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PA-ETEP Application Updates – November 2015

Nov 3, 2015 | Updates

Overview

  1. SLO module aligned with new PDE requirement (focus on growth)
  2. Principals can now supervise assistant principals
  3. NTPE Supervisors can now supervise other NTPE Supervisors
  4. Differentiated Observations now available for NTPE users
  5. NTPE Other roles now available (NTPE Other for Non-Supervisor and NTPE Other for Supervisors)
  6. Assignments tab now available for principals
  7. Notification section added which includes a history of email notifications

1. SLO module aligned with new PDE requirement (focus on growth)

PDE recently changed the SLO template for teachers.  The change now requires teachers to include at least one Performance Measure that focuses on Growth.  When teachers add a Performance Measure on PA-ETEP, growth is selected by default.  Please note that teachers, when appropriate, can add more than one Performance Measure.  If a teacher adds multiple Performance Measures, at least one of those Performance Measures should focus on growth.  See the screen grab below for more information.

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2. Principals can now supervise assistant principals

PA-ETEP now gives building principals the ability to supervise an assistant principal.  In order to accomplish this, a School District Admin user should access the Assignments page and ensure that both principals are assigned to the same building and the “lead” principal should be “set as building lead” for that building.  When an assistant principal then starts their NTPE Observation (via their My Supervision page) they will have the option to select the “lead” principal as their supervisor.  See the screen grabs below for more information.

Step #1 – On the Assignments page, set building principal as the lead principal

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Step #2 – when starting the NTPE Observation, assistant principals should select their lead principal

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3. NTPE Supervisors can now supervise other NTPE Supervisors

PA-ETEP now gives NTPE Supervisors (i.e., Supervisor of Special Education, Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, and Supervisor of Pupil Services, etc.) the ability to supervise other NTPE Supervisors.  In order to accomplish this, a School District Admin user should access the Assignments page and ensure that both NTPE Supervisors are assigned to the same building and the “lead” supervisor should be “set as building lead” for that building.  When an assistant NTPE Supervisor then starts their NTPE Observation (via their My Supervision page), they will have the option to select the “lead” NTPE Supervisor as their evaluator.  See the screen grabs below for more information.

Step #1 – On the Assignments page, set NTPE supervisor as building lead

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Step #2 – when starting the NTPE Observation, assistant NTPE Supervisors (i.e., Assistant Director of Special Education) should select their lead supervisor

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4. Differentiated Observations now available for NTPE users

In some cases, a district may elect to use a Differentiated Observation with an NTPE (i.e., school counselor, school nurse, etc.).  PA-ETEP now gives NTPE users the ability to complete a Differentiated Observation without having the teacher role.  Please note that when using the Differentiated Observation module with an NTPE, the NTPE will want to reference their discipline specific rubric and types of evidence.  Also, Differentiated Observations are initiated by a building principal/supervisor.  See the screen grabs below for more information.

Step #1 – Supervisor initiates a Differentiated Observation for the NTPE

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Step #2 – NTPE user accesses and starts their Differentiated Observation

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Step #3 – NTPE users may view discipline specific rubrics and types of evidence

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5. NTPE Other roles now available

NTPE Other role for Non-Supervisors

In some cases, it may be more appropriate to identify a Teacher with a Unique Role as an NTPE.  For example, a school district may have an Instructional Coach (Teacher with Unique Role) that does not have teaching responsibilities (Two Pronged Test) and may thus want to consider them as an NTPE and complete an 82-3 form.

How to give a user the NTPE Other role…

As a School District Admin user, access the User Accounts page.  Locate the user and under Actions… select Edit.  On the users account page, select the Role tab.  Select the NTPE Other role from the list of roles and select Add Selected Role.  See screen grabs for guidance.

NTPE Other role for Supervisors

In addition to the NTPE Other role, there is also a NTPE Other Supervisor role.  School District Admin users can elect to use this role when the building principal and/or one of the four NTPE Supervisor roles (Supervisor of Special Education, Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, Supervisor of Pupil Services, Supervisor of Vocational Education) are not appropriate.

How to give a user the NTPE Other Supervisor role…

As a School District Admin user, access the User Accounts page.  Locate the user and under Actions… select Edit.  On users account page, select the Role tab.  Select the NTPE Other Supervisor role from the list of roles and select Add Selected Role.

Please note that if an NTPE Other Supervisor needs supervision rights, they will also need to be given the NTPE Supervisor role… the NTPE Supervisor role gives NTPE supervisors (Supervisor of Special Education, Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, Supervisor of Pupil Services, Supervisor of Vocational Education, and NTPE Other Supervisor) the ability to supervise both teachers and NTPE non-supervisors.

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6. Assignments tab now available for principals

PA-ETEP now gives building principals and NTPE supervisors access to the Assignments page where they can add/edit the building assignments of teachers and non-supervising NTPEs.  See the screen grab below for more information.  Please note that unless a building principal is the portal manager for their district, they no longer need the School Dist Admin role.  In fact, having both the Building Principal and School Dist Admin role can cause a conflict within the system and at times cause items to render incorrectly.

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7. Notification section added which includes a history of email notifications

PA-ETEP now has a Notification section for all users.  The notification section houses a copy of all the email notifications that are sent via the system.  If you are a building principal and juggling multiple observations, the notification section can help you identify next steps… or items that need your attention.  Please note that notifications can be dismissed/deleted if no longer needed for record keeping purposes.  See the screen grab below for more information.

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