November 2012 NCAE News Bulletin
In this issue of the November News Bulletin, we say “thank you” to some “Extra Special People” who help keep schools running -- our ESPs. November 14 is Education Support Professionals Day and two members share why they choose public education as a career. Also, read one local president’s thoughts about the importance of unions, an American Education Week salute to all educators from Vice President Jewell, why members value their membership in the Association, how McDowell County NCAE kept its supplement pay from being changed, and information about the NC Educator Evaluation System.
NCAE NEWS BULLETIN November 2012 NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS Volume 43, No. 4 ESPs Are Extra Special People...You Can’t Run Schools Without Them! Love his job as a bus driver? You bet, says NCAE member Albert Daniels, who has been transporting Durham Public School students for 24 years. What began as a part-time job to supplement his income as an insurance agent has become the best career move that Daniels has ever made. “Being around students every day makes me feel young and makes me feel like I’m observe American Education Week November 12-16. Wednesday, November 14, is Education Support Professionals Day, and is dedicated to honoring school support staff and the impact they have on the lives of children every day. According to NEA, ESPs comprise more than 40 percent of the total K-12 education workforce. Eighty percent of them work full time, 60 percent live in a small or rural community, and 77 percent live in the school district in which they work. On average, ESP members have been employed in their fields for 12 years, with 30 percent of them having more than 15 years of experience. “What we do is not just a job, Albert Daniels looks forward to coming to work each day. it’s a career,” said ESP President Chris Bridges, in a recent video produced by helping someone along the way,” he NEA. Bridges, a bus driver/supervisor for said. “I can honestly say that I look Wake County Public Schools, explains that forward to coming to work.” ESPs are part of the community and have a As a bus driver, Daniels plays an valuable role in educating students. important role in the school Like Daniels, Donna Barnette falls in community. And, as an Education Support Professional (ESP), he is one that 30 percent category. She has worked of thousands of school employees who for the Caldwell County School System for 25 years in a variety of positions, currently takes care of students every day, making sure they have what they need as a teacher assistant, nurse assistant, reading instructor, bus driver, in-house to succeed in school. “Every day textbook manager and as liaison between children get on the bus, I am the first her school and the bus garage. one they see in the morning and the “I guess you could say that I’m a ‘jack of last person they see in the afternoon. I all trades, master of none’,” Barnette said. try to share something positive with them each day in hopes that something “I perform many duties at Granite Falls Middle School and all of them are I say will influence them.” important. However, I feel that my most To celebrate the work and important job is reading instructor because I contributions of ESP, the nation will have the opportunity to pass on my grandmother’s gift of reading to students each day.” Barnette said it was that gift that influenced her to pursue a career in education. “My grandmother was an English teacher in Virginia. She taught me by example to love reading and to help and encourage others to read. “No matter what role I’m serving in, I demand that students do their best because that is all I will accept. My goal is to have a positive impression on students. They watch everything I do, therefore I want them to see a person who tries to do what is right and fair. I believe that I have a very good relationship with my students although I’m strict. While shopping recently, I was greeted by three former students who told me that they now understand why I demanded their best and thanked me for being tough on them.” Barnette describes her position as an ESP as part of a family – a family of educators that give knowledge to students each day. “As ESPs, we wear many hats and perform a wide variety of tasks. We clean the floors and cook the lunches. We Donna Barnette, left, with friend Kathy King, wears many hats. answer the phones and comfort the crying. Teaching our children is our passion. We are Education Support Professionals and proud members of NCAE.” NCAE 2 News Bulletin November 2012 Without a Doubt...the Association Works for You! During the Chicago teachers’ teachers’ lives would have been destroyed? No one was going to strike several weeks ago, I began speak for the employees unless they had the power and seriously thinking about the protection that OUR VOICE – FCAE’s VOICE, NCAE’s VOICE relevancy of unions. I decided to pen – provides. this editorial because I wanted to Now let me share the story of a bus driver who was accused by express, concisely, how I feel about a student of inappropriate touching. The driver was suspended these organizations that have without pay while an investigation took place. Six weeks later, seemingly turned into scapegoats for after the investigation was complete and the employee was many of our country’s woes. cleared of all wrong-doing, FCAE fought like crazy to get back We all know why and how unions pay for the driver. The essential unfairness of putting the came to be, so I won’t include a history lesson. But, let me employee back to work with an “I’m sorry” didn’t pay the tell you about a few of my first-hand experiences of the driver’s bills while out of work. FCAE won that fight as well. benefits that a union can provide. Who would have stood up to the injustice of this policy if not the A few years ago a policy was implemented in Forsyth employee’s union? County that if a teacher was accused by a student of sexual And then there was the discovery of several teacher assistants misconduct, that