This Monday, October 6, 2014 marked the beginning of the first round of formal evaluations at CCTS. Please be sure to let your rep know if you have a question concerning YOUR evaluation. This first evaluation is an announced observation.
Our former president, Mike Ritzius, authored an article in this month’s NJEA Review. You have may have noticed that it was the cover story!!!
Aside from being proud of our former leader, the article is is a great read and pertains to the new state regulations around the new-and-improvement Professional Development Plans (PDP). The information presented in the article is directly applicable to our APR meetings scheduled for the spring, so read up!!
Here is a link to the full article: Take Charge of your PDP
As always, remember to contact a your Association Rep if you have ANY questions/comments about evaluation, and, of course, don’t forget to fill out the survey!
In case you missed, Chris Cerf, the former Commissioner of Education in NJ, resigned late last week. Chris Cerf has been responsible for many of the mandates imposed on the districts in NJ, including CCTS!
Here is NJEA President, Wendell Steinhauer’s response to Cerf’s resignation, please read as CamVoc believes it provides valuable insight to the motivation behind new state-wide regulations that we have been dealing with: http://njea.org/news/2014-02-11/njea-on-cerf-resignation-time-for-a-new-start-and-new-approach
Also, please remember to “let your voice be heard” by writing to the State BOE about how the rushed implementation of various regulations surrounding tenure and evaluation (Danielson Evaluation Tool, the SGO Process, Summative Scores for Teachers, etc.) have impacted teaching and learning in our district: http://njea.org/news/2014-01-28/tell-your-story-to-the-sboe
This is has been a hectic year for teachers around New Jersey. We have all been dealing with many big changes around evaluation, student growth objectives, tenure reform, and the transition to a new state test, PARCC.
On February 5, 2014, the State Board of Education will be hearing from teachers around the state about how these issues have affected our the lives of our students and our profession/classroom practice. Our association president, Ryan McCarty, will be attending the state board of education meeting to express our concerns, but the state would also like to hear from ALL of us!
Below is a link that will enable you to communicate directly with board of ed. The more teachers we have respond, the better. Please provide as much specific and viable feedback as possible – we want our voices heard!
Here is the link: http://www.njea.org/news/2014-01-28/tell-your-story-to-the-sboe
As we were informed this week, “unannounced” observations will start at the end of January and continue through March.
In an effort to track patterns within our district, please take a minute to complete this form after each formal evaluation you receive: Tracking Trends Survey
As a reminder, if something seems “off” during the evaluation process please fill out this survey: Evaluation Questions
While the convention is a great place for you network with educators from around the state, it also can help you improve your practice and hone in on skills you have been working on this year.
Please check out the catalog (link below) of available PD opportunities including, but not limited to, KeyNote Speakers, High Tech Hall Information, and a list of all the workshops.
We hope to see you there!!!!!!!!
Do you still have questions about the new evaluation model, The Framework for Teaching?
If so, be sure to check out the new “Evaluation” page, listed under the “Members” tab. We have added resources that will be helpful to you!
You can access the page here: Members >Evaluation
Also – If you have a question about something that you are not sure about pertaining to the evaluation system/tool/process, please fill out your information in the survey below and we will help out right away!
If you have have
In an effort to help all members meet SGO requirements, CamVoc will be conducting Q & A sessions followed by collaborative planning at each campus on September 25th from 3 to 5pm. All faculty are invited to attend.
At GTC, Matt Stagliano will be facilitating in the IMC. At PC, Mike Ritzius will be facilitating in room 300 of the science building.
Please bring resources with you to design your SGO
Please download these helpful handouts and bring them to the session!!