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EDLD 5345 Human Resource Management

Sarah Lopez

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Week 2 Assignment

Overview

Your Week 2 assignment allows you the opportunity to explore the policies and procedures in place in your school and district relating to human resources, personnel management, staff recruitment and hiring, teacher contracts, and teacher mentoring programs.

Rubric

Use this rubric to guide your work on the Week 2 Assignment.

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Accomplished

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Proficient

Few errors in grammar, spelling or punctuation.

Needs Improvement

Responses lack clarity and depth and/or multiple errors in grammar, spelling or punctuation.

Part 1



The student completed all aspects of the assignment and demonstrated knowledge and skills as indicated in the performance outcomes.

(3 points)

The student completed the assignment, but did not demonstrate complete responses to each aspect of the assignment.

(2 points)

The student attempted to complete the assignment, but failed to meet minimum requirements in all aspects of the assignment.

(1 point)

Part 2



The student completed all aspects of the assignment and demonstrated knowledge and skills as indicated in the performance outcomes.

(3 points)

The student completed the assignment, but did not demonstrate complete responses to each aspect of the assignment.

(2 points)

The student attempted to complete the assignment, but failed to meet minimum requirements in all aspects of the assignment.

(1 point)

Part 3



The student completed all aspects of the assignment and demonstrated knowledge and skills as indicated in the performance outcomes.

(3 points)

The student completed the assignment, but did not demonstrate complete responses to each aspect of the assignment.

(2 points)

The student attempted to complete the assignment, but failed to meet minimum requirements in all aspects of the assignment.

(1 point)

Part 4

The student completed all aspects of the assignment and demonstrated knowledge and skills as indicated in the performance outcomes.

(3 points)

The student completed the assignment, but did not demonstrate complete responses to each aspect of the assignment.

(2 points)

The student attempted to complete the assignment, but failed to meet minimum requirements in all aspects of the assignment.

(1 point)

Part 5



The student completed all aspects of the assignment and demonstrated knowledge and skills as indicated in the performance outcomes.

(3 points)

The student completed the assignment, but did not demonstrate complete responses to each aspect of the assignment.

(2 points)

The student attempted to complete the assignment, but failed to meet minimum requirements in all aspects of the assignment.

(1 point)

Part 6



The student completed all aspects of the assignment and demonstrated knowledge and skills as indicated in the performance outcomes.

(3 points)

The student completed the assignment, but did not demonstrate complete responses to each aspect of the assignment.

(2 points)

The student attempted to complete the assignment, but failed to meet minimum requirements in all aspects of the assignment.

(1 point)

Part 7



The student completed all aspects of the assignment and demonstrated knowledge and skills as indicated in the performance outcomes.

(3 points)

The student completed the assignment, but did not demonstrate complete responses to each aspect of the assignment.

(2 points)

The student attempted to complete the assignment, but failed to meet minimum requirements in all aspects of the assignment.

(1 point)

Part 8



The student completed all aspects of the assignment and demonstrated knowledge and skills as indicated in the performance outcomes.

(3 points)

The student completed the assignment, but did not demonstrate complete responses to each aspect of the assignment.

(2 points)

The student attempted to complete the assignment, but failed to meet minimum requirements in all aspects of the assignment.

(1 point)

Part 9



The student completed all aspects of the assignment and demonstrated knowledge and skills as indicated in the performance outcomes.

(3 points)

The student completed the assignment, but did not demonstrate complete responses to each aspect of the assignment.

(2 points)

The student attempted to complete the assignment, but failed to meet minimum requirements in all aspects of the assignment.

(1 point)



Week 2 Assignment, Part 1: Texas Code of Ethics/SBEC Web site Review

The first part of your Week 2 assignment requires you to review Chapter 247 of the Texas Administrative Code. Chapter 247, titled “Educators’ Code of Ethics,” is included in your Resources section. Next, go to the State Board for Educator Certification website to find out how ethical complaints are filed. You will then conduct observations and/or interviews in your school, and will use the results of those observations/interviews to fill out the “Code of Ethics Mindwalk” included below.

Access the SBEC website at: http://www.sbec.state.tx.us

In the space below, identify the way that ethical complaints are filed with the State Board for Educator Certification.

