MASE TURN 10/15/11 Montgomery County Education Association and Montgomery County Public Schools Teacher’s Union and School System Collaboration for Quality Instruction and Accountability
Collaboration in MoCo • Began with “New Unionism” • Focus on the quality of teaching and learning • Negotiations in the late 90’s- Interest Based Bargaining • Why IBB matters, even if you can’t bargain • What we want in the classroom is what we should want for everyone
Teacher Professional Growth System History in MCPS • Classroom teachers appointed by MCEA at the table, along with school system leadership and school administrators, in the development, implementation and evaluation of the PGS between 1997 and today • Intended to decrease the traditional isolation of teachers, increase the role of peers in assisting peers, and allow more time to collaborate with colleagues • Negotiated into Union contract beginning in 2000 • Phased in since beginning in the 2000-01 school year • There is a joint committee of union and school system leadership that continue to meet monthly to review implementation and make modifications as appropriate • As a result of our success with the Teacher PGS, there are now similar systems for both administrators and supporting services
Context for T PGS • The concept of the PGS is based on research that showed a good teacher is the most important factor in student success. • Initiated by MCEA as a part of its focus on Teacher Quality. • A comprehensive professional growth system that was created jointly by the teachers’ union and the school system. • The T PGS is not the typical approach to evaluation and professional growth and development in public education.
Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) & Consulting Teachers (CT’s) for novice new teachers M.C.P.S. Professional Growth System New Teacher Induction Mentors for experienced new teachers Staff Development Teachers (SDT’s) Professional Development Plans (PDP’s) Studying Skillful Teaching (SST) (for teachers) Observing and Analyzing Teaching (OAT) (for observers) Standards Based Evaluation Process Staff Development Substitute Teachers (SDST’s)
Other collaborative structures & processes • ADC- Presidents and executive directors of the 3 unions, Deputy Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer • Councils on Teaching and Learning- ES, MS, HS • Elected Faculty Representative • MCPS Budget team • Leadership team decision making • Climate Compact
How is collaboration started? How is collaboration sustained? • Find small wins on non-controversial issues • Talk about interests • Establish processes & structures • Incorporate IBB thinking into many conversations • Don’t be positional • Brag in public • New superintendent
Other thoughts “How do we move from islands of excellence- which exist today in virtually every school district – to systems of excellence which unfortunately today are much harder to find? Many of the answers lie in the Montgomery County story. We can hope to serve every child only by committing to whole-district transformation and Montgomery County is one of the examples that show the way.” Arne Duncan, from Leading for Equity, Childress, Doyle & Thomas, 2009, Harvard University Press