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resign-nowA group of DISD parents have been meeting to discuss ways to hasten the departure of Superintendent Mike Miles.  They plan to speak publicly with the Board of Trustees, and Mayor and City Council.  They have just released an on-line petition which we present here without comment…(That’s what you do best!)

“It is critically important that all children within Dallas ISD have access to great public schools, led by high quality principals with an effective teacher in each and every classroom. These goals are being hindered by current leadership. A more positive, creative atmosphere for work and study must be restored within DISD.

Although, Mr. Miles has been in Dallas just over a year, there have been questions about the legality of his actions to such an extent that a $100,000 investigation was required. In addition to the questions being raised by this investigation into his ethics and character, Miles has insulted, threatened, or otherwise driven off, not only staff who was trying to work closely with him (i.e. people whom he personally hired) but also hundreds of talented teachers and principals as well. Hundreds of Dallas ISD professionals have simply left our school district, seeking a more positive school environment.

We fear more teachers will be leaving. We fear students may follow, as they did by the hundreds in Colorado. We ask that either he resign to reunite with his family in Colorado, or that the DISD Board take actions to demand his resignation.”

In an email sent to members of the community the group stated:

Dear Parents and Community:

One of our Dallas ISD parents has launched the on-line petition the group discussed at our first meeting. Here is the web site and link for you to sign the petition. Also would you send the link to your E-mail contacts please as well as put it on your Facebook page? If you belong to a Dallas ISD alumni network considering sharing it with your former classmates as well.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/222/888/939/people-of-dallas-demand-mike-miles-resignation/

Our next meeting will be this Wednesday, Sept. 4th at MLK Center in Building A, Activity Room B. We will begin at 7 PM

Please invite other parents; and, xxxxxxxx from xxxxxxxx  will be available to do some video taping of parents who want to be on YouTube to express their desire to see Miles resign. If you would like to be on the YouTube video or know of parents xxxxxxx can contact about the video, please give xxxxxxx a call at: xxx-xxx-xxxx

Editors Note:  We have been asked to remove the name of the organization mentioned including the contact name and the phone number from this blog post. First, because the organization was not the driving force behind the meeting or the petition – DISD parents were – and,  second, because,  “the publicity is welcome but a little early”.  We have obliged.

Let us know what you think…

 

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retiredteacher
retiredteacher

@Disd parent  Of course teachers take work home. This is a "control" issue and part of the overall plan to treat teachers as hourly workers rather than college educated professionals. It's a management style that only works in fast food restaurants or other industries where people are desperate for work, but it is nevertheless being employed by DISD.  The extra 45 unpaid minutes, combined with an extra class at no pay, make DISD less and less desirable as a place of employment. No other school district in the area treats teachers like hourly workers. Any wonder that so many experienced teachers fled DISD?

Retaliation Time
Retaliation Time

According to Matthew Haag, he was told that Coggins' will finish the investigation this week. Dallas ISD has to put out a meeting notice 72 hours in advance, so a notice could go up tomorrow for a Friday meeting.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

For anyone who might doubt that Straight Talk and Todd Williams are the same person, I brought some supporting links and data.

Admittedly, I am making this connection based on the theory that NO ONE but Goldman Sachs people use the phrase "culture carrier." Not even people in Uplift. If someone has evidence that this phrase is in use somewhere else, please set me straight. Once I caught a whiff of that particular corporo-speak (not unlike Miles' Power Phrases,) a light bulb went off, since everything else is a perfect fit.

culture carrier:” one of the employees who gets why the firm is great and looks out for its long-term health and interests in the most official way.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-10-22/greg-smith-and-goldman-sachs-a-bad-romance

Straight Talk responded to MrGlen's sixth question regarding what makes for a quality principal/AP with this:

"6. Strong leader, culture carrier..."

