Hello Bradley Nation,
Week Five is here! September is almost in the books and the evenings are cooler. With college football in full swing, you might want to break out those sweatshirts soon. (well, maybe in a few weeks)
The Re-Charge Den was recently written up in the NEISD parent newsletter that went out to over 65,000 families. A link can be found here
Each morning, I prepare fruit infused water and put out items for breakfast. Throughout the day, I keep the water filled and rotate snacks. With the generosity of HEB and other businesses, I am able to do this. I have had many folks donate coffee, donuts, breakfast bars, cookies and fruit for the water. I appreciate this greatly.
But I will need your help to keep the Den stocked. If you are out at HEB, Costco or SAMS and wanted to pick something up for the Den, I would gladly accept it. (Granola Bars, Fruit Snacks, Cookies, Bagged Chips, fresh fruit)
News and Notes
On the flipped September faculty meeting video, I asked you do a few things. One was to write a good news postcard to one of your students. These cards are in the front office.
Secondly, was to unpack domain number two. Over the last two weeks, I asked you to review and discuss your rubric just like we did with domain one and three.
I found a series of videos from a college professor in Tyler, Texas that help breakdown the domains. (He is Charles Elerick’s professor)
In order to have a successful understanding of T-TESS, we need to continue to have discussions with our peers about the process. As we move to a true PLC, these discussions should be included in our lesson planning.
Originally, I set up the morning of 9/21 and the afternoon of 9/22 to have small group discussions on domain two. I was called to a meeting on 9/21 and will need to move this small group discussion to all day on 9/22.
Starting first period and running all day, I will be in the ACR. During your conference period, please come to the ACR as we unpack and debrief domain two of T-TESS. If you cannot make the meeting during your conference, I will have an after school meeting on 9/22 starting at 3:50.
Please bring your rubric and any questions you have on Thursday.
Lastly, I need everyone to enter their T-TESS goal into the new system called APPRAISE.
I have created a few pictures to help show you the process.
Go to neisd.net, Intranet, logins and then Eduphoria.
You will log into Appraise, instead of PDAS.
After logging in, you will click on Evaluation Documents
You will then see New Goal at the bottom of the page. Click on that.
You will then see the page to enter your goal.
Once your goal is entered, please click submit and your goal will be sent to your evaluator. Your evaluator will then review and approve your goal.
(This is also a wonderful time to review the SMART goal you selected. Are you on track to complete it? What evidence would you submit to show that you have completed it?)
A key component of T-TESS is sharing evidence with your appraiser. As you go throughout the year, you will be asked to share evidence (lesson plans, eblasts, parent emails/compliments, specific lessons) in a shared google drive folder that Clarissa or Tina has created. The folder has been shared with you.
Remember, T-TESS is changing the focus of teacher evaluations from compliance and checking “one more thing off our plate” to one of collaboration, growth and coaching. The discussions held during the first week about best practices and during our goal setting meetings were powerful. It is with this approach that we will successfully implement T-TESS.
I look forward to our discussions on Thursday.