Based on conversations and feedback with staff and administration, we have asked the state to change our TLC plan from having Model Teachers (MT) to having Data Team Leaders as part of our #BCTLT. Our district's focus on using data to inform instruction and instructional practices is the main driver for this change.
Currently, we have 17 MT's and want increase this number to 24 to be able to serve and support grade/content level teams in a more systematic way. Our plan is to train the staff members who will occupy these positions in the "Data Team Process" starting this summer. This training will be organized by our GWAEA support staff and District personnel.
As we worked through this change process, we involved the following in determining this proposed change:
Conversations and surveys with current staff and administration to review if the current job description and direction of the MT position was meeting our district needs -- consensus was that is was not.
We contacted surrounding districts on their current practices and job description.
We coordinated our efforts with GWAEA to facilitate proposed changes and develop a potential training plan.
We shared our concerns and solutions with our Benton Teacher Leadership Team and staff.
We shared our concerns and solutions with our Benton Communications Team (our district advisory committee which is made up of staff, parents, students, board and community members).
We shared our concerns and solutions with our Benton Board of Directors.