Roll Call for DISD Teachers

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rollcallMany DISD teachers have commented here that they are leaving the district; some are leaving the teaching profession altogether while others are going to different districts. We are sad to see many of our best and brightest leaving but we understand their actions and what has driven them to the point of leaving.

The trustees, however, are lacking this understanding. They have been warned over and over again by the teachers, the education professionals, what would await the students in the fall if the “Miles’ machine” was not stopped. Miles’ program has NOT been about removing bad teachers and principals. It has been all about compliance.

We need an old-fashioned “Roll Call.” We cannot trust Charles Glover, the head of Human Capital Management, to give the trustees an accurate number of vacancies at each school. Therefore, we are asking teachers to please comment on this site and report the number of vacancies at your school. Remember, this site is completely anonymous, but do be careful not to include any information which might identify you to other readers. Please list details such as which school, what teachers are leaving (i.e., math, science, bilingual, elementary grade, etc.), and how many total vacancies are known so far.

The numbers at this point are shocking and will only increase as the July deadline for notification draws nearer. The administration is already having trouble staffing summer school, which is a red flag as in years past these were positions which were highly sought by teachers.

We are not asking for this information to encourage teachers to leave DISD. We want the trustees and the public to understand the damage that one year of Mike Miles has done to our district. They can talk about “reform” all they want, and all the theoretical reasons they think their plans should work, but no plan will work if the teachers are not included and on board with the strategies. No one can force a teacher to accept employment at a job they do not want.

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msangryteacher
msangryteacher

Here at Whitney M. Young half the staff is leaving the school.  Here is the list

K - one is headed to Pease...as if she can make a difference

1 - 3 have resigned

2 - 1 quit by January, one was nonrenewed, and the other hates it so she is lookng

3 - 2 of his favorites are going to Pease

4- 2 

5 - the entire 5th grade team is leaving


This school has a high turnover every year. All he does is hire more TFA people and they do the 2 years and then they are gone

teacher
teacher

Is it true that one may resign to accept a position that involves a promotion?

top of the world
top of the world

Bh macon 2 retired and about 3 left with 3 wanting to leave because the principal there has no clue how to be an effective leader and has no back bone

NAIVE
NAIVE


I wasn't complaining, just wanted to be informed. By the way if DISD wants my position they can have it.I am a teacher in a high needed area bilingual, math and science certified with excellent proven record,  CILT and mentor teacher as well. I got job offers from Garland  and Irving. I just feel sorry for the DISD students who will suffer the consequences of this total chaos. So roll call put one more tally mark in your list of teachers leaving DISD.
signing off.

guestOfDISD
guestOfDISD

Mills Elem : 21 teachers are leaving out of 31. they are leaving because they got tired of the bullying from the now-demoted principal.

anon
anon

Gabe  Allen ES...8 people who have quit or retired this year. Usually, we have 1 or 2 people. The consensus is that Mr. Miles is destroying the district and they will not stand for our school to be eviscerated before their eyes. Never have seen this before in twenty years of teaching sweet children.

Anne Frank teachers leaving...3 during the year, 14 that I know of...some are waiting until the last day to resign, several are still looking.

HHS
HHS

Hillcrest High School had about 10 people quit, retire, transfer or be fired. 

Most non-science/math spots have been filled. Our coaching staff has been limited, so many of these spots will be filled by coaches.

One of our staff was hired into the Fellowship program, so a social studies spot just freed up but I am sure a coach will fill that spot. 

anon
anon

Kramer Elementary: 5 during school year, 2 retiring, 5 at end of year, 6 seriously looking.

