School Transformation by Actively Recruiting,
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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 FOURTH YEAR
STAR³ UPDATES: April 2015
CONGRATULATIONS: The following schools achieved "Whole-School Growth Status" through STAR3. This means that the growth for all students/all tested subjects was 1 standard error or greater than the state average:
Middle Fork Elementary
Old Town Elementary
South Fork Elementary
THANKS TO STAR3 OBSERVERS: The STAR3 observer team has done a fantastic job performing the mandatory observations for the Teacher Incentive Fund grant. This has been (considering the thousands of observations performed) an almost flawless implementation. The observers have endeavored to provide high quality feedback to teachers using the STAR3 rubric. Inter-rater reliability has continued to be much higher than required. Over the years more and more staff have utilized the observations to inform professional development. The WS/FCS district is very proud of the observers and the work they have done. Their positions will be eliminated at the end of June, 2015 and we wish them the best of luck as they move forward in their careers.
TEACHER-INCENTIVE FUND COLLABORATIONINCENTIVE PAY FOR THE 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR
: For the past four years the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Teacher-Incentive Fund project (STAR3) has been collaborating and sharing best practices with Guilford County's Teacher-Incentive Fund project (Mission Possible). The picture to the left shows GCS's project director, Dr. Amy Holcombe (left), and various members of the STAR3 team including our project evaluator, Jonathon Rollins (center). This collaboration is considered a model for trans-district work.
: While the major implementation phase of STAR3 (Teacher Incentive Fund) grant project is complete, incentive pay bonuses for the 2014-15 school year remain to be determined and paid. This is excepted to occur between October 2015 and January 2016. Letters to staff will be provided prior to that payout with explanations as to how the bonus was determined.
TEACHER-LEADER MEETING - May 2015:
The final STAR3 Teacher-Leader session was held on May 12th.
The goal was to review the pillars of STAR3 that had an impact in the grant schools and identify ways to sustain the school-level work of the Project. The picture to the right shows the STAR3 Teacher-Leaders who have been in that role each of the four implementation years. A great THANK YOU for all the work of the STAR3 Teacher-Leaders and to STAR3 Facilitator Connie Rogers for her work in organizing these meetings.
Star3 Facilitator, Connie Rogers
US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION/TEACHER INCENTIVE FUND MEETING (Tyson's Corner, Virgina):
STAR3 project director, Wayne Foster, and assistant director, Nancy Scoggin, attended the national TIF conference in May, 2015. Many of the implementation "problems" identified by Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) projects around the nation have not been experienced by STAR3. Projects around the U.S. have operationalized the Teacher-Leader element of TIF in very different manners. It was fascinating to hear the different models.
The photo to the left shows Nancy Scoggin with the Teacher-Leader team from Fort Myers, Florida.
OBSERVATIONS: We are in the second and final round of observations for STAR3. For teachers in the incentive schools....remember that a non-proficient observation (averaged over the two observations) will result in a 25 percent reduction in any incentive pay for which you have otherwise qualified. If you have a non-proficient observation, you may request an additional observation. Talk with your STAR3 facilitator about this if you have a question.
Photos from the Graylyn EstatesTeacher-Leader meeting 2014
Photos from the Tanglewood Park Red Barn meeting.
THANKS TO THE TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS
IN THE STAR3 PROJECT FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!
STAR3 Facilitators-Back row: Tasha Hall-Powell, Elease Mills
Nancy Scoggin (assistant director), April McBride. Front row:
Connie Rogers, Danielle Friel and Sally McCombs
Important Information on STAR³ Measures:
The observation feedback is provided to the teacher only and should be utilized for consideration of professional
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.
- 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