Color DISD teachers unsurprised by the results.
Regardless, teachers will report for work on Monday.
Despite all of the blather about being “for the kids” by every edu-crat group in Dallas (made up of people so concerned about the kids that none of them teach), it’s DISD teachers who truly will not let the kids down.
Our lesson plans will be written and student papers will be graded.
Athletic, dance and cheerleading practices will go on.
We will monitor the halls between passing periods and before school.
We will walk lines of little ones to the cafeteria for lunch and make sure they all have what they need and that juice cartons are opened before we eat our own sandwiches.
Dallas can count on its teachers to be there and to do the right thing.
But DISD teachers are wondering what their principal’s reaction is going to be on Monday since the implications of the report findings are sort of obvious.
There are a couple of possible scenarios:
1. The principal will either send an email or hold a faculty meeting to tell the teachers that “nothing has changed” and that the quest for the perfect DOL will continue unabated despite the fact that DOLs have not been proven to increase student achievement. 90 minutes A WEEK will still be devoted to reading the Spot Ob rubric and highlighting it—especially the parts about DOLs. The principal will emphasize that he/she didn’t embrace the unproven DOLs and relentlessly use Spot Obs to harass teachers simply to impress Mike Miles; he/she believed in them all along and saving themselves at the expense of teachers had nothing to do with anything. Double-digit vacancies will be posted again in June for that school.
2. The principal will say nothing. Teachers, however, will notice that if they have to close their doors because the hallway is too noisy, no one will open it and reprimand them in front of the students. The mandate that no less than 10 teachers a year be targeted for non-renewal will take a backseat to productive Spot Obs and feedback meetings. Teachers with proven track records of success will not hear another peep about Multiple Response Strategies. Double-digit vacancies for that school will stop; true, deep student learning will once again take root.
DISD teachers can be trusted to do the job and do it well. Once again, the public sees that it isn’t the teachers who are being accused and investigated; it isn’t the teachers who are the problem in DISD.
So, teachers, which scenario awaits your faculty?