Artifact for Standard 3: An education leader promotes the success of every student by ensuring management of the organization, operation, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

Name of Artifact #1: Revised Training Rules for Athletic & ActivitiesDate: 6/1/09
Rationale:
I researched other athletic departments across the state to seek solutions to drug and alcohol issues that we face in our schools. The goal of the new training rules was to take a harder stance on the battle of drugs and alcohol among students who participate in athletics and/or extracurricular activities (i.e. music, drama). The new rules were overwhelmingly approved by the coaches and activities directors. However, the administration, while understanding our frustration, chose in favor of keeping the rules we currently have in place.
Reflection:
This effort was not a complete loss. It brought awareness to our concerns and the administration responded with a wellness initiative that seeks to educate our students through a series of discussions that seek to education students about things like substance abuse and decision making skills.

Name of Artifact #2: Evaluation Interview Date: 2/1/10 Course: EDU 704: Supervision and Evaluation of Instructional Personnel
Rationale:
For this assignment, I interviewed the Senior Curriculum & Instruction Director / Assistant Superintendent for the Barre (VT) Supervisory Union. He is a trainer for administrators in the Danielson's Evaluation Model and for Walk-Through Observations. Currently, he oversees the evaluation of 320 teachers within his district (this includes educators in all grades and subjects. regular and special education, instructional assistants). Not only does he do many evaluations himself, he is also in charge of setting evaluation policy for the district. The idea behind this interview was to see how other schools evaluate their employees and what the process is for an educator after the evaluation occurs.
Reflection:
This was a great experience for me to hear a firsthand account of how schools are evaluated. It really opened my eyes to the entire process. I felt the strengths of the evaluation procedures this person uses are: 1) The system is well thought out, 2) Unannounced visits, 3) Visits are brief, but flexible, 4) More opportunities for feedback. The system that is in place is designed to reach a large number of teachers in order to evaluate the level of performance of every teacher, to some degree, during the course of the school year. Overall, I feel this method allows every teacher in the system to be seen and get some feedback on how they are doing. The unannounced visits provide the observer an opportunity to get a true snapshot of what the teacher does on a daily basis. The brief visits allow observers to see more teachers. Having a flexible time frame also allows the observer the ability to stay longer if they are interested in a particular lesson or if they see something that is concerning them about the way the class is structured. This system is designed to provide feedback to every teacher on an annual basis.