Instructional Teacher Leaders will accelerate teacher growth.
In August, 65 teachers began their work as an Instructional Teacher Leader2 (ITL2), a new Career Ladder role. Career Ladders are promotional roles for effective teachers with a proven record of advancing student learning. These roles are just one way that PPS has begun to recognize and empower teacher leaders and respond to differences in teacher effectiveness.
The ITL2 role is designed to accelerate teacher and student growth through frequent observation and quality feedback to teachers. ITL2s will help a caseload of peers in their school grow their practice by conducting frequent formative evaluations using the RISE formal and informal observation processes, and designing and delivering customized feedback and professional development based on these formative evaluations.
Following the initial year of service in the Career Ladder position, ITL2s will contribute to the summative evaluation of peers in other schools through observations of teachers in their content area.
These two major functions of the position allow ITL2s to play an important role in both teacher evaluation and professional growth. However, the structure of the ITL2 schedule also entails ITL2s continuing to spend part of their day as classroom teachers, which allows for direct impact on students and the ability to serve as an active model and resource for other teachers.
The structure and functions of the ITL2 role increase the exposure of highly effective teachers to the teachers and students who need them the most.
ITL2s join Clinical Resident Instructors (CRIs), Learning Environment Specialists (LESs), and the Promise Readiness Corps (PRC) as effective teacher leaders working toward decreasing racial disparities and acclerating student achievement.
The District sets new goals for achieving Excellence for All.
On August 1, Dr. Lane shared with the Board of Directors a working document that outlined a plan to decrease racial disparities in student achievement within Pittsburgh Public Schools. The plan, driven by a goal set for Dr. Lane by the Board, was developed by the Equity Office with input from expert sociologist Dr. Pedro Noguera.
The Equity: Getting to All plan acknowledges our progress to date is insufficient and sets specific goals for eliminating racial disparities. These goals are divided among three categories: Achievement, College and Career Readiness, and Student Engagement & Special Programs. Dr. Noguera said, “Pittsburgh is doing all of the right things. So it’s not about doing more things, rather about doing what you are already doing better.”
To read the plan, click here.
Click here to watch a video that outlines the development of and purpose for the plan.
House Bill 1901 confirms we are following the right path.
A comprehensive education reform bill (House Bill 1901) passed the Pennsylvania state legislature on June 29 and was signed by Governor Corbett (Act 82 of 2012). Act 82 changed the evaluation system for public school districts across the Commonwealth in the following ways:
In sum, the changes to the evaluation system coincide with the work we have been embarking on for the last two years. Instead of racing to catch up, Pittsburgh Public Schools is leading the change.
Act 82 includes, but is much broader than, changes to our evaluation systems. Click here to read the full text of House Bill 1901 (Act 82 of 2012).
Over 2,300 campers participated in academic and enrichment activities.
This year, the Summer Dreamers Academy provided students with the opportunity to stay engaged with learning throughout the summer. Camps were hosted at three different schools, Pittsburgh King, Pittsburgh Milliones/University Prep, and Pittsburgh Carmalt, each of which were led by a leadership team comprised of teachers who took on new responsibilities and successfully managed a summer program unlike any other in the region.
All campers participated in fun and engaging academic classes to practice and enhance their reading and math skills. Science and social studies were incorporated into literacy classes while math programs focused on providing interactive and experiential tools to help students learn. In this way, teachers were encouraged to shape the curriculum to fit the needs of their students. Additionally, PPS partnered with 20 organizations to deliver programs that engaged students in new experiences, helping them learn new skills and develop interests in potential career paths. Highlights of this summer include:
A special thank you to all the teachers, staff, and organizations that made this a great summer for so many kids!
Click here to see a special Back to School video to hear what campers and teachers had to say about Summer Dreamers Academy!