Spencerport Central 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.
The goal of the Spencerport Central School District’s Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) program has been to promote and enhance educator effectiveness through the framework of career ladder pathways that has been aligned with the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) continuum. This has been accomplished by offering a myriad of opportunities such as peer evaluation and coaching, school-based instructional modeling and support, demonstration classrooms, data interpretation and support, college and career ready standards-aligned curriculum development and implementation support, professional development, and teacher leadership opportunities. These opportunities have provided teachers the support needed to implement the college and career ready standards and to improve upon their professional practice so that the learning needs of all students could best be met.
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The various positions from the career ladder built upon and expanded the levels of expertise, enabling teachers to strive for improvement in their pedagogy and encouraged teachers to build upon their professional knowledge of best practices and instructional strategies. Additionally, Spencerport’s more expert teachers had an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills beyond their own classrooms, impacting teachers and students district-wide. These teachers have also had opportunity to serve the district as aspiring administrators, including them in various instructional committees and academic initiatives.
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- Instructional Specialists provide support to classroom teachers, consultant teachers, AIS service providers and reading specialists in order to better meet the learning needs of all students, especially students with disabilities. This work has ensured that instructional programs are aligned to college and career readiness standards.
- The district has held a series of "data days" in an effort to provide educators an opportunity to follow an evidence-based instruction model that supports and personalizes teaching and learning.
- 21st Century Technology Teams at each level (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12) support educators through 1:1 professional development and provide engaging learning opportunities for students by incorporating technology into every classroom.
The Spencerport Central School District's Board of Education, Superintendent and Business Official are preparing the district financially to be able to sustain programs and personnel related to career ladder pathways. Presently, two of the Instructional Specialist positions have been included in the proposed 2015-16 budget being presented to voters in May 2015.
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.
- 2 Instructional Specialists (K-5) directly impact 131 teachers which directly impact 1,559 students
- 4 Instructional Specialists (6-12) directly impact 178 teachers which directly impact 2,146 students.
- 1 Director of Humanities directly impacts 6 principals, 6 assistant principals, and 330 teachers which directly impact 3,705 students
Areas of Focus
The Spencerport Central School District’s set out to address the common talent management challenges of developing and providing equitable access to the most effective educators through their career ladder pathway model.
Common Talent Management Challenges
|Common Talent Management Challenge||Local Educational Agency (LEA) Efforts|
Spencerport has a supportive Board of Education that places a high priority on professional development. When analyzing the ELA results for grades 3-5, the district identified the need to provide teacher support with the concept of close reading. As a result, every 4th and 5th grade teacher participated in a locally-developed full-day workshop, led by the Instructional Specialists and Director of Humanities, that concentrated on close reading in November and December 2014 (3rd grade and special areas received this training in January 2015). Spencerport reports that this work immediately began paying dividends as teachers began adjusting their instruction accordingly and students are showing improvement in their textual interaction.
The district has also established a 21st Century Technology Team that is managed by the two K-5 Instructional Specialists through the STLE 2 grant. This team provides 1:1 professional development to every K-5 teacher and student based on the programs that we have adopted on multiple occasions throughout the school year. The curriculum has been refined to encourage the use of technology in prescriptive and strategic manner.
The grant has also allowed Spencerport to engage in book studies, establish effective literacy strategies at every grade level, and devote time to support students in the area of persuasive writing. Teachers have received release time through the grant to meet and strategize the instructional support that they can provide to their students. Additional accomplishments include curriculum development and refining the common formative assessments that are administered in all grade levels.
Prior to the STLE grant, Spencerport was looking at a re-distribution of its teachers and resources in order to best accommodate the learning needs of an elementary school within the district that had a disproportionate percentage of students with high needs. Spencerport built upon their pre-existing career ladder pathways for teachers, allowing their most expert teachers to have an opportunity to expand the reach of their knowledge and skills beyond their own classrooms. K-5 Instructional Specialists now work with every elementary school, providing 1:1 support to teachers and students to further elevate instructional practice and student achievement.
Other Areas of Focus
|Other Areas of Focus||Local Educational Agency (LEA) Efforts|
|College and Career Readiness Standards in ELA and Math||
The original focus of the STLE grant was to work on the implementation of the college and career ready standards and to ensure that the district’s teachers understood how these changes impacted what they taught and their method of instruction. There has been a great deal of success with these shifts and the district has extended the work to the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Spencerport has also adopted a new math program at the K-5 level, Math Expressions, and this challenging approach has served the district’s students extremely well to meet the demands of the college and career readiness standards. The Instructional Specialists have posted curriculum in the district repository for every teacher to access across the district. This work contains curriculum maps, required activities, and assessments and ensures a predictable and consistent approach for all students. Spencerport’s curriculum and instructional delivery has improved dramatically through the grant and this has had a positive impact on students with disabilities (SWD) and English language learners (ELL).
Instructional Team (K-5) and Teacher (6-12) Leaders along with administrators participated in the Instructional Leadership Academy in August, 2014. This three day event set the stage for the school year and the district’s instructional leaders developed a great understanding of concepts such as explicit learning targets, providing effective feedback, ensuring appropriate level of challenge, importance of incorporating authentic assessment opportunities, the power of deliberate practice, and providing time for evidence-based reflection and collaboration. The district also held a series of "data days" in an effort to provide educators an opportunity to follow an evidence-based instruction model that supports and personalizes teaching and learning. Spencerport has also partnered with an adjunct professor the Warner School of Education through University of Rochester, who has worked extensively with Instructional Team and Teacher Leaders and instructional administrators on the concept of explicit learning goals and assessment.
Areas of Impact
The Spencerport Central 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.
Areas of Impact
|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.
Teacher Career Ladder Pathway
|Teacher Title||Roles and Reponsibilities||Compensation||Number Serving in Role in 2014-15|
||District Teacher Salary Schedule as specified in contract||
Instructional Specialist, K-5 & 6-12
21st Century Pilot Teacher
Differentiated Instruction (DI) Mentor
Mentor for New Teacher
Enrichment Specialist, K-5
|K-5 Instructional Specialist: FTE; 6-12 Instructional Specialist: .2 -.5 FTE; All others release time or compensation as specified in contract||
K-5 Instructional Specialist: 2; 6-12 Instructional Specialist: 4
Grade Level Team Leader, Support Staff Team Leader, Teacher Leader-Secondary Level:
Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA):
|Grade Level Team Leader, Support Staff Team Leader, Teacher Leader-Secondary Level: release time or compensation as specified in contract (not paid through STLE); Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA): compensation for position according to contract||
Principal Career Ladder Pathway
|Principal Title||Roles and Reponsibilities||Compensation||Number Serving in Role in 2014-15|
Non-tenured Building Principal
|Salary per Administrator Contract||0|
Tenured Building Principal
|Salary per Administrator Contract||6|
||Salary per Administrator Contract||1 (Director of Humanities paid through STLE)|
Sharing the Work The Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) grant has resulted in the development and sharing of a wide variety of tools, tips, and resources. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) have been highlighted for their work through various media outlets and NYSED videos, and have also created tools and resources that are available to the field.
The Office of Teacher/Principal Quality & Professional Development invites you to submit tools and resources to STLE@nysed.gov that will further help the field, including but not limited to: gap analysis templates, career ladder pathway design principles, communication plans, description of sample roles and responsibilities, tools that help gauge the return on investment and strategies for program evaluation.
We encourage you to continue to contribute to the on-going conversation on Twitter by sharing your work using #STLE.