teacher was who had been paid below the state salary suspended with pay until an schedule for a number of years. The investigation was made and charges district would not have discovered the “It’s comforting to know that we can share these filed. No problem here because for stories in confidence knowing that our association error, and if it did, would probably not the safety of the -- whether it’s called a union or an organization -- have revealed the error. Not only did ney Ellis this was a Rodchildren, President has its eye on the bigger picture while we focus on reasonable policy. However, there FCAE expose this problem, FCAE educating our students.” was one small unacceptable detail worked to get years of back pay that was -- every parent with a child enrolled owed to those members. in the accused teacher’s school As educators, we all have stories that we received a robo call to inform them of the action. Think can share about injustices that we, or our colleagues, have about this for a moment…no charges filed, no investigation experienced. But it’s comforting to know that we can share these as to the truth of the accusation, but a call was made that stories in confidence knowing that our organization -- whether could potentially ruin teachers’ lives. And it did ruin lives. it’s called a union or an Association; whether a local affiliate, The Forsyth County Association of Educators (FCAE) has NCAE or NEA -- has its eye on the bigger picture while we members to prove it and one of them ended his life the day a focus on educating our students. That’s the job of a union – to call about him was made! protect its members, to fight for its members, to empower its FCAE spoke out against this policy. We made it clear to members and to encourage its members. Right? Right! There the school board what this action did to our educators. How will always be nay-sayers out there who believe unions are not false accusations impact a person long after they have been relevant, but those of us who are members know that we are. proven to have no merit. We stood up and made it personal And as long as public education exists, and as long as there are to them and showed them how devastating this policy could public school employees, we always will be! be to anyone, including their sons and daughters who are Written by Ann Petitjean, president of the Forsyth County educators. Because of FCAE’s work and persistence, the Association of Educators. policy was changed! If FCAE did not exist, how many more NCAE Offers National Board Certification Assistance NCAE offers a variety of workshops and support sessions for members who are pursuing National Board Certification. Below are a few of the options available in the next few months. For an entire listing, click here or call 1-800-662-7924, ext. 227. • • • • November 17 – Cluster Drive-in (Clemmons, Monroe, Winterville and Goldsboro) November 29-December 1 – “Basic Training” workshop (Raleigh) January 12, 2013 – “January JumpStart” workshop (Raleigh) February 7-9, 2013 – “NBC Boot Camp” (Raleigh) Message From the Vice President NCAE salutes all of the hard work that you do every day to educate our students. Whether you are a teacher, custodian, or bus driver, your job is an important part of what makes public schools work. American Education Week (November 12-16) has been set aside to celebrate each of you. Thanks for all that you do. Click here to read Vice President Jewell’s special AEW message. News Bulletin November 2012 NCAE 3 The Value of Belonging Our Association is both a professional association and an advocacy organization. With nearly 60,000 members, NCAE is affiliated with 131 local associations and the three-million member National Education Association (NEA). Our mission is to work collectively to provide the best public education for every student. What NCAE members are saying about why they belong Rudy Johnson, Chatham Middle School, Chatham County – “There are a lot of reasons why NCAE is my professional organization. The number one reason is advocacy. The Association is always advocating for us, whether it’s fighting for us in the Legislature or helping us solve issues at the local level. Also, the member benefits and professional development opportunities are outstanding!” Susan Reynolds, Millbrook Elementary Magnet School, Wake County – “I joined NCAE because I knew I would be supported by an organization that cares about educators and their working conditions. I continue to be a member because I know NCAE will fight for better pay, fair benefits and lobby for the best policies to support us. I know NCAE will be there for me if I need help!” Matthew Russell, Culbreth Middle School, Chapel Hill/Carrboro – “The reason I joined NCAE is because of one of my colleagues. He took a lot of time out of his schedule to explain NCAE to me and how I would benefit from being a member. I’ve been a member for four years now and I remain a member because I believe NCAE helps educators get the respect and benefits they deserve. We as educators need an organization to stand up for us and I believe strongly in supporting that effort.” Lashaundon Smith, Edgewood Community Development School, Wayne County – “I joined NCAE because I wanted to be part of the phenomenal organization that advocates for and continuously fights for public education. I remain a member because I know the importance of public education and I’m dedicated to making sure that it is not dismantled. I don’t just want to talk about the fight, I want to be an active part in order to make a difference.” ‣Being part of grassroots campaigns to build support for public education ‣Speaking up for educators’ interests in the Legislature and Congress ‣Information about public education issues ‣Having a voice in decisions about your salary, benefits and working conditions ‣Taking advantage of Association professional development and workshops your local affiliate can offer ‣Networking and social opportunities in your local ‣Being part of grassroots campaigns to build support for public education ‣Connecting