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STAR3
 
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chool Transformation by Actively Recruiting,
 
Rewarding & Retaining
 
 
STAR3 is a Federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant awarded to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School District.  The award was $19.6 million for five years.
 
LATEST STAR³ NEWS
 
 
STAR3 COMPLETES THIRD YEAR
 
 
STAR³ UPDATES:  April 2014
 
 
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WS/FCS Board Presentation
:  An annual update to the school district Board of Education was given in March. The report can be viewed by clicking on this link: 
Board_Presentation  
 
 
 
April 2014 Lesson Plan Collection:  As we do each year, lesson plans will be collected as part of the U.S. Department of Education assessment of the STAR3 project.  Contact your Facilitator for more information. Also, Dr. Foster will be sending a STAR3 Update to the schools with information on this. 
 Leadership
Teacher-Leader Session:  On February 27th, STAR3 held a day long Teacher-Leader meeting at Graylyn Estates in Winston-Salem.  The purpose of the meeting was to allow Teacher-Leaders to present their work and for the group to hear about some of the results and outcomes of STAR3 thus far.  The Teacher-Leaders created posters to show their work and it was remarkable.  Our superintendent, Dr. Beverly Emory, opened the meeting by talking about her vision for the school district.  She remarked that the work of STAR3 was highlighted in the recent Broad Foundation review of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County District assessment.  
 
The STAR3 principals were asked to write a paragraph about their own leadership development and their responses were placed on a presentation to the Teacher-Leaders.  To view this presentation - Principals and Leadership 
 
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 Konnoak Elementary principal, Shelia Burnette,
talks about principles of leadership.posterreview
 Teacher-Leaders Shari Brady and
Laura Turney review some
of the posters at the session.
 
Sharon Marshall, Lorette Barneycastle,
Dominique McDaniel and Starus Williamson
                                                
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Whole-School Growth:   During the 2012-13 school year three schools had growth that was 1 standard error or greater than the state average for all tested subjects and all students.  This is truly an incredible feat and I would like to recognize those schools:
 
Wiley Middle School
North Hills Elementary School
South Fork Elementary School
 
Eight of the 15 STAR3 schools had whole school growth that was positive.  That is an improvement from the 2011-12 school year that saw 2 schools with a whole-school positive effect.  In addition, during the 2012-13 school year there were a total of 29 grade levels that had growth at or greater than 1 standard error above the state average.  This is up from 18 during the 2011-12 school year.  

THANKS TO THE TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS
IN THE STAR3 PROJECT FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!
 
Facilitators
 
STAR3 Facilitators-Back row: Tasha Hall-Powell, Elease Mills
Nancy Scoggin (assistant director), April McBride.  Front row:
Connie Rogers, Danielle Friel and Sally McCombs
 
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STAR3 Data Specialist:  Guess who has to keep track of all of the grant data and assist our evaluator, Jon Brasfield, in responding to the many U.S. Department of Education's requests for information!  It is Janet Somers.  Thanks, Janet, for all you do behind the scenes.
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Observation Changes:    I want to thank Ms. Susan Landers (pictured on the right) for all her work with the observation process this year.  Susan has been with the STAR3 project from the start of the observation process and has taken a strong leadership role this year.

Mr. Dereck Dirks and Ms. Allison Coble have joined the STAR3 team as Observers.  We welcome them!

 
120 SPOTLIGHT ON LEE HOLTON:
  The STAR3 Administrative Assistant is Mrs. Lee Holton.  Her dedication to the project has been critical.  Thanks, Lee, for all your hard work since the very beginning.
 




LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT:
   Principals and assistant principals are going through the National Institute of School Leaders program.  This is a 14-month program that requires a lot of work.  It is providing our STAR3 administrators with the most up-to-date information on what works educationally.   The level of engagement of our administrators has been tremendous.  The Institute staff are totally impressed with our district.  
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Right:  Attendees lead a discussion session.NISL

Left:  Tricia Spencer, Principal at South Fork Elementary presents.

 

 

 
 
 Important Information on STAR³ Measures:
  1. The observation feedback is provided to the teacher only and should be utilized for consideration of professional 
    development.
  2. For the schools with the performance-based-compensation system, two observations scored at less than proficient will reduce any potential bonus payment by 25 percent.
  3. The observation rubric is applied by highly trained observers.  The observation rubric is one that aligns closely with the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation tool.   A copy of the rubric can be obtained by clicking here:  TeacherObservationRubric  Lesson planning rubric: STAR³ Unit Lesson Plan Scoring Rubric
 
Teacher Planning Tools On-Line 
STAR³, Learning Focused lesson planning tools and templates are now available online for your convenience:    
 
  
TEACHER-LEADER PROGRAM DETAILS - NEW!!
 
Navigate to the TEACHER-LEADER section of this website to learn about the STAR3 Teacher-Leader initiative.
 
Wayne Foster, PhD, Project Director     Foster
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

STAR3 Presentation: