Friday, October 8, 2010

Q-Comp and What We Already Do, Mileage on Staff Development Days, Re-Licensure Courses, Fall Professional Conference

Q-Comp – What We Are Already Doing:  Many of the basic components of Q-Comp are based on things we do as a district right now, and would continue to do regardless of its passage.  As you are evaluating the proposal, here are the main elements you may recognize: 
  • Observations:  We chose to use a pared down version of the observation part of our current performance review structure.  Instead of all of our PAS components, we will focus on the one that relates most directly with instruction or has the most direct impact on student achievement.  The rubrics and forms for those parts would be used for Q-Comp too.
  • Site Achievement Goal: We currently develop annual site goals as part of our Site Improvement Plan process. 
  • Student Achievement Goal:  We have begun to develop individual or collaborative team goals annually; these could be used for our individual student achievement goals as well. 
  • Collaborative Teams:  One of the requirements of Q-Comp is to have some form of job embedded staff development, so we referenced the PLC’s and collaborative teams that our district has been working for the past few years.

Mileage on Staff Development Days:  If you travel during a staff development day from one site to another, you are eligible to be reimbursed for mileage.  You can obtain a form from your site’s office to get your reimbursement.

Teacher License Renewal Seminar:  Metro teachers unions are offering a license renewal seminar to our members on Saturday, November 13th, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Highview Middle School in New Brighton.  Four seminars are offered that can fill some of the staff development requirements for re-licensure:  Mental Illness, Positive Behavior Strategies, Reading, and Accommodation & Modification Instructional Strategies.  Email us at if you’d like to sign up.

Fall Professional Conference:  Come to the Professional Conference on October 21st and 22nd  to find opportunities to earn re-licensure credit, increase your professional skills, get a flu shot, give blood, win prizes, and take home trinkets from vendors.  For a full list of sessions and information, visit