BEA Q Comp 2014-15 NEWS

What's new for this year at BEA?

Visit the Q Comp Web Site for Calendar, Documents, Due Dates, and much more.

Q Comp Web Site:


An important and helpful target for this year is for each Teacher to try to align their


  • Individual Student Achievement SMAART Goal,
  • PLC Strategy Implementation Logs, and
  • Observations


These components of Q Comp are your personal professional development opportunities for action research to seek ways to improve your instruction process and the art of being the best educator your students will have the opportunity to have. ENJOY the process!

Q Comp GOALS and STRATEGY FOCUS for 2014-15

The Q Comp Site GOALS for 2014-15 will again be connected to the MN MCA READING assessment. These Site goals are updated annually by using a formula provided by MDE after we receive the MCA firm data in the fall. They will be posted and shared with all staff after they are approved by DLT in Sept.



BEA's DLT has approved the following two areas for strategy implementation for 2014-15 for teachers to focus on Reading Comprehension across K-12 and all classes:


  1. Critical Thinking Skills
  2. Higher Level Questioning



Use these two areas to add rigor to your curriculum, instruction, and efforts to impact student learning and achievement.


  • Ask yourself: How can I improve my Critical Thinking Skills and Higher Level Questioning Skills in order to become a more effective educator and impact my students' learning?
  • Reflect on: Bloom's Taxonomy, Constructive Academic Conversations, Reciprocal Thinking, Analyze and reflect on current lessons to ramp up the academic rigor, Focus on how to assist all students to be able to access your content, etc.
  • Strategies: Critical Thinking Skills and Higher Level Questioning: See "buttons" on HOME page of Q Comp Website.

Individual Student Achievement SMAART Goal is due to your Principal Oct 7.

Locate the Individual Student Achievement SMAART Goal form on the Q Comp website, make a copy, place your name at the beginning of the title, and save it in your 2014-15 Professional Portfolio on your BUC APPS Drive. You will find resources on the form for helping you set goals.


Improvements to the form for 2014-15 are in red type. Note the statement that your Goal must cover at least one quarter or up to the school year. This will enable you to gather more longitudinal data to help impact instruction and student achievement.


Enjoy this Action Research opportunity! Try new strategies . . . and in the spring, reflect on and evaluate your Goal Results (on the same document) and share the document with your site Principal by May 1.


REMINDER: Make the effort to connect your Individual Goal, your PLC Log Strategy Implementation, and your Peer Coaching Observation in order to gain additional data and experience for your professional reflection and growth.

Individual PLC Strategy Implementation and Reflection Accountability Log #1

Locate your PLC Log #1 form on the Q Comp website, make a copy, place your name at the beginning of the title, and save it in your 2014-15 Professional Portfolio on your BUC APPS Drive.


  • Note: Revisions for 2014-15 are in red and blue ink. Take time to look it over.


Note the link on the Log to the Q Comp Professional Development Calendar on the Q Comp website home page. This calendar has all of your PLC Log due dates, which coincide with the three Q Comp Cycles (Sept-Nov, Dec-Feb, March-April.) You will be sharing your PLC Logs with your PLC Leader at the end of Cycle 1, Cycle 2, and Cycle 3.


PLCs should begin planning their Professional Learning Grant Requests. Submit all Requests to our Grant Advisor, Brenda Smith, by the Thursday prior to DLT meeting where the Requests must be approved. Allow time for questions or clarifications from DLT.


REMINDER: Make the effort to connect your Individual Goal, your PLC Log Strategy Implementation, and your Peer Coaching Observation in order to gain additional data and experience for your professional reflection and growth.

Peer Coach Observations

Locate your Observation Cycle form on the Q Comp website, make a copy, place your name at the beginning of the title, and save it in your 2014-15 Professional Portfolio on your BUC APPS Drive.


  • Note: Revisions for 2014-15 are in red and blue ink. Take time to look it over. The Post Conference Form was revised in order to broaden the professional conversation.


All Peer Coach Observations for tenured / continuing contract staff:


  • Classroom Instructors will be using Danielson Domain 3: INSTRUCTION, One Component and ALL Elements.
  • Specialists may use their Specialist Rubric: any Domain and One Component.



REMEMBER to review the Danielson Self-Assessment Rubric which matches your teaching assignment in order to determine areas where you will focus efforts for your Observation. This will be your selected Component and Elements which will be observed by your Peer Coach.


NEW... NEW... NEW... Adapted Danielson Framework Rubrics:



REMINDER for 2014-15: Make the effort to connect your Individual Goal, your PLC Log Strategy Implementation, and your Peer Coaching Observation in order to gain additional data and experience for your professional reflection and growth.

Mentor-Mentee Process

Electronic Mentor-Mentee Handbook: Now on the Q Comp website, everyone can view the new Handbook! Components of the Handbook include:


  1. Part 1: New Teacher Inservice Mentor-Mentee Training
  2. Part 2: 2014-15 Checklists (Mentor submits them the first of each month)
  3. Appendix 1: Minnesota Educational Statutes
  4. Appendix 2: Helpful Resources


If you are a Specialist or know of an important aspect of BEA or the profession of education which is not represented in this Handbook or the Mentoring process, please share your information and helpful documents with Donna Drescher so they can be added.


