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So Seattle Schools had this retweet yesterday (from someone named Julia Kass who I can't publicly identify from her Twitter account):
Identifying high priority leadership practices with
Along with a photo of some principals (one was Jill Hudson at Nathan Hale.)
The training is being done thru UW's Center for Educational Leadership via the Associate Director, Max Silverman. I tweeted back and asked what "high priority leadership practices" are and got no reply. It would be nice to know what this training is about so parents know and understand what kind of professional development their principals are receiving.
Another senior opportunity via Director Harris this time from the ACLU:
We’re looking for rising high school seniors to join us at Georgetown University this summer, June 19-25. If you know anyone who fits the bill, please encourage them to apply!
The ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute will bring together a diverse group of students from across the country for an intensive 7-day program. For the student who wants to build expertise in advocacy and grassroots activism, debate the issues currently at play in the U.S. courts and political arena, strategize with leaders in the field, and develop strong relationships with fellow student leaders, the ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
I always get asked, "But how could people make money from running public schools?" when people don't believe that privatization of public schools is happening, here's an infographic from Yes! that explains that. (If you read yesterday's thread about testing, you can see that ACT and SAT are competing against each other and now for a different piece of the pie. In turn, they compete against SBAC/PARCC vendors. And that's just one area to make money.)
Here's an interesting item from the Gates Foundation list of grants - a grant for $715K to a company on...Bainbridge Island. Preva Group is getting the money to:
"deliver increased data quality and response rates for data collection from educators resulting in lower administrative cost and time burden, automated measurement of alignment to Common Core for classroom teachers resulting in better implementation of Common Core lessons, and automated measurement of indicators of sustainability for education reform initiatives resulting in shorter surveys and rapid measurement"What's fascinating is that the Preva Group is largely made up of ex-Gates Foundation folks plus one other guy and he sits on the school board for Bainbridge Island School District. Some might call that a conflict of interest and I certainly would not like seeing this kind of thing happening on our school board.
Here's a link to the district's information on inclement weather and SPS.
SPS is also havng an educator fair on January 30th, looking for Sped, ELL, language immersion, Montessori, world languages and creative arts teachers as well as school nurses. One thing that made me smile is under World Languages they have:
(Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, etc.)
While I love Italian, I'm not sure it's such a primary language to be teaching (and I'm not even sure I knew it was being taught in SPS.)
What's on your mind?