Obviously, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I really tried to work with the school administration to help address truly important issues that seemed essential to retaining teachers and helping holistically increase student achievement. However, that style of proactive problem-solving was great for getting some things done. It was not, on the other hand, effective at building strong relationships between me and my administration.
The Shallowford Gardens property looks like it’s going to become an elementary school. There isn’t much that we can do about that at this point. In the future, however, I would love to see a revised site selection process that includes community input and a thorough site analysis and final report. This would go a long way toward improving and sustaining a healthy relationship between the school district and its families.
Before deciding to knock down your students’ homes after promising those same students and their families new facilities to address long-term neglect of the Cross Keys Cluster, I think DCSD should have involved the public in the process, exhaustively explored other options and been able to provide clear, written and thorough explanations as to why alternative properties were not feasible.
I’m really trying to be collaborative. I’m trying to understand the logic that leaders in DeKalb are using. But today, I’m having an extremely difficult time reconciling that objective with the latest news that DeKalb County School District is going... Continue Reading →
If we are using data to drive our practice, we need to use solid numbers that allow practitioners to identify and isolate individual variables so that we can at least know what the issue is. Let's actually close the achievement gap, not just pretend that we are.
As more and more data emerge showing the inefficacy of using in-school and out-of-school suspension to address problematic behavior, the use of “positive behavior interventions & support” (PBIS) has become more common. In fact, the Georgia Department of Education has... Continue Reading →
Since I’ve only ever taught high school, my knowledge of pre-K, elementary, and middle school programs has been quite limited. Well, that’s all about to change, I guess. Recently I was registering my daughter for the lottery-funded pre-K program that... Continue Reading →
Then, while I’m teaching the rest of the students, I can allow these students to create their own independent projects, allowing them to do work that interests them. They can then insert the grades earned from these independent projects in place of other assignments that measure similar skills. On the other hand, if they don't earn A's on both the essay and test, I can explain to them (using data) why they need to pay attention and complete the assignments leading up to the test.