Cohort D (and planning ahead for Cohort E)
- Establish TIA leads and cross-functional team. Identify co-leads to champion the work and bring in a cross-functional team that represents experts in teacher observation, data analysis, HR, budgeting, planning, etc.
- Establish the case for change. Have conversations about “why” your LEA should do TIA. Consider the pros and cons, then anticipate and mitigate risks.
- Develop stakeholder teams/engagement processes. Consider existing structures for meetings to make good use of those pre-existing dates and times already on the calendar. Remember teachers as key stakeholders.
- Determine readiness for teacher observation and student growth. Spend time in thoughtful consideration of current practices for the first two success factors of the Readiness Checklist. (See “just-in-time tip” above.)
- Consider training needs. Early conversations around teacher observation and student growth may reveal additional training is needed. Reach out to your ESC Region 12 partners for assistance.
- Decide how you will gather and store artifacts and evidence. Do you currently use google folders or your LMS? Decide who will be responsible for organizing and storing documents. Consider which documents will be used in-house for staff and which documents would be good for your public-facing website.
- Present initial information sessions to stakeholder groups. Consider a basic overview of the TIA for your school board, teachers at all campuses, parent groups, site-based groups, etc.
- Convene stakeholder groups. Throughout the multi-year TIA process (even beyond the submission of the application), LEAs will continue to engage stakeholder groups for feedback loops. Keep in mind information + input = investment.
- Begin budget discussions. While there may be no budget line item during this initial planning year, the budget/finance department will need to be involved in discussions in order to ensure compliance with HB 3.