Monthly Archives: March 2010

Principals Legislative Action Center

Principals Legislative Action Center.

Removing the principal from a school may be needed but it shouldn’t be “automatic”.

Education World � Administrators Center: The Principal's Toolbox: Making Decisions, Made Easy

Education World � Administrators Center: The Principal’s Toolbox: Making Decisions, Made Easy.

I love this quick and transparent way of getting feedback.

Association of California School Administrators – Call for Presentations

Association of California School Administrators – Call for Presentations.

I plan on presenting at this Conference.

What if a college education just isnt for everyone? – USATODAY.com

What if a college education just isnt for everyone? – USATODAY.com.

Is college for everyone? No. But it is the job of schools to prepare everyone for college. Once prepared they can decide with all of thier options only. Historically, however, it has been children of color and/or poverty who have, de jur or de facto, not been ready for college. The only way to address overt or other racism/classism is to prepare all students.

Leading Scholar’s U-Turn on School Reform Shakes Up Debate – NYTimes.com

Leading Scholar’s U-Turn on School Reform Shakes Up Debate – NYTimes.com.

Wow! Well, it’s good when people are open to self reflection. Limited to the information in the article I wonder how much her positions have changed. For example, is she against testing? I think that while it may not have help increase student achievement by itself, it’s information we need so that we know how students are performing.

Tier I Schools – Persistently Lowest-Achieving – Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools (CA Dept of Education)

Tier I Schools – Persistently Lowest-Achieving – Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools (CA Dept of Education).

According to RTTT, these schools would need to be reconstituted or some other reform measure needs to take place.

New Jersey Middle School Students Chart Academic Paths – NYTimes.com

New Jersey Middle School Students Chart Academic Paths – NYTimes.com.

More and more evidence is coming out about just how important the middle school year are to deciding future performance. This plan seems to capitalize on the interest and potential of students at this formative age. However, it’s important to build in flexability because what a 13 year old wants one day may be different when they turn 17 and applying to college.

16 States Announced as Finalists in Phase 1 of Race to the Top Competition Finalists to Present in Mid-March; Winners Announced in Early April

16 States Announced as Finalists in Phase 1 of Race to the Top Competition Finalists to Present in Mid-March; Winners Announced in Early April.

Sort of suprising that California was not selected and it will be interesting to see the comments from the evaluators of why it wasn’t.

USC Digital Library – Better is as better does: resource allocation in high performing schools

USC Digital Library – Better is as better does: resource allocation in high performing schools.

Here is a link to my dissertation.

Survey: Supportive leadership helps retain top teachers – washingtonpost.com

Survey: Supportive leadership helps retain top teachers – washingtonpost.com.

This is not new or unique. Similar findings have been seen accross diffrent industries. Jim Collins in Good to Great documents similar findings.