Last month, if you recall, principals and carefully selected teachers made the case for a testing system, which for the first time will spread the standardized test prep regimen all the way down to kindergarten.
An e-mail from Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction Sarah Stevens to R-8 principals, offers suggestions on what those attending Tuesday night's board meeting should say and laments that there was probably not enough time to be able to shoot video of children talking about what a difference the ideas of the Core Collaborative and visible or self-regulated learning have made in their education:
I will be taking the Core Collaborative contract to the board on Tuesday, May 26.
I am asking for a year long contract up to 30 days to include the days principals have asked for, departments have requested, and to finish helping with the bsip plans we have started and the work of self regulated learning. I will be also be including a couple of days for special ed iep work.
This is the same amount of days we used this year between three consultants with the Core Collaborative.
I would like a short blurb from you stating how the work we have embarked on this year with the core collaborative and visible learning has helped, guided, or changed the way your building is working together, performing, etc. If you feel inclined, include what you hope to gain from continuing this focus and support.
Please do not use the verbiage of Visible Learning since that technically was with Corwin, even though Paul (consultant Paul Bloomberg who heads the Core Collaborative) tied a lot of what we were doing all together to make it all fit. I will bring Visible Learning for Teachers to a different board meeting if JPDT votes to have it happen this summer.
I am hoping to provide a presentation to avoid the interviews and length of the last action item, but your visible support at the board meeting is always appreciated.
If you have teachers that have really taken hold of learning intentions, success criteria, feedback, impact (data) teams, etc. Please ask them to send me an email or quick video explaining. Even better would be to have the students speak (but that is short notice so I understand if that can't happen).
I have several videos of students speaking on their learning, so if you have some great ones with the work you have been doing or want to brag on your school, now is the time!
If you don't agree to having Dr. Bloomberg or his consultants back I need to know that as well so I can clearly say who is in support of it. Otherwise, I will speak as a whole for all of us.
The only teacher/sub days that I foresee is some Middle School Comm Arts follow up possible, Social Studies at the highschool has requested to work with him, and if you as a principal are buying some of his time to work with leadership teams. The rest of his time will be impact teams which will be embedded into your school day, pd days, or afterschool sessions. I have the dates already reserved and if it is approved will share them on June 1 and 2 in your leadership meetings.
Thank you for reading this very long email.
Documentation is due by Wednesday so if you could please shoot me an email or video and have teachers shoot me and email by then I would appreciate it.
If any teachers are planning on being at the meeting, please let me know that as well.
The cost for the consulting firm is $103,950, according to the board documentation. The proposal is signed off on by Stevens, Executive Director of Elementary Instruction Jennifer Doshier, and C. J. Huff.