Dave Sokola’s Lasting Legacy: Future Fallout From SB 51

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teacher depletion

43,140 teachers shorted across just 5 states.

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Rodel’s report pushing trash to the top!

Rodel report pushes personalized learning Matthew Albright, The News Journal

The report offers suggestions for how to personalize learning for students using technology and alternative models for schools and classrooms.

Online learning and I guess this means Rodel invented it! So is this the seed for virtual schools where the affluent kids stay home and the no so affluent minority kids need the classroom environment. 

Take council member Jennifer Hollstein’s English class at the Charter School of Wilmington.

Students work on research papers, using online resources such as UDLive or TED Talks on their computers. Hollstein monitors their progress on her laptop, approving timelines and research notes.

“Not only are they no longer limited by their library, they’re not limited by a classroom structure that tells them how to do everything,” Hollstein said.

If Delaware can get to the point where every classroom looks more like Hollstein’s, the state could move away from a traditional grade-level model to a “competancy-based” approach, where students advance once they’ve mastered concepts, the report suggests.  

Here we go CSW! Dear dear CSW teacher, not all students are privileged to attend the Wilmington Country Club of schools called Charter School of Wilmington. What works in such a selective schools might not work in a traditional public school whereas I’ll be nearly 70% student aren’t on grade-level and even high poverty charter schools. Sure blame last year’s teacher for pushing students along. However, Social Promotion is the most damaging education policy ever! In traditional public schools many teachers must formulate IEP like plans for all students and know which ones are behind grade level and which ones are approaching grade level and which ones are at grade level.

“Classroom structure” OMG you didn’t!

Classroom management and structure go hand and hand! And guess what? Teacher are evaluated on classroom management. Perhaps just perhaps CSW can allow you take two-years off and teach in say, John Dickinson High School.

The drive to reform public education via ESEA /NCLB is about bring the bottom up and closing the achievement gap. As we push the top tier students to do even better so that they can compete in the so-called global economy, the bottom tier are being victimized by funding meant for them going to the top tier. Title 1 school wide programs are not helping the cause. Targeted assistance is the best approach. Why are we using Title 1 funding to pay for “all” students SAT fees whereas all students aren’t low income? 

Folks, when the race is over which race will still be in the starting blocks? I am 1000% for the advancement of technology in the classroom and in the homes. However, when the I-pads or laptops turn-off at the end of the school day, they stay there, in school. The internet divide still exist and without training and educating parents of Title 1 children, their children will be left behind. Also, sending school computers home can pose security issues and those computers are out of the reach of school networks and servers.  

“We know the state is looking at this and we all know this is coming in the future,” said council member Robyn Howton, an English teacher at Mt. Pleasant High School. “We want to keep pushing this as an issue that needs to be talked about.”

Another Race to The Top cheerleader! AVID has been in place for over 10 years in Mt. Pleasant High School long before Race to The Top and Jack Markell.  Was Mount Pleasant Ducan Ass-kissing speaking for the district? And what about the SIG factor? Posted on by kilroysdelaware | Brandywine teacher praises Arne Duncan but low key about her own superintendent Posted on by kilroysdelaware “Ms. Howton is a National Board Certified Teacher at Mount Pleasant High School in the Brandywine School District. She is the AVID coordinator and building LFS trainer at Mount Pleasant. She is also a member of the Smarter Balanced State Network of Educators. She was a 2007 Fellow with the Delaware Writing Project and served as an instructor for the class Teaching Non-Fiction Writing With Style during the summer of 2013.

Is this the resurrection of civil rights leaders of yesterday? re: Wilmington City Council holding another education meeting!

Wilmington City Council to Hold Another Forum for Discussion of the Neighborhood Schools Plan and the State’s Priority Schools Plan

Posted on  10/20/2014 3:52 pm

Council’s Education, Youth & Families Committee Will Meet on Wednesday, November 12 at 6 p.m.

Wilmington City Council President Theo Gregory and the Chair of Council’s Education, Youth & Families Committee, Nnamdi Chukwuocha (D-1st District), announced today that Council will hold a second public forum to allow for further public discussion of the Neighborhood Schools concept and the State’s Priority Schools proposal.

