A Plethora of Principals

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PRINCIPALSMany in the community have wondered how Dallas ISD plans to replace the 50 or so principals currently slated for nonrenewal, and with 70 principals currently on growth plans, that number will most likely go up. Well, never fear, Human Capital Management is here! Despite being unable to fill numerous core teaching positions across the district without relying on permanent subs, the district claimed in a news release to the community on April 24 that “school leaders across the state and nation” are so “excited about the prospect of working in Dallas ISD” that 884 of them have applied for open principal and assistant principal positions! My goodness, that’s a lot of applications to sift through. Glover must feel like he’s hit the jackpot, surrounded by all those letters and resumes, each applicant eager and excited to work for the great Mike Miles.

One would think that out of 884 applications from across the nation, the district could find a measly 50 or 60 qualified applicants to replace the principals planned to be booted out in May. But apparently HCM is not so sure. The District still plans to fund the School Leaders Academy for next year, which this year cost us $5.5 million. According to the same news release, over 600 applications have been received for the 2013-2014 cohort of 45 to 50 fellows. Well, who wouldn’t want a chance at a $60,000 + salary for going to training for less than a year? Sounds good to me!

So all is well in HCM land, and apparently you shouldn’t worry if your principal is seen lugging UHaul boxes in to their office. There’s plenty more where they came from. Principals that is. UHaul boxes will be in short supply.

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retiredteacher
retiredteacher

I wonder if the BOT has reviewed these videos from Harrison showing low morale, teachers being non-renewed for no real reasons, dissatisfaction galore. They should be required to view these videos to see exactly what is going on in DISD and what will occur. Despite the fact that Harrison has 8500 students and DISD 157,000, Miles is putting in place the Exact Same Plan here. I don't need to remind anyone on this blog that the Harrison plan produced little if any positive effects. Thus, BOT, you are allowing Miles to create havoc within the District, destroying people's livelihoods, kids' learning, and nothing will be gained in the process. You should hang your heads in shame for hiring this charlatan and approving his antics.

Advocate for Teachers
Advocate for Teachers

Despite being in a state where teachers can’t strike, teachers can still challenge the Superintendent and BOT (Minus Mrs. Ranger).

The Chicago School Teachers were successful last summer? They all stuck together and got what they wanted. Dallas school teachers need to follow suit.

Excerpt:

“The strike shows that, if we want things to get better for workers, we need to struggle against the policies and schemes of the politicians of the twin capitalist parties instead of helping get them elected.”

  • Defeated bogus “merit” pay demanded by CPS, keeping increased pay based on experience.
  • Lowered focus on standardized testing by beating down the percentage of our evaluations from test scores to the legal minimum, and an appeal process to the evaluations was added.

http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/chicago-strike-results-in.html

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

RE: Imagine 2020 event

LO: I am learning how to recognize deception, corruption and dishonesty.

DOL: Given recent words, actions and history of the student's superintendent, board of trustees, business groups and newspaper owners involved in public school reform, the student will make a strong case for 1. Pessimism. 2. The high probability of hidden agendas for all policies, goals and programs supported by the people and organizations in question. 3. A profit motive with expectations of a very high rate of return behind all policies, goals and programs supported by the people and organizations in question.

••••••

Readers may rag on me if they wish for my appalling pessimism about all things FMM, BOT, "business community", and DMN. This collective brood of vipers has a well documented history of ulterior motives (personal profit). I have lost all faith in their individual and collective integrity. No, if it's purported to be good for the children of DISD, it will be good for someone's bottom line. I believe the old epithet "Doing well by doing good!" is alive and well in Dallas when it comes to public school reform. Follow the money and find out who's making a profit.

Reader's Digest Version: Everything FMM touches turns to stone (based on past lies, actions, and total absence of proven results).

HOW I HOPE THAT ALL MY REASONING AND CONCLUSIONS WILL BE PROVEN WRONG!!!

Until then, my closing expression of disgust for the whole lot:

"I do desire we may be better strangers.

As You Like It (3.2.248)

They lie deadly that tell you you have good faces .

Coriolanus (2.1.59)

There is no more mercy in him than there is milk in a male tiger.

Coriolanus (5.4.30)

Away! Thou'rt poison to my blood.

Cymbeline (1.1.128)

O thou vile one!

