Professional Growth and Educator Support Newsletter
Professional Growth and Educator Support Newsletter: 2019-2020; Vol. 3, Issue 1
Happy November! Hopefully your first few months of school have gone well and you have settled into a routine for this new school year. You are likely starting to finalize your student growth or professional goals. Observations are beginning and should be in full swing this month.

This issue has important information about bargained language, important evaluation timelines and requirements, TPEP trainings, eVAL videos and tips, as well as other information to keep you informed.
Evaluation Cycle Change
The 2019-2022 Contract has been ratified and parts of it have been shared with employees. There was one timeline change at the state level that impacts all certificated employees.

  • A Comprehensive evaluation is required at least once every six (6) years for both teachers and principals. If a teacher's performance is proficient or distinguished during the comprehensive evaluation, a teacher can be on a Focused cycle for 5 years.

This is a change from before where teachers were required to have a Comprehensive evaluation every four (4) years.

Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) Timelines

Here are some upcoming evaluation timelines that are important to know:

  • November 15th: Must have had a goal setting conference with your evaluator (CBA)

  • November 25th: New to the district certificated employees must have had their first formal observation (RCW*/CBA) (If you were hired after Sept 1, your first formal observation must occur within 90 calendar days of your hire date)

  • December 20th: All certificated employees on a Comprehensive cycle must have had their first formal observation (CBA)

*RCW: Revised Code of Washington
UPDATE: Certficate Renewal: TPEP Requirement
TPEP certificate renewal requirement ELIMINATED

On May 8, 2019, Governor Inslee signed HB 1139, a bill which included the elimination of the TPEP certificate renewal requirement. Educators are no longer required to meet this requirement in order to renew their certificates.

TPEP Training

Online Training
Goal Setting Module. We have recently launched a new online module about Goal Setting in our TPEP Schoology course. This online training will walk you through the goal setting process in Seattle Public Schools, as well as teach you about the Danielson Framework and the State 8. You can join the course by using the following course code: NSG7B-3KCJ2

I n-person Training
Criterion Focused training. These trainings are for teachers who have chosen Criterion 3, Criterion 6, or Criterion 8 for their focus area this year.

Criterion 3 January 23, JSCEE, Room TBD 4:30-7:30pm
Criterion 6 January 28, JSCEE, Room TBD 4:30-7:30pm
Criterion 8 January 30, JSCEE, Room TBD 4:30-7:30pm

Sign up in ESS; Extra time paid at $38.69/hour; Clock Hours available; No snacks provided, please plan accordingly.

This section is for certificated classroom teachers . You will find information to support and help you manage the evaluation process in eVAL. 

Student Growth Goals in eVAL

This video will walk you through the process of inputting your Student Growth Goals into eVAL. Remember: your evaluator cannot see anything until you share it, so we recommend Sharing Draft as you are working. Once you both are in agreement regarding your goals, you can submit them to your evaluator.

Uploading Artifacts in eVAL

This video will walk you through the process of uploading artifacts in eVAL. Remember: you need to code each artifact to a component on the Danielson Framework for Teaching so it is helpful to have a SmartCard with you when completing this in eVAL.
Technology Learning Time
(32 hours of extra pay)
Technology Learning Time
During the 2019-2020 school year, all certificated employees are entitled to up to 32 hours of extra pay , pro-rated by FTE for technology related professional learning in self-directed learning activities.

You can use the eVAL tech modules in Schoology as your technology-related professional learning. Use the following code to access the module: 2SCJ-3G3M-WR6NK . The link below will take you to the module in Schoology.
The link below will take you to the 2019-2022 Tech Pay Request Form. Certificated employees must fill out the employee attestation form, have your supervisor sign the form, and submit the form to payroll.

You will not receive extra pay if you do not submit the completed form.
Professional Educator Standards Board
Professional Growth Plan
Did you know you can receive 25 clock hours for free by completing a Professional Growth Plan (PGP) from the Professional Educator Standards Board? All you need to do is fill out a PGP and have a certificated educator in Washington state sign off on your plan. You can submit the verification form located on the PESB website for salary advancement to the Class and Comp department in HR. The PGP must be completed during the school year for which you are submitting. More information can be found by going to the PESB website (click here ).
Find More Information At:

Try asking someone in your building first. Who can you ask?
  • Your principal/evaluator
  • TPEP Cadre teacher (if you have one in your building)
  • Your Consulting Teacher
  • Colleagues
  • Your SEA building rep

Still stuck?
  • For assistance with eVAL, send your question(s) to
  • For assistance with TPEP or the Danielson Framework, send an email to Lindsay Berger, PGES Program Manager or Alison Bishop, TPEP PD Specialist
  • For assistance beyond your SEA building rep, contact your SEA Uniserv Rep
Is the content of this email helpful to you?
Seattle Education Association/Seattle Public Schools
Professional Growth & Educator Support
Alison Bishop
Phone: 206-252-0011

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