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  • JP works with schools providing training on how to ameliorate teacher weaknesses brought to light through the process of teacher evaluation.

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  • JP partners with schools and districts across the country to provide intensive professional development for scientifically-based programs.

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Teacher Effectiveness Program

Introducing JP’s Re-Start Academy (RESA)

The nation’s current teacher shortage is having an intense impact on the school system. In 2013–14, 62% of school districts had unfilled teaching positions three months into the school year. 

In the same school year, close to 1,000 teachers were on substitute credentials—a 29% increase from the previous year. With one of the highest turnover rates of any state and 24% of the workforce eligible to retire by June 2018, the future outlook points to continued shortages.

(A Coming Crisis Teacher Report)

Among all beginning teachers in 2007–08, 10 percent did not teach in 2008–09, 12 percent did not teach in 2009–10, 15 percent did not teach in 2010–11, and 17 percent did not teach in 2011–12.  Voices from the field tell us the trend has continued!

 

Public School Teacher Attrition and Mobility in the First Five Years

 

Interested in preventing teacher burnout?

Faced with filling teacher vacancies every year?

Want strategies that address teacher retention?

JP can help you address these and other needs.

 

With over a quarter of a century of experience in designing and implementing professional development to thousands of schools JP can assist you in creating a plan that will work for you.

RESA Academies focus on preventing high teacher attrition identifying it as the one factor within a school’s sphere of influence.

 

Strategy: RESA (Re-Start Academies)

RESA Academies provide a two-pronged approach to the challenge of teacher retention. The first prong targets new teachers (1-5 years in the field) providing training that can be implemented at intervals during the school year.  Information and strategies are based on current data collection identifying reasons teacher are leaving the field. Training is supported by ongoing coaching on a regular basis by trained School Improvement Specialists. 

The second prong focuses on school leadership and their role in creating a culture that supports teachers and develops a teacher-leadership pipeline.  Strategies presented include both a focus on classroom support and establishing school-wide processes and policies.

An integral element of both prongs is the identification of local teachers/administrators who can be trained as coaches so the project can sustain itself. 

Objectives:

  • To improve teacher retention
    • To establish effective and evidenced based mentoring
    • To create positive school environment via collaborative efforts among districts and schools and schools and staff and community
    • To provide training for principals/leaders enabling them to create and support an environment/culture that affects teachers’ decisions to remain or leave the field. 

 

 

 Introducing JP's Video Library-Personalized Professional Development On Demand

Both principals and teachers realize an effective teacher professional development system is integral to the school improvement process. The importance of such a system is validated by research. Frameworks defining and specifying "effective teaching practices" already exist. Rubrics for evaluating teachers also exist. What is needed is the "next step."  Whether it is a teacher self-identifying an area in which they need improvement or a principal directing a teacher to a specific topic, JP's Video Library can be part of your  answer.  It provides customized professional development.

Teachers want to be successful; they do not want to fail.  Administrators want to help their teachers achieve success. JP's Video Library addresses both the needs of the principal and teachers.

 

What is the Video Library?

High quality online professional development presented in 60-90 minute segments that are automatically accessed via our website and aligned with a currently adopted state teacher evaluation frameworks. The 60-90 minute professional development segments present strategies that align with the teacher's identified area(s) of need.

 

Here is how it works:

  • Teachers complete a self-assessment survey and based on results will be directed to specific PD content.
  • A principal conducts an evaluation, based on any state rubric, identifies areas of need and assigns PD based on the identified needs.
  • Teachers click on a link and access a focused, strategically designed professional development in a 60-90 minute block of time that will be specifically aligned to that particular growth area.

All of JP's professional development resources are accompanied by the latest, most effective research.

 

JP's Video Library is an Effective Solution that:

  • Is easily accessible through commonly used electronic devices
  • Aligns the identified teacher growth area with the specific, customized online PD,  thus providing differentiated, individualized instruction  for every teacher
  • Aligns to all commercial and state approved evaluation frameworks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher Effectiveness Domain:

Research clearly shows a critical link between teaching and students' academic achievement. In fact, a National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality 2007 synthesis of research concludes that although MANY studies point to outcomes that show some teachers contribute more to their students' academic growth than other teachers, almost NO research can systematically explain the considerable variation in teachers' skills for promoting student learning. Pinpointing the skills that lead certain teachers to have a greater impact on student performance than others is a matter of great urgency in a country that struggles with educating all of its children with equity and high expectations. When used appropriately, teacher evaluations should identify and measure the instructional strategies, professional behaviors, and delivery of content knowledge that affect student learning.

The Teacher Effectiveness Project will provide professional development with specific actionable strategies to help remediate skill areas where teachers are found, through evaluation, to be weak. While aligned to Charlotte Danielson's "Framework for Teaching," the scope of this professional development is not limited to that framework. It includes all aspects of effective teaching practices, including self-reflection and the use of technology.

Teacher Readiness

• Developing Teacher Expertise • Learning about Your Students • Determining the Destination • Finding Resources • Creating Clearly Aligned Instruction • Examining Student Progress


The Classroom Climate

• Earning Respect and Gaining Rapport • Creating an Environment that Fosters Learning • Developing Routines to Expedite Classroom Functioning • Fostering Cooperation, Responsibility and a Love of Learning • Organizing Classroom Space


Instruction

• Delivering instruction with precision and clarity • Questioning and Discussion Techniques • Increasing Students’ Intellectual Involvement • Providing Immediate Constructive Feedback • Differentiating Instruction based on the Circumstances


The Teacher as a Professional

• Self-evaluation and analysis • Maintaining and organizing student data • Including Families • Being a Team Player • Committing to lifelong learning • Demonstrating Professional Standards

Click here to download all of our workshop descriptions: PDWorkshopDescriptions

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