members to submit evidence on professional standards (Great 8) and progress on goals.  

May 1

  • Deadline for BEA members to submit a written request to the Superintendent for transfer for the following year.
  • Deadline for Principals to do an all-call for BEA members interested in changing assignments.  (To be done prior to determining grade assignments/reassignments for the following year.)

May 15

  • Deadline for evaluators to complete all observations of BEA members.
  • Deadline for evaluators to provide formative evaluation report to BEA members in the first year of a 2-year cycle.
  • Deadline for evaluators to provide summative evaluation reports to BEA members in the second year of a 2-year cycle and members on a 1-year cycle.
  • Deadline to notify BEA members of transfer status.
  • Deadline for application for tuition reimbursement course approval for this semester.
  • Deadline for submitting proposals for extracurricular activities for the upcoming year.

June 1

  • Deadline for evaluators meeting with BEA members whose overall summative ratings are Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory.
  • Deadline for decisions regarding current Improvement Plans, if any.

June 11

  • Deadline for evaluators to meet with BEA members whose ratings are proficient or exemplary at request of Evaluator or Educator.

June 15

  • Deadline for BEA members to be notified in writing of their programs for the coming year (school, subjects, etc.)
  • Deadline for notification of extracurricular assignments for upcoming year
  • Deadline to determine if a 2nd year extracurricular position will be continued or terminated.
  • Deadline (or within two weeks after Town Meeting approval of School Committee budget) for notification of any likely layoffs.

June 20

  • (or within 10 school days of receipt)
  • Deadline for BEA members to sign Summative Evaluation Reports and add response, if any.

Observation Requirements

Status Plan Unannounced Announced
Non-PTS Developing Ed

1-year plan

At least 4

No more than 2 per marking period

At least 1 per cycle
PTS Self-Directed

2-year plan

At least 2 per cycle N/A
PTS Directed Growth

Up to 1 year

At least 2 per cycle

1 before 1/31, 1 after 1/31

2 over cycle

1 before 1/31, 1 after 1/31

 

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Non-PTS and PTS

Teachers in their first three years of practice within the district are considered non-PTS (not yet granted Professional Teacher Status) and are on a Developing Educator Plan under the current evaluation system.  Once a teacher has achieved PTS, they transition to a 2-year evaluation cycle on a Self-Directed Educator Plan as long as they continue to receive formative and summative ratings of Proficient or Exemplary.

The table below highlights some of the primary differences in educator evaluation between teachers with and without PTS.

Developing  Educator
Non-PTS
Self-Directed Growth Plan
PTS(1)
Directed Growth Plan
PTS(2)
Plan Duration 1 year 2 years* 1 year or less
Mid-Cycle Report January
Formative Assessment Report
May – End of Year
Formative Evaluation Report
Based on start and end dates of plan.
Announced Observations At least 1 None 2 (1 prior to Jan 31 and one after Jan 31)
Unannounced Observations At least 4, no more than 2 in any marking period At least 2 per evaluation cycle 2 (1 prior to Jan 31 and one after Jan 31)

Improvement plans are not included here, but are 45 school days (or more) in length and include additional requirements.

As always, if you have questions about plans, observations, or any aspect of the evaluation system, please contact me at marcus@bpsk12.org or book a time using the Book Now link in the right sidebar.

(1) Professional Status educators with a prior rating of Proficient or Exemplary.
(2) Professional Status educators with a prior rating of Needs Improvement
* Once DDM trends have been established, educators with ratings of Proficient or Exemplary but Student Impact Ratings of low will be placed on a 0ne-year Self-Directed Growth Plan

 

 

Educator Evaluation Comes to “How Do I Do That?”


I am happy to announce that Educator Evaluation Support will be available during How Do I Do That? sessions this year.  In addition to tech integration and educator evaluation support each session, Instructional Coaches will be available to work with teachers on new initiatives and collaborative projects whenever schedules allow.  For the first session, October 13, 2015, Math and Science Coaches will be available.

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For information on upcoming How Do I Do That? sessions, check out the BPS EdTech blog.

Step 1: Self-Assessment

Getting started with the Evaluation Cycle

As always, if you would like assistance during any portion of the evaluation cycle, please contact me at marcus@bpsk12.org or book a time using the “Book Now” link in the sidebar to the right.

The first step of the evaluation cycle is Self-Assessment. This includes an assessment of strengths and priority areas for both student learning and professional practice.  A new page has been added to this website with information specific to the Self-Assessment process.

A. Completing the Self-Assessment

i. The evaluation cycle begins with the Educator completing and submitting to the Evaluator a self-assessment by October 1st or within four weeks of the start of their employment at the school, except for the first year of this agreement when it shall be completed by November 1st.

ii. The self-assessment includes:

a. An analysis of evidence of student learning, growth and achievement for students under the Educator’s responsibility.

b. An assessment of practice against each of the four Performance Standards of effective practice using the district’s rubric.

c. Proposed goals to pursue:
(1st) At least one goal directly related to improving the Educator’s own professional practice.(2nd) At least one goal directly related to improving student learning. (Collective Bargaining Agreement 2014-2017)

New Page – Resources

resources

In response to a number of queries as to where to find the professional standards rubric and other documents, I have created a new page on this blog, “Resources.”  Click on the link in the menu bar to access copies of rubrics, quick reference guides about the evaluation process, and more.

Please let me know what other resources you would like to see added.