The Education, Youth & Families Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the first floor of the Louis L. Redding City/County Building at 800 North French Street in Wilmington. The meeting will be televised live by Wilmington’s government access television channel—WITN, Channel 22 on the Comcast Network—and will be rebroadcast and available on-demand anytime at WITN22.org.

“As the Red Clay and Christina districts interact with the State Education Department on an MOU and a plan that could determine the fate of six City schools, City Council wants to serve as a resource for the exchange of ideas,’ said Council President Gregory. “Our Council Members and the citizens of Wilmington need to be heard on an issue so vital that it could affect our children and their education for years to come. We want to contribute to the discussion and make sure that previous efforts to improve the local education system, such as the Neighborhood Schools Plan of 2001, are properly vetted in a public forum.”

Council President Gregory and Committee Chair Chukwuocha said the agenda for the November 12 meeting has been tentatively set to include the following:

  • A Powerpoint presentation prepared by Council staff concerning the Neighborhood Schools Plan that was adopted by City Council in 2001 as part of the State’s Neighborhood Schools Act of 2000, to be followed by a public discussion

  • A Powerpoint presentation prepared by Council staff concerning the Priority Schools Plan followed by a public discussion

  • Updates from the Red Clay and Christina Districts as to progress being made regarding the development of an MOU or a school plan

Education, Youth & Families Committee Chair Chukwuocha said City Council will continue to provide forums for thoughtful discussion and the sharing of ideas in order to bring various voices together on this issue. “Council’s involvement in the ongoing education discussion is critical to ensuring that equity and fairness are present to meet the unique needs of our students, their families, schools and communities,” said the Committee Chair. 

City Council’s initial public session on the Priority Schools Plan held on October 9 featured a presentation by State Education Secretary Mark Murphy and drew more than 150 citizens, some of whom publicly expressed varied opinions about the state’s plan.

On September 4, Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Education Secretary Murphy announced the availability of nearly $6 million in resources to improve the academic performance of students in the state’s six lowest-performing district schools. They identified what they called “Priority Schools” as the Christina School District’s Bancroft Elementary, Bayard Middle and Stubbs Elementary schools; and Red Clay Consolidated School District’s Warner Elementary, Shortlidge Academy and Highlands Elementary schools, which would share $5.8 million over four years to implement what the Governor and Secretary described as locally-developed, state-approved plans.

WOW! I think Wilmington is finally getting it together and indeed it’s time to talk Neighborhood Schools! They can’t just be fir the suburbs and they can’t be corporate tombs for city kids! When I look at a public school, I want to see playgrounds, athletic fields and all the trimmings of suburban schools. End the one-way out-bound force-busing for Wilmington’s children with no middle and high school or give the preferential Choice transportation and first choice in any Red Clay suburban middle or high school.

Hey Theo and especially you Nnamdi has anyone asked Markell about Title 1 Section 1118? Ask him for the parent sign-in sheets! The MONEY ain’t Markell’s! It belongs to the community who wasn’t at the planning table.

Kids learning how to fight in the hood! What’s the big deal!

UPDATE !!!!!!!!!!

Members of the school staff were able to disperse a cafeteria fight about 7 a.m., which apparently was sparked by a weekend “neighborhood dispute” being carried over into the school, Lt. Mark Farrall said.

“We do not know the exact neighborhood, but it is a neighborhood in the city of Wilmington,” Bryda said Tuesday.

Maybe Sec of Ed Murphy should take the Priority Schools money and create Priority Neighborhoods. Let’s get to the root-cause and create a buffer between home and school! 

Police investigate video of children fighting The News Journal 

Online videos showing young children fighting in Wilmington are being investigated by police, a department spokeswoman said.

Two separate videos were posted on Delaware Online’s Facebook page Sunday showing children fighting while adults laughed, cheer and videoed them.

In one video, two young shirtless boys, fought each other on a city sidewalk. In one clip, the taller child knocks the shorter boy to the ground. The boy then begins to cry. The 32-second clip then cuts to the two boys fighting near a porch, while a young girl tries to separate them.

