WOODLAND UNITED V O L U M E 1 0 I S S U E 1 O C T O B E R 2 0 1 1 LPDC Becomes PDCCINSIDE The Local Professional Development Committee has become theT HI S Professional Development Certification Committee. The change in theI S S UE : committee’s name reflects a slight change in the recertification process. Instead of having to submit your Statement of Assurance to the former LPDC and having them approve it before being sent onto the Regional Office of Education (ROE) for their approval, now youLPDC 1 will submit your Statement of Assurance directly to the ROE for theirBecomes approval. The Statement of Assurance, for your reference, is the finalPDCC electronic document one submits after he/she has entered all of the appropriate CPDUs or coursework into ISBE’s online EducatorSenate 2 Certification System. Since the ROE can handle this function, theBill 7 need for the LPDC was not as strong. But the need for the staff to get assistance with the recertification process is still present, which is why the PDCC was put in place. This committee, which includes onePERA 3 member from each building, allows the staff to continue to have a colleague in their building in addition to the Human ResourceHealth 4 Department to help them with the recertification process. Each of theInsurance members on the PDCC previously served on the LPDC, so they areCommittee very knowledgeable and will be a great resource for any staff member who certification needs to be renewed in the future. The committee members along with their respective building are Katie Jones – Primary, Linda Ufheil – Elementary West, Kerry Winston – Elementary East, Jeri Steele – Intermediate, and Jackie Beegun – Middle School.
PAGE 2 Legislative Update - Senate Bill 7 This bill, effective this year, establishes new Reduction in Force (RIF) and recall procedures. The bill will also change the terminology used, as the reduction in force will be referred to as layoffs or honorable dismissals. The terms will be able to be used interchangeably and can include the honorable dismissal of tenured or non-tenured teachers. The first step is the categorization of teachers. The school district must categorize each teacher into one or more positions for which the teacher is legally qualified to hold and any other qualifications established by the district in a job description that may exist. This list must“committee be completed no later than May 10 of any school year prior to amust be school year during which a layoff might occur. A jointestablished committee composed of equal numbers of representativesand meet selected by the school board and the Union must be established. The committee must be established and meet for the first time onfor the first or before December 1, 2011 in the initial year of the law. In thetime on or initial year of the law, as well as the subsequent years, this jointbefore committee’s work is required to be completed by February 1 in order for the agreement of the joint committee to apply to theDecember 1, sequence of dismissal determined during that school year.2011” Subject to the February 1 deadline for agreements, any agreement made by the joint committee remain in effect until amended or terminated by the joint committee. Also, within each position and subject to the agreements made by the joint committee on layoffs by February 1 of each school year, the school district must establish four grouping of teachers qualified to hold positions. In the end, the district must, in consultation with the Union, provide an honorable dismissal list categorized by positions and four groupings. Copies of this list must be distributed to the Union at least 75 days before the end of the school year. The groups will be partially determined by a teacher’s performance evaluation. An edition of Woodland United focusing on the new laws will include information on the four groups and the procedure for honorable dismissals will be published in the next month.WOODLAND UNITED
PAGE 3 Performance Evaluation Reform Act - PERA This legislation put evaluators by recommendations into place a new September 1, 2012. for the Illinois State teacher evaluation The training shall be Board of Education system that provided or (ISBE) on rules, incorporates approved by ISBE. default models, and measures of student PERA also requires state supports for the“incorporates growth along with the establishment of new evaluationmeasures of the traditional a Union/ system. The councilstudent professional administration includes three practice. The most committee to subcommittees thatgrowth” immediate negotiate the use of meet between the application of the data as part of the monthly PEAC new legislation is incorporation of meetings. The the requirement of 4 student growth subcommittees are rating categories by measures. One for the teacher September 1, 2012. important part of evaluation design, The four rating PERA that must be principal evaluation categories will be kept in mind is that design, and excellent, proficient, the inclusion of evaluator training, needs improvement, student growth in a prequalification and and unsatisfactory. teacher’s evaluation support. More The district and won’t be information Union will be implemented until regarding PEAC and working to September 1, 2016. it’s incorporate these Between now and recommendations to new rating then many of the ISBE can be found categories into our preliminary ideas at http:// current rating regarding this www.isbe.net/peac/. categories important new More information on (excellent, aspect of a teacher’s the new rating satisfactory, and evaluation will categories will be unsatisfactory). finalized. The included in the same Another important Performance edition of Woodland component of PERA Evaluation Advisory United that focuses is the required Council (PEAC) has on the groups for evaluator training been meeting since honorable dismissals and pre- May of 2010 to outlined in Senate qualifications for all create Bill 7. WOODLAND UNITED
VOLUME 10 ISSUE 1 PAGE 4Health Insurance CommitteeThe joint committee comprised of Union and Administrationrepresentatives has been established and held their first monthly meetingon September 27th. The first meeting was productive as each memberintroduced themselves along with their reasons for serving on thecommittee. An overview of the current cooperative, EducationalBenefits Cooperative (EBC), the district belongs to was provided. Thedistrict is in the first year of a 3-year membership. The cooperativeprovides the district with some cost leverage for purchasing benefits andallows the district to control the plan of benefits. Our current insurancevendors are Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO/HMO), Medco forprescription, MetLife for dental, Reliance for life, and Discovery forCOBRA and Wellness. The goals of thecommittee were also d i s cu ss ed . Th epreliminary goals seem to be 1) gaining a betterunderstanding of our current benefits and topass that information along to the staff 2)explore other options that would meet thestaff & district’s needs. The committee is alsolooking to create a survey for the staffregarding insurance. The administrativemembers of the committee are BobLeonard, Kim Burke, Scott Snyder, HollyCollin, David Brown, and Marianne Porreca. The Union members of thecommittee along with their respective building are Tracy Mann andClaudia from Middle School, Nicole Cooper and Bridget Hengels fromIntermediate, Elissa Barnabee and Ann Tussing from Elementary West,Irena Hamadeh and Carrie Cross from Elementary East, Robin Payneand Kathy Novak from Primary, and Julie Lucarelli from Transportation.The Union’s Vice Presidents, Sharon Anday and Leslie Newman, andUnion President, Peter Lasko are also part of the committee. If you havespecific concerns or questions you would like to see the committeeaddress, please pass them along to one of the committee members.