Keeping teachers accountable; what works

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Keeping teachers accountable; what works
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Tue, 09-28-2010 - 4:38pm

Folks, in the much-revered Education Nation, lots of people are hell bent on keeping teachers accountable these days (of course, just how common bad teachers are is open to debate, but let's put that aside for the sake of argument.)



Well, we have a problem, don't we?

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Tue, 09-28-2010 - 6:00pm

Here's the part about keeping teachers accountable that troubles me: how exactly does this work in a high poverty district? Those teachers do God's work. Those kids often have so many strikes against them. The teachers there have to surmount so many obstacles that teachers in middle class and wealthy districts do not. How do we get test scores (assuming that's the bar) to improve when it's so difficult?

Why do we hear so much about keeping teachers accountable? Why don't we hear about keeping PARENTS accountable?

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Tue, 09-28-2010 - 11:29pm

I made my rant on this in response to Kelli's question about the President Obama's interview.

Sherry

 

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Wed, 09-29-2010 - 4:33pm

Sherry, my personal experience with so-called "instructional coaches" makes me question what you say.

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Wed, 09-29-2010 - 8:21pm

I don't think I was clear. I meant independent assessors that are not employed by the school district. Schools are hiring their own job coaches, but they are often just another layer of administration and each works on his/her own instincts.

Sherry

 

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Wed, 09-29-2010 - 9:25pm

YES!