A smoother, streamlined process.

   That is what the Ripon School Board is hoping for after approving an updated Salary and Stipend Guide Monday night.

   Updates to the guide will change the process teachers undergo when they’re up for promotion.

   Since the creation of the guide during the 2011-2012 school year, teachers had to submit documents in various formats as evidence to prove their proficiency in the classroom and show why they should be promoted.

   According to Superintendent Mary Whitrock, the number of documents and the time spent creating and reading them became excessive for all parties involved.

   “The volume of time it took for teachers to prepare the promotion file and the time it took for the Promotion Review Team to review the materials was much greater than expected,” she said. “Significantly more materials were being presented than necessary for a teacher to demonstrate growth over time to the Promotion Review Team. For example, teachers previously included evidence of effectiveness.”

   She added teachers no longer will need to prove their effectiveness since the state’s Educator Effectiveness Evaluation System essentially fills that role.

Read the full story in the Nov. 1, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.