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  • Words from the Prez for February 2016 I’m hearing almost daily from teachers who are worried about what the future holds in light of our state’s revenue failure and deep mid-year cuts to education ...
    Posted Feb 11, 2016, 10:20 AM by Bartlesville Teacher
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  • Wait and see on quantitative TLE measures Dr. Jason Perez is the Executive Director of Teacher & Leader Effectiveness (TLE) at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). He came to Bartlesville on January 25 to present to ...
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  • Words from the Prez for January 2016 Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic and restful break. It is really hard to believe we are already half way through the school year. This year ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2016, 5:13 PM by Bartlesville Teacher
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Words from the Prez for February 2016

posted Feb 11, 2016, 10:20 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Feb 11, 2016, 10:20 AM ]

I’m hearing almost daily from teachers who are worried about what the future holds in light of our state’s revenue failure and deep mid-year cuts to education. Our governor, Mary Fallin, believes this 900.8 million dollar budget hole is an “opportunity” that will require
“creativity and hard-work” to find ways to pay for things that need to be paid for.

Our legislators are already “working hard” on some "creative” legislation aimed at taking away fully paid health insurance (HB 3154) and sending tax dollars to private schools (HJR 1062).

Ivy Riggs, OEA’s Legislative and Political Organizing Specialist, will be with us on February 17 to give us a legislative update. Please come and be informed! If you are unable to attend, there are legislative updates on the OEA websites (along with representative contact information) almost daily. 

Let’s use this “opportunity” to stand together and fightfor teachers and public education!

Heather Boyle
BEA President

February 2016 BEA Line

posted Feb 11, 2016, 10:11 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Feb 11, 2016, 10:18 AM ]

Wait and see on quantitative TLE measures

posted Feb 5, 2016, 10:30 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Feb 5, 2016, 10:33 AM ]

TLE Presentation for Bartlesville by Jason Perez, January 2016.pptx


Dr. Jason Perez is the Executive Director of Teacher & Leader Effectiveness (TLE) at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). He came to Bartlesville on January 25 to present to the district Teacher Appraisal Committee about changes in the teacher appraisal system.

In the 2015 legislative session TLE was amended yet again by Senate Bill 706, authored by Bartlesville's Senator John Ford, to halt the implementation of quantitative measures until a new list of accepted measures could be recommended by the state TLE Commission and approved by the State Board of Education. 

In December the commission recommended the use of Teacher Portfolios, OSDE-Approved Diagnostic Tools (such as Reading Sufficiency Act assessments), and District-Approved Benchmark Assessments, in addition to the existing Value-Added Measures being generated annually by Roster Verification and student performance on mandated state tests. The State Board elected to add Student Surveys to the list, with their presumed intention being research-based surveys available nationwide.

Current law under SB 706 requires that districts begin using quantitative measures from the approved list for evaluations in 2016-2017, although the quantitative ratings will not be used for employment purposes until 2017-2018.

Dr. Perez cautioned the Bartlesville committee members that he expects additional legislation to further modify TLE, and he suggested that we wait and see what new laws are enacted before investing too much time and effort into the new list of quantitative measures.  He provided a summary of relevant bills that have been filed. See the right sidebar of this article for links to each bill.

Words from the Prez for January 2016

posted Jan 16, 2016, 5:13 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Jan 16, 2016, 5:13 PM ]

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic and restful break. It is really hard to believe we are already half way through the school year. This year seems to be much “fuller” for me than usual and I find myself becoming easily overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done. I have talked to lots of you who feel the same. What we do is exhausting!

Please know that you are recognized and appreciated! Thank you for working hard for your students. Thank you for all the extra hours you put in outside of the school day. Thank you for continuing to do the job that so many others are leaving. Thank you for belonging to
our organization and standing with us as we fight for the interests of teachers and public education in Oklahoma.

Heather Boyle
BEA President

January 2016 BEA Line

posted Jan 16, 2016, 5:11 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Jan 16, 2016, 5:11 PM ]

The January 2016 of the BEA Line newsletter is attached at the bottom of this post.

December 2015 BEA Line

posted Jan 16, 2016, 5:10 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Jan 16, 2016, 5:10 PM ]

A glitch in the delivery system delayed the posting of the December 2015 BEA Line, but you'll now find it attached at the bottom of this post.

November 2015 BEA Line

posted Jan 16, 2016, 5:09 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Jan 16, 2016, 5:09 PM ]

A glitch in the delivery system delayed the posting of the November 2015 BEA Line, but you'll now find it attached at the bottom of this post.

All members invited to meet with local legislators on 11/18/2015

posted Nov 6, 2015, 5:28 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Nov 6, 2015, 5:28 AM ]


Dear Members,

Come to our next meeting in the Wayside Elementary School library on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. We will be voting on a bylaws change at 4:00 p.m., and then we will hear from Senator Ford, Representative Sears and Representative Dunlap at 4:15 p.m. 

Bring your questions with you!


Senator John Ford
Senator John Ford

Representative Earl Sears
Rep. Earl Sears

Representative Travis Dunlap
Rep. Travis Dunlap

October 2015 BEA Line

posted Oct 21, 2015, 3:53 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Oct 21, 2015, 3:54 PM ]

The October 2015 of the BEA Line newsletter is attached to this post.

Words from the Prez, October 2015

posted Oct 21, 2015, 3:52 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Oct 21, 2015, 3:53 PM ]

I almost forgot to take a “break” over Fall Break. I spent hours doing lesson plans, looking over recent assessment data and regrouping my students, making changes and adjustments to the physical space in my room, and organizing several “piles” that have been glaring at me since August. I caught up on laundry, did some deep cleaning, grocery shopped, cooked and froze several meals, and bagged a ton of leaves. On Sunday night, I finally stopped long enough to go on a long walk with my seven year old and my parents. I “needed” to do a few more things at school, but I felt guilty for always being so busy with work so I relented and went. It was a beautiful night. The temperature was perfect, the leaves were crunching under our feet, the air was fresh, and the sunset was amazing. I enjoyed the conversation with my parents and watching Nora run and play and collect “treasures” from nature. To think I almost missed that to spend a few more hours at work is pretty disheartening. 

Sadly, I think it is something that many of us do far too often. There is ALWAYS more to do at school and it is easy to let things get out of balance! So, I’m making a very conscious effort to find a better balance for the rest of the school year. I’m going to say “no” to all the pressing things at school sometimes and I encourage you to do the same.

I hope you all found some time to rest and relax during the break!

Heather Boyle
BEA President

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