Monday, April 21, 2014

April 2014 Agenda Review

On another post Anonymous wrote:

"This month's agenda review materials is online now. SESI's Clayton contract is back on the agenda. The cost is 2.8 million for 1 year @ $11,200 each for 250 students. Wow! Couldn't the Student Achievement Center do the job for less?"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Awards to PRC teams

From the PG:

"...educators at Allderdice, Brashear and Carrick high schools received a total of $169,660 in bonuses -- 70 percent from federal funds and 30 percent from the district -- as a result of success in the Promise Readiness Corps, in which teachers work with the same students in grades 9 and 10."

Friday, April 4, 2014

Minadeo minutes

On another post Anonymous posted minutes from a Minadeo parent/school meeting, a candid look at the process of addressing some challenging issues.  It is at least clear that these are not just EFA meetings.

Anonymous wrote:

"Minedeo Part one.
At the beginning of the meeting, the panel consisted of Mrs. Wagner and Ms.
Hollis. The discussion opened with a comment from a parent whose children
are in the 5th and the violence in the school seems to be escalating. Mrs. Wagner responded
that she and Ms. Hollis are looking at the data from the referral process. They
are looking at which grade levels are involved, what area of the school does
the behavior occur in, what are the major behaviors, which days of the week
do behaviors occur most, which students have an increased number of
referrals, and what the triggers are for problem behaviors particularly for the
students that are most often receiving office referrals. Fights are often
occurring during transition times. Mrs. Wagner said they are working to make
the transitions a more tightly controlled process. There have been fewer fights
during lunch. Most fights are occurring towards the end of the day during the
Response To Intervention (RTI) transitions. There are groups of students who
are moving to other classrooms for RTI that are largely unsupervised. Mrs.
Wagner stated that they are using a variety of things such as in-school
suspension, the time out room and out-of-school suspension to address
behaviors. They are using the School Assistance Process (SAP) to evaluate
behaviors and get families involved. Ms. Hollis said that one of her goals is to
increase community outreach programs and to get more parents involved.
She stated that working with parents is key. They need to be involved with
discipline.

A parent shared a personal story and stated that parents have to be involved
in the process. The teachers and the school cannot easily undo what is being
taught in the home.

A parent asked what is being done to engage families of children who have
behavior issues. Mrs. Wagner stated that it is not mandatory for parents to
work with the school, to seek therapy or medication for their children and that
the school continues to reach out when parents are not initially engaged.

It was noted that the approach to kids is important. Yelling and screaming is
not as effective. Concern was expressed for how adults in the building treat
the students.

Ms. Hollis noted that it is important to look at the root cause of the behavior
and to teach children to know what is socially acceptable. "

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pittsburgh teachers and officials explore community schools

From the PG:

"Community schools -- called community learning schools in Cincinnati -- use the public schools as a hub for a variety of services for students, families and the community."

Sunday, March 30, 2014

West End schools for sale

On another post Anonymous wrote:

"The Sunday PG carries an article on the schools in the western area of the city up for sale. I am sure this is difficult for the people who attended these schools or worked in these buildings.

What is the right thing for education here? Small schools, neighborhood schools, mega schools?"

Friday, March 28, 2014

Propel Hazelwood

On another post Anonymous wrote:

"can someone refresh my memory, isn't the propel to open in hazelwood because the admin failed to participate in the appeal process? i know the appeal might have been approved anyway but was there any explanation?"