DISD Substitute System Already Calling Subs

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warning-sub-teacherOn Sunday, the day before the first day of school, the DISD substitute placement system was up and running, calling subs.

Mike Miles is doing such an effective job of hiring quality teachers that, apparently, some children will start the school year off without a teacher.

Remember that these phone calls are not related to the unfilled positions already covered by long-term subs; these calls are for the positions where there is no teacher slated to be in the room when the children arrive.

Perhaps this need has something to do with the fact that working conditions for teachers in the district are so terrible that no one wants to work for DISD, so teaching vacancies remain even after a long summer break.

I could list dozens, but one example of the terrible working conditions DISD teachers face is this: on the first day of school, many teachers have staff development! Wasn’t last week enough? What can possibly be left to say? Do we really need to have teachers sitting in a meeting instead of tweaking plans and procedures now that they’ve met their students?

If there is something left to tell teachers, maybe we should have used the time wasted on the convocation to communicate important information to teachers so eleventh hour meetings wouldn’t be necessary.

That’s just one example of the mismanagement that is driving teachers away from DISD—so many so that last-minute subs are needed for the first day of school.

I won’t suffer, but my heart breaks for all the excited students who come back to school after a long break only to find out that there isn’t a teacher for them. What a letdown.

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madmusician
madmusician

There are at least 4 substitutes on our campus daily. One class is likely not to have a permanent teacher in front of them for THREE WEEKS!

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

Just a word of friendly advise as people are coming into your classroom: Observations that are conducted during a time that the state says cannot be done are for the PDAS observations! If there was one thing that Dallas ISD taught me was: if it's not documented, it didn't happen! Keep any and all documentation! If they give you documentation during this week and use it on your PDAS, report it to the state!!! 

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

 I thought Floyd did away with the Chief of Staff position a while back. So! Why The City of Dallas Chief Of Staff is now in Dallas ISD with the same position but clueless about education.

Was this JOB posted as the Law mandates? Who were all the candidates for the position? This latest issue stinks to high heaven. Our BOT is once again outside the loop!

Who cares
Who cares

How about this one? Teachers let go for no reason but so called excess ! What excess ? Mike Miles directive to principals to cut their school budget by claiming excess teachers .Sorry no real excess,right? The point was your experienced teachers make too much excess cash so we are cutting them. Principals lied or stretched truths about exemplary teachers so their contracts were not renewed.Now the district rid themselves of 400 + excellent highly qualified teachers because Miles Teach for American teachers were on 1/2 price sale but they can't begin to fill the vacancies nor the expertise the district is needing for our children. We need these techers in our schools and classrooms . Seasoned teachers have much more going for them than anyone can ever begin to give them credit. Our new teachers need their mentoring and expertise that can not be acquired in college. I have had the opportunity to learn from some of the best .Our schools will never be great without their stability and expertise.Most of our classrooms today need experienced teachers with mainstreaming of special Ed students mainstreamed in classrooms , children with learning disabilities and other emotional issues . Now many substitutes filling classroom sending message to our children your education is not a priority because that teacher had experience and made too much so we let her go . Disd forced them to quit ,resign or some chose to file a "law suit" claiming unfair discrimination just to trying to keep their job . What kind of game is Mike miles playing and shame on the board for playing along?

Face it there are very few if any bad teachers in disd ,the job is too hard , the pay is too little and little or no respect for college educated teachers who chose the profession and are not "AC's."

Headlines says Disd Superintendent Mike Miles removes 350 bad teachers. Really ??? 350 is going to change the test scores of this huge district ? Were they really bad or did they just make too much money and were they being used as pawns in Mike Miles money budget game?

Many were labeled excess which as we know is untrue because the district still has so many vacancies they can not fill them all. Mike Miles is gaming us all !

He has shown zero integrity and respect for teachers ,parents, and our children's education. We are all on the same side not at war. Mike Miles and Texas should be asking teachers," How can we help you do a better job with our children of Texas."" We are here to support you !"

