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Words from the Prez for November 2016

posted Nov 10, 2016, 11:44 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Nov 10, 2016, 11:44 AM ]

Happy November!

This time of year makes me think of many things, but mainly thankfulness and gratitude. To me, gratitude helps us to see what is present instead of what is missing. Oftentimes, as educational professionals in Oklahoma, it is common for us to see what is missing: funding, not enough time, not enough supplies, energy for all the things that we need to complete. During this time of thanksgiving I encourage us all to be grateful for this amazing responsibility we have to educate, love, and care for each student. To be mentors, friends,
and cheerleaders for our co-workers is also extremely important.

Personally, I am grateful to all of our members for their support for our organization, our building reps and officers that work so hard to make sure you feel supported and heard, and my family who doesn’t mind the extra time and hours I spend working at school and for the BEA.

Hang in there, that wonderful week long Thanksgiving Break is just around the corner. Make sure to take time to be thankful for all of your blessings, and to take care of yourself to refresh and renew to finish out this semester strong.

Our next BEA meeting is Wednesday, November 16 at the Madison Library at 4:15.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Rachel Hough
BEA President

November 2016 BEA Line Newsletter

posted Nov 10, 2016, 11:43 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Nov 10, 2016, 11:43 AM ]

The October 2016 edition of the BEA Line newsletter is attached below.

All members invited to 10/12 meeting to hear the candidates

posted Oct 11, 2016, 11:31 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 11:31 AM ]

BEA Rep Meeting: LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATE FORUM

All members are invited to attend the next BEA meeting:

When: October 12
Location: Madison Library
Time: 4:15 p.m.

This will be a special legislative candidate forum! Our guests will include incumbent Rep. Travis Dunlap, who is running for re-election in District 10 (map). Democrat Eric Epperson will be on the ballot running against Mr. Dunlap.

The two candidates to succeed John Ford in State Senate district 29 (map) will both be present: Democrat Dr. Robert Jobe and Republican Julie Daniels.

This your chance to hear local candidates for the state legislature. Please come to the Madison Library and listen to Mrs. Daniels, Dr. Jobe, and Rep. Dunlap talk about their views on the issues and public education.

Words from the Prez for October 2016

posted Oct 11, 2016, 11:17 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 11:18 AM ]

Happy Fall!

To me fall means, cooler weather, warmer clothes, and the changing of leaves. It also means fall break is almost here. If you are like me, you are well settled in to your year, but now feeling as if there are not enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished that you want, and just desperately wanting to have some “down” time. I hope you all find some time to rest and relax during the break!

On another note, it is also election season. Although, it seems like it’s been this season for a while, it’s almost coming to an end. That being said, it’s time to get informed and also get out and vote. We will be offering an opportunity for you to hear local candidates at our Rep Meeting on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 4:15 p.m. Please come to the Madison Library and listen to Julie Daniels, Dr. Jobe, and Rep. Travis Dunlap talk about their view on the issues and education.

There are many state questions on the ballot this time around, make sure you familiarize yourself with their numbers and what they mean.

But the most important thing is to get out and vote!! If you need coverage, or time to be able to vote and can’t get it from your building, please let us know.

Our next BEA meeting is Wednesday, October 12. I’d love to see you there!

Rachel Hough
BEA President

October 2016 BEA Line Newsletter

posted Oct 11, 2016, 11:14 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 11:15 AM ]

The October 2016 edition of the BEA Line newsletter is attached to this post.

SQ 779 Mtg for All Members on 9/21/2016

posted Sep 19, 2016, 1:32 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 1:32 PM ]

BEA 9/2016

September 2016 BEA Line Newsletter

posted Sep 11, 2016, 3:29 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 3:29 PM ]

The September 2016 edition of the BEA Line newsletter is attached to this post.

Words from the Prez for September 2016

posted Sep 11, 2016, 3:28 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 3:28 PM ]

Welcome Back!   I know that the start of this school year was stressful for many of you.  

Thank you for the extra time, energy, and effort put forth to pull off a great start to the school year!  I hope things are starting to settle down and run smoothly in your buildings and classrooms. 

Thank you for choosing to be part of BEA.  There are many BIG issues facing public education in Oklahoma and we need our voices to be strong and to be heard!  All members are welcome to attend our monthly rep meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. We would love to see you there! 

I’m looking forward to working with you this school year.  Please feel free to call or email me if you need anything.   

Rachel Hough
BEA President

TLE Changes APPROVED

posted May 12, 2016, 3:43 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated May 18, 2016, 6:09 AM ]

A bright spot amidst the fiscal gloom of spring 2016 is that Governor Fallin has now signed House Bill 2957, which eliminates the quantitative component of the TLE Appraisal System. The state never developed a viable quantitative system and wasted teachers' time with failed pilot efforts in Other Academic Measures and Student Learning Objectives along with multiple years of the senseless Roster Verification for several years of Value Added Measures that never became part of teacher evaluations.

