T.E.A. Rep Council Meetings 2017-2018
9/20 Middlebrook (see minutes below)
1/17 Booth Hill
2/21 Jane Ryan
4/18 Daniels Farm
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TEA Representative Council Meeting September 20, 2017 at Middlebrook
Attendance: Tammy Jacobellis, Matt Bracksieck, Monica Callahan, Maggie Pereira, Jennifer Crawford, Brenda Windsor, Leigh Gabriel, Vanessa Brittain, Philip Kennan, Carol St. John, Kim Lombardi, Deirdre Foley, Kris Forsythe, Anne Rosa, jane Billington, Jenell Cunningham, Nedda Carrano, Karen Smith, Jean-Marie Pulaski, April Lang, Pam Rogalin, Jen Winschel, Lisa Cerulli, John Mastrianni, Nancy Yarmosh, Nick Banks, Shannon Bolan, Gregg Basbagill, Jamie Curley, John Evans, Sara Scrofani, Joanne Connon, Steve Barbin
CALL TO ORDER 4:02
TREASURER’S REPORT (Windsor)
People had asked about the increase in taxes on our budget. Due to the increase in stipends, a couple of years ago, the taxes needed to be adjusted. There was also a workman’ compensation tax that was being taken from the TEA on an employee’s first $15,000 that hadn’t been accounted for in the past. The additional expenses are now figured correctly, and the tax line is as it should be. Our accountant provided services in the 16-17 school year to help file annual nonprofit tax paperwork that had not been filed, which is why our accounting line item showed a deficit. The year the taxes had not been filed, we did not accrue the bill, so it showed an overage in that area at that time. Moving forward, our accounting should be more accurately represented.
SECRETARY’S REPORT (Crawford)
- If you have a report for the minutes, please make sure to email them to me each month by or right after the Rep Council meeting for the month.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT (Jacobellis)
- CEA TEVAL workshops are being offered and encouraged to attend. Visit cea.org to register. **Please be sure that your goals do not tie SBAC or CMT scores to them.**
- We welcome Herman Whitter in his new role at CEA. He will be working with us to increase member engagement.
- We welcome Suzanne Haviland as our new CEA Uniserv Rep.
- Insurance changes: On Wednesday, September 27, the TEA membership will be holding two meetings to discuss the health insurance changes that the Trumbull Board of Education has elected to adopt on October 1st for all Trumbull teachers enrolled in the Partnership 2.0 plan. These changes were voted on by the State Legislature as part of the state budget negotiations. The changes will go into effect almost immediately, on October 1. Please email Tammy any questions that you may have.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS –
An election was held for two positions on the Executive Board that come from Rep Council. We would like to welcome back Carol St. John (elementary) and John Mastrianni (middle school).
Alternate NO REPORT
Booth Hill NO REPORT
Daniels Farm NO REPORT
Frenchtown NO REPORT
Jane Ryan NO REPORT
Hillcrest NO REPORT
Madison NO REPORT
Middlebrook NO REPORT
Program Leaders NO REPORT
REACH NO REPORT
Tashua NO REPORT
TECEC NO REPORT
- DCs, Team Leaders, other schedule changes (communication)
- The way that changes to people’s schedules were communicate was unprofessional and broke contract. It’s left people demoralized and confused about who is doing what job.
- There’s no long term thinking or planning. This resembles the Special Ed reorganization that took place several years ago.
- Reviewing special ed ratios to ensure they fall within the state guidelines
- Changes to 9th grade grading policies
- Letter to Long Hill (attached)
- Letter is going to the E-Board for revision to include other schools. It will be sent from the TEA as a district issue
- Motion passed: Letter will go to E-Board for revision to include all affected schools and then sent to Long Hill.
- There are a lot of issues from the IC Gradebook setup perspective which drove the point home that these changes were capricious and poorly thought out. We can do this better by working together.
- TEVAL & teacher goals vs. District goals (no standardized tests)
- TEVAL committee meeting–TEA representation is Tammy, Sara Scrofani (THS), and Lisa Ryan representing the Middle School
- Admin has been invited to participate in the CEA arranged PD. They said the prospect was “interesting.” Have not signed on yet.
- Communication from CEA (attached)
- Tammy & Matt are going to the CEA PD at Aquaculture on Thursday. We’re going to talk about next steps then.
- District-wide PD is going to be pushed back due to the insurance info session
- Raised questions about admin training–an administrator was meeting with a dept. And was either giving out inaccurate info or had no answers to questions.
- Question about TEVAL calculations (attached)
- Conducting audit of schedules to ensure prep & lunch
- PD Schedule 30 days in advance
- Also not happening in other schools. Tammy is going to be in communication with Dr. Budd to ensure that PD is being planned in advance and the contract is being followed
- Tammy is going to arrange a meeting with Admin and the VPs to talk about these issues. It’s unprofessional and in violation of the law.
