Spotlight on Component 3b: Questioning and Discussion Techniques
As Compass observations are beginning to take place across the state, the LDOE newsletters will include a regular feature on the components within the Compass Teacher Rubric, along with videos of exemplar performance, to help educators and evaluators become more familiar with the content of the rubric. This week, we'll continue our focus on Component 3b: Questioning and Discussion Techniques with a look at a high school English language arts class.
Effective questioning is instrumental to student success. Oral or written, questions help teachers know the extent to which students are reaching the level of rigor required by the lesson's objective. When questions reveal student misunderstanding, the teacher must adjust instruction such that more students are achieving the objective.
Click here to view another video of Highly Effective teacher performance related to this component.
Click here to view an explanation of the evidence and rationale for the Highly Effective rating in this video.
Compass Frequently Asked Questions Answered
Through Network Teams, the Compass inbox, and school visits, the LDOE has gathered questions, concerns, and feedback from educators across the state about Compass. This information is extremely helpful in our effort to identify potential refinements to make to the system over time and develop resources that will be helpful to the field now, including tools, like the exemplar video library, or information, like answers to common questions. In response to recent feedback from the field, we've developed this Compass
Fact Sheet, intended to address the most frequently asked questions and most commonly heard myths about Compass.
Please review and share this document, and continue to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns, or feedback you have about the system.
HCIS Updates and Enhancements
Over the past two weeks, several enhancements have been made to HCIS. These include:
1) Printer-friendly reports for SLTs, observations, and PGPs.
2) Increased character limits for SLTs and observations.
3) The ability for evaluators at one school to evaluate teachers, leaders, librarians, and counselors across multiple schools.
4) A user-friendly log-in process that will significantly reduce the number of de-activated accounts.
Please contact your network data specialist or visit the HCIS online help desk (http://tinyurl.com/8tp5ccq) for any additional support you need.
HCIS Help Desk Updates
Beginning December 3, the online HCIS Help Desk will be re-launched to better serve your teachers and leaders. The Help Desk will be updated with a broader solution bank to assist users with completing transactions before sending a request for assistance. If the issue is not resolved via the solution bank, the Help Desk will automatically route tickets from your teachers and leaders to your central office. HCIS Super Users, copied on this email, are responsible for responding to and resolving Help Desk tickets.
Steps to prepare for December 3 Help Desk launch:
1) Last month, your LDOE network team confirmed one or more people from your district that will support teachers and leaders with HCIS.
2) When the Help Desk is unable to find the appropriate resource to resolve an issue, the Help Desk will generate an email to the designated Super User. This email will include a description of the issue along with the person's contact information.
3) Your district Super User will then be responsible for following up with that teacher or leader to resolve that issue. The LDOE will still be able to receive Help Desk tickets from LEA administrators and you will still receive support from your LDOE network.
We thank you for your ongoing partnership as we continue to improve the way we support you, your teachers, and your leaders. Please click here for a one pager with a more complete overview of the upcoming online HCIS Help Desk.
Act 1 - Compensation Workshops - Registration
The LDOE is hosting another workshop on educator compensation. This workshop will include sessions on:
- Sustainability testing
- Communication, including how to discuss the new system with teachers
You can choose to register for a communications session or a sustainability session or you can register for both sessions. Registration links are below.
The workshop will also include office hours with staff who are able to discuss or answer questions about your model or the sample models released in October.
Dates and locations:
Bossier, LA - Wednesday, December 5
Workshops: 12:30 PM - 4:00PM
Office Hours: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Registration Link: https://www.solutionwhere.com/ldoe/cw/showconference.asp?3782
Baton Rouge, LA - Thursday, December 6
Workshops: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Office Hours: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Due to space constraints, we will only be able to accommodate people who pre-register for these sessions.
If your district needs ongoing support or individual consultation, please contact email@example.com or contact Gary Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Act 1 - Compensation - Panel Discussion
The December 6th sessions will be followed by a Superintendents' Panel Discussion on Act 1 compensation reforms. This discussion will take place from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM. This discussion will include significant time for Q&A. Panelists will include:
Patrice Pujol - Ascension Parish
Lonnie Luce - St. James Parish
Karla Tollett - Caldwell Parish
Hollis Milton - West Feliciana Parish
To register, please click here: http://www.solutionwhere.com/ldoe/cw/showcourse.asp?3784
Act 1 - Compensation - District Spotlight
As districts around the state begin revising their compensation systems, Terrebonne Parish Public Schools are leading the way. Terrebonne launched a performance-based compensation system approximately four years ago, ahead of Act 1, to reward teachers for excellent performance and to encourage their best teachers to teach in some of the district's hardest-to-staff school and subject areas.
Teachers are receptive to the compensation system.
Philip Martin, Superintendent of Terrebonne Public Schools, says, "it has been our experience that teacher buy-in to performance pay reform will be significant when done with clarity and with definable student achievement targets." He explains that the new compensation system has been a positive change for his district.
Mr. Martin has been able to implement a performance-based compensation system despite significant challenges. Terrebonne Parish falls last in tax revenue in the state. Their performance-based compensation system survived a reduction-in-force. Despite these challenges, their system remains sustainable and continues to have strong buy-in.