Washington has invested in assuring that supervisors deeply understand the instructional or leadership framework they use to assess the performance of educators. That knowledge is critical but not sufficient. Skillful evaluators must be able to move effectively among the stances of coaching, collaborating, consulting, and calibrating with those they are evaluating. For supervisors, the ability to structure and facilitate powerful growth-oriented conversations lies at the heart of both one-to-one and collective work with those they evaluate.
Washington intends to establish a cadre of administrators excited to learn the dialogue skills of Learning-Focused Supervision and learn how to teach those skills to colleagues.
OSPI is recruiting up to sixty educators to participate in Phase 1 – the Foundations for Learning-Focused Supervision in Yakima June 26-27 and July 28-29 (location TBD). During the fall of 2014, participants will decide whether to apply for Phase 2 – Deepening Skills for Learning-Focused Supervision. OSPI intends to select up to thirty participants for Phase 2, which will take place March 6-7, 2015. Those who successfully complete Phase 2 and meet established performance standards will have completed the first steps in the endorsement process to work with MiraVia as independent contractors to teach workshops and share their LFS expertise with districts.
Qualified candidates will have:
- Current or prior position as a supervisor/evaluator, i.e., responsibility for observing, collecting, analyzing and scoring data using rubric-driven standards, as well as responsibility for discussing the rating with staff and providing feedback for improvement.
- Experience teaching adults as a professional developer
- Availability to fully participate in training dates.
NOTE: We invite applications from partnerships forged from individuals with different strength/ experiences. For example, someone with coaching experience paired with a building administrator.
Expectations – Phase 1 Foundations
- Participate in all training sessions (Yakima, June 26-27, 2014 and July 28-29, 2014 – location TBD).
- Submit planning and reflecting conversation videotapes, with transcriptions and rubric-based self-assessment (following summer training sessions, to be completed by December 15, 2014.)
- Participate in face-to-face or virtual goal-setting and feedback sessions with personal coach
- Complete written assessment
- Demonstrate growth in knowledge and skill; commitment to project
Expectations – Phase 2 Deepening Skills
- Successful completion of Phase I
- Participate in training of trainers session and skill deepening session March 6-7, 2015
- Continue with learning-focused feedback and coaching sessions, including additional videotape
There is no fee for attending the training. Conference meals, materials, and hotel accommodations June 26-27 and July 28-29 will be provided. All other expenses will be the responsibility of the participant.
The online application can be found here or by copying and pasting http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1558813/TPEP-Learning-Focused-Supervision-Expert-Application into your browser.
Applications are due by April 4, 2014.
- You will need a personal statement that should not exceed more than two pages (single spaced)
- You will need two letters of recommendation
- You are able to save your application to continue working on it a later point.
Send any questions via email to email@example.com. You can also contact Jeanne Harmon at (360) 725-6116. The OSPI TTY number is (360) 664-3631.