We desire to continually reflect / evaluate in order to improve our Mentoring Process and make it as effective as possible.

Q Comp Documentation

  • Documents submitted for Q Comp are evidence of the individual educator’s earning the connected salary augmentation (stipend) as a part of BEA’s Quality Compensation Plan (i.e., PLC Logs, Peer Coaching Observation forms, Mentor Checklists, Mid-Year and Year-End Reflections, all Rubrics, etc.)

  • Grant Summaries, Staff Reflections, Rubrics, and Surveys are Professional pieces of the Plan giving meaningful and growth-minded feedback for continual effective implementation of the Plan. THANKS for your great feedback!

Professional Learning Grants

PLCs have the opportunity to plan, implement, or attend professional development activities that meet the needs of the PLC group and individual members.


  • The $195 X number of PLC members formula will be used again this year to calculate how much each PLC group receives to determine funds available for Professional Learning Grant Requests. Carry-over funds from 2013-14 school year will be added to PLC Grant funds. Plan to use your funds this year!
  • Professional Learning Grant funds do not need to be divided equally among PLC members, though they may be if that approach best suits the groups' needs. Some PLCs have sent one or two members to training, then they return and share the training so everyone benefits.
  • All staff who desire to “observe” other colleagues or educators outside of the Peer Coach Observation process, educators at BEA or other Districts, are encouraged to use Professional Learning Grants for this opportunity, or personal prep time is always an option if it works out.

Q Comp Site Goal Professional Development Funds

  • These funds are the “unspent” stipends at each Site due to not meeting the Q Comp Site Goal (based on MCA Reading student achievement scores.)

  • Site Goal Professional Development Funds Process: Protocol for using unspent Site Goal stipends as Site Professional Development Funds (as approved by DLT)

  • Site Goal Professional Development Funds Proposal: Template for Site staff and administrator working together and electronically share with DLT Chair, Rich Schneider; Site Principal will present to DLT for questions /approval

    • These funds are not necessarily to be divided equally at the Site between each staff member, but they may be if that bests meets the needs of your Site as reflecting on the Q Comp Reading Focus of the year.


2013-14 Site Goal Professional Development Funds have been carried over to 2014-15. This will be a one year only carry-over practice since it was a new experience in our Q Comp Plan. Starting 2014-15, unspent Site Goal stipends will not be carried over to the next school year. Unspent Site Goal Professional Development Funds will be used for professional development needs at the discretion of the DLT.

Career Ladder: BEA Teacher Leaders

  • Career Ladder is a required Component of a Q Comp Plan.

  • All Teacher Leader positions must follow qualifications reflecting both experience and proficiency as an educator.

  • All Teacher Leader positions are posted with Job Expectations / Responsibilities, as well as require an Application and Interview process.

  • Teacher Leaders manage, oversee, and monitor all of the required Professional Development components of our Q Comp Plan: Peer Coaches, PLC Leaders, Mentors, and DLT (7 Teachers and 5 Teacher Advisors.)

PLC Groups

  • PLCs were functioning at BEA prior to the implementation of Q Comp; therefore, there are aspects of the make-up of groups and the operation of PLCs that are administratively decided.

  • During 2013-14 the Interventions PLC was added based on its positive contribution to K-12 teachers, students, and availability of members. We had two Southern Plains employees working at BEA who did not belong to a PLC group. In cooperation with Southern Plains, a new PLC group was able to be formed mid-year to focus on Interventions (RTI) in order to improve instructional services to BEA staff and student, and with no extra costs to the current budget.
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Southern Plains Employees and Q Comp

Southern Plains COOP employees are welcome to join our Q Comp Peer Coaching and PLC Log activities. They can participate in these two components with minor adaptations made to the process of collecting their documentation (evidence) and their salary augmentations (stipends earned.)

  • The SPCoop employees will submit their Q Comp documents to Sarah Mittelstadt for evidence of their participation and stipend payments.
  • As a Peer Coach, if you observe a Southern Plains employee, all BEA documents are used in the Observation process. The Peer Coach records and scores everything the same. This also applies to the PLC Leader and PLC Logs.

  • The SPCoop employee submits their scored Peer Coaching and PLC documents to their Southern Plains Director who in turn pays out their salary augmentation annually in June.
  • BEA Peer Coaches will need to sign ONE DOCUMENT FROM SP COOP: a Payroll Voucher for the Observation Process at the Post-Conference meeting (where the Southern Plains employee will provide the form from SP Coop) and the Southern Plains employee will submit this form and the Observation documents to the SPCoop Director AND only the Observation documents to Ann Huntley. Ann will record the Peer Coach Rubric score for our BEA records. Peer Coaches are responsible to monitor their own stipends submitted and received from SP Coop.