Below is the information about how ethical complaints are filed with SBEC:

“Individuals filing complaints must include the following written information:

• The name of school, campus, or school employee alleged to have violated a specific federal requirement.

• The specific requirement you believe is violated.

• The actions, facts and documentation on which you base your complaint.

• Documentation of the efforts to resolve the complaint through the local parent complaint process.

• The resolution you expect.”

This information reveals the steps needed to take to file a comlaint with the state.

Who can file an ethical complaint with the SBEC?

Any person can file an ethical complaint, the SBEC states, however: “Typically, complaints about district policies and procedures are first addressed by campus administrators, then next by the district’s central office administrators, and then finally by the board of trustees”




Week 2 Assignment, Part 2: Code of Ethics Mind Walk Through Public Schools, Pre-K-16

Brainstorm a typical day or week in the life of a public school professional working at any grade level – dealing with students, other staff, parents, and community members. Using your experiences, including interviews and expertise, think of your entire daily or weekly encounters with ethical conflicts; see the TAC Chapter 247 Educators’ Code of Ethics resource. Then do the following:

Review each of the ethical standards under each of the three main areas of Chapter 247 of the TAC, and identify at least one ethical conflict in each of the three areas of the Code:

Overall professional ethical conduct, practices and performance that may result in a complaint:

Professional Ethical Conduct (Overall Conduct) includes standards such as: “The educator shall not knowingly engage in deceptive practices, misappropriate, divert, or use monies, submit fraudulent requests, use institutional or professional privileges for personal advantage, accet nor offer gifts that impair professional government, etc.” (Texas Administrative Code: Chapter 247)

I discussed these issues with the Vice Principal on my campus, as he has many more years of experience in education. One example he gave me was when a teacher was taking the money from the students for book orders in cash, and writing her own check. She was accused of keeping the money and not ordering the books. This did result in a complaint, but the issue was resolved without it reaching the state.

Unethical conduct toward professional colleagues:

This area includes behavior such as making false statements about colleagues, adhereing to school policies in regard to hiring, evaluating, and dismissing personnel, not interfering with colleagues political or citizenship rights, discrimination against colleagues based on race, color, religion, etc, and retaliation against one who has filed a complaint (TAC: Chapter 247).

Years ago on my campus, a teacher filed a complaint against another teacher for constant rudeness. The complaint was filed and placed in the teacher’s personal file.


Unethical conduct toward students:

Here, the educator shall not reveal confidential information, treat a student in a way that adversely affects their learning, health, or safety, exclude a student from participation of a program, deny benefits, or grant advantage based on race, color, sex, etc, engage in physical mistreatment of a student, solicit or engage in sexual conduct or romantic relationship, furnish alcohol, or knowlingly allow any student to consume alcohol in the presence of the educator (TAC: Chapter 247)

One example of this unethical conduct on our campus was when a student accused a teacher of touching them inappropriately. There was never enough documentation or witnesses for anything to happen.





Describe the possible consequences of personnel engaging in any of the above ethical conflicts.

Some possible consequences could be suspension, a file kept in the personnel office, a referral, loss of certicicate, dismissal from campus/district.



Using one of the above conflicts as an example, describe how you would respond to the conflict as a campus principal.

Example confict: An educator on an elementary campus has a complaint filed against her for continual rudeness a colleague.

As a principal, I would discuss the situtation with the accusor and see if any of the “rudeness” has been documented, or if any other staff member has witnessed any of the actions that allegedly were occurring. If not, then I would have her continue and document any future rudeness. I would then confront the accused and let he know that there is an issue.

If the issue continued, I would consider writing a referral and keeping in on campus to see if the behavior improved. If it doesn’t improve, I would then contact personnel.


Alert: Please look in the Resource Section and locate the Mediation Report Form. In Week 5, you will be asked to report on a mediation based on some type of conflict you may have identified in this activity.

Week 2 Assignment, Part 3: School District Policies and Procedures

The next portion of your assignment requires you to access the policies and procedures in place in your district related to human resources and personnel management. During your Week 2 lecture, you reviewed wording from an online personnel policies website from the Beaumont Independent School District. Learning to access this information is a critical skill for all practicing campus and district leaders. You will write a brief reflection describing what you learned from this policy review.

