Weekly Radio Message - State Superintendent Janet Barresi

Below is the transcript from State Supt. Barresi's weekly radio message from Aug. 5, 2011. The audio file is attached below.


Hello and welcome to my regular video message.

I’m Janet Barresi, Oklahoma’s state superintendent of public instruction.

With this message, I wanted to talk about the work of the state’s teacher and leader effectiveness commission, or TLE for short.

We’ve had two meetings of the commission so far during the summer months. With school beginning, I thought this might be a good time to update you about our progress.

the TLE Commission began meeting in June in an effort to develop rules around a new statewide system to bring teacher and leader effectiveness evaluation into districts.

We’ve already examined several systems for evaluating teachers and principals. In July, for example, we received an overview of Charlotte Danielson’s and Robert Marzano’s TLE systems.
Danielson’s framework for teaching is being used in the Crutcho school district, while the Marzano’s art and science of teaching model is being used in Douglass middle school and high school in Oklahoma City.

In September we’ll begin work on discussing quantitative measures. An example would be how to measure teachers in non-standardized-tested areas like band and art.

The commission is a diverse group of stakeholders, and I’ve been impressed by how engaged and committed each member has been.

The focus is not on setting a low bar for expectations, but rather on encouraging the most effective teaching practices in the classroom and fostering a powerful two-way dialogue between teachers and principals.

I want to emphasize how much the commission values the input of teachers and principals as we move forward. I’m encouraging public attendance at our meetings, and we will continue to involve teachers and principals.

Draft rules on the new TLE system will go out for public review in October. And the final draft will be ready for the December deadline as spelled out in state law.

This week, I also wanted to emphasize that as school gets underway, parents teachers and administrators should be very mindful of the heat wave our state is experiencing.

With the extreme and record-setting triple-digit temperatures, we should all be aware of hydration needs for students, the possibility of heat-related illnesses and other safety concerns, such as hot playground equipment.

Enjoy the new school year, but be safe and aware.

Thanks for watching and I’ll see you soon.

Last updated on December 14, 2011