What are we going to do (Hopping Mad)
What are we going to do (Hopping Mad)

This is actually off topic, but I want to say it so we can see if FMM is lying again. He announced at a focus group meeting on Monday that when pay for performance starts, the base pay, or lowest pay that you will get is not going to be lower  than 95% of what you are earning now. 

pennyfree2
pennyfree2

Teachers missing from my campus:

PE = 12 years service (RIF)

science = 3 years service (RIF)

social studies = 14 years of service (RIF)

special education = 11 years of service (RIF)

ISS = 12 years of service (resigned in lieu of forthcoming RIF)

ELA = 14 years of service (resigned)

Will these people get Severance Pay like the communications person who barely put in a year of service? 

At the start of the school year (and for the past 2 years) these people were part of a teaching staff that also included a math teacher, a computer teacher, a reading teacher, and a tutoring/study hall teacher.  That is a beginning teaching staff of 10 of which 6 are now gone.  This should raise the eyebrows of the school board.

AcatnamedSam
AcatnamedSam

Arcadia Park is losing 1 PK Bilingual, 1 Kindergarten Bilingual, 1 First Grade Bilingual, 1 Second Grade Bilingual, 1 Fourth Grade Bilingual and 1 4th Grade General Education. Five others are actively seeking other employment; two more have received contracts from other districts, but have yet to resign. Additionally, as an Imagination 2020 school, our Fifth Grade Science and Math Teachers will only teach 1/2 day and spend the remainder of the day in the role of Demonstration Teacher.

As a side note, new positions for next year include THREE (yes, 3!) Assistant Principals, 1 Instructional Coach, 1 RTI Coach and the aforementioned Demonstration Teachers.  Several of these additional people have already received Notification Letters.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

I love LBART and others who keep talking the talk that the business community believes.... his/her talking points are almost verbatim what I hear at some gatherings.

I welcome all LBART has to say, because it gives us a chance to educate hundreds, if not thousands of people on the fallacies floating out there.

Welcome the comments as a chance to enlighten, to educate, which after all, IS OUR JOB.

disd
disd

Excellent teachers in science were let go of, in order to hire professionals to tell already exceptional teachers at Townview how to be more curriculum oriented.  I thought the goal was to keep excellent educators.  If this practice is happening at schools across D.I.S.D., why make it a one size fits all, when certain schools are showing rigor, implementation, and completion of highly set norms and outcomes...

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

Why do LBart & "Enough is Enough" barge through here with their suppositions and teacher-beat-down mentalities, then mystically flee when the questions become too difficult for them. or someone asks for even a remote concept of how they fit into the food chain? Aren't there any dissenting voices who can truly back up their assertions, and not scramble back to the shire whenever their places in all of this are questioned? I welcome real debate.

NAIVE
NAIVE


What's the difference between term contract teacher and probationary contract teacher?

Is DISD offering probationary contracts for 2013-14 to all teachers?

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

I heard, informally, that since ACPs were going to be given at the elementary level, this would limit the band and orchestra in order to teach "general music". Well, this will suck the life out of fine arts. Why do we have to test band and PE?

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

It seems as though there are many bilingual teachers leaving the district, from what is being reported on this site.

It is my impression that those teachers are in short supply; is that correct?

It will be very difficult for DISD to comply with the bilingual requirements if they cannot replace these teachers. One problem with the foreign recruits is that while they may speak Spanish very well, they often do not speak English well at all and therefore their students are at a disadvantage as far as learning English well enough to take the state tests in English.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

Over 200 comments.... Just goes to show how frustrated we all are. We know they read this all across the country, as well as at 3700 Ross.

What will be the next "Open Comments" topic?  Don't know about the rest of you, but part of decompressing for summer is letting the world know NOW what is going on. The powers that be count on us shutting up--and shutting down---for the summer. With this blog, no such luck.....

So, what should we talk about next? Summer school? ACP's for Band? Master schedules? Saving the date---will they still have two types of busses to take us to the event? One for us little people, and the coaches for central staff again?

