Lockport City School District
Total STLE Award
STLE Program Summary Local Education Agencies(LEAs) and local unions collaborated to develop programs that focus on various elements of a strategically planned Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) Continuum, including preparation, recruitment and placement, induction and mentoring, evaluation, ongoing professional development/professional growth, performance management and career ladder pathways.
Prior to the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) 2 grant, the Lockport City School District had no formal career ladder pathways for teachers and principals. Lockport was determined to strengthen its Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) continuum by developing and implementing robust career ladder pathways for the most effective teachers and principals, thereby increasing student achievement and attracting and retaining top talent.
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Lockport’s career ladder pathways for both teachers and principals support and encourage teamwork and collaboration, as well as provide opportunities for professional growth and leadership. Though discrete activities such as professional development had been taking place in the district before STLE 2, these activities had not yet been integrated into the TLE continuum, informed by data and with measurable goals. Training was offered for teachers on the career ladder to develop coaching skills and evidence-based strategies to support the development and retention of professional colleagues.
Lockport identified problems of practice surrounding their high need students, and sought to address student performance by selecting and training STEM coaches and developing a rigorous STEM curriculum through their partnership with Niagara University; to select and train Literacy coaches to work with teachers supporting the ELA college and career readiness standards with an emphasis on at-risk students; to select and train Mentor Teachers to provide job-embedded professional development focused on the college and career readiness standards; and to select a teacher to create a bridge between Niagara University’s Teacher Education program and Lockport’s mission to prepare students for college and careers.
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- Master Teacher Leaders in STEM and ELA co-teach, model lessons, and provide job-embedded professional development for their colleagues
- STEM Coaches have created portable STEM labs for all K-4 buildings and have trained teachers on how to use these labs.
- Building-based data teams meet monthly to review data, analyze gaps and discuss ways to inform instruction to address the gaps found.
- Literacy Coaches have created a video for classroom teachers to help them visualize and to understand how the classroom teacher and the Reading Specialist can work together to implement join-in Tier Two Interventions for Response to Intervention (RtI) purposes
The Lockport City School District intends to sustain some Teacher and Principal Leader positions through Title II dollars after the end of the grant period is over.
STLE Areas of Focus and Impact Each Local Educational Agency (LEA) has identified measurable goals and outcomes aligned with their grant programs. Quantitative and qualitative data is meant to communicate the value and impact of this work by highlighting the reach of teacher and principal leaders, cost and time savings, as well as indicate the progress made towards the specific student achievement and talent management needs identified by each LEA. Program evaluation is ongoing; LEAs will continue to monitor impact through and beyond the grant period to better understand correlations between various district and building initiatives, the work of teacher and principal leaders, and the impact on student access and achievement.
- 20 Curriculum Mentors (Professional Teachers) directly impact 392 teachers which impact 4,747 students.
- 5 Teacher Leaders directly impact 392 teachers which impact 4,747 students
- 3 Principal Leaders directly impact 9 principals and 392 teachers which impact 4,747 students.
Areas of Focus
The Lockport City School District set out to address the common talent management challenges of of developing, retaining and providing equitable access to to the most effective educators through their career ladder pathway model.
|Common Talent Management Challenge||Local Educational Agency (LEA) Efforts|
The STLE grant has made a significant impact throughout the district. With the assistance of the career ladder pathway teachers, the STEM program in the 7/8 building is thriving. Literacy Coaches have provided job-embedded professional development in K-12 classrooms across the disciplines. Teachers have attended professional development sessions on the Common Core modules in ELA and mathematics at Erie 1 BOCES and, as a result, are finding the implementation of the modules not as daunting.
Prior to the STLE grant, Lockport had no formal career ladder pathways for teachers and principals and intended to increase student academic achievement by attracting and retaining talented teachers with the implementation of a robust and dynamic career ladder. Lockport created a structure incorporating professional development being integrated into a comprehensive Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) continuum where teachers and principals are recognized and compensated for their excellence with increased roles and responsibilities that impact classrooms and instruction district-wide (e.g. $3,000 stipend Lead STEM Curriculum Mentor, $1,500 stipend Principal Leader).
The grant has allowed Lockport to have Teacher Leader positions in each of the district’s buildings in an effort to build capacity of the existing teacher population to ensure that the district makes certain that all its students have equal access to its best teachers and principals.
|Other Areas of Focus||Local Educational Agency (LEA) Efforts|
|Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)||
Lockport continues to use multiple aspects of the APPR process to identify what its teachers need most. Targeted, ongoing and job-embedded professional development is offered through mentors and teacher leaders as a result. Professional development is offered on an individual and group basis depending on need in an effort to support and build capacity of the teachers within the district.
Each month, building-based data teams meet regularly to review data, find gaps and discuss ways to inform instruction to help "fill" the gaps found. Before the implementation of the STLE grant, students in grades 3-8 just met or underperformed students state-wide on the NYS assessments in ELA and math. After the implementation of the grant with its career ladder component and targeted professional development, an increase in both ELA and math assessments was evidenced in June 2014. The district is hoping to see an even greater increase in these state assessment scores in June 2015.
Two Teacher Leaders, with the help of many other teachers, teaching assistants, and parents hosted a "Family Literacy Night". Graduate students from Niagara University joined hands with these teachers, parents and staff and hosted "centers” throughout the gymnasium which engaged students and their parents in literacy activities.
|Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)||
The STEM Coach and STEM Curriculum Mentor are helping classroom teachers incorporate STEM projects as a part of the implementation of the curriculum modules and have also created portable STEM labs for all K-4 buildings. In addition, the STEM Coach and STEM Curriculum Mentor are designing lessons and implementing STEM projects in grades K-3 and 5-6.
Areas of Impact
The Lockport City School District has identified quantitative and qualitative impact data that it has seen and hopes to realize since implementing career ladder pathways and related STLE grant activities.
|Initial Student Impact||
|Early Impact on Talent Management System||
Career Ladder Pathways Each LEA participating in STLE 2 or 3 was required to develop and implement or enhance career ladder pathways rooted in sound implementation of their evaluation systems. Career ladder pathways were based on a minimum of three “rungs” including: novice, professional, and leader levels that were associated with specific roles, responsibilities, and optional district-defined compensation incentives.
Career ladder pathways are a systematic, coordinated approach to provide new and sustained leadership opportunities with additional compensation, recognition, and/or job embedded professional development for teachers and principals in order to advance excellent teaching and learning.
|Teacher Title||Roles and Reponsibilities||Compensation||Number Serving in Role in 2014-15|
Lead Literacy Curriculum Mentor:
Lead STEM Curriculum Mentor:
|Curriculum Mentor: $1,200 stipend; Lead Literacy Curriculum Mentor: $3,000 stipend; Lead STEM Curriculum Mentor: $3,000 stipend; Coordinating Teacher: $1,500 stipend||
Curriculum Mentor: 4; Lead Literacy Curriculum Mentor: 8; Lead STEM Curriculum Mentor: 8; Coordinating Teacher: 1
Master Teacher - Literacy Coach:
Master Teacher - STEM Coach:
|1.0 FTE Salary||
Literacy Coach: 4; STEM Coach: 1
|Principal Title||Roles and Reponsibilities||Compensation||Number Serving in Role in 2014-15|
||One additional professional development day outside of the available professional development days in current principal contract||0|
||Two additional professional development days outside of the available professional development days in current principal contract||0|
||$1,500 annual stipend||STEM K-8: 1; ELA/Writing K-6 1|