Monday, May 25, 2020

How can teacher leaders respond to testing fatigue?

By Sarah Yost, NBCT sarah.yost@jefferson.kyschools.us When A Nation at Risk was published in 1983, the American education system seemed to be shaken awake from the dreamy...
Jennifer Howard, right, helps students in her geometry class at Magoffin County High School. With the proposed Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES), she said she is working on telling less and questioning more. Photo by Amy Wallot, Jan. 9, 2013

Reflective practice, professional growth a cyclical path to improvement in PGES

Teachers’ self-reflection and professional growth plans work together in PGES.

What happens when we connect?

By Brad Clark brad.clark@woodford.kyschools.us There are more than 42,000 teachers in the commonwealth. If 25 percent of Kentucky teachers were connected, engaged in the meaningful work...
Eighth-grade student Abbi Gullett writes an informative piece about irony during Michelle Devine's language arts class at North Washington Elementary School (Washington County). Last year students filled out a survey and revealed that most found Devine’s class challenging but didn’t feel like they had a lot of choice.

Student voice: ‘It’s not a popularity contest’

Student survey responses are a valuable way for teachers to reflect on their effectiveness.

Student voice offers valuable feedback to teachers

By Joseph Harris Joseph.harris@lawrence.kyschools.us As most Kentucky teachers know, a student voice survey is administered once a year as part of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness...
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Act now to help create globally competent students

By Randy Barrette randy.barrette@menifee.kyschools.us Across the country each year, one week is set aside for International Education Week. This joint initiative of the U.S. State Department...
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Teacher-, principal-effectiveness system beginning to take shape

Kentucky’s Professional Growth and Evaluation System will use multiple measures to rate teacher and principal effectiveness.
Second-grade teacher Carolyn Noe, left, reviews the peer observation she did in 1st-grade teacher Sharon Clark’s language arts class at Paint Lick Elementary School (Garrard County). Clark said the observation was very helpful and prepared her for her evaluation with her principal.

Teachers leading the way in shaping evaluation system

A proposed evaluation system focuses on helping teachers improve so they can better educate students.
Paris High School (Paris Independent) Principal Jamie Dailey, right, talks with Chief Academic Officer Clay Goode.

Teachers, principals have to help each other succeed in PGES

Principals will succeed in the new Principal Professional Growth and Effectiveness System only if they help teachers help students succeed.
Central Academy (Henderson County) teacher Jo Morris says taking part in the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System field test has helped her ensure her students’ needs are met throughout the year and made her a better teacher. Photo by Amy Wallot, March 12, 2013

PGES asks teachers to be SMART about student growth goals

Teachers will not have to change much about how they measure student growth under the proposed PGES.