Tiredandscared
Tiredandscared

William Lipscomb:

1 principal demoted ( due to harassment, bullying of students, parents and teachers)

1 AP transferred (same reason)

2 teachers retired

Instructional coach fired

8 bilingual teachers left

1 art teacher( replacement hired without job being posted)

1 music teacher

1 gen Ed teacher

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

I gathered some specific information. At Skyline FINE Arts is losing 3 Art, 1 Band, 1 Choir, 1 Orchestra, 1 Dance, 1 Speech that I know of.  3 are to retirement. Those 3 said "To hell with this, I've got enough time in." There may be another band teacher leaving.  I don't blame the Orchestra teacher at all. They moved orchestra into the old plastics lab which is filled with dangerous equipment (see injuries of former students and removal of the last plastics teacher).  I don't guess it really matters because Fine Arts  doesn't mean anything compared to football.  Or Basketball. 

Anon
Anon

Casa view has at least 2 teachers who have left the district. There are a lot of excellent teachers still left at that school.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

Does anybody know why---despite all the comments of knowledgeable people on campuses---these gaping holes in teacher leavings are not being shown on the jobs page for DISD?

Are they waiting for God to intervene? Wouldn't NOW be the time for them to lap up or grab newly graduated college kids and stick them naively on campuses. Or is that their plan? Are they using HUNDREDSS of TFA's this year? Are they reserving the best positions for them?

Thoughts, anyone?


 

Beer2
Beer2

On a positive note (at least for me), Sunday evenings won't be so depressing for the next 9 weeks!

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

More losers, this time from Stanford, who believe what research has to say about teachers and teaching. When will those ivy covered professors in ivy covered halls get it that the answers to all that ails education are right here in Dallas? When will they get themselves unto Dallas and learn at the feet of the education reform juggernauts: FMM, BOT, DMN and Dallas business “leaders”? Silly researchers!

APPLYING RESEARCH TO PRACTICE

What do these findings tell us about effective education policy? First, they suggest that the current focus on building teacher human capital—and the paper credentials often associated with it—will not yield the qualified teaching staff so desperately needed in urban districts. Instead, policymakers must also invest in measures that enhance collaboration and information sharing among teachers. In many schools, such social capital is assumed to be an unaffordable luxury or, worse, a sign of teacher weakness or inefficiency. Yet our research suggests that talking to peers about the complex task of instructing students is an integral part of every teacher’s job and results in rising student achievement.

Second, our findings suggest that there is not enough emphasis on the value of teacher stability. We found direct, positive relationships between student achievement gains in mathematics and teacher tenure at grade level and teacher social capital. This suggests that current political efforts to undercut teacher stability and experience may come at a very steep cost.

Third, our results question the conventional wisdom about the power of the principal as the internal leader of teachers in school reform efforts. Principals spending their time on instructional activities and teacher interaction had no effect on teacher social capital or student achievement. But principals who spent more of their time on collaborating with people and organizations outside the school delivered gains to teachers and students alike.

Building social capital in schools is not easy or inexpensive. It requires time and typically the infusion of additional teaching staff into the school. It requires a reorientation away from a Teacher of the Year model and toward a system that rewards mentoring and collaboration among teachers. It also asks school principals and district administrators to become more external in their focus—SPENDING LESS TIME LOOKING OVER TEACHERS’ SHOULDERS AND MORE TIME ON COLLABORATION WITH POTENTIAL OUTSIDE SUPPORTERS OF TEAHERS’ EFFORTS [emphasis mine]. But after decades of failed programs aimed at improving student achievement through teacher human capital and principal leadership, such investments in social capital are cheap by comparison and off er far more promise of measurable gains for students.”

http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/the_missing_link_in_school_reform

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

Bill McKenzie, Jim Schutze and all the other apologists for DISD.... Are you reading this?

leaving
leaving

Thomas Jefferson has 22 openings:  4 math,  1 testing, 4 science, 4 CATE, 4 English, 1 Chinese, 1 Soccer coach, 2 social studies, 1 art.  That's over 25% of our staff.  We have about 80 teachers total (including librarians and Sped and not including teacher aides). 

pokeintheeye
pokeintheeye

We also need to remember that the new TFA people will not have college majors in math and science. They are somehow special in that their native intelligence is supposed to allow them to teach any subject, even if they have never had a class in that subject.

