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 FOURTH YEAR
STAR³ UPDATES: December 2014
INCENTIVE PAY FOR 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR
: Due to complications in some of the NC state testing measures, SAS Institute is going to be later than anticipated in providing our district with the STAR3 incentive data. Our evaluator, Jonathon Rollins, tells me that we are ready to move on the data as soon as it arrives from SAS. Letters to all teachers will be sent within a day or two of receiving the data. At this point we still hold hopes that all incentive pay bonuses will be paid in January. (They were paid in Januar last year as well.) I will keep you posted on this site.
ITBS: STAR3 is one of the very few Teacher Incentive Fund projects that tests K-2nd grade. The Iowa Test of Basic Skils was added in order to include those level teachers and assistants into the performance-based-pay plan. It has had additional benefits such as providing great insight into the learning progression in the early grades. STAR3 facilitator April McBride has done a wonderful job organizing the ITBS testing. Testing at the end of this school year completes use of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills for STAR3.
TEACHER-LEADERS: The first Teacher-Leader session was held on Wednesday, December 10th. Some of the attendees to Ron Clark Academy presented a short summary of their "take-aways" from the visit. The STAR3 Facilitators were in agreement that it was a wonderful session with some serious discussions. We will post some pictures from the session on this site.
OBSERVATIONS: As of December 15th almost all of the first round of observations have been completed. There remain a few scattered "specials" teachers across the schools to be done and there are a dozen teachers left to observe at Gibson. Overall, however, we are ahead of schedule. Thanks to the STAR3 Observers and Facilitators. Our goal is to have 100% completion of observations this year. We had a 99% completion rate last year.
NISL Training for Administrators: UPDATE on NISL - Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will begin a second cohort of NISL starting in February. STAR3 is proud to have initiated this endeavor and we hope that it will continue to be used for administrator training in the district.
The National Institute for School Leaders (NISL) was selected as the main professional development opportunity for STAR3 administrators. This 14 month program has just completed the last session. The graduation ceremony took place on August 5th. Congratulations to all the NISL attendees!
Special thanks to STAR3 Facilitator, Tasha Hall-Powell, for her work organizing the sessions. She was our liaison with the NISL training staff. Also, thanks to Ms. Carol Montague-Davis (Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools) and Mr. Steve Oates (Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools) for their participation and leadership throughout the training.
STAR3 Professional Development
: Each staff member has developed expertise in a number of educational areas and are available to provide training at any of the STAR3 schools. The STAFF TRAINING document identifies the trainings available.
RTI AND PEPs:
Update: STAR3 Teacher-Leaders and select staff were given the first opportunity to review the new PEP system, which includes all the elements of RtI. The web-based program is nearly complete and trainings will begin next month with STAR3 schools taking the lead. (This is a district-wide endeavor.)
One of the pillars of STAR3 is the utilization of Response to Instruction (RtI) processes to support students at all functional levels. In brief, RtI refers to the systematic identification of students needing support, specifying the support necessary and then progress-monitoring the effectiveness of that support. RtI, in our district, is a 3-tier model where Tier I is the general education program, Tier II is additional support (documented in the Personal Education Plan or PEP) and Tier III refers to referral to the school's assistance team where even more support becomes available.
Improving the quality (and implementation) of the PEP is a crucial part of building RtI in a school. During the 2012-13 school year a software program was piloted with very good results. In the 2014-15 school year all STAR3 schools are being encouraged to utilize the digital PEP program. For more information on RtI and the PEP (digital program), please contact Ms. Robyn Varga at email@example.com . Already half of the schools have indicated readiness for RtI implementation.
Photos from the Graylyn EstatesTeacher-Leader meeting 2014
Photos from the Tanglewood Park Red Barn meeting.
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!
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