more tweets as they become available
Also, the time stamp is 5 hours ahead because twitter embeds are on Greenwich mean time
Sadly, the Pencader BOD appears to tell us all to go screw ourselves once again. Even more sad, this is the “Pencader Quo”, it’s just what they do, no matter who’s in charge or what they have promised AGs in the past. They spit on AG opinions.
Pencader is above the law. Check out the FOIA petition below complete with the whole “give me a(nother) break” cavalier attitude of leadership and their non PRO-BONO lawyers. They should be thanking Ms. Scheinberg for the work!
I do have to admit, part of me admires their antidisestablishmentarianism in the face of an oppressive and oft incompetent DOE and AGs office, but sticking it to the taxpayers is the wrong way to go, again. Not a good sign for PCHS, IMO.
Dan Cruce on the interview circuit here: http://www.wdel.com/story.php?id=48885
Then jump on over here: http://playbook.hopestreetgroup.org/node/92 for this gem:
How To Engage Teachers in Reforms
The communication channels and infrastructure to reach as many teachers as possible should be established in the early stages.Get Educators Involved!State education officials and teachers should collaborate on the design of their state’s new or revised evaluation program, and this partnership should last throughout the development and implementation process. Whenever possible, teachers should be given the opportunity to contribute in some way to build a new level of trust and partnership between teachers and state officials.
Building strong feedback loops with teachers upfront is one of the most crucial aspects of building an evaluation program. This allows teachers to contribute to the design and the launch — creating trust and goodwill — rather than planning out every detail in advance for more of a top-down model.
Engagement efforts go beyond the overall communications strategy because policymakers are specifically targeting educators to get them involved directly in the effort to build the new system. Engaging educators will also require a budget. Potential costs include paying teachers for work on weekends for attending convenings, mailing surveys to educators, or paying the travel costs for teachers to go to meetings.
Policymakers should begin by taking an internal assessment to determine what is required to build the infrastructure necessary to interact with educators throughout the process. For example, does the state department of education have 100 percent of the e-mail addresses of the teachers in the state? What other channels of communication can reach teachers and allow them to interact and contribute? To reach as many teachers as possible, the communication channels and infrastructure should be established in the early stages of planning.
Whenever possible, teachers should be given the opportunity to contribute in some way to build a new level of trust and partnership between teachers and state officials.
Reforms in states that have emphasized transparency and engagement appear to be progressing more smoothly. Teachers in Delaware, generally, seem to be more at ease about the process than those interviewed in other states. Peter Shulman, the former chief officer of the Delaware Department of Education’s Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Unit, credits the process Delaware has followed for this achievement. “Even though we have had bumps along the road, we have kept everyone at the table, and the reforms are being done in full transparency,” he said.
Because of course we need a strategy to deal with teachers and how to engage them. It couldn’t possibly be by administrators doing their jobs and treating teachers with respect. We must create trust. Apparently, they are obtuse about what that means: they haven’t already.
Also, quoting Peter Shulman? This Peter Shulman: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/0111/0019/ and the one that up and left DE?: http://transparentchristina.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/jim-palmer-left-the-doe-peter-shulman-leaving-doe-in-november-2-chief-officers-netde/
My favorite jargony bullshit saying (after dropping the odious human capital AGAIN in his (Dan’s above) interview) is “feedback loops” for teachers. Not, we will use what you say, just provide you a loop in which to say it, so it goes back to you,in a loop, not us. Translation: HSG believes that teachers should hear themselves and distrust and dispose of it all when it comes time to write the evaluation rules. Isn’t that exactly how it happens now?
More HSG analysis to come.
h/t Nancy Willing.
I received copy from 3 people who were there. They each suggested the essence of this message re: turnout and enthusiasm are patently untrue. I wasn’t there, so I am just passing it along.
Good evening. I wanted to thank all the parents, students and staff that came to the Board of Directors Workshop on Wednesday evening. We had a tremendous turnout and were excited to meet some new parents. Mr. McIntosh shared a lot of information regarding the formal review and updates regarding the meetings that I would like to share with the rest of the Pencader community.
The Department of Education has graciously added another meeting for us at the request of Mr. McIntosh that will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Delaware Technical Community College, Stanton Campus. This gives more of our families the opportunity to come to a meeting and have their voices heard. We need every student, parent and staff member to come and speak about their successes at Pencader and why it should stay open.
The original meeting on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:30pm at the John W. Collette Educational Resource Center, 35 Commerce Way, Suite 1, Dover, DE 19904 will still be held. We are providing transportation, leaving from the school at 5:15pm and returning after the meeting. We would still like as many students, parents and staff, who are available, to join us at Monday’s meeting also. If you will be joining us on Monday, please let us know as soon as possible so we can have enough buses. You can either e-mail me at email@example.com or call the school and speak to Mrs. DelleDonne at 302-573-7760.
During the puplic comment section of the meeting each speaker will have two(2) minutes to speak. We ask that you have your statement prepared in advance so you don’t run out of time and that it is printed out so you can submit your statement for the record. If you can not make it to either meeting and would like to share your thoughts, please e-mail a copy of your statement to me and we will submit it at Monday or Wednesday’s meeting. Please keep in mind we are not there to pass judgment on anyone including prior administration, board members, media or DOE. We are there to share our positive experiences at Pencader along with how our children are thriving and why you feel Pencader should not close it’s doors. Our students have weathered every storm that has come their way and continue to thrive.
If you could help us guarantee that all Pencader families have received this information please come to the school and help us contact them by phone. We want to make sure every single parent and student has been given the opportunity to have their voice heard and is a part of saving their school. Contact myself or Mrs. DelleDonne at the information above to schedule a time to come in.
We continue to plan for Pencader’s future even during these uncertain times and ask that you continue to stay involved after these two meetings. You, as parents, guardians and family members, are an integral part of your child’s educational success and we need your continued involvement to keep Pencader moving in the right direction. There are numerous ways to get involved outside of the normal school hours. We have Board Committees, Citizen Budget Oversight Committee, PTO, Athletics, Clubs and so many other opportunities to be a part of Pencader’s success. Let me know what you enjoy doing and we will find something for you to become involved in.
Thank you for your continued support of Pencader
Have a great evening.