BES GROUP

The mission of BES Group is to provide school districts
with a resource of experienced and trained administrators to
support the educational process within each district.

WHAT IS A MICROCREDENTIAL?
Micro-credentials for educators offer an important opportunity to strengthen professional learning. MCs are an emerging trend that allows teachers to personalize their professional learning by capturing, communicating and demonstrating knowledge.

“I think I am really good at project-based learning. That’s a strength of mine.I would like something official saying, ‘Yes, I have an outside stamp of approval:She is really good at this’. BAM!! And that set me apart.”

A teacher who piloted a Micro-credential

What competencies are important to your school? Once answered, The BES Group, will develop a customized micro-credential that identifies the skills a teachers will be asked to capture, communicate and demonstrate. We focus on capturing competencies that can be demonstrated through the submission of artifacts and scored against a rubric.

“They’re always telling us, ‘Differentiate for the students! Differentiate for the students!’. But when it comes to our differentiation as a teacher there is very little

There are things that I want to try out in my classroom (in my 10th yr. of teaching) and I am having to experience the same professional development as a first year teacher”.

ELA teacher (Phoenix,AZ)

CUSTOMIZED MICROCREDENTIALS
The most innovated and effective means of delivering Professional Development. Micro-credentials can be compared to “Merit Badges” in scouting. You select a topic, complete the requirements, submit the data for evaluation and if evaluated positively, a Micro-credential Badge is awarded.

Those who choose to complete a MC must demonstrate learning and a reflection of how the MC will change their future practice.

Please review Polsky’s Diamond as an example of a Customized Micro-credential and then contact us to discuss how we can develop this concept for your school.
POLSKY'S DIAMOND example (click)

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

The Classroom Management seminar is based on Rudolf Drickur and Jared Brophy’s research on human behavior and classroom management strategies. In order for a teacher to be successful in managing a classroom the teachers must first understand what causes a student to act in the manner they do and second to know what steps to take in order to change misbehavior. This seminar includes all the research based information along with specific skills to be used in the classroom to improve student behavior and performance.

CLINICAL SUPERVISION

All districts provide administration with a variety of rubrics to measure teacher performance. The problem that occurs for most districts is that the administrator can identify that the teachers is not meeting the standard but lacks the skills to assist the teacher to improve. Clinical Supervision is a model that provides the administrator with the skills to assist teacher improvement.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Conflict is not foreign to any organization. The key is how the district deals with conflict to improve performance. This unique process uses a health care model to separate symptoms from the real problem. Once the problems are identified a plan of action can be developed with all stakeholders.

What is Restorative Justice?

Traditionally, discipline in schools has emphasized negative consequences. Adults assign guild and issue punitive consequences. Restorative Justice is an alternative to punishment based discipline, that is carried out through strategies known a restorative practices.

Restorative practices begin with building strong positive relationships between all members of the school community, youth and adults. These connections are formed through Level 1 circles, which help to meet powerful human needs such as belonging and caring for others.

According to the FIX SCHOOL DISCIPLINE TOOLKIT FOR EDUCATORS, “The use of restorative justice and restorative practices in schools offers a respectful and equitable approach to discipline, as well as a proactive strategy to create a connected, inclusive school culture.  Inspired by indigenous values, restorative justice is a philosophy and theory of justice that emphasizes bringing together everyone affected by wrongdoing to address needs and responsibilities, and to heal the harm to relationships as much a possible.  This philosophy is being applied in many contexts, including schools, families, workplaces and the justice system.”

 

BES Group Can.....

The BES Group can provide Restorative Justice training (2 hr. awareness to 4 day workshops) and has developed a series of Customized Microcredentials to reinforce the concept.

Successful implementation of restorative practices requires an ongoing investment in training; this includes initial foundational training for all staff, refreshers training and professional learning (micro-credentials) for all.  A “one-and-done” approach will not work and the restorative practices will likely not be effectively sustained.  

With such promising results, the Educational Conference Board urges New York’s lawmakers to provide support for districts to implement restorative practices…. Our students deserve it.

 

Restorative Justice: Level 1

Traditional Discipling Restorative Approach
1. Student misbehaves 1. Consider impact on relationships
2. Punitive punishment 2. Accountability
3. Swift, fair, impartial 3. Empathy for offender and victim
4. Process and procedure paramount 4. Process and procedure secondary
5. Restitution non-existent 5. Responsibility and repair are paramount

Matrix

Has your organization ever had trouble determining what is most important to least important among a number of issues? Save time by using The Matrix!

The Matrix is used to determine rank order of categories from most important to least important. This simple time saving tool works best when a group is trying to determine priorities. Deciding between two choices, simplifies the decision making process. Users who complete The Matrix can determine what the group feels are the most important topics or issues.

Matrix Survey Directions

Yard Stick

GOAL
The goal of the Yard-Stick is to measure how the initiatives of your school district are perceived by staff to be effective.


OBJECTIVE|
Collect individual opinions about how effective their colleagues are at implementing school initiatives.
Measure how the group is or is not implementing school initiatives.
Provide useful feedback to the school district.

Yardstick Directions
Yardstick Survey

What We Do
The BES Group is positioned to produce a Marketing Video for your use
in applying for a teaching position. When used as a link in your
letter of application to a school district, this Marketing Video will
enable a principal to watch you teach and read an evaluation of your
performace by our trained evaluating team at BES Group

Marketing Video Demonstration Click to watch

How Do You Receive Your Evaluation?
Using a secured video channel, a BES Group member, who is a retired superintendent
or principal, will evaluate your 20-30 minute lesson using Kim Marshall's Rubric.
This Approach will separate you from other candidates.

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