Peer Assistance & Review
Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) is a program designed to support teachers with tenure contracts who are struggling with some aspect of their expected duties. PAR, which is part of our collective bargaining agreement, was created jointly by EGEA and EGUSD. While the district allocates the funding, all consulting teachers are EGEA unit members, who actively teach in the district. Consulting teachers (mentors) must go through a rigorous selection and training process. Every effort is made to match consulting teachers and participating teachers by grade level or subject area.
Why would you enroll in PAR?
Administrative Referral: An administrator may refer an employee for PAR who has an evaluation with “improvements required” or “improvements recommended” depending on the work plan. Employees may always say NO to the PAR referral. Participants should carefully consider the benefits of PAR before declining to participate.
Self-Referral: Employees can self refer to this program if they have changed grade levels, changed curricular subjects or departments (including special ed), changed schools, changed calendar (traditional to year-round, etc.), have classroom management challenges, or for other concerns. A self-referral is for any teacher who feels he/she could benefit from peer assistance or coaching.
What are the differences between a self and administrative referral to PAR?
Admin Referral: The administrator initiates a referral. There would be a joint meeting between the participating teacher (PT), the consulting teacher (CT), and the administrator to set up a work plan.
Self-Referral: If an employee self-refers, there is no required meeting with the administrator. Meetings are only held between the CT & PT.
What are the commitments for a participating teacher in PAR?
PTs can expect to meet regularly throughout the year with a CT. Meetings will be scheduled based on the referral situation, needs of the PT, and/or time of year the process begins. There are no specific hours requirements, but participating teachers should expect to meet throughout the year to document progress toward improvements or goals.
Types of meetings vary depending on the need of the PT, which might include observations of the PT by the CT, observations by the PT of peers, and/or one-on-one mentoring sessions between the PT & CT.
The expected commitment of a participating teacher is for the school year.
If you have additional general questions about PAR, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to make a self-referral to PAR, e-mail Jodi Revis in CPL email@example.com.
A printable handout of this information can be found HERE.