 More …………………………………

OMG people chill-out! No one was going to let any of these kids get hurt! It’s all about survival and without skills the weak will be consumed.

When you live in tough neighborhoods you need to be tough! But I get the outrage! Who knows, the little dude heading home might have been fetching a AK-47 or Mac-10.

In the hoods of Hockessin, it’s off to karate classes where same thing goes on. But sure with hand, foot and padded head gear. In the streets of our crime infested cities it’s dog eat dog! I’ll bet little Hockessin Nicky kicked some ass when cuz or George tried to take his lamb-chop or dip their fingers in the mint jelly. 

The adults in the video should have at least put boxing gloves on the little dudes.

Ron Russo lands a gig at Caesar Rodney Institute “expert on education issues”

Caesar Rodney Institute

I would also like to announce two other appointments. First, we are proud to have Ronald Russo join CRI as a Senior Fellow for Education policy. Simply put, Ron is an expert on education issue, particularly how to manage and run schools successfully.  Ron showed his ability as the principal of St. Mark’s and as the first head of the Charter School of Wilmington, taking Charter from a bold idea to one of the most outstanding public schools in the nation. We are thrilled to have Ron share his invaluable expertise on education issues as part of CRI as we seek provide real solutions to what we believe is the most important issue facing our State.   

Well NJ David Ledford! Looks like NJ’s transformation was short-lived

A chance to examine standardized tests Arne Duncan / News Journal Opinion

Parents have a right to know how much their children are learning; teachers, schools and districts need to know how students are progressing; and policymakers must know where students are excelling, improving and struggling. A focus on measuring student learning has had real benefits, especially for our most vulnerable students, ensuring that they are being held to the same rigorous standards as their well-off peers and shining a light on achievement gaps.

So Arne, tells why you permitted Federal Law Title 1 Section 1118 to be waived via NCLB Wavier?  Title 1 Parents have the right to know but not the rights afforded then in Section 1118.

Policymakers at every level bear responsibility here – and that includes me and my department. We will support state and district leaders in taking on this issue and provide technical assistance to those who seek it.

Yes right Arne, with a federal $$$$$$$$ gun against their heads!

The Education Department has provided $360 million to two consortia of states to support that work. And to reduce stress on teachers during this year of transition, my department in August offered states new flexibility on connecting teacher evaluation to test results.

Real nice Arne send in the money! 

And we must stand strong in the knowledge – not the belief, but the knowledge – that great schools make a difference in the lives of all children.

So Arne have you been to Helen’s lately?

Tourette Syndrome and a father’s love @arneduncan @washingtonpost #edude #netde @dedeptofed @destateboarded @TSAUSA @JoelOsteen

My Son’s Invisible Enemy Posted on

In my son’s brain are lots of neurons and electrons, doing their thing.  For children with Tourette Syndrome, like my son, the messages sent to his body can say some pretty funky things.  Instead of pay attention in class, those messages might say hum with a squeaky noise, or make an odd smile with your lips.  Sometimes those messages can remember something someone else said, and they make my son repeat it over and over.  This is his life.  This is his world.  I can imagine it, and empathize with him, but I will never be able to truly understand.

Read the entire post here ………………… 

Kevin, in darkness there is light and in light there is darkness.  Your compassion for wanting the reach the world to share your love and devotion for your son is amazing. I get no joy from blogging but the rewards are meeting people like you, John Young and many many more who give of their time to be a voice often yelling in the wind, cutting across the grain for the sake of others. They say if you touch one person during your journey through life, your life had meaning. Brother you are touching many. Keep the strength and always walk towards the light not matter what! You’ll find truth and warmth.

Wow Red Clay School has two teacher of the year candidates !

Delaware’s top teacher to be announced Tuesday Matthew Albright, The News Journal

See candidates here …………………………. 

What I am about to say has ZERO to do with the “Red Clay” charter teacher of the year and the “Red Clay” traditional teacher of the year. As a matter of fact, it has nothing to do with CSW’s ego and more to do with Red Clay. So good luck to both candidates.

