As the NC Department of Public Instruction’s December 1 headcount approaches, much of my mentoring involves EC compliance. To avoid fines and to ensure federal funding allotments for each student receiving EC services, all annual reviews, initial and re-evaluations due on or before December 1 must be held and closed-out by December 1st. Our school system imposes a soft date of Friday, November 6 to give time to make corrections. One of my mentees has several extraordinary situations that have prevented her from holding 2 meetings. We spent several afternoons after school working on the initial evaluation process for out an out-of-state transfer, something she had not experienced. She also did not realize that the student in question had been in our system previously. Both afternoons were highly productive and gave her exposure to more EC forms and procedures.
Next, I was able to bring the EC program specialist and my assistant principal up-to-date on our status with compliance. The only outstanding situation is on track to be resolved at the end of this week.
In an effort to improve student achievement on the End-of-Grade tests, my principal enlisted my help, along with our AIG teacher, to identify the students who fall in the “bubble kids” category. Bubble kids are those students who are close to advancing into the new acceptable achievement range of Level 3. Using EVAAS data, we created a spreadsheet identifying the students in reading and math.
more engagement in her Corrective Reading group, even making some progress with some particularly negative and unengaged students! She has been a real team player too in getting her paperwork completed in a timely manner!
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...NC wants to measure my students’ growth with a test written and designed for students performing at grade level.
Reflection on Connections to Standards for Graduate Teacher Candidates
Connections were focused during these 3 hours mainly on Standard 1: Teacher Leadership and Standard 4: Student Learning. In helping my mentee with compliance, the simplest solution would have been for me to complete all the paperwork and hold the initial evaluation meeting for her; however, that would have prevented her from actually experienced each step in the process and learning to draft a well-written and thorough evaluation. Taking the time to work with her, was much more valuable for her as a new EC teacher and for myself as a teacher leader. Student learning was addressed in the task of identifying the students who will hopefully improve and pass their EOG’s in June, 2016.
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