with fellow educators through Association social media ‣Helping elect “Friends of Education” to office, from your local school board to Congress ‣Association leadership opportunities, from Association Rep to your local’s executive board ‣Using Association tools to influence policy-makers ‣Working together to help and support fellow members through your local’s activities ‣Helping make public education the best it can be Which Values of Belonging Will Help You Convince a Potential Member to Join Us? 4 NCAE News Bulletin November 2012 Members show their support as Beth Silver, president of the McDowell County Association of Educators (inset), speaks to the McDowell County Board of Education. Photo: Landdis Hollifield, The McDowell News McDowell County NCAE Staves Off Change in Supplement Pay As Beth Silver stood in the Central Office parking lot, she was overwhelmed at the number of members who were turning out to have their voices heard and to support her as she prepared to speak on their behalf before the school board. She wasn’t about to let them down. Silver, president of the McDowell County Association of Educators (MCAE), was confident that she was doing the right thing. Superintendent Gerri Martin announced that teacher and principal supplements would be divided into two payments instead of distributed as one, and Silver knew the new policy would affect the wallets of educators countywide. This meant that employees would receive half of their supplement in October and the other half in June 2013 (between $825 and $1,025, depending on the job). The superintendent’s rationale for the change was that the current method was not sound fiscal management and it didn’t make sense to prepay monies for hours that had not yet been clocked. “I was so sad that it had to come to this,” said Silver, a second-grade teacher at Glenwood Elementary School. “The certified staff in our system work so hard and it made my heart heavy to know that we even had to address this issue.” During her presentation, Silver pointed out that making the switch would place undue hardship on employees who counted on getting the supplement the same time each year. “Many teachers have already allocated their yearly supplement for household necessities like heating expenses, property taxes and college tuition payments. It’s not that teachers were against the new change, but were simply asking Dr. Martin to give them a grace period to prepare for it.” The next day, Silver and the MCAE executive board began calling members of the school board about the decision. Many were sympathetic and sincerely listened to the message that she and others were trying to relay during the meeting. The conversations that took place must have been effective because by the end of the week, the superintendent had reversed her decision. “We received word to check the McDowell County Schools’ Web site and saw Dr. Martin’s letter. We all high-fived each other and then I found a quiet spot to thank God for giving me the guidance and wisdom to speak on behalf of the situation.” Silver commented that she doesn’t see the reversal as a “victory” for MCAE; it was the right thing to do. “This experience has put NCAE in the forefront of the minds of the public school employees in McDowell County. Everyone is growing closer and I see it as a turning point in the right direction for our organization. I am proud of my colleagues; so many of us, including myself, grew up here and returned to the community to give back. They love their students and they work hard every day to ensure that learning is taking place in classrooms across our county. We don’t receive many rewards but ALL of us deserve the few that we do get!” News Bulletin NCAE November 2012 5 NC Educator Evaluation System Calculating Growth and Determining the Rating for Standard Six There will be three data methods used to demonstrate the amount of growth students have made over the course of a grade, subject or year to determine a teacher’s individual growth value. This is growth, not proficiency levels, in connection to test scores. Analysis of Student Work: used with courses and grades that focus on performance standards, and/or district-level electives. 1 Evaluators and teachers set goals around standards and establish expectations for the evidence of learning that will be gathered during the course. At the end of the grading period, the teachers/evaluators meet to review evidence and determine if the students made growth. The IIS system will assist educators with tools on gathering data, creating rigorous standards and measuring goals. Pre-Post Test Growth Model: used with courses and grades where statewide assessments are in place, but EVAAS cannot be used. 2 (PreK-3 or specific subject like an art or skills course). Teachers administer a pre-assessment at the beginning of year/course and at the end of the grade/course, students take a post-assessment. Scores are analyzed to produce a growth score for the teacher. EVAAS Growth Model: used with courses and grades where there are statewide assessments and a prediction model has been 3 determined. The EVAAS model predicts a student’s score on an assessment given the student’s past assessment data and the expectation that all students should make at least the average amount of growth. A teacher’s growth score will be determined by comparing the amount of growth made by students to the average amount of growth made in that subject or grade. All educators will be given a unique code to access the EVAAS data and to verify class rosters. Summary of Growth Data for Teachers of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies Grades Taught! ! Determination of Growth Value PreK-3! ! ! 4-5 ! ! ! ! 