This DISD Principal Needs a Growth Plan

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growthThere is at least one principal in DISD who appears to be jeopardizing the learning of students.

For next year, the principal has reassigned a veteran teacher from one content area to a new, completely unfamiliar and highly specialized content area.  Teachers at the school suspect the principal, after years of criticizing the veteran, is trying to force the veteran to quit.

With non-renewal letters spewing out of 3700 like volcanic gas and ash, such a cowardly act hardly seems necessary, unless the principal didn’t do the necessary documentation or follow the required process.  Could that be the case?

But here’s the worst part:  What if the teacher doesn’t quit?  What if the teacher calls the principal’s bluff and accepts the new position?  How many students will potentially lose an entire and important year of learning because the principal plays personnel games?

Parents at the school should be outraged.

We have a system of due process in DISD and it must be followed to assure parents and taxpayers that schools operate with the children’s best interests in mind rather than becoming small fiefdoms for principals.  In fact, the poor quality of instruction at schools that are or have been run as personal fiefdoms are a top reason middle-class parents leave DISD.

Principals or Executive Directors or Superintendents do not legally have the option of using taxpayer funds to punish people they don’t like or to reward their friends and relatives with plum job assignments.  Such behavior undermines the noble premise upon which public education is founded.

Principals dislike the due process required because it opens them up to scrutiny and conflict, but due process is important.  And if the due process doesn’t determine that the teacher is weak or ineffective, then maybe the problem isn’t the teacher but the campus leadership.

Reassigning teachers in a manner which places the education of children at risk must stop. Principals who use this short-cut must be rooted out and booted out.  Their due process can start with a growth plan.

 

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anonymous teacher
anonymous teacher

I've been placed into 3 positions by principals who were trying to convince me to leave.  Twice, I finished the year despite of it - this year, my principal left the campus and I will likely go back where I should be for next year.  This is common practice in DISD.  It shouldn't be, but it is.

Stuff and Nonsense
Stuff and Nonsense

Can't they just invalidate his contract?  He failed to disclose a few pertinent facts about himself. 

Stuff and Nonsense
Stuff and Nonsense

I love DallasISD, love my assignment, love my students, love my colleagues, and love my administrators (even though Miles' intimidation tactics have reduced them to adminisTRAITORS), but I have never been SO HAPPY to see the end of a school year as I have this one.  Thanks to Miles, this year has been ridiculously stressful.

Miles:  mercenary, yes!  manager, hell no. 

 Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

I didn't hear the first part which was mainly changing policy, but I didn't link to see what they policies were. Only heard the speakers. Virtually everyone was complaining about firing principals, the lack of respect from Miles, one about support salary, one begging him to "listen to the children", he doesn't know Dallas or how many kids have so many problems to overcome. ALL praising caring teachrs, one or two saying he was targeting minority principals in the southern sector.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

I didn't get to listen. I tried, but I couldn't get it. I'd like to hear more from someone who heard the board meeting.

 Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

Ms. Ranger was NOT with Miles, but the speakers were with her. I needed to make that clearer.

 Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

Kudos to Ms. S (***) the preK teacher who told it like it is. Testing 4 year olds on a computer for 2 hours when they have 1 week of computer training. No One was in agreement with Miles and one even hinted (loudly) that his Focal group was a conflict of interest. I repeat. No One stood with Miles or the BOT, except for dear Ms. Ranger....wow.

Not many people ther, but those who were spoke volumes. Now, does he listen? Best line of the night: Mr. Miles, you said there were 32 problems in Dallas, I hope you are not #33"

blahblahagain
blahblahagain

Go to the disd website...board meetings...agenda

Emily
Emily

This is a regular practice in DISD.  Put the teacher in a position that they hate so they will leave.  Who cares if the kids suffer for it.

blahblahagain
blahblahagain

I am listening to this board meeting LIVE.  I can't wait for the OTHER people to speak at the end.

blahblahagain
blahblahagain

Carla Ranger is the only sane person on the BOT

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

If you'd like a dose of common sense, you might wish to view this video on Why NCLB isn't Working:

m.utube.com/watch?feature=related&v=jWhFShudZBE.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Thanks and congratulations to YOU, Carla, for continuing to be the only (apparently) voice of reason on the BOT! How you tolerate serving with that brood of vipers mystifies me. Please continue to fight the GOOD fight for the children of DISD! BRAVA !!!!!

