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: November 19, 2013
Incentive Pay Updates: School performance data is being provided to the District from the state. STAR3 must wait on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills data to be evaluated and added to the elementary school data to determine classroom, grade and school level performance composites. We believe this information will be available very soon. As soon as we are able to provide information to teachers on their incentive earnings, we will send an individual letter.
The addition of science and social studies assessments during the 2012-13 school year have made it possible to include all middle school social studies and science teachers into the incentive pay plan at Philo-Hill and Mineral Springs Middle Schools during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. The data from last year showed that these assessments have the appropriate levels of reliability and validity to be include. We are NOT able to pay incentives for last year's growth scores.
February 20th Teacher-Leader Session: We have re-tooled the teacher-leader session scheduled for February 20th. 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!
Right: Diggs-Latham Elementary put their school improvement plan on display in the main lobby.
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.
Observation Changes: 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.
Right: Old Town principal Rusty Hall and Diggs-Latham principal Donna Cannon attend leadership training at Harvard University this summer.
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