Cymbeline (1.1.142)

Take you me for a sponge?

Hamlet (4.2.13)

I scorn you, scurvy companion.

2 Henry IV (2.4.115)

Away, you mouldy rogue, away!

2 Henry IV (2.4.117)

I had rather chop this hand off at a blow,

And with the other fling it at thy face.

3 Henry VI (5.1.51-2)"

http://www.shakespeare-online.com/quotes/shakespeareinsults.html

...well, that felt good...

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Uh, perhaps FMM and the BOT (We put the "BOT" in "Botch"!) should hold a huge event to encourage DISD TEACHERS to "stay in school"!

"The event, Imagine 2020, kicked off a multimillion-dollar DISD initiative to encourage children to stay in school and pursue college degrees and careers."

(Presumably any degree or career EXCEPT teaching...)

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20130427-thousands-of-disd-students-attend-event-at-smu-designed-to-promote-educational-opportunities.ece

LakewoodParent
LakewoodParent

Has anyone heard what is going on with Oran Roberts Elementary?  It is being said that a new principal has been selected, and that the school will leave the Woodrow feeder pattern to become part of the Madison feeder pattern.  I can find nothing of this onine.  

That neighborhood school has undergone a teardown, eminent domain, and temporary consolidation with Eduardo Mata.  The new building is not open, and has not been staffed.  Last I heard, no principal had been announced, but the word is it is a young woman who was last at Mata...The students are majority Hispanic, and low income families predominate.   Anybody watching this?

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

@Cares    The key word is "meaningful," and nothing Miles has done so far is meaningful. His modus operandi (and those of the reform movement in general) is to disrupt for the sake of instilling fear of losing their jobs in principals and teachers. It would be a different issue if his "instructional plan" were a worthy measurement of instruction, but it is not. It might be a different issue if he were evaluating teachers on something other than compliance with his "bogus" instructional plan, but he's not. It might be different if he were asking for principal and teacher input, but he's not. It might be different if he had had a record of excellence in Colorado Springs, but his record for achievement was bleak. His ability to disrupt seems to be the only thing he has going for him. It is neither meaningful nor a viable solution to bringing success to DISD. If creating chaos is what he was hired to do, then I give him an A. The rest of what he has done so far to affect positive change in the district deserves an F.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Wow! Just found a site that reports the effectiveness of programs based on research! Enjoy exploring! Try starting with the green "Programs That Work" tab on the left.

Wonder how our new FMM deformation model would fare if submitted for evaluation...

"The PPN website is a unique resource that offers credible, research-based information on what works to improve the lives of children and families.

Sometimes referred to as a "best practices" site or a "model program" site, PPN is both of those things and much more. In addition to providing summaries of effective programs in our Programs that Work section, PPN also features Issue Briefs that summarize the current research on various topics, as well as Expert Perspectives, where child policy experts answer our visitors' most pressing questions on a variety of topics. PPN also links to additional research information in all areas related to child well-being, including their physical and mental health, academic success, and economic security. To promote successful implementation of best practices and model programs, PPN also screens and posts evidence-based information on effective Service Delivery.

In addition to the breadth of information PPN provides, visitors can rely on PPN to provide information that has met our high standards for scientific credibility, objectivity, and clarity. Learn about our process for reviewing information for inclusion on the site and how to submit a program for consideration."

http://www.promisingpractices.net/default.asp

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

If you are compiling a list of the top 5 articles EVER on school reform (deform?), this one might make the cut.

Masters and doctoral students at Stanford grade various education models being touted as "good" or "great". Then they...well, read for yourself!

"During the lesson, I tally all of their responses publicly to the above questions on whether the school is “good,” would they work at the school they designate as “good,” and, finally, would they send their children to that “good” school. Conflicts within individual students and across the class become evident. Again and again, students see that while nearly all of them designated, for example, KIPP or Rocketship as “good” schools, most of them would neither work nor send their children there. Most students wanted to work at Comer and Child Development Schools. Most wanted to send their children to Core Knowledge and Child Development Schools.