Now look at what Todd said, under his own name, in the DMN comments, 2 days ago:

"...if we truly value teaching, our best educators need to be paid more. They also need to be paid based on their overall contribution to a school (student growth, culture carrier, going the extra mile...)"

http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2013/08/should-we-be-thinking-about-teachers-staying-for-only-a-few-years.html/

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

I was busy having as life this weekend. I check in here and what a reality check for S T. Let me recap what he wrote, and let me pile on, okay? I used to love that in middle school football. To recap, and then I will also add in my 5 cents in replies sections--because, as a teacher, I am worth more than two pennies:

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@MrGlen 1.  This is not a defense of Miles.  This is a request for teachers to demand a change in the system that increases the overall quality of teaching in DISD.  Removing ineffective teachers, giving effective teachers more freedom/empowerment, coming up with a system that allows a capable administrator to distinguish between the two types of teachers and paying our best teachers more so that they don't have to go into administration to provide more for their family, send their children to college, etc.  An end to the indefensible claim that "we are all great, pay us solely due to experience, fight off attempts to measure teacher quality, etc."  This system is NOT working; acknowledge that and our role in fixing it.

2.  This is not a defense of Miles.

3.  A historically broken HR system which didn't insist on a certain level of quality before a principal could hire a teacher (allowing patronage and "who you knew" to run amok).  Poor professional development which threw new teachers to the wolves with little support and on boarding.  Zero focus on data to identify weaknesses and direct support toward those weaknesses.   Poor resources provided from central admin....no supplies, no books, not enough working computers, not enough bandwidth.   List goes on and on.

4.  This is not a defense of Miles.

5.  Strong content knowledge; the ability to engage and relate to students; the ability to show them why what you are teaching them "matters"; the ability to show them that you care about them;  the desire to engage parents where and when you can, recognizing that many will not engage at all....but the door is always open.

6.  Strong leader, culture carrier, the ability to get educators to rally together, the ability to avoid playing favorites and make teachers feel he/she is in our court and wants to help us do our job.

7.  This is not a defense of Miles.

Straight Talk
Straight Talk

@Quo Qu ohhh Please.....Todd Williams.....Mike Morath.....Eli Broad.   Find a boogeyman.  That's always better than a real debate.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Quo Qu Ohhh

I suspected it 4 months ago in this blog on If Rich Kids Don’t Need the STAAR Tests – Nobody Does

and stated it is this blog.

"I agree. Given the knowledge of data, Straight Talk is either Todd Williams or Mike Morath. The prior references to Sat Act, Wall Street, south Dallas school performance, the data spin on Staar results and corny quotes leads me toward Todd Williams. Morath tends to make superficial and naive interpretation of data, Williams has his own world view and Straight Talks view are typical of a Highland Park reformer."

I just cannot believe he would blog long hours on a 3 day weekend unless his world is unraveling or we really piss him off.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

Bonus support: look at the article upon which Williams was commenting: conveniently timed TFA propaganda from McKenzie: "Should we be thinking about teachers staying for only a few years?"

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Pancho Villa Pancho, I realize that there are lots of big things going on elsewhere in the world, but come on, mi hermano - we had one of the Dallas education power brokers posting all over this blog, and you're diluting it with these completely irrelevant comments!

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

@Pancho Villa  

Yes by pasting.  I hope there is no war.  The blog comments by the Syrians are interesting.


I think the links just disappeared in front of me.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

1. Prove to us that all the teachers who go before the Board of Trustees, month after month, are begging for the status quo? They are BEGGING for more pay, more supplies, lower class sizes, enforcement of discipline and policies, like grading, that allow them to be real teachers, not robots or puppets.

2. You are defending Miles, because, if you are who we think you are, YOU are part of the problem in Dallas. If you are who we think you are, the Dallas Regional Chamber stupidly listens to you as their expert on education. You are their go-to-guy on all matters DISD, and they are stupid enough to not question your bias. You are scared, because the man behind the curtain, YOU, has been exposed by a little dog, this blog.

3. Renaming PERSONBNEL as Human Capital Management, then heading it by a kid with NO experience did what for us, exactly? We KNOW Personnel, H R, now H C M--- a BROAD term you have been told to use, is screwed up. We had a USAF LTC run it, then an idiot. We know.

What we need is an experienced person who knows how to run a PERSONNEL department, because, sir, I am not CAPITAL, I am a HUMAN BEING.

4. T is IS a defense of your bad choice. You are also trying to protect your mayor, your water boy, in all this. This blog has been waking people up all around Dallas, Austin and even Washington D.C.  Even the Baddass teachers Assn on Facebook knows about this blog, for heaven's sake. In other words": BUSTED! (MIles' own company will be worthless once he is gone from DISD. We will always make sure that ANY district even considering hiring him or his sister will be linked to this blog.)

You are welcome.




