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The Administrator's Connection contains information for school and central administrators. Please see the current posting below which may include required action, required reading, deadlines and opportunities.

Admin Connection for December 16, 2014

Information for school and central administrators:

This administrative webpage will be the primary communication tool from district leadership. Occasionally, there could be a change in venue, date, or time of an event or meeting. When these or similar pieces of information need to be conveyed quickly, group e-mails will most likely be sent out. However, the number of these should be limited. School and district administrators are expected to view the Admin Connection every Tuesday (on Wednesday on weeks when the district is closed on Monday). Thank you and do not hesitate to notify us (admin-connection@pps.net) if you have suggestions for improvement of this tool.

REQUIRED ACTION

HS ESSENTIAL SKILLS WORK SAMPLE SCORING CALIBRATION

The Essential Skills Practices Review Committee updated the PPS Essential Skills Scoring Procedure, which includes a process for ensuring that teachers who have scoring responsibilities participate in a calibration session. A designee from each building should attend a district-level calibration session. These sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, January 7, 8:30-10 and Thursday, February 12, 3:30 - 5:00. Both Math and Literacy sessions will be held during these times. Schools may send up to two designees in Math and two for Literacy. Teachers who will be participating should send an RSVP email that includes which date they plan to attend. RSVPs should be sent to Julie Rierson for Math and Duncan Carranza for Literacy.

Administrators are asked to review the scoring procedure and to work with staff to ensure that the site-based calibration process is completed by March 20. We have extended the deadline to enable the district-level calibration to take place. The new Calibration Verification Forms for Math and for Reading and Writing should be submitted to Susan Payne when the process is complete.

Susan Payne, Asst. Director, Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment
x63115 spayne@pps.net


PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR CONTRACT EXTENSION RENEWAL/TIMELINES

If you are considering the possibility of nonextension or nonrenewal of an educator’s contract based on performance concerns, you are to contact Frank Scotto (fscotto@pps.net, 503-916-5884) or Mary-Elizabeth Harper (mharper@pps.net, 503-916-3252) in Human Resources to receive information about requirements and timelines. Human Resources must be notified immediately of your intention to recommend a contract be nonextended or nonrenewed.

Siobhan Murphy, Senior Specialist
x63550 smurphy2@pps.net

REQUIRED READING

NO ADMIN CONNECTION DURING WINTER BREAK

The next Admin Connection will be published on January 6, 2015.

Rudy Rudolph, Project Manager
916-2000 x74618 rrudolph@pps.net


2015-16 BUILDING ADMIN HIRING INFORMATIONAL MEETING

The Hiring Process for next year's Principals, Assistant Principals and Vice Principals has begun. PPS will be holding an informational meeting on Dec. 17 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the BESC Boardroom. This meeting is aimed at interested applicants (internal and external) for Principal, AP or VP.

MEETING PURPOSE: The meeting provides information on what PPS is looking for in hiring building administrators; it will include a panel of PPS Administrators who will share with us about what they look for in hiring, their leadership experiences and what it means to be a building administrator in PPS. We will also share the process and timelines for the 2015-16 school year.

POSTINGS: The Vice Principal and Assistant Principal Applicant Pools are now posted; Pk-12 Principal Applicant Pool is posted as well. If you are interested or know of candidates who are interested in being a PPS principal/ VP or AP please tell them to apply now!

ACTION TO TAKE: If you, or people you know, are interested in applying for these positions, please let them know about this meeting. Pre-registration is not required.

If you have questions about your application or the process, please contact Maili Halverson (mhalvers@pps.net), Talent Management Sr. Specialist for Admin Hiring.

Michelle Riddell, Asst. Chief Human Resources Officer
x63132 mriddell@pps.net

DEADLINES AND DATES TO REMEMBER

None at this time

OPPORTUNITIES AND HELPFUL HINTS

MORE PK-3 LITERACY PD

PD OPPORTUNITY FOR PK-3 TEACHERS: CCSS READING FOUNDATIONS
The Department of Instruction, Curriculum, and Assessment in collaboration with Dual Language Immersion will be offering a series of 3 after school workshops for PK-3 teachers around CCSS foundational skills, flexible instructional grouping and culturally relevant instructional strategies to support struggling readers.

Session 1 - Reading Foundational Skills (PK-3)
Session 2 - Data and Instructional Grouping (K-3)
Session 3 - Instructional Strategies (K-3)

PD is open to all PK-3 teachers and will take place at 3 different locations; teachers should sign up for the location that works best for them and attend all three sessions: January, February, and March. Teachers will receive extended responsibility pay. Sign up on The Learning Campus.

Dates/Locations
North: Vernon: 3:30 - 5:30 on Jan. 14, Feb. 12 and Mar. 4
West: Hayhurst : 3:30 - 5:30 on Jan. 21, Feb. 19 and Mar. 11
Southeast: Marysville: 3:30 - 5:30 on Jan. 28, Feb. 26 (Arleta) and Mar. 18

Angela Hubbs, Assistant Director, Instruction, Curriculum & Assessment
x63495 ahubbs@pps.net


SENIOR DIRECTOR JOB POSTING OPEN FOR 2015-16

We have posted for Senior Director of Schools for 2015-16. If you are interested or know of folks who would be, please let them know to apply now! The posting closes on January 8, and interviews will be held in mid-January. If you have questions, please contact Michelle Riddell.

Michelle Riddell, Asst. Chief Human Resources Officer
x63132 mriddell@pps.net


GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Susan Jordan, Grants
x63447 sjordan@pps.net

EDUCATION AND EQUITY FOR GIRLS: ONE OR TWO-YEAR GRANTS FOR UP TO $10,000

The American Association of University Women is offering Community Action Grants that propose programs promoting education and equity for women and girls. One-year grants of $2,000-$7,000 will provide seed money for new and two-year grants of $5,000-$10,000 will provide start-up funds for longer-term programs that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls' sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Special consideration will be given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls' and women's achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Examples are provided on the website as well as resources to actually write the proposal. A partnership with a local AAUW branch or state organization would be needed for a successful project.

Due date: January 15
Website: http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/community-action-grants/

CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION GRANTS UP TO $2500 FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

These foundation grants range from $500 to $2,500 for project-based learning with real environmental outcomes. The emphasis is on hands-on environmental stewardship and community service in this area. Preferential consideration is given to applicants with at least 50% matching (includes in-kind support).

Due date: January 31 (for fall & winter projects; September 30 for spring & summer)
Website: http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/