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Theory of Action
• Common Instructional Materials that are well-aligned with the new State Standards for Mathematics
• Professional Learning and Support for Teachers, Administrators, and Support Staff
• Family/Community Engagement, Support and Involvement
• Accountability: Assessments and Indicators
• Direct Student Support: Intervention and Acceleration; Team Math
• District-wide College Readiness Focus
• Effective Teacher Recruitment and Retention through Strategic Partnerships with University Pre-Service Programs
It was clear that Ms delaFuente was telling the Board that it is okay for them to throw the kids out the window because the District staff are down below and they promise to make a net to catch the students.
The problem, which would be clear to anyone who has observed the District for more than six weeks, is that the District absolutely cannot be trusted to do anything that they say they will do and the Board has neither any interest nor any mechanism to compel them to do it.
It's clear that the Board will approve this textbook adoption at their next meeting. I do not expect any of the Directors to change their minds and I do not expect Director Chow to be anything other than the rubber-stamp she has always been.
So then what? Then we need to press the Board to press the superintendent to press the staff to actually fulfill this fantasy Theory of Action. Directors Sundquist, Carr and Maier will have a special obligation to see this Theory of Action implemented. It could define their service on the Board and determine their re-election.
The funny thing is that if they actually come through (yes, I'm indulging a fantasy), it could lead to their taking similar action to enforce other commitments and they could suddenly become an effective Board. That would be wonderful. This Board could suddently start demanding accountability on the Strategic Plan. They could start demanding that the District make their decisions through a legitimate process. This disaster could be the start of something really good. - Naw, I'm just dreaming. They're still rubber stamps.