In reality administration degrades them, under pays them for giving ,often their own families sacrifice for their unpaid time and unpaid supplies and often poor working conditions in many of our inner city run down schools. Now Miles wants longer days and free tutoring or meetings when you should be preparing,evaluating and getting ready for the next days lessons.

Also shame on the board for hiring and supporting a superintendent lacking values and character pillars we model and teach daily in our schools and our classrooms. Teachers honestly love what you do and have a special gift with these children to take this abuse and lack of respect that Mike Miles and his board are handing out. Let's see anyone of them teach 6weeks in a teachers shoes making sure the student learns and understands what has been taught. Oh and we might want to do at least 2-3 so called "spot observation /evaluations" during that time and a test to evaluate to see how much the children retained just to add more support to the job.

Why are they forcing teacher to retire who love teaching and want to work because they love what they do? Oh and we forgot retired teacher cannot sub in unfilled position.

It seems to our real priorities fall short of what really matters, our children and to support the people whom directly have contact and influence on their lives so teaching and schools can be a better place

for all our futures .

Here Comes Retirement
Here Comes Retirement

I have friends who retired and wanted to sub and their paperwork is not being processed, and they have to start over with all of the paperwork, like they never worked for DISD. Common sense says move their paperwork over from full time to sub work....................... ahhhh but that would make sense!

substitute X
substitute X

It saddens me to have to report that Human Capital is being wasted down at HCM. There is no system for matching subs certified in a particular content area (or certified at all) with long-term assignments. Subs have to magically find out about a long-term spot, then get the Principal to "fast track" them through HR (at least they do now, since HR is backed up with all the last-minute hires.)

Hence, the perfect long-term sub, possibly a candidate for a full-time position, may be out there, seeking appropriate assignments, while children are subjected to a well-connected desk-surfer.

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

I'd like to thank the subs for being there under uncertain conditions. Always ready to go despite materials, instructions, or knowing exactly what they'll be expected to do!

dustbunny2020
dustbunny2020

Why would miles hire someone to help him understand how his policies effect certain groups and communities?  He doesn't care.  Groups and communities have been speaking out all year at the school board meetings.  Don Williams of Dallas Achieves and many community leaders have spoken out.  He doesn't care.  This is just more money wasted.  HE DOES NOT CARE.

AcatnamedSam
AcatnamedSam

We used to have the best short bus driver ever; an older gentleman who knew his children, responded to their needs and was so unbelievably kind that it made my eyes waters just to see the interaction.

This year, we have a driver who left two severely autistic and language-delayed children at the school as he drove away.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

Not having the buses or bus schedules ready

is a great way to thoroughly p..** off the parents

and bring more wrath upon Miles' head. I'm all for it. I hope he continues to be as incompetent

here as he is with teachers. Then the parents of DISD will wake up to the disaster that is

Mike Miles.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

Does Miles truly believe that hiring a PR person will help him win over the teachers? Nope.He hopes to continue waging war against teachers, trying to rally the citizenry of North Dallasbehind him. But he can't get kids educated by the wealthy folks in North Dallas whose kidsdon't even attend DISD. He has YET to figure out that he needs teachers' support.

So far he has done nothing to earn the support of the people he needs---TEACHERS.

DallasCynic
DallasCynic

I object to the graphic: "Danger Substitute Teacher." I am a sub and have a Masters Degree. I could easily teach my subject area . Actually I have taught the material. The only things between me and the piece of paper is that I have not paid Prometric $120 for the content test (proud of it, aren't they), sat through classes telling me how to teach and then funneled some more money toward the State of Texas.  Of course they don't seem to teach how to get the parents involved which even the certified teachers can't do.

manyeyes
manyeyes

Question:  are subs contract employees, or temporary, part-time?  Do the permanent subs have different status than the part-time subs?  How much do they make/hour?  /day?  What are they expected to handle?  Do the test scores for students who have been attended to by  "permanent" subs for part of the year weigh any differently on the CEIs for the "real" teachers?