So who is supposed to take the place of the science teachers at Townview in the fall?

Does Miles figure he can replace all the teachers in the magnets and move the magnet teachers to the Harlem Zone?

pokeintheeye
pokeintheeye

Since the TFA guy is going to TAG, will TAG teachers be replaced with TFA? That would make sense since transferring all the TAG teachers to the Harlem Zone would be a real coup for Miles. Then the TFA guy could just recruit all TFA for TAG and make TFA look much more effective than they are.

The TAG teachers couldn't quit after the deadline, could they?

It appears to be a perfect scheme by Miles, but will Travis teachers also be transferred to the Harlem Zone feeder pattern?

We don't think Miles wants his own son's school disrupted.

pokeintheeye
pokeintheeye

So have Booker T. teachers been told which ones are being transferred to the wannabe Harlem Zone experiment? Maybe the English department will be moved since they seem to be doing well.

Has Miles alerted the board that he intends to disrupt the entire system for his make believe Harlem Zone?

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

Travis: 1 reading teacher, the only teacher assistant (due to  Title I cut), custodian to another school, assistant principal to promotion to principal. Watch for key players to slowly exit if Miles continues his assault on teachers.

Impulse only
Impulse only

I hate to go against the stream but I have to say our school's vacancies are mostly due to promotions and retirements.2 APs, retirement and promotion,1 science goin g back to home country, 1 math will teach in magnet sch, 2 social studies, promotion to AP and fellows. 2 CATE retirement. As far as I know all vacancies are filled. No one wants to leave North Dallas unless it is for promotion, opportunity to move up, or more money. Most of our students are very poor and needy and need caring teachers. Our leader is very transparent and she supports and listens to teachers. She has many detractors but she gets things done with students as the focus. Ms. E is very tough on teachers who are lazy and I don't blame her, we have some in our building that need to go. I know we all want the best for our students but if there is no support from admin that makes our lives difficult. I like our PLC and cluster trainings. We are all overworked, I get that. In the end our scores went up and it is all worth it. Don't we all want to be part of something great? We felt good to leave for summer break.

DISD
DISD

L. P. Cowart Ele.

PK  needs 0

K  needs 1 Bilingual

1 needs 2  Bilingual

2 needs 1 Bilingual

3 needs 1 Bilingual

4 needs 0

5th needs 1 Bilingual

This list was as june 13 2013

CATE Teacher
CATE Teacher

There will be two science teachers left at Townview. I am a CATE Teacher (a pretty good one as evidenced by my students ability to become certified and be "career ready"). I am staying for my students although I could very easily have a job in my former profession on THE DAY that I decide to quit. After speaking with many of my CATE colleagues, we are reserving judgment to see what principal we get and how that principal acts and treats us - with no reservations about leaving at a moments notice - because we as a group care more about being treated with respect as professionals than having a teaching certification.

Resigning
Resigning

To all Dallas ISD teachers who have found new life, know that you will be missed and no other could ever take your place. As you begin your new journey, someone is watching over you and understands that you have moved on to something bigger and better. Remember this:

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Well, two records have been broken today. This blog will easily get 100 comments in less than 24 hours. Good job Abigail, you struck a nerve. Also, Persona non grata passed the 1000th comment mark. Keep the passion going.

Parenting in DISD
Parenting in DISD

What about Junkins, Nathan Adams, Walker MS, Pershing, Preston Hollow, Kramer, Anne Frank, Dan D Rogers, Franklin MS, Hillcrest HS, White HS, Stonewall Jackson, Hexter, Withers, Degolyer?  These are just the schools that come to mind but I know there are many others.  I don't understand why posters can't name school when postings are anonymous??