In the space below, enter the web address where your district’s human resources and personnel policies are located.

Below is the web address for the Mesquite Independent School Distirct’s Policies and Procedures:

http://www.mesquiteisd.org/students/policies/PolicyProceduresJune10.pdf

Briefly reflect on what you learned in reviewing these policies and procedures.

I reviewed section 401 of the Policies and Procedures, which discussed the hiring of employees. It stated the various reasons why a person could not be hired, or things that can not prevent an individual from being hired to work for MISD (Equal Opportunity Policy). Most of the items were similar to other personnel policies in regards to hiring. Other items with personnel were “nepotism,” contracts, work days, etc.




Week 2 Assignment, Part 4: Personnel Interviews

You are serving as the chair of your school’s teacher interview committee. In the space below, list seven questions that you should ask the prospective teacher.

  1. What is your education experience?

  2. Give a situational question.

  3. What technique would you use for ____?

  4. How do you prepare for high stakes exams?

  5. What is your experience with technology?

  6. How do you create your lesson plans?

  7. How do you keep track of “bubble students”?

  8. What is one example of how you differentiate instruction?




In the space below, list 3-5 questions that you cannot ask the prospective teacher.

  1. What is your marital status?

  2. What is your race?

  3. What is your sexuality?

  4. What is your age?




Week 2 Assignment, Part 5: Teacher Contracts

In the space below, identify the types of contracts issued to Texas public school teachers, and describe their similarities and differences.

  • Probationary Contract: usually applies to new teachers, and connot last longer than one school year. Following a successful probationary period, the district must offer the teacher of continuing or term contract.

  • Term Contract: Similar to a continuing contract, but not as much of “property right,” therefore easier to end the contract.

  • Continuing Contract: Renewed automatically every year, making it more difficult to dismiss the educator.






Week 2 Assignment, Part 6: Teacher Recruitment and Retention

For this portion of the assignment, you will conduct an interview with an administrator at your school regarding strategies for recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers and administrators.

In the space below, describe what you learned in your interview regarding the recruitment and retention of quality staff at your school.

I asked my Assistant Principal some questions about teacher recruitment and retention.

Our district is very large. We have over 30 elementary, 8 middle, and 4 high schools. Recruitng teachers is done through job fairs, and students who have done their internship on campuses. Candidates who pass the screening interview are then put on a list for principals to pull from, who make the ultimate hiring decisions for their campus.

Retention of teachers is a task as well. At our campus, positive reinforcement is used often. Our leaders write notes after observations, and make it a priority to get everyone what they need.


As a prospective principal, what did you find out about recruiting high-quality teachers that might impact your recruitment activities?

Because the principal has the ultimate decision about hiring the peope who will be educating the students on my campus, it is extremely important that I have a large role in the recruitment of quality teachers. I would ensure the teachers were qualified and certified, and have experience in the classroom through student teaching or previous years.





Week 2 Assignment, Part 7: Article Critique No. 1

Your assigned readings for this week included an issue of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators’ Best Practices in School Personnel titled “Teacher Recruitment and Retention.” Critique one article from the journal using the questions provided below.

Identify your article and source using APA citation format (for example, West, G. (2007). Holding higher education accountable for new teachers. The School Administrator, 65(3), 46-47.).

Vogel, T. (2006). The principal’s role in teacher retention. National Association of Elementary School Principals: NAESP Principal, 85(3)



Why did you select this article?

I chose this article because I am a new teacher and was interested in the different ways campuses attempt to retain their teachers.


Briefly summarize key points from the reading.

This article discusses the stages a new teacher goes through during his first year of teaching. It then describes the differences and increased challenges with new teachers in urban schoool. Finally, the article provides various tips for what principals can do to support and ensure their new teachers are getting what they need during their stressful first year.



Identify the principal competencies and supporting standards involved or implicated in the reading, (e.g., Competency 5 and Competency 6, , including the following standard: Analyze the implications of various factors (e.g., staffing patterns, class scheduling formats, school organizational structures, student discipline practices) for teaching and learning, (Competency 5); Implement effective, appropriate, and legal strategies for the recruitment, screening, selection, assignment, induction, development, evaluation, promotion, discipline and dismissal of campus staff, (Competency 6).

