11/10/2008 this is worth sharing again! Weeding through all the candidates’ proposals for education I find that this part of Carney’s plan is unique to his vision. I hope Governor Markell takes notice
John Carney’s Vision to Reforming Public Education.
One the main reason parents choice the children out of particular school is the negative behaviors of other students that impede on teachers’ focus to teach those student desiring and education.
John Carney says:
“Expand the Positive Behavioral Support Project statewide to give teachers strategies for teaching social skills and preventing problematic behavior on both an individual and school-wide level.”
“Implement the Criminal Justice Council recommendation to create a School Based Teen Court that will help juvenile offenders get back on track.”
“Address the causes of violence and other distractions that impede student progress by expanding access to counseling, anger management, and conflict resolution in our schools.”
Looks like Governor Carney is ready to dig in and address behavior issues.
I’ve been saying DOE needs a major shake up and looks like Carney plans to make it happen
“Decentralize the Department of Education and create regional learning centers that provide professional development opportunities, a Principal Academy, and school improvement teams.”
“Direct the Department of Education to play a more active role in preparing children and families for changing expectations, especially in the transition from middle school to high school.”
Finally somebody see the gap in middle schools! If you were to look closely at the Delaware High School Dropout statistics you’ll see 9th grade represents the high number of students dropping out of high school.
Goodbye DSTP !
“Implement a testing system of summative and formative assessments as a replacement for the DSTP, and allow our students and teachers access to the best diagnostic tools available.”
When I first started to protest DSTP in 1997 starting with tell John Tanner the former DOE Director of Assessment face to face telling him the students that are in need the most will be victims of DSTP. He told me, “Every war has its victim.” Had to believe this man is a graduate of BYU. John Tanner went on to Harcourt Brace Assessment as Regional Vice-President. Harcourt Brace Assessment it the company that provides and scores the current DSTP. In 1997 when I first went pubic with my concerns I was a member of the Delaware State Parent Advisory Counsel and Chair Person of the Red Clay Title 1 Parent Advisory Board.
John Carney jumped on the bandwagon during the 2004 election to support eliminating those 3 Tiered Diplomas prior to Minner approving the elimination of them. With all due respects, I must add Bill Lee and the wonderful ladies of ACE really help push Minner in the corner. I guess she went to safety of her corner Carney was there offering her no shoulder to lean on.
John Carney supports public school teachers:
“Eliminate the 90-day qualification period new teachers must complete in order to receive health benefits”.
“Develop a new career ladder for our teachers, working with DSEA, that includes advanced positions, such as mentor and master teacher. Advancement should be based on standards, best practices, and professional development, rather than years of service and degrees earned.”
Looks like Carey has been paying attention to the call to bring after school programs to the local community center.
“Work with community centers, the Y, PALs and Boys and Girls Clubs to expand participation I after-school activities to more students.”
It’s quite clear to me John Carney has a defined plan for improving our public schools by working with parents, teachers and the community. I haven’t seen any plans presented by my former party that is as comprehensive.