Louis J Kool
Louis J Kool

Dallas residents.  Please call the Dallas County Commissioner for your district.  Ask them if they voted to outsource transportation?  I can't believe this could have happened without a vote, as it's Dallas County Transportation.  Please voice your displeasure.  Don't let this happen to our kids.


Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@BlueBonnet I had a spot ob today. It was fine. She had one comment and I asked for help to make it better and she said she'd be happy to talk to me.  Wow. 

disdblogger
disdblogger moderator

@Pancho Villa 

Blackmon is the Mayor's Chief of Staff.  She is not being hired as Chief of Staff for DISD.

collateralDISDamage
collateralDISDamage

@Who cares Note: Miles snatched teacher units from other schools for his Strategic Feeder Pattern, Imagine 2020 pet project. Then the legal and budget folk noticed that this was illegal, that the district would not meet "comparability" requirements. I wonder if those teaching units were really re-allocated to their original schools. Who's checking? As for quality teachers who lost their jobs to this process, who is trying to hire them back?

collateralDISDamage
collateralDISDamage

@Who cares Miles let the principals decide who to chop, even the ones against whom piles of grievances had been filed. Teachers ended up being terminated at the whim of these people, even if they had great evaluations, were at the low end of the pay scale, or both.

The Mayor supported him, until now, when ohhhh, lookey there, his Chief of Staff is suddenly in DISD at a hefty raise. The timing is, of course, a complete coincidence.

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@substitute X "since HR is backed up with all the last-minute hires"

Wow, sad and true.  

Just what every parent wants--a last-minute hire for their kids.  

And the added bonus of a superintendent who can only attract last-minute hires?  Paperwork for substitutes is not being processed.

Being driven to school in a stranger's personal car (some with rims...lol), no permanent teacher and not enough subs.  Let's just give the give kids a thin, watery gruel for lunch with a "side" of stale, hard bread and be done with it.

Woodrow Alum
Woodrow Alum

@substitute X Retired teachers cannot substitute in an unfilled teacher position  Get someone who doesn't know the subject matter!  DUH!


Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@Aztec Warrior I do not want to have 32 Bil. students in my room. I am glad my OLD retired Sub is there. I will help her with some of the BS paperwork.

Woodrow Alum
Woodrow Alum

@dustbunny2020 Does MM really have a superintendent certificate?  Shouldn't an employee understand how to run a school district legally?


BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

@AcatnamedSam  

First, they are child WITH autism, not autistic children. 

When I was in an autism unit, we had wonderful bus drivers who understood the kids. They would lovingly help each and every student. I cannot imagine how my "kids" are handling the new drivers. I hope that every parent of a child with a disability will become an active advocate for his/her child and contact his/her school board member and demand action! 


manyeyes
manyeyes

@retiredteacher Are we still talking about Paula Blackmon?  I'm sure she's a very nice person, but for him to cherry-pick somebody whose middle name is "Driven Junior-Leaguer with Dedicated Stay-at-Home-Husband whose Kids Attend St. Thomas Aquinas..."  sends a pretty clear signal to the residents of Dallas about the political power in Dallas, and matter of loyalty to Dallas citizens and the public school children.  Come on, let's hear somebody tell us about how these types are all about educating the children of Dallas, and how committed they are.  Face it.  They make their names stuffing goodie bags for charity shelter Christmas parties.  

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@DallasCynic It's not about the potential quality of individual subs.  The problem with subs is that they are temporary and the kids know it.  

Parents like myself don't want our kids to have temporary teachers no matter how good the sub is.  We don't want our children in schools where the principal is too incompetent to staff the school.  We don't want our children in districts too corrupt to staff the schools.