" Congratulations to Garland ISD on going through their "normal interview process."

That reflects proper governance and respect for following established policies and procedures of their school district.

Unlike Dallas ISD, Garland ISD Board of Trustees apparently did not delegate all board authority over hiring to the new Superintendent.

"Garland ISD trustees approved his hiring Tuesday night." Education Blog-Dallas Morning News-4-24-13

92 days after arriving, the Chief Financial Officer decided to return to his former school district for a lower salary and no merit pay.

This is not a good sign at all but quite consistent with the current "disruptive" environment of Dallas ISD.

Best wishes to Dr. Rene Barajas in his new position.""

http://carlaranger.blogspot.com/?m=1

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

A DMN reader inquired about a rumor that our departing CFO met with the FBI before leaving the district...

Gaston Teacher
Gaston Teacher

Define excited.

School leaders across the state and nation seem to be excited about the prospect of working in Dallas ISD.

S54 Time
S54 Time

Oh, I forgot to mention that some most of these HS campuses will graduate BEFORE June 5 - Woodrow walks the stage June 1 and I will be there for my daughter and nothing after that.  Last that senior class was told, they were to report through May 30 and that was AFTER May 24 was to be the last day!!!!!!!!!.    Why does DISD change their minds with the wind and go back on promises made to hard working seniors?

S54 Time
S54 Time

Got an email yesterday from our principal that states our seniors will now have to report to school until June 5..........

Apparently their grades are locked in May 24 and DISD assumes that all will be fine with this major disruption of plans and all will show up to school with nothing to do!!!!!    This district thinks they can now just go ahead and mess with the lives of these kids?  I sincerely hope that NO ONE shows up after May 24, this is insanity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

People. People. People. GO to the board meeting tonight. Just sit in the audience. STARE at them. Make sure to say hi to them after the meeting is over. Get out your watch or phone and time how FAST Miles scoots out the back, for this man must not mix with the minions or even condescend to TALK WITH, instead of AT, his employees. Better that he does leave, so we can drop a few diamonds in their ears....

Remember guys, he has a review coming up and a test to pass. He can be gone by August, and we will STILL be here, as usual, cleaning up the mess.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Well, gee whiz, Lew (PHD!!!) can't put his finger on the problem. Take your time, Lew...buffering....buffering...buffering....

"His exit surprised Dallas school board members, who were preparing to discuss next school year’s budget with him in the coming weeks.

Barajas would have played a key role in shaping the $1.2 billion budget and been responsible for finding money for Miles’ reform efforts, including an $8 million proposal to boost resources at Pinkston, Lincoln and Madison high schools and the campuses that feed into them.

“I have to wonder why he’s leaving after such a short period. I’m pretty shocked by this,” board president Lew Blackburn said. “It would be nice to know if he was recruited back to Garland or, just the opposite, if he was looking to leave Dallas.”"

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20130424-dallas-isds-cfo-quits-the-fourth-top-official-to-leave-under-miles.ece

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Kudos to Garland ISD for keeping the spotlight on the executive turnover under a dictatorial management style!

Billboards inviting Dallas teachers...San Antonio recruitment...now Garland "stealing" back a great executive by CREATING a job for him!

Why the subtlety? The next billboard should come out with "In your face, DISD!"

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

@MysteryDate @L Bart. Yawn. I think LBart needs to sign off ow so he can get his "beauty

sleep."

Mystery Date
Mystery Date

Well, you could knock me over with a feather.

LBart says he's a girl.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@E Kim Selim, you are full of it. In The Great Republic of Texas we question and challenge ANYONE. Get that in your HEAD. This is Texas also known as TEJAS. We do not bow to anyone. We never did and we will never do it. You must be a damn yankee.

Stuff and Nonsense
Stuff and Nonsense

I'm sure I'm not the first to notice, but E Kim Selim in reverse spells Mike Miles.  That is so funny!  Why did you choose that moniker?  Is it because everything seems so bass-ackward these days?

blahblahagain
blahblahagain

@E Kim Selim   EXACTLY!  But you know what? They will FIRE those principals, get some TFA people, those TFA people will be gone, and ummmmm...DISD has a huge  PROBLEMS!  MIKE MILES is THE PROBLEM!!!

