I’m going to start off with a bit of a warning this week. Christmas break officially started this morning and though I knew it was coming, I am not fully prepared. That’s going to be reflected in today’s blog post, and if things appear a bit random, I apologize. You do what you can do.
Every once in a while, I get emails that really make me think. This week I got one from an MNPS teacher:
This past week, I have discovered your blog and have enjoyed reading about the comedy of errors swirling above my oblivious head. Your most recent post mentioned TVAAS scores and reminded me of burning questions about TVAAS. My score floats in the 3-4 range.Is it really a formula for projected harvest of crops?I thought this was a rumor when I first heard it at a workshop 4 years ago. If this is true, why hasn’t the whole scoring system been rendered invalid?Do TVAAS scores have any effect on salary?To my knowledge, the scores have no effect on teacher salary. Do admins get any sort of bonus for having the faculty reach a certain average score?Do you know of any teachers that have been fired due to low score TVAAS?I have known roughly 30 teachers that have left school since my arrival in 2013, and the only one that didn’t exit voluntarily was a pathway teacher who was laid off due to low projected enrollment for the subsequent school year. With the district’s turnover rate being at a constant high, the district doesn’t seem to have any bargaining leverage to hire prospective teachers based on TVAAS scores.Do they have an effect on renewing / advancing a license?I recently advanced my apprentice license to a professional, and it hinged on PD hours.If salary & employment are not tied to the TVAAS score, what are the reasons to be emotionally invested in the scores? It seems like the scores have no existential consequence on our jobs. I imagine some action could be taken against a teacher who got straight 1’s, but other than that, what does the level 5 teacher work for that the level 3 isn’t getting?I look forward to reading your thoughts.
Please folks – know that an experienced principal or school administrator, or group of administrators, doesn’t simply find themselves available, especially as a group, unless something is wrong. Its not as simple as Montgomery County’s loss is your gain.
Yes, the internet may have false stories, and its often hard to figure out what is real and what is fantasy.
But – if you don’t look, you will never know, until your own school system gets hurt.
Prince George’s County Public Schools released their response today to the state audit that found evidence of tampering with grades and graduation rates. The scandal has definitely caught the eye of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan: “There were where whistle blowers all over the system that came forward that were threatened by the County Superintendent.” I haven’t had a chance to review the response in-depth yet, but I urge you to as the scandal involves the years 2016 and 2017. Years that many recently-relocated to Nashville educators were employed by PGCPS.
“I listen to my community. Right now, there’s not enough parental support,” the Germantown Republican lawmaker told Chalkbeat after sharing the news with Shelby County’s legislative delegation.
It may take traveling the world to realize Christmas is, in fact, not “under attack.” We see Christmas trees, hear Christmas Carols (even Silent Night and Joy to the World) everywhere. Even in one predominantly Muslim country and one predominantly Buddhist country.
|Surely Bredesen is smarter than to hire the most toxic human in Nashville.||1|
|He could be problematic for Bredesen.||1|
|if it gets him off the school board for a special election go for it||1|
|I’d hate to see Pinkston leave the school board.||1|
|As long as he leaves our school board||1|
|No opinion. He has gone silent like the rest of the School Board members.||1|
|Okay – I wouldn’t be voting for either one any way.|
Question two asked for your opinion on the recent Phil Williams/Mo Carrasco interview. Sadly, 45% of you responded that nothing he said surprised you, and 28% replied, “Wish he’d say something I didn’t already know.” Only 1 of you responded that he was a disgruntled employee, and 1 of you said you were surprised by the allegations. That’s a problem.
I know that people will try to write these results off to a low and pre-disposed sample size, but the fact that I can’t find 1 person in a roomful of 90 people to say they don’t believe the allegations should be troubling. There should be at least a handful of folks willing to express doubt. If nothing more, the administration should care enough to submit a few ringers. The fact that they don’t and there isn’t is a problem. Maybe they just don’t take the complaints as being serious.
Here are the write-in votes. In all fairness, there were a few defenses offered:
|Williams should have focused more on the accusations than on criticisms on MNPS||1|
|I wish he would share “all” the info. He probably knows.||1|
|Surprised he turned in his friend but confirmed some beliefs many of us have||1|
|wish he said more and presented proof||1|
|He only touched on the corruption. Keep digging||1|
|Would be more credible from someone without a grudge for being fired||1|
|Teachers know all of the info- just wish it would make a difference.|
Question three asked for your impression of an email sent out to MNPS staff members by Dr. Joseph in response to the aforementioned interview. Tellingly, 44% of you responded that you laughed aloud at the email. Only 1 of you expressed appreciation for the email. I appreciate Dr. Felder’s continued support of the blog.
Dr. Joseph likes to tell people that you have to tune out the noise. Any parent will tell you though that you can’t tell what’s going on with your children unless you listen to the noise they make. It’ll tell you when they are happy, sick, or sad. No parent would ever attempt to parent without listening to their children, so why should it be an acceptable leadership style? At some point, he’s going to have to tune in to the noise.
Here are the write-in responses:
|dismayed that he refused to condemn a serial sexual harasser||1|
|I do not believe Joseph has told the truth with anything he has said since he came here||1|
|Having taught at Antioch HS last year, it was incredibly tone deaf.||1|
|It was an appropriate, professional response||1|
|Standard, generic, cautious statement that’s probably wise for now,||1|
|I laughed- unfortunately, I think he truly believes what he says at the point||1|
|Didn’t address issues. Smoke & mirrors|
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