Having a permanent, certified teacher does not guarantee quality or consistency, but it greatly increases the odds.  

manyeyes
manyeyes

@DallasCynic Agree with you that subs are not to be discounted, and the DISD doesn't give them the same credit and employment consideration that Starbucks gives it's barristas for part-time work.  I don't understand that.  I've subbed as well, have some seen some incredibly qualified people come through.  I have also seen teachers retire before they need to and come back as subs into both permanent and one-off sub assignments in the same school they retired from because it saved them the beating from the principal.  Very sad.  IOW they were harrassed as teachers in some cases, and welcomed back as subs by the same principal.  Very, very dysfunctional and very disheartening.  Also, good for them for taking care of themselves.  They still love the kids, just over playing games with these narcissistic, inhumane types of "educational leaders."

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

@DallasCynic I agree that many of the subs are career teachers. I too was a sub. I also know that there are many out there who are being placed into classrooms where they are clueless. One example would be a non-Spanish who is  placed in a bilingual class or a non-Math person is placed into a AP math class. If the district is going to use full time subs, make sure it is a workable match and not one of the ones who will just sit there reading magazines!


DallasCynic
DallasCynic

@manyeyes I have given tests, done reviews and even graded tests. It all depends on the teacher and quite frankly how comfortable they feel with a particular sub. I think subs are considered part time. 

substitute X
substitute X

@manyeyes No contracts (come ON! Teachers of Record barely have contracts their first year.)

I can't remember the specifics for non-certified subs, but I think they have to have a certain number of college hours, and get paid between 75-80 per day in DISD.

A substitute who has active teacher certification makes 90.00 per day. The rate is supposed to go up to just over 200. per day (close to starting teachers' salaries, though no benefits) after 30 consecutive in-classoom days. However, this can be cut short by the school opting to save money by moving the sub to another assignment after 29 days, schools being closed for weather, and anything else which disrupts 30+ full, consecutive days.

What they are expected to handle varies wildly. Some subs are auditioning for teaching positions, and take on as many of the duties of a "regular" teacher as possible. Some just read the paper, or manage behavior. It depends completely upon the assignment and the school.

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

@manyeyes I was a sub for three years. They have to work X amount of days per year to automatically placed on the list for the next school year. They are not contract, nor are they temp. They only work the days that they want. During my three years, I took several long term positions, yet was never contract. I know that there are some subs who are lazy and this is the only job they can get, but there are many who, like me at the time, needed the job to find a school that would "fit". I worked harder than most teachers. When I was long term, I had to do all the paper work as a regular teacher. The only thing was if I attended a parent conference night or a teacher prep day, I had to volunteer my time, as subs are only paid for days when the students are on campus. I am also certified, so I think that by being certified, I have a better understanding and knowledge of the teaching process. I am off on Fridays and am thinking of going back as a sub. I don't want to do it full time; I want to teach, not do DOLs or MRSs!   

bookguy
bookguy

@Louis J Kool This was voted on by the school board last spring (maybe June).  It was listed on the board agenda if anyone had looked.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

@Louis J Kool County Commissioners have NOTHING to go with our busses. Dallas County Schools has its own board, its own taxing entity.

manyeyes
manyeyes

Dallas residents,  ask yourselves if the transportation of our children has been working in the most efficient and safe manner possible.  Then ask yourselves if you have followed the money, safety records and "delivery rates" all the way around this matter.  Then follow the money, etc.  Then leave no stone unturned in coming up with a real solution to finding vendors who can and will get all of our Dallas County students from point a to point b in the best way possible.  If that solution is teacher-bus drivers, great.  If not, great.  If it means combining systems, great.  

If the City of Dallas and DISD can't figure this out, it takes no more than a look at City Hall to figure out why. Top heavy.  Maybe it's a feng-shui issue.  Not exactly a lean style.

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

@Woodrow Alum @dustbunny2020  

If Dallas ISD changed transportation providers, did the BOT receive bids? Were bids needed? Was this a legal transaction? Will Coggins  look into this?

AcatnamedSam
AcatnamedSam

@BlueBonnet @AcatnamedSam Is that like a woman WITH narcolepsy, rather than a narcoleptic woman or a boy WITH epilepsy, rather than epileptic boy or a man WITH alcoholism, rather than an alcoholic man.