Bartlesville's own Senator Ford co-authored the bill; we are grateful that he has seen the light and, in his final term, led the effort to abandon quantitative measures in teacher appraisals.

Teachers should abandon the current Roster Verification process. It has been rendered moot by the new law. 

Provisions

  • Quantitative components eliminated
    • Appraisals have been entirely based on qualitative ratings since TLE began and that will continue; latest language for both qualitative and quantitative measures stricken
  • Student performance must be discussed
    • Student performance, including performance on the statewide criterion-referenced tests if available, shall be discussed with the teacher and MAY be one of the considerations for the teacher's rating, but no Value Added Measures, Other Academic Measures, etc. are part of rating
  • Career teacher status (which brings less frequent appraisals, termination hearing due process rights, and less stringent mandatory dismissals) is granted to:
    • teachers employed prior to 2017-2018 who have completed three or more consecutive complete school years in a district
    • teachers employed for the first time by a district in 2017-2018:
      • who complete three consecutive complete years in a district with a "superior" rating in 2 of the 3 years -OR-
      • who complete four consecutive complete years in a district with an average rating of "effective" or higher and "effective" or higher for the last 2 years of the 4-year period -OR-
      • who complete four or more consecutive complete years in a district IF the principal of the school petitions the district superintendent and the superintendent and local school board approve career teacher status
  • Appraisals every three years allowed for "superior" or "highly effective" ratings
    • Currently career teachers receiving a "superior" or "highly effective" rating only have to be evaluated once every two years; that is extended to once every three years
      • Bartlesville currently only exercises this once every two years option at elementary schools, and then only if both the principal and the teacher agree
  • NEW individualized professional development mandate
    • A new requirement that each teacher have an individualized program of professional development, tied to the qualitative TLE component is to be piloted by the state department of education in 2016-2017, piloted at the district level in 2017-2018, and mandated in 2018-2019
      • Establish an annual professional growth goal developed by teacher in collaboration with evaluator
        • tailored to address a specific area or criteria identified through the qualitative component of the TLE
        • allow teacher to actively engage with learning practices that are evidence-based, researched practices that are correlated with increased student achievement
        • supported by resources that are easily available and supplied by the school district and the State Department of Education
      • Professional development completed shall count toward the total number of point teacher is required to complete; not to be construed as increasing the existing number of required points
      • Individualized programs may include but are not limited to the following learning practices:
        • presenter-led workshops
        • individual or faculty studies of books, scholarly articles and video productions
        • peer observations
        • committee studies to address student achievement issues
        • work related to a specific subject area or areas associated with obtaining an advanced degree or professional certification
        • action research projects designed to improve student achievement
        • participation in local, regional or state initiatives associated with the development or implementation of curriculum standards
  • Relaxed mandatory firings
    • Career teachers
      • Beginning in 2017-2018, career teachers who receive "ineffective" ratings for 2 consecutive school years still dismissed but new exception added: UNLESS superintendent recommends and local school board approves continued employment
      • Beginning in 2017-2018, career teachers who receive "needs improvement" or lower for 3 consecutive school years MAY (no longer SHALL) be dismissed
      • No longer a requirement of an average "effective" rating over a five year period
    • Probationary teachers
      • Beginning in 2017-2018, probationary teachers who receive "ineffective" for two consecutive school years MAY (no longer SHALL) be dismissed
      • Beginning in 2017-2018, probationary teachers who do not attain career teacher status within a four-year period MAY (no longer SHALL) be dismissed
    • Principals
      • Beginning in 2017-2018, principals who receive "ineffective" ratings for 2 consecutive school years MAY be dismissed instead of SHALL be dismissed
    • Broadening of mandatory teacher dismissal reasons from 'sex offender registration act, felony offenses, 'criminal sexual activity' and 'sexual misconduct' to now include a finding that the teacher 'has engaged in acts that could form the basis of criminal charges sufficient to result in the denial or revocation of a [teaching] certificate'

Words from the Prez, May 2016

posted May 12, 2016, 2:59 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated May 12, 2016, 2:59 AM ]

As I sit here, it dawns on me that this is my last message to you. Where has the year gone? In a few short days the long anticipated summer break will commence. I am so proud and privileged to have served as your president this year. I’m thankful for all the wonderful members that were willing to step up and help out when help was needed. It was a pleasure to work with a great team of officers so dedicated to the BEA.

2016 5 Star Local Award
On April 22, Megan Hoelting, Rachel Hough, and I attended the OEA Delegate Assembly in Oklahoma City. It was great to collaborate with other local leaders from around the state as well as the OEA staff members. It was an honor to pick up an OEA Golden Apple for Judy Allen’s work on our BEA Line and to be recognized as a 5 Star Local. Please join me at our last meeting of the year on May 18th. 

Heather Boyle
BEA President

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