Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Education 's Fallback Strategy - wait and see

I have been doing this long enough to know that there are so many programs thrown at our schools that they can't really do a great job with implementation.  I remember seeing a presentation at the 2007 Arizona Superintendents Association meeting that found the highest performing schools had only one thing in common:  they had a principal who stayed that school, implemented something that worked and stuck with it.

Consistency.

But in today's education world, we are all hyped up on the flavor of the month.  What is the newest trend that had minute impacts on students achievement and we fly off in that direction.  So we must forgive our school leadership for taking a wait and see attitude with Common Core State Standards.  They see the every increasing debate and are not going to start going until they see it is here to stay. 

Our LTF blog on Common Core State Standards PD has the facts:
In a survey of 315 districts by the Center on Education Policy, “more than half …indicated they had not provided professional development for teachers of mathematics or English/language arts—the two Common Core subject areas—and were not planning to provide such PD for those teachers during the 2011-12 school year,” Katie Ash included in her recent Education Week article, “Common Core Raises PD Opportunities, Questions

It is sad - we have an opportunity to really train teachers who need help, but we can't get them into training.  We refuse to accept the "wait and see" attitude and will continue to push districts to help their teachers really help their students!