 

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@Pancho Villa That's an interesting station.  It's Iranian and feeds to other sources in Iran and Lebanon. 

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

@Pancho Villa  

PV Your links are circling back to DISDBlog.   

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@0_0 That may pay as much as a certified substitute teacher! But why the sudden shortage? And does the phrase "bus drivers" indicate that there will be actual busses?

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

@0_0  

Click on the other vacancies.  Over 500 vacancies in DISD with week 2 starting and that may be inaccurate and low estimate. Not to worry, Dr. Terry planned for 3-5% no shows in the budget so is a savings not a deficiency. 

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Pancho Villa Yes - the system in action. The DMN takes a break from letting Spuds McKenzie offer his words of wisdom on the subject to let Todd come up to bat. Note the difference between the headline and what Williams is really saying.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Straight Talk,

I agree a debate is best. This blog needs to continue to present the issues on public education. Did you want to debate the new graduation plan that shifts money to reading in early grades? How about establishing a charter on Elm street then going after the principal of the public school in that attendance zone, Willard? Perhaps you want to debate how each UpLift school is its own district and takes the slots for charters from others. I know. We can debate how charters take the children with families placing an emphasis on education but do no better than public schools. Does naive use of data falsely implicating principals and teachers but ignoring system issues sound like a good topic? Your choice.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Straight Talk @Quo Qu ohhh I shouldn't be rude. I'd be happy to have a real debate tomorrow. It's late. I just hate what is being done to make public education radically worse. I don't even care why anymore, I just want it to stop.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@E Kim Selim I believe it - take a smart phone and some down time during a family event, add being really pissed off, and voila. Stranger things have happened. Besides, the Mayor's world is unraveling when it comes to education right now, and he is in with Rawlings on this.

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@Quo Qu ohhh Todd, Bill McKenzie, Mike Morath.  Big bags of nothing.

ER drs and nurses battle to save lives.

Prosecutors and public defenders fight to keep us a nation of laws.

Police and firefighters run into danger past those running out.

Urban school teachers struggle to reach the poorest and the most needy.

Social workers exhaust themselves keeping children safe.

What do those 3 guys do?  They sit on the sidelines of life and "manage."  They make suggestions.  No heavy lifting for them.


Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@Quo Qu ohhh Come on what? I am NOT a Baptist. I DO care when the empire is going to massacre woman and children. I know you do not care about it. So, is 3/4th  of the peasantry if the empire. Sad but true, isn't it? WWII could start, and you want to worry about DISD. You have fullfilled the prophesy 110%. How sad for the world?.Please feel free to go back and crawl under your rock. 

MrGlen
MrGlen

@Quo Qu ohhh that is a shame if ST is really a Dallas education power broker.  I mean, ST is weak on the actual workings of a classroom with real teachers and real students. It is scary that someone with money can just interject themselves into a particular segment of society and end up getting followers based on nothing more than having money.  Knowledge and expertise doesn't count in DISD.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Beer in Hand Amen to number 3, and it bears repeating - naming something Human Capital Management was a tip off to anyone with a pulse that there was going to be trouble.

Using corporate lingo in education is just creepy and wrong, and it needs to stop.

I'll invert this into a "solutions-oriented suggestion" in my fantasy district submission, for those who are allergic to anything resembling a complaint. I would think that those with the all-important critical thinking skills we are supposed to impart onto our students would see complaints for what they are, a simple form of data and feedback. Unfortunately, the model, which I have heard is prevalent within a certain charter school chain, is to coat everything in Power Speak. I can do that; it just seems like a waste of time amongst grown-ups who are attempting to engage in meaningful discourse!

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

5. We are not allowed to engage our kids anymore. Why? because we have to do stupid MRS every 5 minutes. If you knew how teachers teach and students learn, you would know the constant interruptions of this unproven, non-scientific method are killing deeper thinking in classes all over Dallas.

Instead of demanding MORE time with students, we are given less, and with interruptions. We are given more time for "data," not kids. My students are more than a test score, but not for you or Miles---reference our first CORE BELIEF.

6. The culture we have from Miles is one of divisiveness. Academic coaches, really not needed but used, are now able to spot observe us. Strangers from all over DISD can come in to "observe us."

Please, let me sit in on your family dinner one night. Let 6 of us come into your house, quietly, of course, and stand there, Ipads in hand, taking photos of the place, the food, the settings. Let us quietly ask your kids questions while you try to converse with them.