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

Try this instead:

m.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=jWhFSudZBE

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Reminds me of the superintendent search for Miles. The search firm sent out unsolicited requests to apply for the position and then claimed many candidates applied. I know a few people in DISD who were asked to apply for the new Fellows program even though they are not interested.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

@CMF. I don't know about the "hard working seniors” part, but this is simply FMM as control freak. He has tried to do that to teachers at every turn. An example is his being outraged that teachers didn't have to come to work on the snow days not used that were built into the calendar. I remember his vowing that that wouldn't happen again. He has the mentality of a dictator, which means teachers and students are his pawns to move around on the Reform chessboard. Expect more and more of that if Mike Miles stays at DISD (perish the thought).

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

The idiot is re-writing the rules and SOP's for the BOT. I'll be damn.

LBart
LBart

@Mystery Date I am a girl. Why does that knock you over with a feather?

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

@Pancho Villa  

Actually you are correct on all counts. We should challenge.  I used the wrong word. Texas law forbids the Board from "interfering" with day to day operations.  Thanks.

You are clairvoyant.  I am full of it and I was born up north but lived in Dallas (and worked for DISD) the past 25 years.

Now lets start focusing on helping all kids.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

You are the first. Congratulations. I seem to believe everything in opposition to his thinking so I just spelled it backwards.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Sorry, that's it. Just one reader comment writing that the rumor was said.

Mystery Date
Mystery Date

It doesn't.  I'm just messing with you.  I couldn't care less. 

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

I just hope you working real easy with the rest.

Stuff and Nonsense
Stuff and Nonsense

Yeah.  I feel like we're all in a really tragic reality show.  Or in a nightmare.  This man has effed things up big time.  I had to stop asking myself, how in God's name did he ever get hired? cuz I felt like it would drive me insane to think about it anymore.  Couldn't they run a CARFAX on him or something?  Jeez, Louise. 

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

E Kim. Sorry. Just search You tube for Why NCLB isn't Working,

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

That is a brain DEAD Statement in Texas. There are not good or bad teacher in the GREAT Republic of Texas; only lousy stinking administration. You should read the TEC.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@retireteacher, you are a bit short. I will add an uncertified NO!

Mystery Date
Mystery Date

LBarbie, I've said what I wanted to say.  Sayonara.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@LBart Ewww, now you're trying to be some kind of pimp? This is so unseemly...and this blog is turning into some kind of sociology experiment tonight.

LBart
LBart

@Mystery Date Never said I was. If you search my posts, you'll see what I would expect and I what I would reward teachers with. Want to work for me?

LBart
LBart

@Mystery Date Are you a good teacher? Then I'm not your enemy.

Mystery Date
Mystery Date

LBarbie, you play for the wrong team.  If you're not for us, you're against us.  DallasISD teachers, I mean. 

Mystery Date
Mystery Date

Thanks, no.  You're on the wrong side.  No offense, but from your comments, I have to infer that you're the enemy.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

@Mystery Date. No, he's not a woman. No to anything else you might say, no matter how profound. Just no, Mystery Date. It's LBart, so unless he thought of it or read it in the Reformer's Manual, the answer is an unqualified NO!

LBart
LBart

@Mystery Date Then you're a woman after my own heart. Let's get a drink. I like feisty people.

LBart
LBart

@Mystery Date You didn't sort of ask it, you asked it. Precision, dude.

Mystery Date
Mystery Date

No and no to what and what?  I sort of asked 3 things.

LBart
LBart

@Mystery Date No and no.

Mystery Date
Mystery Date

Are you employed by DallasISD?  SMU?  Somewhere in Dallas? 

LBart
LBart

@Mystery Date Right on.

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Foundation for Empowerment (FCE) released 3 papers:

1. Disruptive Change: Mike Miles and the Crisis In Dallas ISD, which has been prepared with consultation by education academics, extensive research, review of data and education literature, and meetings and interviews with people of Dallas holding varying and sometimes conflicting points of view;

2. Digging Into Data and Evidence: Mike Miles, Dallas ISD, and Trickle-Down Education Report, by Dr. Julian Vasquez Helig, Lindsay Redd, M.A. and Dr. Ruth Vail; and

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