What is the Performance Appraisal process for OTs in their first 4+ month-long LTO?
If you are in your first Bluewater Elementary LTO, of any FTE, of 4 months (80 school days) in length or greater you will go through the Occasional Teacher Performance Appraisal Process consisting of a pre-meeting, classroom observation, and post-meeting where you will receive and discuss the outcome of your OT Evaluation. Receiving a satisfactory OT Evaluation is beneficial when applying to permanent contracts because first consideration is given to those candidates. As well, our OT Local and the Board have agreed that members who receive a satisfactory OT Evaluation and meet the criteria for the LTO List interview shall have the interview waived when all other Regulation 274 criteria have been met. Additionally, if you are an external LTO hire and receive a satisfactory OT Evaluation you can be added to the OT Roster if requested.
Administrators should approach you about completing the Occasional Teacher Performance Appraisal Process, but initiating the conversation early on when you begin your LTO can help to set out meeting dates to make sure it gets completed on time. Unfortunately, if your LTO ends sooner than expected because the incumbent returns or circumstances change, the opportunity to receive an OT Evaluation may be lost and hopefully, you will be in another qualifying LTO in the future to try again. Once you have a satisfactory OT Evaluation, you do not need, and should not have, another. If an Administrator requests you have another, please state that you have already had one. If they insist you have another, this is a red flag and you should inform your Local President immediately.
Cautions: The New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP) is for new permanent contract teachers. LTO teachers are sometimes included if budget allows, usually if they have not already had a satisfactory OT Evaluation and their LTO is 97 school days or longer. Being in NTIP as an LTO is less formal, and if you get a permanent contract, you will go through NTIP again but formally as a "new teacher".
- LTOs do not need to have been included in NTIP (97 school days +) to get an OT Evaluation (80 school days +).
- LTOs do not do permanent Teacher Performance Appraisals (TPA's).
- LTOs do not do Annual Learning Plans. ALPs are a component of the permanent TPA process for experienced permanent teachers after having completed the NTIP Program as a permanent teacher. Even new permanent teachers are not required to complete ALPs, but an Individual NTIP Strategy Form instead.
Where do I find the OT Evaluation Form used in the performance appraisal process?
On SharePoint, navigate to “Forms, Templates and Reference Documents” and search for AF 7165.