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Attention Building Reps!

Click here for the

2012 MTA Association Rep Handbook

QEA Contracts

QEA Calendar of Events 2014-2015

Jan. 23 - MTA Board of Directors

Jan. 24 - MTA All Presidents

Jan. 28 - Rep Council, 3:15 p.m., QHS

Jan. 28 - School Committee, 7 p.m., Coddington

Feb. 11 - E-Board, 3:15 p.m., QEA

Feb. 11 - School Committee, 7 p.m., Coddington

Please let QEA know of any items of interest for the Calendar at quincyteachers@gmail.com

Unit A Members:

During this 3-year Pilot period, it is very important that you contact your Building Rep or QEA if you have concerns or questions about how Ed Eval is being implemented in your building. 

If you have any questions, please email QEA President Allison Cox at quincyteachers@gmail.com.

~ QPS Educator Evaluation - Pilot Year 2 - 2014-2015 Unit A ~

Retirement Questions?

Please call MTA for an appointment to discuss your individual retirement plans ~ 617-878-8240

Maternity Leave Questions?

Click HERE for information

***ASPEN ~ Teachers please note that the Academic Tab section and Teacher Pages are NOT mandatory at this time

The only requirement at this time is posting of interim reports, final term grades and attendance. 

Training for Aspen that is scheduled before or after school hours is also NOT mandatory.  

Please contact QEA or your Building Rep if you have questions.

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You may sign up as either an active QEA member, or as a non-member.

What’s Next for Ed Eval?

  1. 2014-2015 School year -- 100% of QPS teachers and educators will be evaluated using the new Educator Evaluation procedures

  2. Tier 1 (PTS Educators evaluated last year) are now on a 2-year Self-Directed Growth Plan -- check with your Principal or Supervisor if you are uncertain which plan you are now on

  3. Tier 2 (PTS Educators who were not evaluated last year) will be placed on a 1-year Self-Directed Growth Plan (PTS); non-PTS Educators will be placed on a Developing Educator Plan

NEW!!

***Attention ALL QEA Members***

You have a right to union representation if you are called into a meeting where disciplinary action could result!

Understand your Weingarten Rights

Call a Building Rep or Email Allison at quincyteachers@gmail.com or call 617-479-2283 if you need immediate assistance

QEA ED EVAL RESOURCES for Unit A Members

Educator Evaluation is a 2-Rating System

Summative Rating - began June 2014

Student Impact Rating - begins Oct. 2017

4 Standards, 2 Goals - Student Learning goal and Professional Practice goal

Evidence & Observations

PTS members evaluated last year are Tier 1

Remaining PTS and non-PTS members are Tier 2

100% of Educators now on Plans

Ratings; Unsatisfactory, needs Improvement, Proficient, Exemplary

Rating determines type of next Ed Plan

District-Determined Measures (including MCAS)

1-year DESE extension

This 2014-2015 year is a pilot

Next year data will be collected

Oct. 2017 first SIR ratings for Quincy

Ratings:  Low, Moderate, or High

Rating determines length of next Ed Plan

QEA/QPS DDM Frequently Asked Questions - Oct. 2014

1. What is a District-Determined Measure?

A DDM is a measure of student learning, growth, and achievement aligned to curriculum frameworks, that are comparable across grade or subject level district-wide.  These measures many include, but shall not be limited to: portfolios, approved commercial assessments and district-developed pre and post unit and course assessments, and capstone projects.

2.  What does the one-year extension from DESE mean for Quincy?

The extension allows Quincy a full pilot year to try out each DDM, determine scoring parameters and administration protocols, examine issues of fairness, timing, content, etc…  as well as make modifications to DDMs, if needed.

The extension also impacts our timelines, which will now be:

  1. 2014-2015 District-wide pilot of all DDMs

  2. 2015-2016 All Educators must have 2 DDMs in place and collect the first year’s data

  3. 2016-2017 Second year data is collected and analyzed and all Quincy Educators will receive a Student Impact Rating of Low, Moderate, or High

3.  How will results from DDMs be used to determine Educators’ Student Impact Ratings?

At least 2 years of data from at least 2 DDMs, in combination with professional judgement, will be used in determining the Educators’ impact on student learning as high, moderate, or low.   Details of this are being bargained.

4. How will my Student Impact Rating affect my evaluation?

Your Student Impact Rating will be used to determine the length of your Educator plan for the next evaluation cycle.