Your spirit is appreciated, but I'm worn thin by playing silly semantic games.  


DallasCynic
DallasCynic

@A is for Abigail @DallasCynic My best teacher who taught chemistry, math, trig etc was not a certified teacher. He did however have a level of content knowledge that was truly amazing to behold.

That was in the old days before NCLB, and I would guesstimate that after 30+ years I still remember a good 50% of what he taught me. It is good enough that I can actually help my students effectively today in the sciences.

substitute X
substitute X

@A is for Abigail @DallasCynic I've been a long-term sub who taught within my content area. There is less consistency for the students. 

Of course, does not seem to be a district priority on any level. TFA people fly through in about two years in most cases, and the way first year teachers' contracts are written makes them basically disposable.

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@DallasCynic Let me clarify:  no parent minds a sub now then or even for a week or two if absolutely necessary.

But a sub for an entire semester of Chemistry?  A sub for the first 3 months of kindergarten?  

That's what parents dislike and those situations are the fault of Miles and HR.



DallasCynic
DallasCynic

@BlueBonnet @DallasCynic I Never just sit and read a magazine. And I always make sure the students know that I will help them if it means going through the index to find the information to help them understand it

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@substitute X @manyeyes I think I got $69 a day in 1997 as uncertified with an associates degree.  I finished school and hired in at $27K. 

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

@substitute X @manyeyes Dallas ISD changed the requirements for a sub a few years back. ALL subs MUST have at least a four year degree to be able to sub as a teacher. They are paid $75.00 per day. After 10 days in the same position, the daily rate does increase. As for the certified subs, yes, the information you gave in accurate. 

If a sub does not hold a degree, he/she can only sub as a teacher assistant or in an office. Only Pre-K and special education TAs qualify for a sub. 

S54 Time
S54 Time

@substitute X @manyeyes I subbed in DISD back in the late '90's and up until 2000 while I was a stay at home mom, not everyday, but occasionally.  I was, and still is, a certified teacher and guess how much they paid me all those years ago?  $90.00/day like they still do!!!!  DISD hasn't risen the daily rate of a certified sub since before  1998!!!!

manyeyes
manyeyes

@Beer in Hand @Louis J Kool Hmmm.  This seems more than a little fishy.  The buses in Dallas County don't seem to be one of the weak links overall, though it's hard to get the system to accommodate some of the finer points, like field trips.  

So, what's this all about?  Curious:  Who do the charters use?

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

@manyeyes Sounds like Durham Bus Company or some other Miles' minions are trying to do some blog work here..... Dallas County Schools does just fine, thank you very much.

They do a ball-busting job very well.

The last time we checked, the vendors in the running could not even handle, what was it? Rockwall? Garland?


DallasCynic
DallasCynic

@A is for Abigail @DallasCynic It depends on the quality of sub they have, does it not? I will admit I have seen some subs where the students would be better off with my lazy cat. 

DISDSub
DISDSub

@substitute X @BlueBonnet @manyeyes and I can guarantee  you - after that 29th day in the same subbing classroom - you will be moved to another assignment.  They will not pay the long-term certified sub for all the extra work required to take that teaching spot.  I've seen it happen too many times.  I won't do long term subbing jobs for that very reason. 

substitute X
substitute X

@BlueBonnet @substitute X @manyeyes Thanks for clarifying. I think the day rate only increases 10.00 per day after the first 10 days. It's that 31st day that can actually enable a sub to go from extreme to just regular poverty! 200+ a day sounds great, but it took a lot of 90. and 100. days to get there.

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

@manyeyes @Beer in Hand @Louis J Kool A lot of the charters have there own buses.

As a parent in Dallas ISD, I would like to see the safety record of the company that will be transporting my child! In fact, I might demand it! If I am a tax paying parent, I think it should be made public as well as their safety record compared to Dallas County School's. I would also want to see the training log of the training that is given to the new company as well as the background check!

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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;

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