Friday Updates

Thursday, November 9

Happy Thursday

Several mornings recently, as I thought over my day before getting out of bed, I thought I really love my job.  (I admit there are days when I don’t think that at all.)  In some ways it has been a difficult week.  I have had some hard conversations regarding situations with no easy solution.  But I have also had several conversations where I’ve helped find a solution and others where the solution, though not yet reached, is in sight. 


Through all of this work I do though, I have realized what makes or breaks the job for me (for many of us I think) is the relationships I have and the new ones I continue to develop with all of you.  From individual member meetings, emails, and phone calls to chatting with building reps before and after rep council on Monday, to sorting parade books with a few teachers Tuesday, to an over long, squeezed in meeting downtown on Wednesday morning, to the very sweet ADK Tea gathering, I get to know and represent you and your needs.  But I also get to know and appreciate so many of you as the unique people you are.  That helps me love my job.



I have had several questions over the last few weeks regarding our growth and evaluation system.  That tells me it might be time for a bit of a review.  Five to six years ago in response to SB 290, a joint committee comprised of teachers and administrators worked for over a year to develop our current system.  With collaboration grant money, another joint committee met two years ago to refine the system.


Here are some of the nuts and bolts you need to know.

We use the Danielson Framework For Teaching as our standards of professional practice.  Danielson’s model is based on the four domains of Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professional Responsibilities.


The Danielson rubric is scored on a 4-point scale.  A score of 1 is Does Not Meet Standard.  A score of 2 denotes Progressing Toward Standard.  A 3 is Meets Standard/Proficient.  A 3 is where most teachers “live” on a daily basis.  A 4 is Exceeding Standard and that is the place we “visit” but rarely live.   


Probationary teachers:  Observation requirements are 2 formal observations and 3 mini observations.                                                                                                                 Contract Teachers on a summative year:  2 mini observations are required.

Contract Teachers on a formative year:  No observations just walk-throughs


A formal observation is scheduled, lasts 30 minutes to an hour and usually has more formal pre and post observation meetings.

A mini observation is not scheduled.  Your administrator just drops in without notice.  It lasts between 15 and 25 minutes.  A specific debrief meeting time is not required but can be requested by either party.

All observations should be completed by about May 15. 


Our HR director and I are working to update the Evaluation Handbook available to licensed staff under Human Resources on the district intranet.  Some recent changes have not been reflected in our handbook yet.  I will let you know when updates are complete.


Know Your Contract


Employees receiving notice that they are being called to jury duty will inform their building administrator and then keep the building administrator updated on both whether or not they have to report and whether or not they are selected to serve on a jury.  In addition, employees receiving notice that they are being called to jury duty during September or the working days in June must petition the court for release.


Judicial or Administrative Proceedings:

Licensed staff members subpoenaed in a judicial or administrative proceeding in which the licensed staff member is neither a party nor has an interest will not lose compensation for the term of the appearance.


If a licensed staff member must appear in a court on a case in which the licensed staff member does have an interest (is not part of the licensed staff member’s District responsibilities), the pay of a substitute shall be deducted from the licensed staff member’s salary after all available personal leave is exhausted.


The District will not provide paid leave for any licensed staff member for participation in action taken against the District.


A member testifying before the School Board regarding a recommendation for dismissal, contract non-extension, or non-renewal of another employee shall not lose compensation for the period of appearance.


Payments to the licensed staff member for jury duty and witness fees will be endorsed by the licensed staff member payable to the District unless the absence was a non-paid day as defined in Article VI.A.2. The licensed staff member may keep his or her mileage fees.


Loan Forgiveness

Still time to register for the Loan Forgiveness workshop put on by NEA Member Benefits.  We have room for a few more folks.  The workshop is on Wednesday, November 15 from 5:00 to 7:00pm.  Register by emailing Erin Leslie at



Thanks to the small group who joined the book work party this week.  We presorted through many boxes of books.  We have several classes stamping, sorting, and bagging books for us.  It is a great community service project for our students. 

Now let’s plan for a large group to walk on Saturday, December 2.  The parade begins at 1:00.  We ask folks to arrive by 12:30.  The parade lasts about one and a half to two hours.  A great way to spend a few hours on a Saturday, handing out books to children along the parade route.

Enjoy Veterans’ Day off.  Honor the Veterans in your life and in our community.

Anne Goff

Springfield Education Association President

Phone: (541) 726-8388 
              (541) 343-1151

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. 
--Margaret Mead