5.  How will results from students who move in later in the school year, or students who are absent frequently, be used to determine Student Impact Ratings?

While this is still being bargained by QEA and QPS, the DESE model language states that results from students who are not present for instruction for at least 90% of the instructional time shall not be used in determination of an educator’s impact on student growth.

6.   I have students who receive additional instruction from an ELL or Special Education teacher.  Will those students’ scores count toward my Student Impact Rating?

This will be determined through bargaining.

7.  How many classes or students will be attributed to my DDM results?

This will be determined through bargaining.

8.  Does my DDM have to include a written response?

There are no requirements for DDMs to include a written response.

9.  Will MCAS scores be used as a DDM?

Yes.  DESE regulations require that MCAS Student Growth Percentiles be used as one measure, where available.  This means that MCAS SGP will be used as a DDM for teachers of grades 4-8, ELA and Math.  This is not subject to bargaining.

10.  Who is bargaining the DDM contract language?

The QEA/QPS Ed Eval Work Group is bargaining this language, which will be brought to the full Unit A membership as well as School Committee for ratification at a later date.

11. What will happen during this 2014-2015 Pilot year?

DDMs will be administered and results will be analyzed - however, no data will count toward your evaluation. 

Educators will use this year to analyze protocols, content, fairness, and timing issues, as well as help determine scoring parameters.  Educators will be given opportunities to suggest modifications to their DDM, if needed.  More information is coming soon!

Unit A Bargaining

The Negotiations team for Unit A has been finalized.  The Unit A Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on Aug. 31, 2015, and therefore, we will begin bargaining shortly for a successor agreement.

The Unit A Negotiations team will include: 

  1. Allison G. Cox, President

  2. Michael Ellis, Vice President and Chair of the Negotiations Committee, QHS, English

  3. Dan Caruso, PR&R, Beechwood Knoll & BMMS, Music

  4. Sean Greene, Treasurer, QHS, Math

  5. Nicole Prevost, Membership Chair, Parker, Grade 3

  6. Peg McDonough, MS Rep, Sterling, Art

  7. Bill Pavao, CMS, Social Studies

  8. Martha Slocum, Merrymount, Nurse

By QEA bylaws, the Chair of the Negotiations team is the QEA Vice President.  The President and PR&R Chair are automatic members of the bargaining team as required by QEA bylaws.  The remainder of the team is representative of the Unit A membership at Elementary, Middle, High School, and Nurses levels.

The team met for the first time last Friday to begin analyzing member input.  Thanks to all our Building Reps who held 10-minute meetings to gather feedback from our members over these past few weeks.  We will now begin creating proposals that we see as priorities for our members.  We expect to begin face-to-face bargaining with the Quincy School Committee and QPS team within the next few weeks.  Updates will be issued as we move through this process! 

Student Learning SMART Goals

MTA is advising members to be cautious when writing Student Learning goals.  MTA is advising members to not use percentages or numbers in the writing of the goal statement, but rather that the measurement aspect of the goal be outlined in the goal’s Action Steps. 

Your QEA Ed Eval Work Group has brought this concern to the attention of the Superintendent, but QPS has not yet agreed with this position, and has instead been requiring the use of measuring language in the goal statement itself.

Until this issue can be resolved, QEA is advising members to avoid writing Student Learning goals that contain only a single measure. As you know, your students demonstrate their learning in many ways, and as we want our educators to be able to show student learning and progress, we are suggesting a multiple measure approach to the Measure portion of the Student Learning goal. 

If your Principal is insisting on a Student Learning goal that you feel is unreasonable, please contact QEA immediately. 

*Longevity B Reminder to Unit A & C members

Friday, January 30 is the deadline to apply for Longevity B. Applications can be found in Unit A & C contracts here.   Applications need to be sent to Human Resources through interoffice mail, or can be hand delivered to HR at the Coddington building.  Any questions?  Email Allison at quincyteachers@gmail.com

Points to remember:

  1. Members must have completed 20 years of employment in the Quincy Public Schools to be eligible

  2. Members will give up 30 accrued sick days upon acceptance

  3. Members will cease to be eligible for Longevity A upon acceptance

  4. Payments will be made over 3 years, beginning with the first payment in December 2015

  5. Three payments will be: $5,000, $5,000, and $5,500 totaling $15,500

  6. Longevity B is not pensionable

  7. Members accepted into Longevity B will no longer be eligible for Sick Leave Buy Back at retirement