The data from their choices revealed much individual and group nail-biting: the school is “good” but many would not choose to work at the school or send their children there. Often, discussions erupted at obvious inconsistencies expressed by students. The group slowly came to realize that while a school may be considered “good” by designers, participants, and experts, that does not mean that an individual teacher or parent would choose to work at that “good” school or send their children there. Not only is the concept of a “good” school value-driven, they discovered, but many versions of “good” schools exist and there is no one “good” school for all or even most children and youth. Period. End of lesson."

http://larrycuban.wordpress.com/

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@Cares about Kids

Did you read the story from WFAA today?   " Roosevelt High School Principal Dr. Leicha Shaver engaged in nepotism and mismanaged thousands of dollars in Texas Title 1 Priority Schools grant funds...  Shaver spent $200,000 of grant funds on a student award ceremony in which children received gift cards, electronics and even got the chance to pocket as much money as they could in a ‘cash grab’ machine....Spending Title 1 grant funds on award ceremonies, entertainment or gifts is considered an “unallowable cost” according to the Texas Education Agency, DISD's report added.

The district's investigation also accuses Shaver of nepotism and even paying relatives stipends with federal grant funds."

Isn't this JUST what you were talking about in an earlier comment you made?  "This district is completely broken due to years of ineffective HR policies, nepotism and patronage."

But guess what?  This principal has been apparently deemed "effective" by Mike Miles and she was NOT on a growth plan.  They had no plans to non-renew her. WFAA reports: "Despite accusations of violating district rules on nepotism and state rules on the spending of grant funds, neither Shaver nor any other employees in the report were placed on administrative leave."

So explain to me exactly HOW you feel that Mike Miles is cleaning up the district?

Mike Miles is allowing this to go on; he is NOT putting a stop to the nepotism and patronage.  If anything, it is getting worse on his watch.  

http://www.wfaa.com/news/education/DISD-investigation-finds-DISD-principal--204952451.html

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

P4P will be a boondoggle, paying very few teachers and lowering the salaries of many. Then there will really be a rush to the exits.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

The P4P will pay very few people and lower the salaries of many. Talk about turnover! Get ready for a mad rush to the exits

S54 Time
S54 Time

mind blowing video!!! change the date forward 3 years and poof, you're in DISD!!  So criminal and so much our story now.  

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Texas is a right to work state. Worse, to strike could mean loss of retirement benefits. The better way is the ballot box. The number of votes is usually very small, even for the winner. They want it separate from the general election to get lower turnout. So go and vote for a reasonable alternative.

Merit pay and the focus on standardized tests is extremely easy to attack with logical reasoning. We are not dealing with logic, we are dealing with power and money. Power is the election ballot. Fear of prison trumps money. Remember when Yvonne Gonzalez went to jail and the business community disappeared for almost a decade.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

I am very glad someone is trying to help these kids. And I hope the community truly rallies to support them. From a transparency and communications perspective, It is not a good start to say more than 6000 grade 5-11 students from these three feeders attended when less than 5000 are enrolled in these grades.

Propaganda aside, let's hope this really works.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

If we were to follow the money fronting this event, I wonder where we would end up...

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Go to 2:40 on the video. "We don't expect first, second or even third year teachers to be effective."

Now explain TFA.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Oops. 2:40 on this video has Mike Miles not expecting first, second, or third year teachers to be effective as he brings in TFA to Dallas.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

The most telling aspect of this mess for me is that FMM and the Bungling BOT (8-1) have "demonstrated" (ICK!) absolutely no interest in teacher buy-in for any of the changes. 

How is it in the best interests of the children of DISD to have teachers treated with a Gestapo method of management? DO AS YOU'RE TOLD! Make sure there are stressed out teachers in EVERY DISD classroom. OK....

Guess I'm old school...I always thought that employee morale was one of the most important concerns of any management team.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Here is a great research summary by Jere Brophy on what makes an effective teacher. http://www.ibe.unesco.org/fileadmin/user_upload/archive/publications/EducationalPracticesSeriesPdf/prac01e.pdfInterestingly, LO, DOL, MRS, scaffolding are in there under different names and a completely different interpretation. It looks like we are being force to accept buzz words and naive interpretations as the foundation for changing the district. I also notice naive interpretations of systems thinking. He is just cutting and pasting Colorado ideas without looking at real root causes in Dallas.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Thanks. I looked up Child Development Program. Had the laugh at conclusion.

Compared with control group students, treatment group students exhibited an increase in the frequency of throwing objects at people or vehicles.

