- October 17 2009: Original introduction to blog: When and why I started researching reform of SPS; brief summary of my concerns about reform.
- October 20 2009: The two main purposes of my blog: 1) Educate the community; 2) Organize the community.
The Primary stakeholders of Seattle Public Schools are the Students, the Teachers, and the Parents. These stakeholders want great public schools provide a intellectually challenging and engaging curriculum, a small achievement gap, and that have low drop-out rates and a respected certificate of graduation.
The Secondary stakeholders of Seattle Public Schools are comprised of the resident community of Seattle. These stakeholders understand that great pulic schools mean a safer, more democratic, wealthier city that is a sought-after place to live.
The Tertiary Stakeholders of Seattle Public Schools are the public and private organizations that will employ the graduates of our schools.
- will not want reform and, instead,
- do want strong and well-credentialed teachers, and
- do want the best schools for all students that public school district can offer.
- to expell the Broad-sponsored Superintedent and all of her men (the Broad Residents), to prevent the School Board from bringing in another reformist as a replacement, to help identify and recruit a strong progressive Superintendent candidate;
- to save the progessive non-charter schools within Seattle Public Schools (the Alternative schools), which clearly are not favored by the Broad-sponsored Superintendent; and
- to work to oppose reform advocacy and charter schools (Washington has not yet legalized charter schools) at the state and federal level,
increased state- and federal-spending within reformed school districts;
core curriculum and curriculum alignment;
high-stakes standardized testing;
data-driven decision making;
performance management systems;
performance incentives and bonuses;
Nova Alternative High School is a testing ground for a progressive curriculum developed by author and thinker Riane Eisler of the Center for Partnership Studies. This is a popular school serving a racially and economically diverse student population. It is considered one of the best high schools in the city.
Thornon Creek K-5 Alternative school curriculum centers around a theme-based model called Expeditionary Learning/Outward Bound. This school won the prestigous Imag'nation Grant from the Lincoln Center of New York City in spring of 2009. Thornton Creek is the first school outside of New York City to receive this award. The percentage of students at Thornton Creek passing the WASL exams is on par with peer traditional schools in the northeast region of Seattle.
summarize and refer the reader to research showing what is and is not best practices in K-12 public education, with emphasis on what is best-practice in schools that educate economically-disadvantaged and minority children.
explain how to identify regressive reform agents, advocates, and organizations.
interpret recent and proposed changes at the local (district executive, School Board), state, and federal levels.