DE DOE turns a blind-eye to Moyer’s half-day professional development scam days

Half Day – Professional Development

Date: Today

Half Day – Professional Development

Date: May 6

Half Day – Professional Development

Date: May 13

Half Day – Professional Development

Date: May 20

School Closed: Memorial Day

Date: May 25

Half Day – Professional Development

Date: May 27

They did the same for the month of April and check out the scam for June

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19 responses to “DE DOE turns a blind-eye to Moyer’s half-day professional development scam days

  1. Linda Calder

    If school administrators in Red Clay were evaluated based on the professional development available to paraprofessionals, we would have a major turnover in school administrators!

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    • lastDEconservative

      Begging your pardon, what does this mean, LC? That insufficient PD is provided?

      Believing that you intended to convey that thought, prithee, just how far from initially qualified to do the job for which the check comes should we the payers allow, and how long and how much should we be expected to pay to “develop” them and further, to maintain their “development,” which apparently is a uniquely fleeting commodity among the dues payers found on the capital S State payrolls?

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  2. Ldc, assuming your assumption of the meaning of linda’s statement is accurate – there is tremendous need for pd over time. Teachers graduate from college “prepared to teach.”. They are not “prepared to be case managers” as our system demands of them. They also graduate with varying strengths and weaknesses. You know this stuff. Time spent in the classroom will reveal what extra training teachers need to be the most effective and efficient teacher possible. Of course there is a disconnect between teacher prep porgrams at our esteemed institutions of higher learning and what skills are actually needed in the classroom. But, we need to reform the prep programs before we dare blame the teachers for needing more support and education to do their jobs. After reforming higher education, we need to reform human resouces to post, evaluate and hire truly qualified candidates – of which they will then find in shortage. Requiring that pd continue. And don’t forget that teachers are required to maintain their certifications requiring acquiring additional ceus. Etc. But you know this, too. Yep. That happened.

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    • lastDEconservative

      I’m not sure I’m willing to spend the time a proper refutation of your excuse-making treatise is asking for (not for me or the discerners, but for those foundering in the lullaby fog, but searching for a way out). I will take a whack at just one of the misleading remarks you’ve put out there:

      “Time spent in the classroom will reveal what extra training teachers need to be the most effective and efficient teacher possible.”

      Oh, so I’ve been laboring under a misapprehension that government teaching teachers (think about those last three words, visitors) is pretty much the same as government teaching students — one size fits all? Mary gets help with what, grading papers, and Suzy gets help with collaboration, and so on, all on a afternoon in May? Instead of challenging this, I’ll wait to see if you defend directly the premise that you intimated with this sentence.

      One last swipe at the most tired and broad brush excuse based claim of all (subsection 319), “But, we need to reform the prep programs before we dare blame the teachers for needing more support and education to do their jobs.” In other words, “we can’t do this because of that, and we can’t do that because of the other … ” ad infinitum, ad nauseum. “We can’t be accountable. Pay us. Don’t judge us. It’s other factors, other people, other institutions, blah, blah, blah, not us, not the unions, not the enablers.”

      BLECH!

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  3. I am not going to say that all PD I attend is amazing, but my last college course for undergrad was in the early 90’s and my masters in 2007. Educational changes need to be supported with development. I assume the soldiers who drive an updated tank are trained, not just thrown in to figure it out when they have the time in battle. 🙂 Can’t say that I have ever had a whole week of half days for PD in early spring, though. Interesting. But they do have the freedom to innovate at a charter. My two cents.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Educational changes need to be supported with development.”

      Poor, poor brainwashed adt. What you call educational changes are actually shiny objects that the idiocracy that is government schooling (not education) chases with the same level of brain power with which a bass chases a chromium lure.

      Since the need to perform fell to its current pathetically low level (via the absence of accountability and the concomitant protection of the capital S State) performance itself naturally followed. Parents ask why Johnny can’t say his times three table, or write in cursive, or read the Cheerios box, and the “next big thing” or “new program” mentality takes over. Or IEPs or 504s or QMDs, whatever.

      Following your NOT apt example of a tank and crew in battle aptly, here’s how “it” (the tank situation) plays out. The crew trains on the tank. They know they are going to battle. Against one or a thousand or infantry or armor, not necessarily. They improvise. They create. They solve the problems in front of them … or suffer the ultimate accountability for not doing the job they have. There is no half day time out to learn how to patch a fuel line under fire.