- Need office space for Alt School in portables
- Matt will follow up with Marc to get something in writing. If that doesn’t work, then Tammy will have to get something in writing. No more verbal agreements. Everything in writing.
- More are coming
- Teachers’ duty “checking in” with students–where’s the line for teaching
- At the moment, there’s no clear contract violation. Keep an eye on your schedule and let the TEA know if your situation changes.
- Online AP class
- Suzanne was very interested in this issue. She’s had experience with this in other districts. She asked who negotiated this–answer: no one. Time to realign those expectations about how a district is supposed to operate. Teachers have an important decision making role.
- It was a failure on the BOE and Supt.’s part that they were ever there in the first place.
- We hope that the festival will be rescheduled for a different time so the disruption caused to teaching and learning at THS will not be repeated.
Communication from CEA regarding TEVAL
The bottom line is, the district CAN set a district goal based on the data from the statewide test, as has been discussed in your email thread, but they CANNOT use the test scores to measure the success individual teachers (or administrators) have in meeting that goal and/or as part of their evaluation. How TEA enforces this/helps educate teachers/pushes to modify the TEval document to better clarify this/educate teachers is an area where TEA can be active – from sending out a clarifying email, to more. For example, as several of your suggestions touched upon:
1) TEA can send out an email to members that reminds teachers that their goal should not in any way link with statewide assessments.
2) TEA may want to do its own form of PD to make sure teachers are clear on how to align with the district goals without violating the PEAC resolution. Tammy has told me that this is already being discussed at this week’s meeting.
3) TEA could also look to push for or offer PD at the district level (CEA staff could come in for joint PD if that is something the district would consider).
4) If the TEval document is unclear or misleading on this issue, your TEval committee members can request discussion on edits to the plan.
5) TEA could also consider asking the district to consider changing or modifying their goal (as it is confusing how this relates to teacher goals and it leaves a lot of teachers out who are not in the main content areas covered by the statewide test). But the district doesn’t have to change it, and likely won’t, because as Kate relates, unfortunately, test scores under the federal ESSA law are part of the 7 ESSA indicators of accountability at the district level. The state cannot change this because it is part of federal law. If there is no change to the goal, the district should clarify as soon as possible for all teachers that it must not count in a teachers evaluation or an administrator’s.
Kate Field writes:
In the spring of 2017, the Performance Evaluation Advisory Committee (PEAC) recommended state mastery test scores be decoupled from educator evaluation. The Connecticut State Board of Education voted on this recommendation and passed it in early May 2017. This means districts cannot use state mastery tests to calculate any portion of a teacher or an administrator’s evaluation. State mastery tests in Connecticut are SBAC, SAT, and science CMT and CAPT (soon to be replaced by the Next Generation Science test).
While mastery tests cannot be used as indicators of student growth they can be used to inform goals at the individual or district level. That means scores can be used to help identify areas of strength and weakness students may exhibit in aggregate that a district may want to focus on in order to improve. For example, recent SAT scores showed many students in District X struggle to understand symbolic language, so District X decides to make this area the focus of their district-wide literacy goal. Teachers expected to set literacy goals (like ELA teachers) can be urged to adopt a SLO that is aligned with the symbolic language district goal, but they cannot use the SAT to measure progress toward that goal. Instead they should use indicators such as department developed rubrics or other types of assessments.
State Guidelines still require the use of a standardized indicator to measure progress toward a goal when a “fair, valid, reliable, and useful” one exists for the grade level, student population, and subject area. When the state decoupled mastery tests from teacher evaluation, 22.5% of a teacher’s summative score was left up in the air with few standardized indicators available to use instead. Some districts rushed to fill the void with PMTs like NWEA (MAP) or STAR.
The problem with requiring teachers use a PMT as an indicator of growth toward their SLO is that this is a violation of state guidelines, which state that goals and indicators are set through mutual agreement between evaluator and teacher. SBAC or other state mastery tests were not subject to mutual agreement because they were written into State Guidelines as 22.5% of a teacher’s evaluation. In addition, there is no way to control for variables that are outside a teacher’s control with PMTs, like how seriously a student takes the test on any given day or how often they are absent. Without a process to control for these variables, the use of PMTs for the purpose of teacher evaluation is problematic and likely does not meet the high standard for “fairness, reliability, validity, and usefulness.” PMTs may be selected as indicators, but teachers must mutually agree to do so if they feel they are appropriate for their population of students and subject matter.
Questions Regarding TEVAL calculation
page 13 of the PDF (11 on the document itself):
Here’s the language:
“7. Peer Feedback: School Leadership Teams will assist in the development of whole-school surveys to align with school improvement goals . Teams will review aggregate ratings for multiple student indicators that are aligned with school improvement goals and consensus will be established to determine the peer feedback rating of Exemplary, Proficient, Developing, and Below Standard (10%).