This article involves the standards in competency 6. It deals witht the induction and development of campus staff because it provides ideas for ways in which a principal can develop and take in their new staff members.


How might you apply what you learned from this reading in your role as an administrator or educational leader?

This article has very applicable content that I can apply in my role as an educational leader. I can ensure my new teachers are familiar with the school’s informal organization, are supported with a mentor teacher, are given positive reinforcement and relationships with peers. “Meeting these needs is critical to keeping beginning teachers in their classrooms and to help them gain the confidewnce and success that come from experience” (Vogel 2)



Week 2 Assignment, Part 8: Article Critique No. 2

Your assigned readings for this week included an issue of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators’ Best Practices in School Personnel titled “New Teacher Induction Programs.” Critique one article from the journal using the questions provided below.

Identify your article and source using APA citation format (for example, West, G. (2007). Holding higher education accountable for new teachers. The School Administrator, 65(3), 46-47.).

Teacher Recruitment and Retention

AASPA (2003). Teacher recruitment and retention. American Association of School Personnel Administrators: AASPA Best Practices in School Personnel, May/June/July 2003.


Why did you select this article?

I find the recruitment and retention process of quality teachers one of the most important steps in the education process. Our country slowly degressing when compared with other countries, and I feel that this is partly because of our lack of attention to education. We need to find ways to get rid of the poor teachers and keep hiring and keeping (rather than pushing out) our good ones. This topic is very interesting to me, and I selected this article to learn the different strategies taken to recruit and retain teachers.



Briefly summarize key points from the reading.

This article discusses various recruitment strategies and provides examples of successful state programs. The challenge is well prepared math and science teachers, and that is a goal to increase the quality of those fields. Some problems are teachers who go through good programs are not hired because of outdated hiring procedures. Teacher retention is done with various inductio programs and quality

mentor programs.




Identify the principal competencies and supporting standards involved or implicated in the reading, (e.g., Competency 5 and Competency 6, , including the following standard: Analyze the implications of various factors (e.g., staffing patterns, class scheduling formats, school organizational structures, student discipline practices) for teaching and learning, (Competency 5); Implement effective, appropriate, and legal strategies for the recruitment, screening, selection, assignment, induction, development, evaluation, promotion, discipline and dismissal of campus staff, (Competency 6).

This dealt with Competency 6: recruitment, screening, selection, assignment, induction, and development of staff.


How might you apply what you learned from this reading in your role as an administrator or educational leader?

I can apply this to my role as an educational leader by utilizing the good examples of retaining quality teachers on my campus.



Additional comments/recommendations.






Week 2 Assignment, Part 9: Mentoring Programs

The next portion of your assignment requires you to access the policies and procedures in place in your district related to teacher mentoring programs. Once again, you may access this information from your district’s web page, or contact someone from Human Resources or from your campus regarding the district and campus mentoring initiative. You will write a brief reflection describing what you learned from this policy review.

Briefly reflect on what you learned in reviewing these policies and procedures.




E-portfolio assignment:

Complete “Domain I, Competency 3” Course-Embedded Internship Activity Log 2.

Continue to complete and post the portion of this assignment that deals with the review of Chapter 247 of the Texas Administrative Code, observations and interviews in your school, and the results of those observations and interviews to complete the Code of Ethics Mind Walk, in the e-portfolio. All course-embedded and campus-supervised logs must be completed by your 11th course in the program prior to the EDLD 5398 Internship course.

E-portfolio assignment:

Complete “Domain II, Competency 6” Course-Embedded Internship Activity Log 2.

Continue to complete and post the portion of this assignment that deals with your interview of a school administrator regarding strategies for recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers and administrators in the e-portfolio. All course-embedded and campus-supervised logs must be completed by your 11th course in the program prior to the EDLD 5398 Internship course.

E-portfolio assignment:

Complete “Domain II, Competency 6” Course-Embedded Internship Activity Log 3.

Continue to complete and post Part 9 of this assignment in the e-portfolio. All course-embedded and campus-supervised logs must be completed by your 11th course in the program prior to the EDLD 5398 Internship course.



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