Exemplary proficiency level: 4th Grade

 

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Interview

Overall rating & analysis

Overall rating: Four E ratings equal an overall E rating.

Beginning

Advanced

Exemplary

Strand 1: The number of strategies teacher uses to interact with students’ influencers and the extent to which strategies are customized.

Uses a single, formal method to interact with every student's family

Uses multiple methods and occasions to mobilize Students’ key influencers (e.g., parents, guardians, other relatives, coach, pastor, etc.)

Based on an understanding of individual students and their key influencers, customizes interactions in order to mobilize each students’ key influencers to invest students in working hard toward the Big Goal

Strand 2: The information teacher shares with student influencers, and the extent to which teacher enables student influencers to act on the information.

Provides basic information and respectfully requests help when students are not working hard

Shares knowledge and skills on how the influencers and the teacher can accelerate the students’ progress

Ensures that students’ influencers are equipped to invest and advocate for students beyond this school year, in addition to sharing knowledge and skills on how the influencer and the teacher can work together to accelerate the student's progress

Strand 3: The type of positive information teacher provides influencers about students’ academic progress.

Shares positive news of student performance on an absolute scale

Shares positive news of student performance on a relative scale

Shows influencers how to monitor students’ performance and recognize progress

Strand 4: The extent to which the teacher mobilizes student influencers.

Successfully informs students’ families of basic information

Successfully involves students’ key influencers

Successfully invests students’ key influencers


Analysis: Why did the teacher receive these ratings?

Rating: E Strand 1: The number of strategies teacher uses to interact with students’ influencers and the extent to which strategies are customized.

Why E?

Ms. Lein adds to her long list of methods and occasions of interactions (calls before the first day of school, Leadership Teams, newsletters, Reciprocal Journals) a layer of individualization (based on surveys of students and families and IEP-like instructional planning). That combination allows her to individualize her approach with different students and thereby earn an Exemplary rating on Strand One.

Rating: E Strand 2: The information teacher shares with student influencers, and the extent to which teacher enables student influencers to act on the information.

Why E?

The on-going workshops and guidance provided by Ms. Lein for parents are all designed to share knowledge and skills for accelerating students’ progress, an Advanced Proficiency criterion. In addition, however, Ms. Lein specifically references her goal of training her students’ parents to be advocates for their child's education in the years to come, supporting a finding that this teacher "ensures that students’ influencers are equipped to invest and advocate for students beyond this school year. . ." and an Exemplary rating.

Rating: E Strand 3: The type of positive information teacher provides influencers about students’ academic progress.

Why E?

Ms. Lein actually teaches a workshop on how students’ families and other influencers can monitor students’ academic progress as required by the Exemplary criteria for Strand Three. Students' families were given the same graphs and charts that Ms. Lein uses in class and they have come to demand that data to follow their child's advances. (Anecdotally, it sounds as if those efforts have paid great dividends in terms of families' investment in the children's progress.)

Rating: E Strand 4: The extent to which the teacher mobilizes student influencers.

Why E?

At every turn, Ms. Lein's descriptions reveal families that are not merely informed (Beginning Proficiency) and not merely involved (Advanced Proficiency), but actually invested (Exemplary). Ms. Lein has all her students’ families involved in on-going communications with her, if not in contributions to the classroom. Families are eagerly awaiting new data on their child's progress. Her students’ families come to the classroom regularly. All of these factors add up to a highly effective package of strategies towards investing students’ influencers and to an Exemplary rating on Strand Four.