I Love Miles
I Love Miles

The entire science department at Townview is leaving, along with 3 principals--Health, Business, and TAG.  A bunch of English, math, social studies, and career-prep teachers leaving too.

What are we going to do (Hopping Mad)
What are we going to do (Hopping Mad)

Mt Auburn Elementary-1 office, 12 teachers, 7 of those bilingual. 2 pushed out at middle of year, 1 left at middle of year of own accord, but because of Miles. So 15 teachers so far.

One for the road
One for the road

Icing on the cake- ED, principal and assistant principal observed me May 14, I was doing one last TIMED writing before students took their AP exam. I received 1s and 1.5s because there was no MRS. Comment was "students should write at home."

FamilyGuy
FamilyGuy

OK. I asked this on the previous post.  Does anybody here have a problem with Stephanie Taylor, Principal at Greiner Middle School, having supposedly two arrests for drunk driving?  They are firing good folks like you all or pushing you out for things far pettier than criminal behavior, behavior that can kill people.  And yet she is a finalist for Principal of the Year?  I mean, why is this not a stick in your crawl?  You are being pushed out for no good reason and yet a two time drunk driving criminal who put people in danger is left to collect 6 figures at taxpayer expense.  And you all are ok with this?  This is fair?  Come on!! 

Here Comes Retirement
Here Comes Retirement

13 for sure at our school with another 5 almost confirmed, waiting for contracts at other school districts.Can't give name of school, it is an elementary and has not been mentioned.

This is a shame, there are people retiring that I thought would never leave under any condition. My sadness for the students of DISD is overwhelming.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

What about the precious magnets? Is it true that the new TAG principal is under 30 years old?

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

SUGGESTION: Ask the new principal on your campus to demonstrate a lesson, DOL and MRS's included, with live students. Play dumb, They think we are already, right? Tell them , you just don't get it, and you need them to demonstrate it for you---in front of the kids.

Cannot wait to see the results.

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

From email:

New Marsh principal was introduced to parents and faculty members, not selected by them.  Gee....no cronyism there.

Also:  Marsh principal's daughter was on campus 3 days before end of school.  On last day of school, daughter was following mom around outside of school with school kids on campus.  Principal is paid to serve other people's children without her own children present.  Emailer states it's very unprofessional for Marsh principal to have her child on campus.

I agree.

Out of Here
Out of Here

John W.  Carpenter: 6 teachers + 2 custodians.

Planobound
Planobound

Marsh has 14 confirmed - at least 6 others actively interviewing.  The tag-along principal from Colorado has already had PD during our last days of school on how to write DOL's and LO's.  Lord help those left behind and the new ones who fill those spots.  Micro-managing female Miles has taken over.

anon
anon

Dealey had one retire, one move, two go to private schools. That is four. Harry Stone had two to retire.

The truth
The truth

What they don't realize is that the teachers who are leaving ARE the good teachers. The bad teachers can't find jobs anywhere else. I'm leaving and more than half of the folks at my school want to leave but can't find a job.

ghost X
ghost X

Conrad HS: 

12 or more so far, not counting the principal.

At LEAST 6 core, 5 electives, SPED, community liason, Principal, probably others. AP and other very high quality teachers left deliberately, while others were cut by the now-gone principal. The former principal played favorites and bullied teachers based on factors outside quality of instruction. The school started with about 40% new teachers after the principal's first year there, due to campus and district climate. This year, may new (or new to this school or the district) and veteran teachers were bullied and manipulated, due to mean girl style politics, resulting in fairly random contract terminations. Some teachers who wanted to tough it out for the kids were chopped, regardless of good to excellent evaluations.

In essence, there are many more still looking, many due to the situation within the district, others due to professional maltreatment. The teachers at Conrad had to endure a hostile work environment, many filing grievances, with the Miles Doctrine and maltreatment piled on top of that.

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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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