School 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: February 2014
Incentive Pay Updates: The incentive payments for the 2012-13 school year were included in the January paycheck for certified staff and will be in the February paycheck for classified staff.
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 YOU HARD WORK!
February 27th Teacher-Leader Session: THE TEACHER-LEADER SESSION IN FEBRUARY HAS BEEN MOVED TO FEBRUARY 27TH. It will be held at Graylyn International Center in Winston-Salem. We have re-tooled the teacher-leader session scheduled for February 27th. During this meeting we want to highlight and share the great work being done by the Teacher-Leaders at the STAR3 schools. We are asking that each individual create a poster to describe their work as a Teacher-Leader. More information will be forthcoming!
STAR3 Staff Changes: Elease Mills (left) has been reassigned from STAR3 Observer to STAR3 Facilitator. Her schools will be Kimberley Park and North Hills Elementary. In addition, Mr. Dereck Dirks and Ms. Allison Coble were hired as Observers for the STAR3 project in January. They will begin their training in February. They will begin their observations sometime in mid-February. Welcome to Allison and Dereck.
Observation Changes: I want to thank Ms. Susan Landers (pictured on the left) 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.
The U.S. Department of Education has mandated that all certified staff have observations this year. Specials teachers, EC and ESL teachers and others may be subject to the same observation process as regular classroom teachers. This process provides a snapshot of a class and the feedback goes ONLY to the teacher. The idea is to provide additional feedback to inform the professional development process. More information will be provided through a memo to teachers.
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.
Right: Attendees lead a discussion session.
Left: Tricia Spencer, Principal at South Fork Elementary presents.
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 on line for your convenience:
STAR3 FACILITATOR LIST
Danielle Friel Tasha Hall-Powell Sally McCombs Nancy Scoggin
April McBride Connie Rogers Elease Mills
From Left to Right: April McBride, Connie Rogers, Leah Gardner, Wayne Foster (STAR³ Project Director), Tasha Hall-Powell, and Nancy Scoggin.
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