Then, let us "wonder" about what you "should have" served, cooked or said.

Now, let us do that at a business meeting of the Dallas Citizens Council, okay?

7.  You are right, after all. This is NOT about Miles, for he is on his way out. we know it, he knows it, the board knows it. We ALL KNOW IT. It is just a matter of time and legal wrangling of a settlement. Maybe you were not here under Rojas, but we were. We have seen this movie before and know how it ends. What this IS about is the old group of people in Dallas, a small group, running the show for too long. They no longer want to save DISD, but kill it, while looking like they are saving it. They WANT, DESIRE and CRAVE a vital and vibrant charter school system for the upper class and upper middle class to go to , while letting the rest, the poor, got to the curb.

So, in the end,  you ARE right, but for all the wrong reasons.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@A is for Abigail @Quo Qu ohhh They need to be ousted. Ejecting Miles won't be enough. i know it's a long shot, but somehow Dallas needs to be the first big city in a "right to work" state that shuts this machine down.

Title1txteacher
Title1txteacher

Go quo qu ooh!!! You are not a peasant I affirm you. Maybe he meant that you were supposed to go back to the hovel while his lordship surveyed his lands and three you a stale bread loaf in the form of pay for performance...

S54 Time
S54 Time

Completely agree Qu Qo Ohh - Pancho Villa needs a life and a muzzle, so sick of it.  Every time I see that "handle', I scroll on by...................

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Pancho Villa @Quo Qu ohhh@Pancho Villa @Quo Qu ohhh This blog is called disdblog. It exists to address things related to DISD. While global events are obviously significant on a larger scale, there are blogs for that. Even the people on those might find it a bit annoying to have someone falsely crying "censorship" when their links don't work. Even the people on those other blogs would not appreciate someone hijacking a thread in which the a viable connection was being made between the mayor's education advisor and a blog participant who was making unfounded claims about most of the other participants. 

You post a lot of racially biased comments, and I don't object unless it's really blatant. I understand your frustrations and desire to protect students with varying levels of English language proficiency. But I do have to object when I am told to "go back and crawl under (my) rock."

There is enough undeserved punishment and slander against teachers right now. Do you really need to join it? Will that prevent WWIII? What prophecy are you even talking about? Do you need to remind me that, as a teacher of children, I am part of the peasantry? Are you implying that I am a Baptist, or for that matter that I subscribe to any Judeo-Christian system of beliefs pr practices?

It's "sad for the world" that someone who only looks out for his own racial/cultural/language group most of the time on here then has to go off with a bunch of unrelated posts, then insult me for pointing it out. 

And by the way, I do not want to "worry" about DISD. I just want to pursue a career in public education in Dallas. Then a huckster came to town and basically told me I couldn't, that there were no such things anymore, that we were out of here after 3 years, disposable, better replaced by a horde of Ivy League teenagers who themselves will flee and abandon the kids after 2 years.

I then looked around to see why this was happening, in what universe this was considered reasonable or acceptable. The more I looked, the more I saw powerful and moneyed influences in collusion to support this outcome.

I was in the process of calling one of these out, as he was posting in real time on this blog, when Pollo Poco came out and declared that "the sky is falling!"

Maybe WWIII will break out - it's always a possibility. In the meantime, I would like to carry on with my chosen career, one which, in many ways, has chosen me. If you are finished resorting to virtual cannibalism, I will resume my quest, which includes the hope that I do not end up under a rock or overpass for reasons of poverty or emergency shelter.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Pancho Villa @E Kim Selim It's not censorship - happens with PNG's links all the time too. You have to click on the little pencil icon in the bottom left of the comment window, where you will see a little chain icon - to make a link work, you have to copy the url into that address. Then it works just fine.

Now the profanity filter, well... thats another matter, lol. But I shouldn't have been trying to call McKenzie a "male strumpet/fellow-of-the-evening" in this venue anyway (man-wh*re does not get past the filter without an asterisk.)

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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

3. The Challenge of Disruptive Leadership in Dallas ISD, by Decoteau J. Irby, Ph.D. and Matthew Birkhold, M.A.

"You will see from these papers that, after much research and discussion, we believe the current Superintendent lacks the pedagogical, leadership and integrity qualities necessary to lead Dallas ISD and recommend the Board terminate his contract."

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