Leadership Support Services focuses on the development of leadership at all levels of the district. It is the goal of ESC 18 Leadership Support Services consultants to enhance district and campus-level leadership by providing support to superintendents, school board members, principals, assistant principals, central office staff, and counselors.
As part of our capacity building services we offer TIL training, as well as, certifications in T-TESS, T-PESS and AEL.
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Texas Instructional Leadership (TIL)-
Texas Instructional Leadership is a program through which we provide training and support to campus and district leaders on their ability to build the capacity of educators that they manage. It consists of a suite of trainings intended to foster continuous improvement by helping campus and district administrators grow concrete instructional leadership skills in the areas of observation and feedback, student culture, and data driven instruction.
TIL trainings are aligned with many of the best practices described in the Effective Schools Framework, and ESCs that offer TIL trainings are among the approved vendors for schools seeking a technical assistance provider or capacity builder to support in the execution of a campus improvement plan.
Components of TIL-
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Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS)
Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) is the Commissioner Recommended teacher evaluation system for the state of Texas starting in the 2016/2017 school year. Region 18 hosts T-TESS trainings throughout the year; you can find dates and registration information about these trainings on the Workshops page.
T-TESS is a system designed by educators to support teachers in their professional growth and includes three components:
- Goal-setting and professional development plan
- The evaluation cycle (including: pre-conference, observation, post-conference)
- Student growth measure
The T-TESS Rubric is made up of 4 Domains and 16 Dimensions. Teachers at every level have areas of strength and areas that need to grow, and through T-TESS every teacher is supported and encouraged to grow professionally.
T-TESS strives to capture the holistic nature of teaching – the idea that a constant feedback loop exists between teachers and students, and gauging the effectiveness of teachers requires a consistent focus on how students respond to their teacher’s instructional practices. For those reasons, each of the observable domains in T-TESS focuses on teachers and students rather than separating them out into separate domains. Ultimately, T-TESS is a process that seeks to develop habits of continuous improvement, and the process itself best leads to that outcome when appraisers and teachers focus on evidence-based feedback and professional development decisions based on that feedback through ongoing dialogue and collaboration.
The recommended system encourages annual evaluations comprised of multiple informal observations and walkthroughs and at least one formal observation. These collective observations, along with the end-of-year conferences with appraisers, function as an integrated system to provide actionable, timely feedback, allowing teachers to make efficient, contextually-based professional development decisions that lead to growth – both teachers and students. Throughout the school year, teachers collaborate with their observer and/or appraiser to discuss teaching strategies, best practices, and techniques for effective instructional planning and execution of lessons.
For more information, please visit the statewide T-TESS website: https://teachfortexas.org/
Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL)
Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) is organized to facilitate participants' recognition of the connections and relationships between and among the major functions or strands of school leadership, thus the emergence of five conceptual themes:
- Creating Positive School Culture
- Establishing and Sustaining Vision, Mission, and Goals
- Developing Self and Others
- Improving Instruction
- Managing Data and Processes
The seven strands align to the principal standards established by TEA. As compared to the five conceptual themes of AEL, the strands are a more discreet articulation of what successful school leaders must know and be able to do:
- Team Building
- Effective Conferencing
- Conflict Resolution
- Goal Setting
- Data Gathering and Analysis
- Teacher Coaching and Mentoring
- Curriculum and Instruction
For more information, visit the statewide Advancing Educational Leadership website: https://AEL.education
Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS)
Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS) is the Commissioner Recommended principal evaluation system for the state of Texas starting in the 2016/2017 school year. Region 18 hosts T-PESS trainings throughout the year; you can find dates and registration information about these trainings following on the Workshops page.
The intended purpose of the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System is to assess the principal’s performance in relation to the Texas Principal Standards. The evaluation should take place in a collegial and non-threatening manner. The principal will take the lead in conducting the evaluation through the use of self-assessment, reflection, and input gathered from various stakeholders with an interest in the leadership of the school. The evidence and documentation gathered by the principal is not intended to become a portfolio. Rather, it should provide a basis for self-assessment, goal setting, professional development planning, and demonstration of performance on specific standards. A standardized principal evaluation system will:
- serve as a measurement of leadership performance,
- guide leaders as they reflect upon and improve their effectiveness,
- focus the goals and objectives of schools and districts as they support, monitor, and evaluate their principals,
- guide professional development for principals,
- serve as a tool in developing coaching and mentoring programs for principals, and
- inform higher education programs in developing the content and requirements of degree programs that prepare future principals.
For more information, please visit the new statewide T-PESS website. TPESS.ORG
School Improvement and Leadership Newsletters
June 2nd- Blended Learning in the Classroom Please check Workshop Schedule here
June 3rd- 4th-- Texas Instructional Leadership (TIL) Support in action Coaching Please Check Workshop Schedule here
June 9th -11th - AEL Register here
June 16-18th - T-TESS Training for Administrators Please Check Workshop Schedule here
June 23rd-25th - Assistant Principal Leadership Academy Register here
June 24th-25th - T-PESS Register here
July 14th - DMAC Academy : Day 1 State Data Appraisals and School Plans- Register here
July 15th - DMAC Academy : Day 2 Local Assessments Data and More- Register here
July 16th - DMAC Academy: Day 3 Creating Student Plans and Documentation Register here
July 14th-16th - AEL Please Check Workshop Schedule here
July 21st-23rd - T-TESS Training for Administrators Please Check Workshop Schedule here
July 22nd-24th - 1st Year and New Principal Bootcamp Please Check Workshop Schedule here
July 27th- Blended Learning in the Classroom Please check Workshop Schedule here
July 29th-30th - T-PESS Register here
July 21st am or pm - Chapter 37 Discipline Law and Order Refresher Please Check Workshop Schedule here
July 29th - Circle-Up for Restorative Practices Register here
August 11th-13th - T-TESS Training for Administrators Please Check Workshop Schedule here
August 26th-27th - T-PESS Register here
Sept. 15th- Blended Learning in the Classroom Please check Workshop Schedule here