Tutoring - Leadership - Continuous Improvement
(Approved September 16, 2010)
The Board of Education of the Logan-Rogersville R-VIII School District recognizes the relationship between high-quality instruction, teacher leadership, continuous improvement and student achievement, and therefore, supports the Wildcat TLC program. The program is established to encourage teacher involvement in Tutoring, Leadership, and Continuous Improvement. The program is aligned with the current Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) and Building Improvement Plans (BIPs), and is based on available student achievement data and the results of needs assessments at the school and district level.
Tutoring: Supplemental instruction provided by a certified teacher to a student or group of students, outside of the regular school day, that enhances the regular instructional program(s) received in the classroom.
Leadership: Responsibilities assigned to certified staff outside of the regular school day focused on enhancing student learning at the school or district level. Assignment to leadership teams must show a direct connection to enhancing student achievement as set forth through the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) and Building Improvement Plan (BIP).
Continuous Improvement: Focus teams established for the purpose of enhancing student learning at the school or district level. Work in the area of Continuous Improvement is driven by the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) and Building Improvement Plan (BIP) as the district/school seeks to problem-solve areas of needed focus/growth.
Eligibility for participation in Wildcat TLC is reserved for teachers with a minimum of two years of classroom teaching experience. It is important to note that certified staff may or may not accumulate hours in each of the three areas set forth in the Wildcat TLC program. The program provides certified staff the opportunity to accumulate 30 hours in the areas of Tutoring, Leadership, and Continuous Improvement. Participants are not permitted to accumulate 30 hours in each of the three areas. Instead, a minimum of 5 hours must be logged for Tutoring and the remaining 25 hours may be distributed between Tutoring, Leadership, and Continuous Improvement. Certified staff that are not classroom teachers may only accumulate hours in the area of Leadership and Continuous Improvement unless prior approval for participation in the school level tutoring program is granted by the principal. Program dates are limited to August 17, 2017 to May 31, 2018 (or last day of school, if earlier than May 31st). Any hours logged prior to or beyond these dates must be preapproved by principals to be eligible for compensation under the Wildcat TLC program. No activity can be counted toward the Wildcat TLC program in which a participant is already receiving compensation. All hours logged must occur outside of the contract day and reported to each school’s principal. Administrators are not eligible to participate in the Wildcat TLC program.
Each school principal will identify areas of need and students to be served through a before/after school tutoring program. Collaboration with teachers and school level teams will assist in providing a focused tutoring program centered on student learning. Regardless of whether or not tutoring occurs with an individual student or a group of students, time spent tutoring may only be counted one time on the tutoring log. Training for tutors will be provided by principals in tutoring expectations, progress monitoring, data analysis, and specific school related topics as needed.
Certified staff will be asked to serve in a leadership capacity on school level or district wide committees and/or teams. To be eligible for the Wildcat TLC program, hours served in a leadership capacity must be tied directly to student learning and occur outside of regular contract time. Assignment to leadership teams will occur at both the school level and district level as areas of focus are identified. To be considered Leadership tied to enhancing student learning, committee/team work must be tied to the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) and Building Improvement Plan (BIP) as they relate to student learning, achievement, and instruction.
Collaborative efforts that support improvement in the area(s) of core content area instruction, implementation of research-based instructional practices, and data-driven decision making will be considered as continuous improvement efforts under the Wildcat TLC program. Such work will be driven by the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) and Building Improvement Plan (BIP). The principal will identify areas of continuous improvement. Collaboration with teachers and school level teams will assist in providing areas of continuous improvement at the school level, grade level, or departmental level. Continuous improvement efforts are intended to 1) support the collective learning of teachers, 2) align with district, school, and teacher goals, 3) incorporate active learning and provide teachers the opportunity to practice and apply new knowledge, 4) provide opportunities for collective participation by staff members in the same school community, subject area, grade level or department.
The Logan-Rogersville R-VIII School District shall seek to enhance instruction by meeting the needs of individual students. In meeting these needs, the district shall provide programs beyond those offered during the regular school day. The district will pursue all available state or federal aid for its extended instructional programs and areas of focus contained in the Wildcat TLC program.
Certified teachers will be compensated at a rate of $20.00 per hour, not to exceed a total of 30 hours during the 2017-2018 school year, for work completed in the area(s) of Tutoring, Leadership, and Continuous Improvement. Work performed can be accounted for in ¼ hour, ½ hour increments or on an hourly basis. All work performed in these three areas must be accounted for outside of regular contract responsibilities. Positions for which certified staff already receive a stipend from the district will not be eligible to count toward Wildcat TLC work.
Documentation of participation in the Wildcat TLC program will include successful completion of the Intent to Participate form (See Attachment A) and approval of a school level Responsibility Plan & Summary (See Attachment B). Any certified teacher who does not complete the Intent to Participate form will not be compensated for work performed throughout the course of the 2017-2018 school year. A log of work completed in the areas of Tutoring, Leadership, and Continuous Improvement is to be submitted quarterly to the school principal (Attachments C & D). Final documentation, to be completed at the end of the school year prior to leaving for the summer, will include a cumulative time sheet of all hours accumulated throughout the year in the areas of Tutoring, Leadership, and Continuous Improvement.