Superintendent Caulk’s Blueprint for Success not only includes action items for district staff, but also includes 3 partnerships with FCEA.
Under Pillar 4 (Great Staff), those include:
- Strategy 8: National Board Certification – we are working with FCPS to bring back the mentor and cadre supports for NBCT candidates in Fayette County. The first informational meeting will be September 8th at 5:00 p.m. in Conference C at IAKSS.
- Strategy 7: New Teacher Induction – many of our FCEA members and leaders are serving as New Teacher Induction Cadre leaders. These dynamic leaders will lead small cadres of new teachers during the school year to provide support during the critical first year.
- Strategy 11: Peer Assistance and Review – This system has been implemented successfully in many places around the country. The system gives educators the opportunity be directly supported by other classroom teachers who provide targeted intentional support for either new or struggling teachers. This year is an exploration year for us, so more information will be coming as we put the program together.
In each addition of The Voice, FCEA President Jessica Hiler will provide an update on the current status of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
ESSA was signed into law on December of 2015 and replaced the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law that had been in effect since 2002. Thee new law was signed after unprecedented activism by NEA members. There were over 284,000 emails to Congress, 23,000 phone calls to legislators, and 3,000 face-to-face meetings with members of Congress by our members, all in an effort to enact a new law and undo the damage done under NCLB.
The Every Student Succeeds Act is an OPPORTUNITY, not a magic bullet. Some of the major problems with NCLB that we seek to correct with ESSA is the test and punish culture. Schools are designated as successes or failures based on one single test score. ESSA provides the opportunity for states to engage stakeholders in the decision-making regarding student assessments. To this end, our KEA President, Stephanie Winkler, is currently serving on the Assessment Committee for KDE that will create a new accountability system for Kentucky.
In addition, ESSA brings with it the opportunity to use what NEA refers to as the “Opportunity Dashboard” to hold schools accountable. This dashboard would measure things like test scores, graduation rates, English Language Proficiency, class size, access to Professional Development for staff, etc. to give a more well-rounded picture of the ability of schools to grow students’ achievement.
The ESSA law is very complex, and currently the regulations (the real “meat” to the law) are still being written. As the regulations are released, we will provide additional updates to keep our members informed.
Every month, the FCEA Board of Directors meets with Superintendent Caulk to discuss district-wide issues that affect its members. We will share the notes from these meetings within a week of the meeting, so that members can keep up with our progress on these issues. If you have an concern that you would like to see on the agenda, please share that with your Building Rep so that he or she can bring those issues to the monthly Building Rep meeting.
We bet very few associations can boast about a member being part of MENSA, much less receiving an award from that very same organization. Congratulations to Susan McLaughlin-Jones, Lafayette High School, on being awarded the 2016 Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement. Click here to read the full story featured on the FCPS website.
You have most likely received a flier that tells you how to sign for text alerts from FCEA using Remind. With this tool, you will be up to date with any breaking news or important action updates. Click here to see how to sign up!
On September 13th, KEA Central District is hosting a free training for new KEA teachers here in Lexington. For more information, click here.
FCEA awards Classroom Grants and Scholarships to members every year. Be on the look out in the next few months for information regarding how to apply!