Marking your time and being accountable for it

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I don’t have to tell any of you that are administrators in a school that your time is always limited. You never have enough time to read lesson plans, or sit in classrooms, or listen to students and parents, and problem solve with your staff and conduct quality professional development. And the list goes on…. Read more »

Instructional Rounds at New Dawn

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Being transparent is a hard job. It means that you have to have the courage to acknowledge where your weak spots are. For a small transfer school with very large shoes to fill (cough*Wildcat*cough), it is no big secret that we are searching for the right potion to make our Regents scores work. The Instructional… Read more »

As Maine Goes, So Does the Nation…

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Charter school legislation in Maine is young; in fact, it is just learning to walk! While the charter school movement outside of Maine has been gaining momentum for decades, with its successes and its failures, the landscape of the charter school movement in Maine is a hot topic of debate.  Discussions stem from the front… Read more »

Evaluation: Another “Paradigm Shift” in K-12 Education

Posted by & filed under Board of Trustees, Data Use in Schools, Principal Evaluation, School Accountability and Authorization, Teacher Evaluation.

We are currently experiencing a radical change in the system of human capital management in K-12 schools, particularly in teacher and principal evaluation. Using multiple measures that include student outcomes and several observations of practice to rank teachers and principals represents a significant departure from traditional methods of teacher and principal evaluation. In addition, the… Read more »