I was heartened by conversation among board members in tonight's school board work session.
Dr. McIntyre opened, but because I tuned in about three minutes late I missed the first of four actions he said he would be taking in response to the recent Teacher Revolt.
I did understand him to say that:
2) KCS will not hold teachers' Conference of Concern letters in their personnel files (although counsel confirmed for Mike McMillan that if anyone making a Freedom of Information request relating to a teacher's personnel file should specify that s/he would like to see any C of C letters removed from the file, too, such a request would have to be honored).
3) KCS administration will work to clarify how it is teachers' Professional Learning Community time (collaborative planning time) is to be utilized.
4) KCS will soon conduct an anonymous and paper-based survey of teachers.
(If anyone possibly caught the first of McIntyre's planned actions, please share.)
Also, in establishing their Legislative Priorities for the coming year, the board has chosen to re-word the item relating to teacher evaluation. The restatement will express support for meaningful teacher evaluation, but it will strike the existing reference to support for the TEAM (APEX) model. The restatement will also convey the board's position that teacher evaluation methodology should be teacher-driven and should not be within the purview of the state legislature.
Finally, the board is collaborating on a resolution to be delivered to the legislature to urge, if I understood correctly, legislators' assistance in ensuring that the mechanics of TVAAS be made understandable to teachers.
Some conversation ensued concerning the potential for employing a different model for measuring student growth if Sanders/TVAAS cannot honor the resolution's request, given that TVAAS is proprietary property. It was not clear to me if that "threat" was included in the text of the draft resolution, though?
One important point I did not hear either McIntyre or the board address tonight, however, relates to the continuing "patent stupidity" of linking the career futures of "test-less" teachers to the TVAAS scores of other teachers' students.
(And again, if someone caught such a mention, please correct me.)
Nevertheless, tonight's work session was a good start on improved communications between the board and teachers as relates to the latter's evaluations.
Indya and Karen appeared especially pro-active.
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