REACH Resources & Materials
Where to Find REACH Process Information
The first places to look for REACH information are:
- Article 39 of the CTU-CPS Contract.
- And the CPS REACH Teacher Evaluation Handbook which is available on the CPS Knowledge Center.
Where to Find Framework/Professional Practice Support
The following links to the CPS Knowledge Center will take you (once logged in) to the listed resources:
9 Frameworks & 7 Companion Guides
Currently, the following 9 Frameworks are in use in the CPS REACH evaluation system:
- Teaching with Critical Attributes*
- Teaching with Special Education Critical Attributes
- Teacher-Librarians with Critical Attributes*
- School Counselor*
- School Social Work with Critical Attributes*
- School Psychology with Critical Attributes*
- School Nursing with Critical Attributes*
- Speech-Language Pathology with Critical Attributes*
- Educational Support Specialists
- Pre/post Conference Forms for each framework
- Frameworks for Non-Teachers
- Clinician Case Review Protocol
There are currently 5 Addenda available for teachers in the following subjects/grade-levels: Arts, English Learners, Physical Education, [Preschool through 2nd Grade https://sites.google.com/a/cps.edu/kc/reach-students/reach-resources], and Special Education.
Special Education Specific Materials
- Framework for Teaching with Special Education Critical Attributes
- SPED Addendum
- Co-Teaching Guidance Documents
Additionally, the CPS Knowledge Center also has the following resources:
Who Is a Qualified Evaluator
Although any licensed Illinois educator could pay to take the ISBE training modules and test to become a qualified evaluator, CTU and CPS have agreed that only building administrators (meaning contract, acting, or interim principals, assistant principals and resident/intern principals), clinical managers, and some central office staff who have taken and passed the ISBE qualified evaluator training may conduct evaluative observations for teachers under the REACH evaluation system. If anyone wants to know if their principal or administrator is a qualified educator, the public search function is now available on ELIS through ISBE. No CTU member should be conducting any REACH observations for stakes of their peers.
To find out if your evaluator has completed the required ISBE evaluation training follow these instructions:
- Go to ISBE’s ELIS website.
- Look for the box labeled “Public Search” and click on “Perform a search of public license information.”
Type the first and/or last name of the evaluator into the appropriate boxes.
(You’ll have the most luck with the search function if you just put in the principal or administrator’s last name. Leave the region and everything else blank unless your administrator has a very common name. The name must be spelled correctly. You will be able to see ALL of that evaluator’s credentials.)
- Their evaluation credentials should be listed under “Designations”. They should have initially completed 5 teacher evaluation modules. Some evaluators are due to complete regular retraining, so new more recent modules should also appear for an evaluator who has been doing REACH since it began in 2012.
CTU is also provided with a quarterly report of qualified evaluators per Article 39–2.2 (page 158) of the union contract.
Despite inadequate staffing and large class sizes, CPS continues to disrespect educators with layoffs that hurt our members, our students and our schools. Thanks to our contract, CPS is required to follow some rules when they make these layoffs and laid off teachers have rights.