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Dr. Michael A Dryden Weighs in on TEI with Six Major Concerns

There seems to be a recent push to validate the TEI through the media and not research with some dubious claims that are not supported by proper data analysis. Therefore I want to recommend some data concerns and how to

Posted in Administrative Policies, Baloney Meter, Belo Expectations, Chicken on a Soapbox, Teachers Rule

2 Steps in the Right Direction

Now that the bond has passed and I’m no longer in any danger of being fired or sued or harassed for getting between bond beneficiaries and their Benjamin’s, let’s get back to the serious business of rooting out the idiocy

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The Minotaur is Dead. Now How Do We Get Out of the Labyrinth?

When I thought about the precarious position in which DISD teachers find themselves again this year, my imagination took me to the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, the dreaded monster King Minos had imprisoned in the labyrinth to punish

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DISD Teachers Await Climate Survey Results

DISD campus administrators have been informed of the Fall Climate Survey results for their campus. In other words, the results are in and teachers want to see them. DISD teachers completed the Fall Climate Survey in December, after receiving a

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Disruptive Change Rains Down on Dealey

It looks like yet another set of DISD parents didn’t get the memo: Mike Miles is to be both overpaid and obeyed. No questions asked; no opposition brooked. His way or the highway. Dealey parents seem to be getting 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

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 [Mike Miles] lacks the pedagogical, leadership and integrity qualities necessary to lead Dallas ISD and recommend the Board terminate his contract."

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