Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Can You Stand the Rain?

Word on the street is that the Dwight Morrow High School Alumni Association will not be seated on the stage at today's DMHS Graduation. 

4 PM on the Great Lawn.

The President of this organization is not invited to speak.

The plaque slated to be destroyed
once Lincoln
School is demolished.

Hear we go again....

Valerie Huttle once told me that the DMHS Alumni were the ones who destroyed the Academies@Englewood. By the way, seems to me the Academy is alive and well. We can't say that much for the rest of the School District. Is that State Takeover over yonder on the horizon? I have been told that there is profit in failure.

At the time, she did not know that I am a DMHS Graduate, or did she?

Today, I have this question.

Who is destroying the entire fabric of the City of
Will our children always be
on the outside looking in
while our District is
on by men
building monuments
to their own egos?
while speaking from both sides of his mouth? If we are ONE Englewood, how do you recruit 3 sitting Council Members and proceed to actively try and destroy another Englewood Councilman? How?

One Englewood? Which One?

Why is the DMHS Alumni Association being pushed aside, Peter Elbert?

..........And how are the children? When will we be able to say the following?

“All the children are well” means life is good. It means the daily struggles of existence, even among poor people, include the proper care of the young and defenseless..." http://texas-cc.org/resources/strategies/ayp/RocksRiversandWetBabies13/AndHowAretheChildren.pdf

...And how are the Children.....?

Did we just hire another Delta T?
Standards Solution Guru
Sharon Pagonis

We are subcontracting the writing of Curriculum grades 1-12 to one woman who uses unknown subcontractors from who knows where? What ever happened to hiring a company with a proven track record? 

A teacher recently challenged my loyalty to teachers by accusing me of not being pro - teacher. I am a dues paying member of the same union as he and resent the implication. The only difference is that I do not work in a paid position for this District. My allegiance is to the students.

I am pro student...

You can't get anymore pro teacher than that. This person would do better to question this Michelle Rhee admirer who is being trusted to cut and paste curriculum into a template she created for an entire School District. Seems to me EPSD teachers are able to do that themselves. If Curriculum can be subcontracted all over East Jabit, why can't it be subcontracted out to the folks who have skin in the game by someone who has a proven record in doing such. This type of company does exist. One such led a group of teachers in the process when I was in the classroom. It was a rewarding experience. 

Teachers, Administrators and others who care. This is a sad comment on the ability of the paid employees in the EPSD. All of you should be just as angry as I am instead of accusing me of not standing with you.

A few years ago, I read curriculum cut and pasted from various sources by the then Director of Curriculum & Instruction. I gave him a failing grade. This woman gets a D, based on her website where I could find no examples. I assume that there are boiler plates that the many subcontractors or vendors will use to create curriculum for you. 

One of our Board Members recently referred to a prospective graduation speaker as "scraping the bottom of the barrel". Although I understood why, I thought it a bit crude. Now I want to say the same about this choice of Curriculum writer or mapper.

Are we scraping the bottom of the barrel?

Last night, I spent some time watching video footage from the days when Carlisle was hiring more teachers than we had classrooms. I marveled again how Stephen Brown sat quietly with his knee bobbing up and down under the table in disapproval, but he let it ride. He knew what was coming. A few months later we  were in a supposed economic crisis and "had to abolish Secretaries and Paraprofessionals" - that lead to the firing of over 100 people.  At least 32 of these employees had "promises of employment signed by EPSD". Stephen and his cohorts are doing the same thing now. There are Personnel items on the recent agenda that should have sent Board members through the roof. 

Are we going back to the future?

In 2011, when Carlisle arrived, we had surplus on top of surplus. We have surplus on top of surplus now.

I don't know about you, but I'd like to get ahead of another crisis like the one this town had to endure during the entire year of 2012.

Watch this one closely.......
Standards Solution Holding, LLC - $72,000.00
"Standards Solution Holding, LLC is a team of educators that are specialists in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Standards Solution Holding, LLC consultants will assist the district to prepare for the Common Core State Standards by leading workshops to align practices with the Common Core State Standards, as well as by creating documents to assist the district to transition to PARCC. Standards Solution Holding, LLC’s consultants and product developers are certified educators with years of distinguished service as teachers, supervisors, and administrators. May 2016 Conduct curriculum map in grades 1-12 for English, mathematics, science and social studies May and June 2016 Meet with small groups to discuss findings of curriculum map July 2017 Submit the first draft of work completed to date August Submit the final draft and present to BOE for approval." 
Sharon Pagonis
Linkedin Profile
1999 - 2002 Columbia Teacher's College
Standards Solution 2009 - 2016

What has she done with her time? Did she teach? Was she an Administrator somewhere? I would like to see her Curriculum vitae.

Where are the Testimonials from the satisfied School Districts?
Who are her team of Consultants/Educators? What are some of the names and where do they work? Name the members of this TEAM.
Seems to me, she works out of her home in Washington NJ.

Our new Superintendent does not hesitate to point out the fact that one or more of EPSD programs are not used by any of the Districts that work. So why are we using one of those Companies right now to write the Curriculum for our entire school district? Where are the Testimonials for Standards Solutions from Districts that work? Her Linkedin profile identifies Michelle Rhee as one of her influencers.  Picture that. Michelle Rhee is pro Teach For America and dead set against unions. This does not bode well for us....

Company website....
"If I could give this review zero stars, I would. I worked here about a year ago and I can attest to the fact that all the bad reviews about this place are true! I walked out on the job which is something I have never done before. When you feel you have been backed into a corner every single day by the owner, I felt I had no other choice. Talking to her reasonably was not an option because she is a raging lunatic. You never knew what mood you were going to get when she walked through the door. I used to dread going into work every day. She absolutely makes you feel like you can't do anything right and that you are completely worthless. The only people that have been able to make it at this place are people she knows personally, like her best friend and former nanny. Stay away from Standards Solution and you will be happy you did!..."

Have we been PUNKED.....Again.....?