Our Plan for 2014/2015
To continue building on the work we started last year, we have developed the following plan.
- Attempt to provide each teacher with at least 60 minutes of instructional supervision each month.
- We will be using a shared Google doc to track our observations for the year.
- Our observation will focus on the essential question that the teacher sets in their Professional Learning Plan at the beginning of the year and on TQS KSA’s.
- A follow-up professional conversation will occur between the admin and the teacher. We will discuss strengths and questions to consider.
- Written feedback will be provided to the teacher after the conversation.
An additional goal we have for this school year is to encourage and support teachers to initiate and complete peer-observations. The feedback provided by colleagues will be beneficial to all involved. Our plan is to initiate a discussion during our collaborative day on October 24th. We will encourage our teachers to “invite” a colleague to observe their teaching. The teacher will set the “focus area” for the observation. It will be critical for the teachers to have time to discuss the observation. The Principal and Vice-Principal will cover classes to help this process.
Our Plan for 2013.2014
Our teachers at St. Kateri are doing amazing work. We began our conversation in October with this very statement. Our teachers must feel valued and appreciated. They work hard each and every day. We also said that even the very best teachers could improve in some way. We explained that we are going to work through each KSA in a reflective and purposeful way. Each month will be a different focus. Our teachers were encouraged to use the rubric provided to self-assess their current teaching practice. As an admin team we want to support each individual, as they improve their practice. Our goal of each observation is to coach, question, guide and support improvement and teacher efficacy.
Our September visits to classrooms were informal visits to begin to develop relationships with students and teachers. There was no set plan in place to observe at this time.
All KSA’s require continual focus. However, these specific KSA’s will be reflected on through the year.
- KSA 1: Teachers’ application of pedagogical knowledge, skills and attributes is based on their continual analysis of the following contextual variables.
- KSA 2: Teachers understand the legislated, moral and ethical frameworks within which they work.
- KSA 3: Teachers understand the subject disciplines they teach.
The process we have decided on is as follows:
- Staff Meeting PLC:
- Introduction and description of KSA
- 2-3 Minutes (depending on length) for teachers to use the Rubric to reflect on their practice. Here is the Rubric…
- Collaborative activity with all staff according to KSA
- Observations through the month:
- Admin has agreed to use the evidence-gathering graphic organizer on each individual KSA to focus our observations. Teachers will inform admin if there is one area of the Rubric that they would like us to pay particular attention to prior to the observation.
- Shelley will observe each teacher for two 30 minute observations, followed by a debriefing with the teacher.
- Lee will observe each teacher for 20-25 minutes, followed by a debriefing with the teacher.
- Admin will collaborate about observations creating documentation for the teacher as follow-up
- Follow-up Staff Meeting:
- Begin with a presentation of positive observations (no names attached)
- Allow time for follow-up comments or questions by teachers
Our monthly KSA focus is as follows, but this schedule is subject to change based on the needs of our teachers and/or our students at any given time.
Staff Meeting Collaborative Activity
|October||KSA 6: Teachers create and maintain environments that are conducive to student learning||Teachers will participate in a strategy brainstorming activity followed by a gallery walk and “stealing” of ideas. Four areas of focus were based on needs observed by admin: Building Rapport with Students; Expectations & Routines; Positive Reinforcement and; Logical & Fair Consequences. Master lists of all strategies will be shared with each staff member.|
|November||KSA 4: Teachers know there are many approaches to teaching and learning.||Differentiated Instruction Activity/Guided Reading ActivityWorked through 2 Rick Wormeli scenarios to discuss effective differentiation strategies.|
|December:||KSA 8: Teachers apply a variety of technologies to meet students’ learning needs||*Sharing of tech strategy used effectively|
|January||KSA 7: Teachers translate curriculum content and objectives into meaningful learning activities||*Guided Reading/Readers Workshop*Engagement in learning/Hook to learning|
|February:||KSA 9: Teachers gather and use information about students’ learning needs and progress.||* Assessment of and for learning strategies*One take away and use idea…|
|March||KSA 6: Teachers create and maintain environments that are conducive to student learning (revisit)||*revisit strategy lists, add, change…|
|April||KSA 4: Teachers know there are many approaches to teaching and learning (revisit)||*DI focused activity*have you noticed a change in student interest or learning styles through the year?|
|May||KSA 10: Teachers establish and maintain partnerships among school, home and community and within their own schools.||*how do you communicate/interact with parents…*what community resources do you utilize?|
Professional Growth Plan Meetings:
Historically, I focus on Long Range Plans, Emergency Sub Plans and Professional Growth Plans during the October Professional Growth Plan meeting with individual teachers. During the May meeting, I plan to discuss future learning opportunities with teachers. This process will encompass:
- KSA 3: Teachers understand the subject disciplines they teach (October)
- KSA 5: Teachers engage in a range of planning activities (October & May)
- KSA 11: Teachers are career-long learners (May)
- Our goal is to connect “initiatives” with the KSA’s. Through this process we believe we will be able raise teacher awareness to our Teaching Quality Standard.