Elementary teachers make .7 decisions per minute of teaching, according to research cited recently by Larry Cuban. A teacher has 1200 to 1500 interactions with students per day. The numbers are significant because, as Cuban explains, they show the “astonishing amount of cognitive labor” that goes into both teaching and rebounding, the “cascade of instantaneous micro-decisions” that teachers and successful rebounders make. He concludes “effective teachers, then, like top jazz musicians and basketball rebounders improvise–decide on the spot–as they deal with both the routine and unexpected in the art of teaching.” It’s a must-read response to posts John Merrow and I have written in the Huffington Post about how Duncan is over-focused on a narrow set of statistics and not enough on subtle classroom basics that can decide whether things go well or not. That’s Duncan in the dark shirt at the left, flat-footed and out of position, as others fight for the ball. – JT
It has been an honor and privilege to serve as President this past year. I will have a ceremonious role at our meeting on 7/12/11, then will not seek nor accept the role in 2011-2012. I have learned a great deal, and look forward to continuing my board duties in role as elected member only.
You obviously cannot stop the violence in Wilmington. It’s Criminal!
Wilmington police are investigating a shooting this morning that left a 30-year-old man dead in his home, officials said.
The victim was identified late this afternoon as Teiso Richardson.
Police were called to an apartment in the 200 block of W. 28th St. at about 8:20 a.m., said Master Sgt. Steven Barnes, a spokesman with the Wilmington Police Department.
There, officers found Richardson with multiple gunshot wounds, Barnes said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, Barnes said.
The investigation is still in the preliminary stages.
A potential suspect was seen running from the scene west on 28th Street toward Washington Street, Barnes said. The suspect was described as a man with an Afro hairstyle wearing a black T-shirt, black sneakers and light blue Capri-style pants with a cuff at the bottom of the legs.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Shane Sowden at (302) 576-3606 or Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333
My Comments in RED
We posed some questions to the AG’s office and the state Department of Education.
Question: Why is the AG’s office writing back on behalf of the state board of education?
Answer: Each agency and board in the state of Delaware is given an attorney from the AG’s office for representation. [Speaking in the first person here for a minute: I knew the state board had an attorney because I’ve seen her at meetings. What I didn’t know until today is that technically she’s from the AG’s office. If you’ve been to a state board of education meeting before you’ve seen the attorney general who wrote the note. Typically she sits at a table to the right of the audience.] From the AG’S office’s Jason Miller, a spokesman: “every agency has an assigned Deputy AG. Some of the Deputy AG’s work physically at the location of the agency they represent, some work physically in one of our DOJ offices.”
Question: Why did the attorney say that the state Board of Education won’t read the emails?
Answer: Here’s what the state Department of Education’s Alison Kepner, a spokeswoman: “They are allowed to write to whomever they want. (This is a very inviting parent-centric statement, I am very glad the DOE spokesperson will “allow” me to write an e-mail to a paid public official) I think she was just trying to point out that as part of this process that is spelled out in code (You mean this part: Written and electronic comments must be received by the Education Associate for Charter Schools no later than the beginning of the public hearing to be included in the record(section 3.10 of Delcode Title 14 Section 200)…..How about the DOE spokesperson be helpful and tell us who this Education Associate for Charter Schools is and, better than that, streamline a communication pathway for taxpayers and parents, aka stakeholders, to get their concerns onto the record as defined by code no matter how onerous said code is)., the board members aren’t allowed legally to consider their emails (this is an insane product of an obviously flawed code. Any code that alienates stakeholders and insulates a public body from scrutiny is bad law) in their decisions, so [she was] advising the writer to submit it through the proper process so that members are allowed to consider it. If it was a different topic or wasn’t part of this process or if they didn’t want it as part of the record, then they could email.” ( Unfortunately this is typical DOE condescension spun by the spokesperson du jour)
Sad. Dr. Lowery is better than this, much better. Jack, not so much.
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Category Score 2011 Rank 2010 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 178 31 36
Workforce 189 19 17
Quality of Life 118 48 47
Infrastructure & Transportation 113 40 44
Economy 135 22 45
Education 114 26 25
Technology & Innovation 84 32 33
Business Friendliness 200 1 1
Access to Capital 32 35 20
Cost of Living 16 35 32
OVERALL 1179 36 42
Governor: Jack Markell (D)
GDP (2009 per capita): $61,248
Unemployment rate (May 2011): 8.0 percent
Foreclosure rate (May 2011): One per 609 households
Budget gap (projected 2011): $208 million
Corporate tax rate: 8.7 percent (1.7-8.7 percent financial institutions)
Largest employers: Bank of America, E I DuPont de Nemours, JPMorgan Chase
Sources: US Government, RealtyTrac, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, Federation of Tax Administrators, Delaware Economic Development Office
Maybe if GOvernor Markell would just do his job, we wouldn’t be #36…..So glad we’re friendly though……this would get you a poor performance appraisal warning for your upcoming review: November 2012.Posted: June 28, 2011
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It’s official! Jack Markell and his AG office tell PCS parents to go to hell, we will not listen to you…..Posted: June 27, 2011
Insane!!!!!!!! So,just so I am clear Governor….is it your position that the opinions shared with SBOE members via electronic communication ought to be ignored because they were not included in the DOE controlled version of events or because you do not value the input of parents?
Thompson: Duncan Can Shoot — But Can He Rebound?