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Information for Principals

Improvement plans for PAR primarily concentrate on instruction from elements in Domains 2 and 3.  Sometimes Domain 1 is addressed.

Signs a Teacher May be in Need of Interventions

  • Poor lesson planning and/or the absence of planning and preparation for instruction
  • Inadequate content knowledge
  • Serious discipline and classroom management problems
  • High incidence of student referrals
  • Frequent conflicts with students
  • Lack of instructional strategies
  • Difficulty holding student interest in classroom activities
  • Difficulty differentiating instruction
  • Poor knowledge and alignment of assessment tools and strategies
  • Difficulty collaborating with colleagues and engaging parents in student learning
  • Trouble with organization and managing day to day job requirements
  • Communication with colleagues, parents, and students about progress and learning needs

Myths  

MYTH 1: It takes two years to complete an Improvement Plan to dismiss a teacher who is not meeting competencies/domain elements.

FACT:  Once the Improvement Plan has been written and work has started with a Consulting Teacher, PAR recommendations are made between 45 and 90 working days.  Occasionally an additional 45 days is needed.

MYTH 2: Supporting a teacher on an Improvement Plan takes too much time.

FACT:  Principals are required to observe a teacher on an Improvement Plan once every ten days and hold one debrief session with the teacher about the observation with a written memo.

MYTH 3: The Albuquerque Teacher Federation protects teachers who are not meeting competencies/domain elements.

FACT: The ATF ensure that the Negotiated Agreement is in compliance throughout the Improvement Plan process.

MYTH 4: A principal must write too many memos and directives before placing a teacher on an Improvement Plan.

FACT: There is no maximum number of memos/directives that must be written. There must be documented communication between an administrator and teacher when a teacher is not meeting competencies/domain elements.

MYTH 5: A principal’s paperwork during an Improvement Plan is excessive.

FACT:  Principals are required to observe a teacher on an Improvement Plan once every ten days and hold one debrief session with the teacher about the observation with a written memo. The ten minute report to the PAR Panel is oral.

 

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