Pleasanton Independent School District has recently introduced a program known as The Marzano Resources High Reliability Teacher (HRT) which is designed to encourage teacher effectiveness and develop their instructional skills in the classroom.
This program requires teachers to complete a multilevel training where they must conquer the skills: foundation of instructional strategies, reflection of instructional strategies, student learning, and valid and rigorous feedback. After successfully completing these levels, the teacher will be granted their HRT certification.
PISD currently has 19 teachers completing their HRT training on their own time. These teachers were selected through an application process at the start of the school year.
The district recently had one teacher, Shelly Lingo, complete the first level of the multilevel process. Lingo is an Algebra teacher at the high school, and the district celebrated her completion of the first stage of training at one of the monthly cohort meetings.
The school board has been strong supporters of this initiative. They have incentivized that each teacher who becomes HRT certified will receive a $500 stipend. The district feels that this stipend is an exceptional way to reward teachers who want to further develop their instructional skill and effectiveness in the classroom.
This HRT program supports a district wide initiative for each campus to become a High Reliability School (HRS). HRS is a program that the district enacted this summer, which is also a multilevel process that requires an outside source to examine each campus and determine if the district is effectively enacting each level of the High Reliability School process.