Dallas PTAs: Cookies or Something Else?

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pta-mafiaParent Teacher Associations (PTAs), and those that include students, PTSAs, along with the independent version PTO, have long been a fixture of Dallas ISD schools. The PTAs, because of their national association, have a legislative lobbying role, as well as a parent education mission, but all of these groups are generally thought of as a way to have organized parent involvement.

In the past, Dallas ISD PTAs have joined together and pressed the district for campus level maintenance.  They have organized back to school picnics and helped with award ceremonies. And always they baked cookies.

What does your PTA do on your campus? Are teachers involved? Does your PTA work well with administration and staff? Do you even have a functioning PTA?

If you are a parent, what plans does your PTA have for welcoming back teachers and staff? It would be great if every teacher and staff member felt supported by the parents and community as they start the new school year.

And of course the most important question, does anyone still bake cookies?

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Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Finally, a capstone article summarizing research about the inability of the US educational model to reliably educate poor and minority children! Your favorite cliche for educational shams (The king has no clothes. Smoke and mirrors. Blowing smoke. Snow job., etc.) is vindicated by research in this article.

Thanks so much to OldenDays for posting the link to this "must read" article! Short summaries with links are provided for the topics below.

Meanwhile, closer to home and holding the educational keys to our kingdom, we have our own collosal magnum of malfeasance that eschews all things research: the Betraying Our Trust BOT.

How wonderful to gain access to this article on the very day we will be forced to listen to our Charlatan in Residence as he spins the faux success of DISD (complete with happy dance). Think about this quote from the article as you watch with embarrassment: "...education reform continues a failed tradition of honoring messaging over evidence. "

Here are the topic headings:

"• What we know now about grade retention:

• What we know now about charter schools:

• What we know now about school choice (and competition):

• What we know now about value added methods (VAM) of teacher evaluation:

• What we know now about teacher quality:

• What we know now about merit pay:

• What we know now about Teach For America (TFA):

• What we know now about the SAT:

• What we know now about accountability, standards, and high-stakes testing:

• What we know now about miracle schools:

• What we know now about education as a social change agent:

Well into the second decade of the twenty-first century, then, education reform continues a failed tradition of honoring messaging over evidence. Neither the claims made about educational failures, nor the solutions for education reform policy today are supported by large bodies of compelling research.

As the fate of NCLB continues to be debated, the evidence shows not only that NCLB has failed its stated goals, but also that politicians, the media, and the public have failed to embrace the one element of the legislation that held the most promise--scientifically based research--suggesting that dodos may in fact not be extinct."

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/08/19/what-we-know-about-schools-but-choose-to-ignore/

Exceeds and Proud
Exceeds and Proud

Wtf is up with moving elementary level ESL certified teachers to teach bilingual Math? Is this just my campus? Nope, it's across the district. Time was DISD wouldn't touch ESL in the elementary level and yet here we are...what goes around, comes around. I guess this way they don't have to pay the $3000 stipend AND students get some service.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

So, anybody get trained on PDAS yet?


If you aren't angry, you aren't paying attention.


Tomorrow, how many of you were told it is a "work day," then they take 90 minutes away to watch the "SHOW?"

BobbyGarland
BobbyGarland

A teacher from Sunset is reporting the principal told them they will have PLC meetings everyday before or after school.  EVERYDAY!!! Insane   It's posted on the DMN blog.

S54 Time
S54 Time

Anyone else have a rule of 90 minutes of PLC meeting time per week?  WTH?  Somehow I thought our week was actually going to get a bit shorter this year.  We were told in June our bell would ring @  4:00, NOPE!!  We're still going to slave (I mean work) for 8 1/2 hours each day. Welcome to servanthhood :(

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

I know this is off-topic, but the new district website is yelling at all who have the misfortune to behold it. Caps Lock anyone? And someone please tell me that we don't have a new district logo in Arial! I know we complained about the luxurious die-cut programs from last year's Convocation, but this is a bit too far in the opposite direction. Yeesh!

justsayingitagain
justsayingitagain

There will be news coming before the end of the week. Some birdie told me so, and the birdie works "inside".

chopped liver department
chopped liver department

Miles wants to pretend that we experienced teachers are insignificant.

Fine, let's allow him his delusions.  In return, we should not have to view Convocation. 

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Everyone ready for tomorrow's I-have-no-shame spectacular?

Can't we PLEASE suspend the no alcohol on campus rule just for the duration of the torture?

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Well, at least 3 trustees appear to have some common sense about employee relations. Then there's the other 5....

"Dallas school board president Eric Cowan has pulled a proposal from Thursday’s board meeting to appoint former trustee Edwin Flores to lead a teacher evaluation commission."

“I dont want anyone directing this commission who has garnered great controversy,” trustee Carla Ranger said.

Dan Micciche said the commission members should name the chair. “A better way to build a consensus is for the appointees to select the chair.”

Bernadette Nutall agreed. “We need consensus building and buy-in from the staff and the district.”"

http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2013/08/dallas-isd-board-postpones-vote-to-appoint-former-trustee-edwin-flores-to-lead-teacher-evaluation-commission.html/

Exceeds and Proud
Exceeds and Proud

Last year our PTA consisted of one set of parents who were great but they moved. We haven't had an active PTA for five years.

Everything about our school is so FUBAR that I could weep.

Exceeds and Proud
Exceeds and Proud

Omg, after a long day of listening to Mini-Miles indoctrinating the new 1/2 of the staff, what I want to know is.....

