West Goshen News

December 11, 2015

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IB Learning

As you know, 8 of us went to Baltimore last weekend to learn more about IB. Above, you will see the nucleus to IB learning - The Learner Profile. If you look at the puzzle pieces, you can see that there are pieces that we have already worked hard on here at West Goshen. On Monday morning, the people who went to the training, will give you a quick overview of the new learning that they acquired! I truly believe that this is a great next step for West Goshen moving forward. I think I can speak for the 8 of us who went to the first round of training - we are excited for the future!

Week in Review

Surprises are coming...

Next Thursday, Karen, Jodie, and I have some surprises in store for all of you. In order to partake in one of the surprises, you will need to wear an ugly Christmas sweater to school on Thursday! I promise all the surprises are fun...we just need your participation! :)

Mark 3:05 Thursday on your calendar to meet in the TAP room after school to conclude the day with a last surprise! :)

TLT Focus

This past week we really pushed ourselves in some great new learning. We watched me lead a post conference with Carrie Markham and used the critical elements for leading a post conference to guide us. To give me feedback on moving forward with leading effective post conferences, the team discussed a reinforcement and refinement for me. To apply the new learning, the TLT is partnering up to do the same process with each other. So, if you have an evaluation in the next window, our TLT may be asking you if another team member can sit in or if they can videotape the post conference. Thank you, in advance, for helping us continue to grow in providing the best support for all of you!

This week we will be reflecting and celebrating all of our learning over the past semester!


Just a friendly reminder... If you are copying a large amount, please make sure to monitor the copier. The copy machine will jam sometimes - if we are not there then we do not know there is a jam.

Also, be considerate...clean up papers and put items away. There should be recycled boxes by each copy machine. If you have papers that you do not want - put them in those boxes!

Thanks for your help in these two copying issues! :)

IB in April

Karen worked hard today and got everyone signed up who e-mailed me about going to the Indy IB training in April. We had 17 of you who said you wanted to go! This is AWESOME! We will work on getting lodging set up soon!

Staff Christmas Party

We (as in several of us in the office) thought that we would wait to have a staff Christmas Party until after break. With the busy holiday season, we thought it would be good to wait. Once we get a date set in January or February, I'll let you know.

Central Office Updates:

“Being a leader is not about you. It’s about the people that are on your team and how you can help them be successful.”

Susan Vobejda


Principals, There have been some modifications to the NIET school review process for this school year that I think may help address some of the past concerns. In particular, the number and amount of documentation requested to compile in advance has been pared down to just these four pieces which should be easily available:

1) School plan/goals

2) Cluster Long Range Plan (for the cycle of the observed cluster during the site visit)

3) TLT Long Range Plan or log

4) Post-conference plan samples (one from an administrator, one from a master, one from a mentor)

The above four can be saved on a thumb drive for the NIET reviewer (no need for compiling a big binder).

There will also be a questionnaire and a self-reflection form to complete. The questionnaire is mostly quantitative information that should not be overly time-consuming (30 minutes). The self-reflection may take a bit longer though, especially since this piece is new this year. However, this could be done during a TLT meeting.

Hopefully these adjustments will provide some relief in the amount of time it takes to prepare for a site visit AND still allow our schools to receive the feedback that is generated from an external review. As we learn more information, we will be sure to share it with you in a timely fashion.

TLT Meetings

On Friday December 4, we held two different district wide TLT meetings on the topic of interrater reliability, with both master teachers and administrators; AM was the elementary session and PM was with the secondary teams. I must say this was a very valuable district wide meeting.

There were excellent conversations with each group scripting two separate lessons and intentionally focusing in on specific indicators on the rubric:

· Elementary – PIC, Academic Feedback, S&O, Activities and Materials, Assessment and Student Work

· Secondary – Expectations, S&O, PIC, Academic Feedback and Problem-Solving (These areas for focus were identified based on district needs and/or identified by the team members)

As a part of their new learning and in their pursuit of the outcome, the elementary group (with all seven schools represented), were very tight in their scoring and in the identification of evidence, as well as in alignment with NIET reviewers. Likewise, the same was true for our secondary TLT members from GMS, GHS & Merit.

Out of all 11 indicators in two different lessons, only one performance area had a range of scores greater than 1. In that case, the scores were as follows: 11 scored it a “4”, 1 person scored it a “3” and 1 person scored it a “5” – the National raters scored it a 4,….Thus, although there was a variance of more than 1 with internal raters, it met the threshold of IRR established by NIET and the national raters.

AASA Commends Senate Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act

Alexandria, Va. – Dec. 9, 2015 – Today, reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) took a step closer to reality as the U.S. Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by a strong, bi-partisan vote of 85-12. Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement:

“AASA, The School Superintendents Association, welcomes the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act in the U.S. Senate. We commend Congress for its collaborative work on this bi-partisan legislation, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). We applaud both the House and Senate for maintaining steady momentum for ESEA this summer and fall, and applaud Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray and Representatives John Kline and Bobby Scott for their leadership throughout this process.

“Reauthorization is critical to providing the nation’s schools with relief from the current law, which is both broken and lacking in the flexibility states and local school districts need to support student learning and achievement. Though not perfect, ESSA represents a strong step in the right direction because it restores a more proper balance on all levels. The legislation provides schools with workable federal education policy that supports state and local innovations. Our students deserve nothing less.

“On behalf of more than 13,000 school system leaders, today’s vote represents a major move forward in our commitment to support the success of every student, school and community across the United States.

“The next stop for ESSA is the President’s desk, where we expect Mr. Obama to sign the bill into law.”


For specific questions about ESEA reauthorization, please contact Noelle Ellerson, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at nellerson@aasa.org.

**This new Federal bill replaces the No Child Left Behind bill. DW

Upcoming Dates:


3:05-4:30 - TLT meeting (celebration)
Boys Scout meetings start!

15th (STI Written Response Window Opens):
3:05-4:00 - Grades 3-5 cluster (celebration - remember your Christmas ornament!)

3:05-4:00 - Grades K-2 cluster (celebration - remember your Christmas ornament!)

Surprises are in store! :)

Carols on the Wall - 1:45 in the gym

21st-January 1st: Christmas Break!