6-12 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Generated with the use of pre/post-tests growth model. A new state literacy assessment program will provide data to determine growth value. Generated with EVAAS growth model using data from end-of-grade assessments. The MSL must ONLY be administered if the teacher is solely responsible for Social Studies in 4th or 5th grade. Generated with EVAAS growth model using data from end-of-grade/course assessments and MSL that will be combined to generate the teacher’s impact toward student growth. The MSL must be administered, even if the teacher does administer an EOG/C to some of the students. ! Selection of Appropriate Measures of Student Learning: Teachers must administer at last one assessment (End-of-Grade, End-of-Course, Career and Technical Education post-assessment, or Measure of Student Learning) to each of their students. It is critical that all students are represented in the measure of how a teacher impacts the learning of his or her students. MSL or Common Exam assessment specifications for subjects recently created are now available at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ educatoreffect/measures/specifications/ Core Principle: Teacher growth values will be calculated based on all students a teacher teaches and, when multiple assessments are required, on all data generated through the assessments. Does the teacher administer an End-of-Course assessment, End–of-Grade assessment, or Career and Technical Education post-assessment to all of his or her students? S YE ES Y NO Does the teacher instruct a course or grade/subject with a Measure of Student Learning? NO No state requirement to administer a Measure of Student Learning. State requirement to administer the Measure of Student Learning. No state requirement of 2012-2013. NCAE 6 Growing and Expanding the Horizons of SNCAE Most members of NCAE associate SNCAE with being the preprofessional organization for college students enrolled in schools of education. But, SNCAE is much more than that; it serves as a foundation for NCAE. SNCAE is an important thread in the transition from student to professional, and in my opinion, if you’re going to be a part of the profession that is one of the most revered -- and should be one of the most respected -- you should belong to Donavon Harbison, the best organization that contributes to us SNCAE president [students] growing into great educators. And, that journey should begin on the campus of every university, college or community college that has an education program. As a secondary education math major at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), I joined SNCAE because I saw the potential of this organization and wanted to be a part as it achieved those possibilities. After being involved in my campus chapter, I decided to run for state president and won. Together, the executive board and I are working to grow our membership and have the organization serve as a pipeline to NCAE for first-year teachers. Currently, there are more than 60 SNCAE chapters statewide with a membership of News Bulletin November 2012 almost 2,000. Our goal is to one day have a chapter on every eligible campus. One way we are addressing membership growth is by sponsoring conferences, workshops and activities such as the recent Fall Forum. These events assist us in finding out the needs of our student leaders and advisors so that we can offer professional development opportunities and give them the tools they need to assist with their membership campaigns. We are also able to glean information on chapters that may not be as active so that we can schedule visits to those campuses and help in whatever way we can. Expanding our executive committee to include representatives from each of the Association’s clusters/districts is enabling us to do more of this. Having a more active role in the community is also an important goal for SNCAE; one that we feel will also assist us in recruiting members. Prior to the election, we held several voter commitment campaigns on campuses across the state, and we are coordinating a service project called “Outreach to Teach,” where members have been charged to sponsor school supply drives at their schools. The supplies will be collected and delivered to three low-wealth schools along with dictionaries and books for the libraries. In addition, we are hoping to start a mentoring program with the Retired Division. Our retirees possess a wealth of knowledge from which we can draw. Through these talented mentors, we can learn first-hand the benefits of NCAE. We are excited about the direction in which SNCAE is headed. As we continue to grow and expand our horizons, we want to ensure that future educators know they have an organization that supports them and will provide them with tools that can help prepare them for a career in education. Our mission is to serve as a liaison between their college experience and their professional experience. NCRSP Welcomes New Executive Director The NC Retired School Personnel Division has named Wendy Ross as its new executive director. She replaces Will Pearce, who served as interim executive director for three months after the retirement of Pam Deardorff. A native of Princeton, New Jersey, Ross worked for 20 years as a federal program administrator for the Vermont Department of Education prior to coming to North Carolina. She is also a retired state [Vermont] employee and was an active member of the union. Ross moved to Raleigh last year to pursue a master’s degree in social work from NC State University. While completing her degree, she worked with several agencies in the area, including Telamon Corporation and NC Head Start. She also has a master’s in public administration from St. Michael’s College in Vermont. “As executive director, my goal is to build strong membership, represent the interests of NC Retired School Personnel and build on the accomplishments of our staff, board and membership statewide. It is a privilege and an honor to be able to work with the retired educators who have given so much to this state.” N C A E N E W S …that NCAE DOES NOT receive funding from any other organization in addition to members’ dues? NCAE is funded 100 percent by dues paid by members. Looking for a better way to pay for college? NEA can help with the Smart Option Student Loan by Sallie Mae. 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