On another post Foreveryoung wrote:
"As everyone knows attendance at parent meetings dwindles as we close in on the end of the school year. Activity on education related blogs dwindles too apparently if the action on this one is any indication.
There have been discussions recently on talk shows and reports in the paper about how successful some charter schools have been. I recently heard a Dad of two charter school students give full credit to teachers his kids had. He must have said a dozen times "it's the teachers, it's the teachers." When he explained further he spoke about no more than 20 kids in a class and all classes having a teacher and an aide in this Propel school. Wouldn't that alone make one say "it's the administration, it's the administration?" A teacher does not decide on class size or what subjects or behavior warrant two adults to a class. The last PPS newspaper spotlighted a co-teaching classroom. That seems a very empowering situation. Some parents seem to recognize the value to such a strategy to improve student performance. At the EFA meeting where parents presented on RISE the primary presenter mentioned in his comments that he and another parent on the general committee were educated outside Pittsburgh. He said they each were taught in classrooms by two teachers/adults working as a team. This would seem to be one action to ensure the success of differentiated instruction."