And off to the races we go! For years Red Clay kicked, cried and bitched ( yea I can say bitch here :)) to include Charter School of Wilmington’s data in Red Clay’s district profile (same goes for DMA and DCPA) which gives Red Clay and artificial bump in achievement. Over and over we heard CSW is a “Red Clay school”, especially during referendum time. I did step-back and say o.k. makes sense, Red Clay actually crafted CSW and even help craft the charter school law. Bazinga! Red Clay school.

Red Clay’s ego can’t have it both ways and certainly there shouldn’t be two Red Clay teacher of the year candidates. We all know how Red Clay’s big guy enjoys the CSW bragging rights with his little bobble-heads next to him with heads going up and down.

On the flip-side, In all fairness, charter schools aren’t districts. But we should have one charter school teacher of the year candidate from each of Delaware county.

Now where is that Publius? Surely my buddy wants to come in here and bitch-slap me! However, he should give me praise for pointing out Red Clay enjoys the ride on CSW coattails “and” for the thoughtfulness in suggesting a charter school teacher candidate from each Delaware county   

Common Core Math mix-up on Newark High Student riot! Those blocking police access aren’t crimes and shouldn’t be added in the behavior equation

Brawls break out at Newark High School Terri Sanginiti and Esteban Parra / News Journal

More than a dozen Newark High School students were arrested Monday morning after several brawls broke out at the school, police said.

Police initially reported that “hundreds of students” were involved in the fighting but have since revised the statement and said a smaller group of students were involved in the actual fights, however, the hundreds of student onlookers prevented officers from getting to those involved.

Police are now investigating whether a social media posting calling for Riot Day prompted the fights, as initially reported, or students began posting photos on social media after the fact, said Lt. Mark Farrall. 

The incident unfolded about 7 a.m. when police were called to the school at 350 E. Delaware Ave. to disperse a large fight in the A cafeteria.

“The school staff handled it, but while officers were there several other fights broke out in the C and D hallway where officers found several hundred kids gathered impeding their access to the ones fighting and called for assistance,” he said.  

Staff handled without police assistance? So when the police arrived their presence caused more outbursts :) But wait, “however, the hundreds of student onlookers prevented officers from getting to those involved.” O.K. was it a mini riot or not! 7 a.m. isn’t that free breakfast hour? Sec of Ed Murphy will spin this into prime example he needs to have his way with the Priority Schools MOU.

Meantime back on the ranch at CSW, a student’s pocket-protector defaced with graffiti “nerd”! School put on lock-down (not :))

Senator Coons said, Common Core is needed but not a Washington takeover of education

Carney, Coons and Wade weigh in on nation’s big issues / Newark Post

Wade called the Common Core State Standards, which were implemented in Delaware schools in 2012, “ObamaCare for education” and “a Washington takeover,” but Coons defended the plan.

He argued that Common Core is a baseline national standard that serves as a clear “road map” for the skills students should learn by the time they graduate high school. He said he supports an education that produces the skills needed in the modern workplace and insisted Common Core is a tool to measure the progress of those skills.

“This isn’t a Washington mandate and this isn’t a Washington takeover of education,” Coons said.

As far as Kevin Wade, he is full of shit! You can’t oppose something if your party DE GOP gives Markell and Duncan a pass because key party members are charter cheerleaders and champions. No Washington but Wall Street it fine! Real nice Mr. Wade!

Senator Coons, do you honestly believe “high school” students will be ready to meet the demands of the global economy with a high school diploma! Hey Chris, FYI, a  college associates degree is the new high school diploma and a four year degree gives you a 50% chance on gaining a job in you field of study. One thing is for sure, students loans will be right up their asses! Hey, Chris! Ask Jack Markell why Red Clay’s federal funding is being delayed re: Consolidated Grant Application? Perhaps holding federal funds hostage until Red Clay signs onto the state driven Priority Schools MOU! Ask DE DOE Secretary of Education Murphy why there is manipulation of formula uses to measure low income students?

One thing for sure no matter who wins Wade vs Coons match, Delaware public school children will continue to lose.  

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