Has he resigned yet?

I kept checking my phone for wfaa news.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

Our PTA fed us today, It was real good. All kind of tacos and large cup orange juice. I can not complain about my PTA. Once every 3 month they feed us POZOLE ROJO. Man! that is great. Believe of not even my sister teachers eat that pozole. 

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@Exceeds and ProudBTW, they have no choice. They never thought for a second before they took away the stipend. Every time an out of state puke take control Crayola like this take place. It happens every single time. You need to wait and see how TEA inspectors will deal with DISD. It is going to be nasty! There are not any Bilingual teachers coming to Dallas ISD. They few we are here are planning to leave as soon as we find job in nearby districts, they pay better. It is plain and simple. Economic 101: the law of demand and supply. However, Floyd is too stupid to see it.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@Exceeds and Proud Do you actually expect Gen Ed Teachers to teach ELL math? The pecking order is Bilingual, ESL, Gen Ed. That has been the norm for the last 20 -30 years.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

@OldenDays 

Most of those bullets in the article has been also shown to be true in Dallas,  We can add some.


 Privatization of public schools does not work-Edison Project. 

 Closing or reconstituting schools is just cosmetic noise and does not improve learning. Spruce, HS redesign.

 Corporate farming out of special services just makes money for businesses with minimal impact on achievement.  Cannot remember the Rod Paige firm that ran Village Fair. Now we have SES providers.

There will be new ones coming.

Grad rates changes are not correlated with college success rate changes.

Virtual schools do not work but it will do wonders fro the graduation rate.

On-line courses have minimal impact for at-risk kids (duh, no kidding). 

Delayering (Hinojosa) and relayering  (Miles) just impacts adults and available funds, not children.

Teacher experience does matter when you look at life success, not test results.

DISD is the canary in the coal mine.  Perhaps the DISD logo should be a dead canary, feet up and not the picture of the vomiting  race neutral child.

 




Persona non grata
Persona non grata

DNN headline tomorrow afternoon:

Over 200 DISD Projectors Fail within Minutes of Each Other"

chopped liver department
chopped liver department

@Pancho Villa Don't you have something better to do?  Please get a job, a life, a partner, a diversion, a hobby, a grammar book, something.

BobbyGarland
BobbyGarland

@MrGlen @BobbyGarland  

Absolutely a FMM disciple.  I hear she (principal Luz Martinez) and the executive director Desiree Arias are good friends also.  Her TAKS and EOC scores were atrocious at the high school she was principal at in West Oso ISD, and Sunset alone has more students than her previous school district.

S54 Time
S54 Time

@justsayingitagain @CMF I did read it, I just don't get it.  Is this actually legal?  Aren't we working way beyond the 7 1/2 required hours with this unpaid 90 minutes of PLC BS?

justsayingitagain
justsayingitagain

@CMF I guess this depends on the kind of principal you have......some are kissing A**, and some are standing up for teachers.

Exceeds and Proud
Exceeds and Proud

Or how about a headline that reads: Mass Riots Break Out on 200 DISD Campuses.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@chopped liver department I love to mess with your brains! Jajaja


S54 Time
S54 Time

@chopped liver department For real!!!!!!!


disgruntled
disgruntled

@A is for Abigail @BobbyGarland @MrGlen During the new teacher training for my new district, I ran into 5 teachers I knew from DISD, and there are 4 of us on the campus I am assigned to,  

Each of us has had the same response; it's amazing to be somewhere where, top to bottom, we are made to feel welcomed.

MrGlen
MrGlen

@A is for Abigail Tovar would have been a good Super.  He knows systems, hires good people and lets them perform. He isn't a micromanager.  Several good principals in DISD learned under Tony. The new principal  will mess things up there. More people will quit. It is a shame.

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@Aztec Warrior @justsayingitagain @CMF Typical DISD.  

Worry about wringing a few extra minutes out of teachers instead of inspiring them to focus on the kids and not the clock.

That this is what DISD leadership cares about is why the district performs so badly.  

Remember when open-toed shoes and pantyhose were the big concern?  Form over substance.  Classic DISD.

As long as punitive, form-over-substance people are in charge, a cancer on the city is what you get.

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

@justsayingitagain @CMF They are just saying 7 3/4 and expecting something else. First we were told hours would be 7:45 - 3:30. Handbook says until 4:30. Then it was explained that district will pay two teachers at grades 3,4,5 to tutor until 4:30, which is why the handbook says 4:30. All other teachers will donate half an hour until 4:00 two days a week, and then the additional 90 minutes on the other days. So I already see that I'm being asked to stay four days a week extra at their request. Which is fine, but why insult me and say my hours are from 7:45 until 3:30, when clearly I can't clock out and leave at 3:30?

justsayingitagain
justsayingitagain

@CMF @justsayingitagain  I think it's 7 3/4 hours "MINIMUM".   Go to a school and ask the Principal the work hours BEFORE you sign up, The rubber WILL meet the road! Ask for the hours in writing. Sign it, copy it, and present it.

S54 Time
S54 Time

@justsayingitagain @CMF I shall!  Spoke to a few teachers at my HS campus today and EVERYONE actually told that they have prayed all summer the dictator exits.  I have yet to meet a DISD educator who likes this evil man.

chopped liver department
chopped liver department

@Pancho Villa Pobresito, tu mala.  You no mess wid my brains unless you sez sumpin remotely intellihent.  You just annoyin' wid yo random-ass comments about whatever and jajaja to you, too.

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