      Prithee, why are teachers exempt from this most basic of human working demands?

      By the way, my dad was a Top Sergeant Commander of a Tank Destroyer in WW II. Fighting across France on the way to the Battle of the Bulge, he did exactly that — repaired a shot up fuel line, under fire — by improv, not by manual. His Bronze Star and citation, never mentioned in life, remains behind him. It is beyond comprehension that he would have just sat there, waiting for a PD session, called for a collaboration, demanded a PLC.

      Please be careful the analogies you make from the teaching trade to other manifestations of life out here in the real world.

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  4. Give me a break

    LDC are you telling me that professionals of any calling don’t need up dated training or development? So when banks went from the old ‘passbook’ savings to a computer they didn’t need training? So your dad did not receive training as new weapons, new communication systems, engine systems etc were added/changed on to the ship? I don’t know how long he was in but if it was more than 5 years then damn straight he would receive training…

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    • Publius e decere

      No GMAB, LDC was not claiming lack of necessity for basic training. He was saying ( I think) that one should get whatever basic training is issued and then should adapt to field conditions with professional expertise.

      The CCSSs are clear on what is expected. Learn them. Then teach to the standard. Fill in the gaps with individual creativity. But cover the standards. Or find a job where conformance to standards is not a condition of employment(*)(**)(***)(****).

      Publius

      (*) aka, not the private sector
      (**) the private sector funds the public sector
      (***) the private sector could solve (as it does every day) the “problems” of the public sector … in short order. Give me 90-days …
      (****) provided that the union sticks to its contract and stops conflating its importance with opaque shadow management of a district.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Give,
      He was on the battleground for nominally the duration of the European effort; entering via N. Africa, call it 4 years. Interesting, to a thinker, that that is nominally the life span of a sparkly faced young teacherette from noontime seminars about protecting youthful self esteem in sweatpants to “performing” in a skirt and earrings. He was issued one tank and one crew. He, the tank and most of the crew completed the campaign. The aforementioned teacherette will have endured (see my generosity there?) how many “trainings” and “communication systems” and “engine systems” in her foreshortened tenure? Hmm?

      And speaking of nominally, Publius was nominally correct in responding on my behalf … since he only intimated it, let me rub your nose on it to make it clear — I did not, and do not use the term “professional” with members of a union in government employ, in this moment, that means teachers. It is the height of faulty terminology, of contradictions in terms. You and most of the denizens never fail to use the term “training” with respect to the “professionals” you vaunt, and they never seem to have enough. Check your Webster’s and Roget’s, realize that you’re on the right track with “training” and the wrong track with “professionals.”

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  5. So your saying teachers don’t think on the fly? interesting ? They don’t adapt lessons as they need to? that’s not interesting its just stupid.
    Don’t confuse basic training with ongoing training. My son is in the Army and has spent much of his 4 year term in different trainings and schools. Teachers need training to continue throughout their careers the way all (most) professionals do.

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  6. Teachers are the enemy to those who wear pointy hats.

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  7. LDC who should teach kids in public schools? What training do they receive? How much do they make? Do they get any benefits at all?
    Do we farm it out to Indians at 2.00$ per hour and deliver it on line? This of course would be the corporate model that you propose?

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  8. Be specific… No generalities.

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    • lastDEconservative

      How’s this for specificity? Any chance for dialog with me has been forfeited. The progressive demand modus operandi doesn’t work for me.

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  9. Typical.. All I asked were simple questions. Who? And how much? Typical of the tea party broad stroke ideas which are generally good but when you ask for nuts and bolts they run away and hide.
    Speak of modus operandi!

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    • lastDEconservative

      Oh, I’m not hiding. I simply choose not to suffer fools — gladly or otherwise.

      PS: Demanding of a fellow traveler, as if you somehow deserve humble conduct from all comers, added to hubris manifesting as ad hominem, well, don’t expect much discussion with anyone of discernment or good character.

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  10. No solutions… Only whining…typical

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  11. Please sir.. I am but a humble servant… Please enlighten me…Who should educate the masses? And at what cost? Please help me understand …I know $10 an hour … And free chalk for the boards….

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