- Whole School Student Learning: Leadership Teams will establish multiple school learning indicators to be used for the administrators’ evaluation rating and the whole school student learning rating for teachers. Teams will review aggregate ratings for multiple student indicators that are aligned with school improvement goals and consensus will be established to determine the whole school student learning rating of Exemplary, Proficient, Developing, and Below Standard (5%).”
Here are some important questions:
- Who is on these School Leadership Teams? Is the TEA represented on these teams? How many teams are there? How many times did they meet last year? (We can also check with the other levels at Rep Council to determine if this practice is consistent across the grade levels).
- How did the School Leadership Teams arrive at scores of “3” for the 10% and 5% components in June?
- The 10% and the 5% scores are the result of the teams looking at “multiple student indicators that are aligned with school improvement goals.” One of our district/school goals this year is to improve SAT scores, which is no longer allowable under the PEAC resolution. What indicators and school goals will the teams be reviewing instead?
It says 5 separate times in the teacher evaluation plan that teacher goals must be related to/compatible with the district goal:
Page 8 (10 of the PDF):
“The development of goals and IAGD objectives includes review of the following:
- District goals, goals and IAGD objectives, and initiatives (available through the supervisory process, and distributed in initial packets at the beginning of each school year)…”
Page 12 (14 of the PDF):
“The teacher and administrator (or the supervisor, as appropriate) will develop mutually agreed upon written goal(s) for the coming year on the Goal Setting Form (Attachment A). Goal(s) should be designed in accordance with the job description or district/school goals and IAGD objectives…
District, school, and individual performance goals (job description or CCT standards) will be related…
Goals and IAGD objectives for teachers must focus on the improvement of student learning and should be related to building and district goals…”
Page 17 (19 of the PDF):
“Goals, IAGD objectives, and lesson objectives must relate to the individual’s role. An individual’s goals must be compatible with content/grade, school, and district goals.”
Membership (Gabriel) NO REPORT
Public Relations (Basbagill) NO REPORT
Social (Crawford, Pereira) NO REPORT
Advanced Degrees (Callahan, Gabriel, Kremzar) NO REPORT
Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning Committee (Jacobellis, Rubano)
Policy Advisory (Windsor) NO REPORT
TEAM (Pereira) NO REPORT
Scholarship (Pereira, Callahan, Crawford) NO REPORT
Political Action- (inactive) NO REPORT
Personnel Policy- (inactive) NO REPORT
Board of Education (Rubano)
BOE Meeting – September 26, 2017
Trumbull teachers had a great opening to the school year, and is very appreciative to administration and the BOE for not eliminating teacher positions. Teachers have had the opportunity to meet the parents at their schools’ Back to School nights, and look forward to a great new school year!
Trumbull High School
The World Language Department is very pleased with the implementation of the Spanish and French 8th grade exams. This exam, combined with the recommendation of the 8th grade WL teachers, has made the placement of the incoming 9th graders much more accurate. As a result, we have had a much more successful year at THS.
Thumbs up with the new AP Latin/Italian course, honors Italian 2 and honors Latin 2 & Spanish 4 Conversation and Culture at THS.
The Social Studies Department is offering a new course this year, AP Human Geography. The class is full, and Breanne Brienza has worked hard all summer to prepare for this new course, which she and the students are enjoying.
Students and teachers in the Mock Trial, Model UN, Model Congress, and We the People are working hard to prepare for their annual competitions.
Congratulations to Katie Boland for receiving the Gilder Lehrman History Award.
Stephanie Jalowiec from the English Department is working with the 9th grade teachers throughout the year to assist teachers with reading strategies, which in turn will increase their writing skills. The department is looking forward to working with Stephanie this year.
The School Counseling Department kicked off the college season early on! The senior college planning night was held on 9/6 with over 400 parents and students in attendance. Additionally, counselors met with all seniors in small groups in the days following so that all students are knowledgeable in how to ensure their application materials reach the colleges.
The college and career counselor, Samantha Eisenberg, ran common application workshops over the summer and will be holding them again in the next two weeks to make sure that every senior has the opportunity to have all questions answered surround the college applications.
Financial Aid Night was held on Monday 9/25.
Minutes – September 26, 2017
- Katie Boland received the Gilder Lehrman History Award from Social Studies Consultant for the State Department of Education, Steven Armstrong. Some of Katie’s students spoke on her behalf.
- The Board discussed the implications of no budget from the state. It’s goes back and forth between getting $3.4 million and getting $0. We are still in unchartered waters! As a result, pay increases for the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, Business Administrator, Direction of Building & Faculty Maintenance, and the Payroll & Insurance Manager are deferred until the November 21 BOE meeting. More importantly, the Board wants to see how Trumbull will be affected by the final state budget.
- There were many policies that were reviewed and approved.
- The TAA contract is also deferred until the November 21 meeting.
Meeting ended at 8:05 p.m.
Fairfield County Advisory (Jacobellis) NO REPORT
Fairfield County Council (Callahan, Gabriel, Basbagill) NO REPORT
PTA General Council (Kremzar, Pierce) NO REPORT
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