Release the Toxins
Release the Toxins

@retiredteacher Yep, there is no way that everyone could even be eligible for P4P. We have seen this not work already. We also need to lobby to get rid of the CEI!!

Stuff and Nonsense
Stuff and Nonsense

Yeah, it's easy for them to dangle pay-for-performance, knowing they'll never have to actually PAY, because the PERFORMANCE isn't possible with the dumb old LO-DOL model we're forced to use. 

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

You are correct, E Kim. We must try to get people to vote for the candidates who will ot

rubber stamp the business community, Then we need to get the elections changed to be duriing a time when people are already voting. That's about all we can do,

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@E Kim Selim I am all for a boost in the amount of help and support headed towards Madison, Lincoln, and Pinkston. I do not, however, support cuts at the other comprehensive high schools and their feeder patterns to make this happen. There are severely impoverished students at comprehensives all over the district. Isn't this how some of the budget is being allotted, or have I been misinformed?

Woodrow Alum
Woodrow Alum

@Persona non grata Leadership training shows that encouragement works best.  Fault finding destroys. 

We says that these "applicants" are qualified and will pass criminal background checks??


E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

I see link not working. Google

Brophy Teaching UNESCO

And take first hit.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@Stuff and Nonsense 

You nailed it.

 I wish "some people" on this blog would get it, as well.  But they are not here to learn, they are here to spew propaganda.  But we're on to them and we know better. They are just hired guns, paid by the word and for how well they get the thread off track.

Pay for performance is really pay for compliance.  Remember that:  P4C.  Compliance with LO, DOL, MRS.... no matter poorly those methods work to teach real understanding of subject matter. 

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

I was told Thursday by my administrator about the district new bilingual implementation. I was wrong. The state already came HARD on Floyd and his stupidity. Because of his FUBAR brain dead approach toward the program they will be team teaching; one bilingual and one fast certified ESL teacher. Dallas ISD is going down the drains faster than warp speed. OMG, if you have problems with those real ESL students wait and see how the problem is going to be when the students under the new program get to MS. Not even your GOD, My God, or anybody else GOD will be able to help. Floyd you are a total FIASCO! This problem will put you in the national map as a non-certify brain dead idiot.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

So, the state is restoring some money, but FMM is cutting campus budgets so he can pay for the new South Dallas initiative and another wasted year of Fellows plus hundreds on Instructional Coaches? HMMMM. Contact your board members about this, as it is totally unnecessary to once again put the burden on teachers and students. Enough!

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@E Kim Selim While I have no concrete evidence, my campus reeks of budget cuts for next year, beyond enrollment factors. The amount of non-renewal letters, the wording and tone the administration uses when talking about next year... everything is supposedly subject to "formulas from downtown."

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

If funny stuff, it will take an insider to know the monkey-business unless they are so arrogant they are careless. They already went after the internal auditor. It is not Alan King's role to catch but to prevent laws from being broken. Let's hope he at least steps up and warns the administration and BOT if laws are about to be broken.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

@Quo Qu ohhh @E Kim Selim  How are we to be assured there are not cuts to other schools because of this initiative? We need to be very watchful that this doesn't occur. Even though he is putting $8 million in t he budget for this initiative, what's to keep him from further cutting funds to comprehensives? 
FMM seems to be adept at doing "funny" stuff with funding.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

So, will Alan King be standing armed and ready at the breach?

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Totally agree. If they move funds from other comprehsive high schools that would be wrong. There is a federal TItle I process called equalization. Private donations to Madison, Lincoln, and Pinkston should be treated the same as private donations to Woodrow or even Roosevelt. The DISD basically ignores private donations for equalization purposes. To move funds from one school to another to match private donations would violate federal Title I and state laws. It would be reverse equalization, robbing the poor to pay the poor. I see no evidence they are that dumb but they just may be that arrogant.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Me too. Unfortunately Jere Brophy died a couple of years ago and the field of research on teaching seems to have been usurped by value-added research.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Wish they would update the brochure with more current research.

Thanks for sharing this!

(1) DISD Fall 2013 Climate Survey (223 page, 4.5 Mb PDF)

(2) Public Education Grant (PEG) List of 57 Failing DISD Schools

(3) View school master schedules. Fall 2013. Sort by teacher, class, grade, etc.

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