In 2013-2014, the SDJ piloted the CESA 6 model for the teacher evaluation system referred to as Educator Effectiveness. This system was reviewed and closely monitored with the purpose of being prepared to implement for the 2014-2015 school year. All administrators are now calibrated to evaluate SDJ teachers.
This evaluation system is aligned to the six performance standards;
- Professional Knowledge
- Instructional Planning
- Instructional Delivery
- Assessment For and Of Learning
- Learning Environment
The goal was to have the evaluation system in place and on a sound foundation prior to implementing a new salary structure.
During the 2013-2014 school year Dr. Schulte and Dr. Sperry attending several schools to listen to staff members speak on topics such as ACA, ACT 10, compensation, benefits, Rewards, district finances, and salary.
It was during the 2013-2014 school year building visits that staff was informed that a draft of the new SDJ Professional Performance Structure would be developed no later than October, 2014. That draft was completed on time. In addition, during the building meetings, teachers shared an interest in being part of a team to review and discuss the draft PPS.
It was through these meetings that an ad hoc team was created. The team members include: Bob Getka, Lisa Plewa, Dustin Shevy, Mindy Remley, Rob Connor, Carrie Wyatt, Chris Kohn, Christine Pumillia, Fritz Elsen and Shawn Galvin.
The team has met two times and discussed openly the pros and cons of the draft. The team will continue to meet and discuss up until early December, when “Meet and Confer” sessions will take place for employees to understand the new structure. Prior to Meet and Confer, the Personnel, Policy Curriculum committee will be presented with information on Educator Effectiveness and Professional Performance Structure since both are linked together and will directly affect student achievement.