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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.

Improvement Plan
Template (Word)
Improvement Plan
Rubric for Support
Improvement Plan
Exemplar
Observable
Expectations Ideas

The Improvement Plan Template may not be accessible. For alternative formats, please contact PAR by phone at (505) 253-0335 ext. 67055 or email at .

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.