In my work, I am finding it more and more rare that school superintendents are actually engaged in instructional leadership. Here is a SHINING example. Dr. Michael Bregy, newly appointed superintendent of the North Shore school district 112 in IL, has been a long-time client and friend. Now that he is on his second gig as superintendent, he has “sharpened his saw” even more. Today, in a session we facilitated, Michael provided this list of ESSENTIALS to his team. I thought you might want to take a look. This school district, already high performing in a sense, will greatly accelerate its work as I see many predictors in place. Congratulations to Michael and his team for an outstanding 2-day work out. Also thanks to Atlantic colleagues David Sundstrom, and Dr. Rob Tomback for your valuable- and wise-counsel in the work.
Note of personal privilege here:
Last summer when I recruited Bart Anderson to lead our Atlantic Firm to build out a new vertical service to school districts, we had no idea, reaching our first milestone in this new work would get us onto such a great start. Today we opened our first Acceleration Academy in Bethel, WA as a partnership with the progressive Bethel School District, and their superintendent Tom Seigel. By the end of this week, this Acceleration Academy will have enrolled more than 50 former drop-outs into meaningful high school diploma-seeking work. Check more of this work out at: http://www.atlanticeducation.org and find the cool pictures of the (almost fully) built-out site at Atlantic Education Partners Facebook page. Link is: https://www.facebook.com/diplomasmatter
You probably already know the degree to which the high school drop out issue is reaching epidemic proportions in our Nation. Find more about the issues, the solutions and the opportunity before us to fix this challenge at Dr. Anderson’s blog: http://www.atlanticeducation.org/diplomas-matter/
Congratulations to my Atlantic colleagues, including Drs. Bart Anderson and Jim Hager, Adrienne Leonard, Frank Walton, Mark Graves, Lila Bradley, David Sundstrom, Ryan Graves, Mark Sundstrom, Alex Morgan, Amy Mims, and others. These colleagues are truly invested in what’s right with education, and armed with the courage to tackle the hard problems. To Tom Seigel and your progressive school board and team, thank you! We look forward to helping your district get to the top of your game in high school graduation rates and helping you achieve even more success stories with your team, students, and families.
The University of Arkansas has released a new report – The Productivity of Public Charter Schools – that finds even though public charter schools receive fewer dollars per student than their traditional public school counterparts, they’re producing greater results when it comes to national math and reading assessments and better long-term economic gains for students.
The report found that public charter schools are 40 percent more cost effective nationwide, but in some cities the percentage gap was more than 100 percent.
While there’s a lot of work to be done, and regardless your view as pro-charter or anti-charter, we can be optimistic that school choice is a critical component to ensuring that all students receive a high quality education.
Interesting article about Randi Weingarten, and others with the “same ole, same ole”. Link is:
While graduate degrees can add great value, as can teachers’ experience in their craft. Regardless, there is no evidence that graduate degrees and experience add value (statistically) to students’ learning and academic experiences. Further, it pains me to employ more than 250 teachers adding immense value to their students in our Distinctive Schools, and having to pay them a good bit less than their unionized counterparts make in IL.
Until we fix broken funding streams to free up funds for top teachers, and break our (political and policy) addiction to steps, lanes, experience-driven, and graduate-degree dependent salary schedules, we will not be able to pay the best teachers what they are REALLY worth, or even get much closer to it.
When will we EVER fix this national problem around teacher compensation?! Union Leaders–you aren’t helping!
Link below is an ad. The contents of the ad are not important. What IS important is this snapshot of latest Texas achievement gap-actually now a chasm. Texas, known for standing behind lowest tier academic standards in the Nation-with their Governor enthusiastically rejecting Common Core State Standards, continues to demonstrate what we know to be true. Low standards hurt poor and underperforming kids the most. This seems worse than pathetic to me. What a shame. Worse, they defend their stance on the issues and their work. See link: