Sunday, December 18, 2011

TAP School??

This week we learned that our school will become a TAP school next year.  I was wondering if anyone is at a TAP school or knows anything about them.  We were pretty devastated as a staff because we were told that we would all have to reapply and interview for our positions (if we want to stay).  We started two other TAP schools in our district last year but they are so new and I need to find more information so I can start making a decision on whether I want to stay and interview for my position again or try to find a position at another school.  It was a lot to drop on us the week before Christmas Break!!  So if anyone has information I would love to hear it!  Thanks!

4 comments:

  1. This is my school's first year as a TAP school (10 total in the district with elementary, middle, and high schools). I'm sorry to hear that you may have to interview for your position. This was not the case in my district. I think more important than having teachers interview for their positions is having staff buy-in to the program. We do not have a great staff buy-in, and I think that overall that may alter the effectiveness of the program. Overall, I think that the program has the potential to transform buildings, but it requires staff to be open to observation and self-reflection. My biggest piece of advice, if you decide to stay, is to go into it with an open mind and not take things personally. Our TAP leadership team has been very encouraging, and they have really led us through this first semester with a lot of support and mentoring. I know that it has made me be a better teacher by helping me to keep a sustained focus on improvement. It will definitely be an adjustment for your whole building. Everything changes from the master schedule right on down the line, but for our Title school, I think that it is forcing us to make some major systemic changes that make the adults crazy and uncomfortable, but are necessary and will make our school so much more effective in the end. If you have the time, I would recommend spending some time looking around on the TAP website.

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  2. Thank you so much for this information! I think that I am going to try to stay. I really like the families that I have grown to know! I appreciate you taking the time to let me know about your experience, I have not been able to talk to anybody who is currently working at a TAP school so this helps a lot! I will definitely take a look at the TAP website.

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  3. I am sorry that you are having to deal with this after all those successful years of teaching already. I am in my 4th year of a Tap school and it has done nothing but bring stress, division and mistrust to our otherwise close knit faculty. ( ...that is no more!) :(
    I am a NBCT, have 16 years experience with really good results - some of the best test scores in the district repeatedly but TAP has made me feel like an under achiever and depressed. I am sorry you are having to interview for your own job...crazie!

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  4. I am so sorry to hear this Nan! I did hear that I got the job and I will be teaching there next year. I am really hoping that it turns out well but you are not the only one to say that it is stressful! I am going to try it next year and see how it goes and then I will decide what to do after that. Thanks for the information, I hope that things get better for you!

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