Newsletter
August 2016

Welcome back to school!  We are excited to share announcements, opportunities and resources for the new year that you don't want to miss.

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9 Free CSTP Resources for the New School Year

It's the beginning of a new school year, and time to pack your educator toolkit. We have compiled a list of our top free documents to start your year off on the right track.
 
  1. New Teacher Support - Do you have new teachers starting in your school or district this year? Learn how you can support them to be successful in their first year and beyond.
     
  2. Early Career Performance Expectations - The Early Career Performance Expectations document is intended to complement the evaluation process by providing early career teachers with a formative look at where their performance is right now, and the steps that a teacher could take to improve. It is not to replace any rubrics or evaluation materials provided by the state or that accompany the instructional frameworks a district has chosen. This document is intended to help build a bridge between where a teacher is now, and where we would hope they would be a few years into their career.
     
  3. Teacher Case Stories: Student Growth - Eight short stories from Washington NBCTs about their challenges and struggles with student growth from their varied perspectives in different contexts, grade levels and content areas, but all from their authentic voices.
     
  4. Teacher Leadership Framework - Identifies and clarifies the specific professional development needs of teacher leaders that will positively impact learning for students in all of our schools.
     
  5. Teacher Leader Self-Assessment - This companion tool for the Teacher Leadership Framework helps you assess your current knowledge and skills and plan for future development as a leader.
     
  6. School and District Capacity Tool - This companion tool for the Teacher Leadership Framework is designed for school principals and district leaders to determine systems-level readiness to utilize the expertise of teacher leaders and support their work and development as leaders.
     
  7. Mathematics: Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy - This tool is designed for teachers and district leaders to articulate the specific knowledge and skills teachers need to lead initiatives in mathematics.
     
  8. TPEP Best Practices - A series of videos of local Washington school districts discussing their best practices for the Teacher Principal Evaluation Project (TPEP).
     
  9. High-Leverage Practices Protocols - A set of discussion protocols that highlight a high-leverage practice using teacher video. The protocols are connected to the State 8 teacher evaluation criteria and can be done in 30 minutes or extended for longer periods of time.
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In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
OSPI's NBCT Facilitator Training, Day 1 & 2
When:  September 23-24, 2016
Where: Puget Sound Area, TBA
OSPI's NBCT Facilitator Training, Day 3
When:  October 8, 2016
Where: Puget Sound Area, TBA
TPEP Best Practices Colloquium
When:  March 1, 2017
Where: SeaTac WA, TBA
CSTP's NBCT Leadership Conference
When:  May 2017
Where: Leavenworth, WA
OSPI's NBCT Facilitator Training, Day 1, 2, & 3
When:  June 27-29, 2017
Where: Spokane Area, TBA
WEA's NBCT Jump Start
When:  TBA
Where: TBA
Auburn Teacher Leadership Academy (ATLA)


This year marks an exciting new chapter in the CSTP/Auburn Teacher Leadership Academy partnership! For 6 years, CSTP has worked with the Auburn School District, helping develop teacher leaders throughout the district. This year, we are working to provide support, guidance and non-stop cheerleading on the side to a team of teacher leaders who will take on the role as their district's Teacher Leadership trainers! Using the CSTP Teacher Leadership Framework as their foundation, they will be working to help build teacher leaders to support their teacher-colleagues across the district with a 1-to-1 laptop rollout. They will help teachers figure out ways to use the new and powerful tech tools to truly transform instruction and improve student learning, rather than just replace worksheets and bank on students being engaged in the tech environment. We are excited that Auburn is taking this next step towards sustainable teacher leadership. 
School Leadership Team Ramps Up for Teacher Leadership


In August CSTP has the opportunity to work with school leadership teams in the Conway and North Thurston School Districts to develop teacher leadership knowledge and skills. Using the CSTP Teacher Leadership Framework as the foundation, the school leadership teams explored their individual leadership strengths and challenges and explored the dynamics of working together as a school leadership teams to move their work forward in the coming year. One teacher said, "After reflecting on my strengths and needs, I understand my needs and will be working to strengthen that area."
"The Interchangeable White Lady" Interview with Hope Teague-Bowling

Stories from School blogger, NBCT Hope Teague-Bowling, has been getting a lot of attention regarding her post, " The Interchangeable White Lady: An Introduction". Last week she talked to Kiro Radio's Dave Ross and Colleen O'Brien and explained what she means by "Interchangeable White Lady" and how she connects with her minority classroom.

Listen to the RossFiles on Kiro Radio for Hope Teague-Bowling's interview.
OSPI's 2016-17 NBCT Facilitator Training Registration Open

Where: Puget Sound Area (exact location to be announced)
Day 1: 9:00am - 4:00pm; Day 2: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Cost: $120
Register Now!

(Day 3) Saturday, October 8
Where: WEA Headquarters, Federal Way, WA
Day 1: 9:00am - 4:00pm; Days 2-3: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Cost: $60
Register Now!

(Days 1-3) Tuesday-Thursday, June 27-29
Where: Spokane Area (exact location to be announced)
Day 1: 9:00am - 4:00pm; Days 2-3: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Cost: $180
Registration coming soon.

(Days 1-3) Monday-Wednesday, August 14-16
Where: Vancouver Area (exact location to be announced)
Day 1: 9:00am - 4:00pm; Days 2-3: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Cost: $180
Registration coming soon.

Learn more about the facilitator trainings on OSPI's website.
2015-2016 CSTP Clock Hour Transcripts Arriving Soon

Have you taken a professional development course with clock hours through CSTP? If so, your official clock hour transcript has been mailed out and will be arriving this week. If you do not receive your official clock hour record by the end of August, please contact  Cindy Kleinfelter for assistance at  cindy@cstp-wa.org .

Partner with CSTP to Offer Clock Hours at Your Workshop

Are you planning professional development for your staff? How about a literature circle or a short series of learning opportunities? Tie your workshops to clock hours through CSTP. 

CSTP is an approved clock hour provider in the State of Washington. We have a simple application process for you and your participants, with approval times within one week. Once the training is over, we have a simplified electronic evaluation process that we administer to participants, and we hold onto their clock hour records per the state retention schedule.

It's free for you to apply to offer the clock hours, and low fees for participants to collect their clock hours.  Participant fees are $10 for 3-9.9 hours, $20 for 10-19.5 hours, $30 for 20-49.9 hours, and $50 for 50 or more hours. 

Find out more information on our website including the clock hour application at http://cstp-wa.org/clock-hour-information/. Questions? Contact Cindy Kleinfelter at cindy@cstp-wa.org.
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