Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Reader Writes... The Flawed Logic of Vouchers - Part 1

In response to the 2/18/2015 post, “The Flawed Logic of My Money Should Follow My Child,” a reader writes:

SC,

I totally agree with your argument. If a parent wishes to utilize their own dollar to move their child to a private school, let them; However, it is not okay to take my tax dollar too. I truly do not believe the general public knows their tax dollars will be educating others in a private school setting because that is not the rhetoric being blasted from our elected leaders in Austin. I am too a product of public education.

SC Response
You are right. A lot of inconvenient facts are being glossed over by “School Choice / Pro- Voucher” advocates.  And they know their best chance of forcing their agenda on the general public is to talk the most and talk the loudest.

Which leaves it up to us to educate (this makes sense, after all we are the teachers) the general public.

And there is a good chance that your non-educators friends want to know your opinion.  For example, my own accountant went from a  “what’s so bad about a voucher” voter to a “vouchers are bad public policy” voter just by my explaining to him that:

1. It will be his school tax dollars that will be subsidizing the vouchers for “school choicers.”

2. Vouchers this will hurt the public schools in his community.  The same schools that educated his children and now his grandchildren.

If ever there was a time to step up and lead, this is it.

Think. Work. Achieve.
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  • Upcoming Presentations: TASSP Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); TEPSA Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); NAESP National Conference 
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of March 22, 2015

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of March 22, 2015.

1. I like to pay taxes for schools even though I don't have a kid in school because I don't like living in country with a bunch of stupid people (By @johngreen)

2. Shameful that we have to spend so much energy protecting our Texas school children from the hurtful policies of the Texas Legislature. (By @pastors4txkids)

3. You cannot run a school sitting behind a desk! (By @grizfan99)

4. On-going, purposeful & focused teacher training is THE way to support staff, reduce anxiety and promote student performance. (By @CabidaCain)

5. The person doing the talking and writing about the content is the person doing the learning... Is it the teacher or the students in your class? (By @CariBegin)

6. Most teachers do the best they know. They know best if provided on-going purposeful training with follow-up. (By @CabidaCain)

7. Another great thing about Kindergarten. When someone is being mean, you just tell your teacher and she fixes it. (By @LYSNation)

8. Success is a slippery slope, we want sustainable success, not just isolated successful events. (By @8Amber8)

9. Today's Quote:  “Rewards and punishment are the lowest forms of education.” (By @DrRichAllen)

10. The level of cognition required while coloring a map in a secondary social studies class is... None. Nada. Zed. (By @LYSNation)

Think. Work. Achieve.
Your turn...

  • Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on Amazon.com!  http://tinyurl.com/Fundamental5 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Timer (Fundamental 5 Delivery Tool); PowerWalks CLC (Networked Formative Observation Tool) 
  • Upcoming Presentations: TASSP Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); TEPSA Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); NAESP National Conference 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Junior High Principal Search in East Texas

LYS Executive Search

~ Junior High School Principal ~

A LYS Superintendent in East Texas seeks a like-minded principal to turn a good neighborhood school into THE showcase for public education.

The successful candidate will have
  • Demonstrated leadership success as a campus administrator.
  • Demonstrated success in increasing staff effectiveness and student performance.
  • LYS training and experience, preferred.

Information of note
  • Enrollment - 450 students
  • Suburban setting
  • Competitive salary and benefits

If you are ready to lead from the front and work to win, submit the following to Search@LeadYourSchool.com
  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Administrator’s certifications
  • Recent campus performance data

Application Deadline: April 27, 2015

Search Consultant: E. Don Brown

LYS Executive Search
(832) 477-5323

LYS Nation, once again a school district wants YOU!


Think. Work. Achieve.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Superintendent Search in West Texas

LYS Executive Search

~ Superintendent ~

Culberson County-Allamore Independent School District

A West Texas school district is searching for its next Superintendent of Schools

The successful candidate will have
  • Demonstrated leadership success as a principal and/or district level administrator 
  • Demonstrated success educating diverse student populations
  • Firm understanding of school finance
  • LYS training and experience, preferred

Information of note
  • Enrollment - 450 students
  • Rural setting
  • Two campuses
  • Competitive salary and benefits

Qualified and interested candidates submit the following to Search@LeadYourSchool.com
  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Administrator’s certifications
  • List of references
  • Recent campus/district performance data

Search Consultant: Robert 'Bob' Brezina

LYS Executive Search
(832) 477-5323

LYS Nation, once again a school district wants YOU!
Think. Work. Achieve.

Friday, March 27, 2015

HS Principal Search - Last Day to Apply

LYS Executive Search

~ High School Principal ~

Rockport-Fulton High School / Aransas County ISD

A Gulf Coast Texas school district is searching for its next high school principal

The successful candidate will have
  • Demonstrated leadership success as a secondary campus administrator
  •  Demonstrated success educating at-risk student populations
  • LYS training and experience, preferred

Information of note
  • Enrollment - 1,000 students
  • Suburban setting
  • Diverse student population
  • Competitive salary and benefits

Qualified and interested candidates submit the following to Search@LeadYourSchool.com
  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Administrator’s certifications
  •  Recent campus performance data

Application Deadline: March 27, 2015

Search Consultant: E. Don Brown

LYS Executive Search
(832) 477-5323

LYS Nation, once again a school district wants YOU!
Think. Work. Achieve.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Kindergarten Assessment Plan We Can All Get Behind

The following post his based on an observation in the book, Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt & Steven J. Dubner. I heartily recommend this great book to all school leaders, both formal and informal.

In the general population, one in every four children has poor eyesight.  Drill down deeper and you will find that up to 60% of struggling learners have poor vision.  Which makes sense. It’s hard to read when it is hard to see. Yet, we educators test to determine if students have understood what they have read. We create interventions for those who have trouble reading. We are rated based on annual student reading performance. But we forget to check the most basic, and correctable, physical attribute related to reading... student eyesight.  We all (I know I did) assume that someone else must have done so previously.

So let’s quit assuming. I suggest that within the first week of school that all students are screened for vision issues, starting with Kindergarten students.  Notify the parents of any student that seemingly has a vision problem and make sure that the child gets the glasses that he/she needs.  Every day a child with uncorrected vision problems is in school is a day that child is falling behind his non sight impaired peers. 

On a personal note, undiagnosed vision issues affected my GPA when I was in high school.  I am color blind to over 60% of the Red/Green spectrum.  This was not diagnosed until a Department of Defense (DoD) physical I took when I was 18.  This fact explained why I darn near failed a semester of biology.  The reason I couldn’t indentify attributes of slide specimens, wasn’t due to a lack of trying... the specimens were highlighted with red and green dyes. Which is why I never saw enough of anything to identify. Oops.

Think. Work. Achieve.
Your turn...

  • Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on Amazon.com!  http://tinyurl.com/Fundamental5 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Timer (Fundamental 5 Delivery Tool); PowerWalks CLC (Networked Formative Observation Tool) 
  • Upcoming Presentations: TASSP Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); TEPSA Summer Conference (Multiple Presentations); NAESP National Conference 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook