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  1. Peer Assistance and Review Dr. Brenda Delany, Consulting Teacher Gail A. Epps, Instructional Specialist Department of Professional Growth Systems Montgomery County Public Schools

  2. The best teachers are attracted by a school culture in which teacher evaluation is done with them not to them. Mark Simon, November 2012, Educational Leadership

  3. Teacher Support SystemNovice and Veteran Teachers Resource Teachers and Team Leaders Staff Development Teacher Mentors Consulting Teacher Math and Reading Coaches Peers Administration

  4. Acronyms • Peer, Assistance and Review Program (PAR) • Consulting Teachers (CT) • Teacher Professional Growth System (TPGS) • Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) • Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP) • P1 (probationary 1st year) • P2 (probationary 2nd year) • P3 (probationary 3rd year) • WT (weighted) • P1X (has prior teaching experience) • T1 (tenured 1st year of PAR) • T2 (tenured 2nd year of PAR) • P1LH (1st year late hire in MCPS) • P2LH (2nd year late hire in MCPS) • REV (Review) • OUT (Support outside of content area) • Schools (# of schools that a consulting teacher will visit)

  5. History of PAR in MCPS:Joint Partnership between MCPS and MCEA • The PAR program is a cornerstone of the evaluation process within the Professional Growth System. • Originally proposed by MCEA, PAR represents a qualitative shift in how the school system supports and evaluates teachers. • MCPS is one of only a handful of school districts nationally where master teachers share responsibility for ensuring that all teachers meet the school system's high performance standards. • The PAR program is run by a joint panel of representatives from MCEA and from the principals' association (MCAAP).

  6. History of PAR in MCPS:Joint Partnership between MCPS and MCEA • Superintendent & Administration and Teacher Associations were aligned • 1998 Development with several stakeholders Research for Better Teaching, Inc. (RBT) • 2000 – 2001 34 Schools • 2001 – 2002 91 Schools • 2002 – 2003 Full Implementation (200 schools)

  7. 6 Standards 1: Teachers are committed to students and their learning. 2: Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students. 3: Teachers are responsible for establishing and managing student learning in a positive learning environment. 4: Teachers continually assess student progress, analyze the results, and adapt instructionto improve student achievement. 5: Teachers are committed to continuous improvement and professional development. 6: Teachers exhibit a high degree of professionalism.

  8. Peer Assistance and Review (P.A.R.) Keys: • Collaboration – Association/Management • Implementation Team • P.A.R. Panel • Consulting Teachers

  9. What is the PAR Panel? • 16 members appointed by superintendent • 8 teachers recommended by MCEA • 8 administrators recommended by MCAAP • Co-chairs are the vice-presidents of MCEA and MCAAP • Duties include: • Review cases referred to PAR • Recruit, select, evaluate CTs • Make personnel recommendations to superintendent return to PGS, additional year of PAR assistance, dismissal (tenured) or nonrenewal (probationary)

  10. Consulting Teachers • 29* • Co-leads (2) • Coaching • All Novice and Underperforming Teachers * 33 (2013 – 2014)

  11. Support for Probationary Teachers 2000 - 2012 4717 of 5517 probationary teachers (85.5%) returned to the Professional Growth Cycle after 1-2 years of support

  12. Retaining Quality Teachers(first 5 years) United States MCPS 66⅔% 50%

  13. Support for Tenured Teachers2000-2012 114 of 313 tenured teachers (36.4%) returned to the Professional Growth Cycle after 1-2 years of support

  14. Non-renewal/Dismissal Data The PAR Panel has recommended 245 teachers for non-renewal/dismissal from 2000-2012. From 1996-2000, only 1 teacher was recorded as dismissed due to incompetence.

  15. Caseload Grid Special Education

  16. Caseload Grid Elementary

  17. Contact Information • Dr. Brenda Delany Co-lead Consulting Teacher 45 West Gude Drive Suite 2400 Rockville, Maryland 20850 Brenda_K_Delany@mcpsmd.org 301 217-5120 • Gail Epps Program Manager, New Teacher Induction 45 West Gude Drive Suite 2400 Rockville, Maryland 20850 gail_epps@mcpsmd.org 301 217-5137

  18. Questions and Answers