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DISD and Principals Get Their Excuses Ready for the Climate Survey

Beginning today, DISD teachers will receive a link in their email for the fall Climate Survey. And beginning today, many DISD principals (along with bureaucrats at 3700) will start searching for the perfect excuse to “explain” away the negative results

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Are Low-Performing DISD Principals Evaluating Teachers?

In November, the district held a celebration honoring Exemplary principals. There were, like, 5. Or maybe 6. This means that the vast majority of teachers are being Spot Ob’d and TEI’d by principals who, according to Mike Miles’ approved scale,

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Principals in the Red

Now that the climate surveys are out, it’s clear that many schools have principals with problems. It’s interesting that Miles isn’t fond of coloring because the surveys are helpfully color-coded so that anyone can see the amount of red on

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Mike Miles and John Wiley Price: Kissin’ Cousins

Many people seem to have taken an interest in Dallas ISD of late. There have been multiple editorials, op-eds, and columns in the illustrious Dallas Morning News telling us all how things need to be done. Mayor Mike Rawlings injected

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Roosevelt High School: Who is Being Protected from Disruptive Change?

Parents, teachers, taxpayers, and voters will be surprised to learn that, despite serious allegations of ongoing corruption and nepotism, the principal at DISD’s Roosevelt High School is not one of the principals on the infamous Growth Plan list. That’s right:

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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;

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.

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