Monday, May 25, 2009

"Student learning is the goal" ...


If that slogan rubs you the wrong way, here's your chance to help craft a "Common Vision" of GCSD during a Community Summit

Saturday, June 6
9 a.m. to noon

Arcadia Middle School cafeteria

Participants will help craft a new district vision statement to guide the direction of Greece Central in the coming years.

PLEASE CALL 966-2301 TO REGISTER.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY JUNE 3

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about

Get Student Learning out of the Hole.

Graehaven said...

No, that's an all-encompassing mission - and it should be. Goals are a subset to that. That mission has not been accomplished in an effective manner.

One goal should be accomplishing that mission AND do it spending HALF the money we currently do. $195 Million is TOO MUCH MONEY!!!! It can be done for less and should be.

SCATS said...

To 10:50AM ~~ I love that idea!!

Anonymous said...

Greece Central doesn't need a new mission statement, they need a new manure spreader.

20+ years ago GCSD graduated students with honest diplomas that bore a disclaimer of knowledge content. They didn't improve education or knowledge impartation to students, they just changed to new diplomas.

15+ years ago GCSD got BUSTED using District money to influence elections of Board Members and budget votes.

Since then the only change at GCSD has been the depth of the mound of manure the District generates and sits in the middle of. GCSD should have the greenest lawns of any School District in the County.

Anonymous said...

It's great when the stereotype is echoed. "We can't do what we said we'd do, so let's change what we said we'd do."

Student Learning Is The Goal.

How about holding Instructional Leadership accountable for meeting a real goal or two?

Any high-sighted, ambulatory "highly-qualified administrator" should be able to pull that off, right?

Anonymous said...

There are times when I stare at the ceiling for several seconds. That makes me high-sighted, right?
-C

Anonymous said...

Several seconds? What the heck?
-S

Anonymous said...

What's 'ambulatory' mean?
-A

Anonymous said...

I think we all want our children to graduate with the basic education to succeed at the next level (work or further education) and a motivation to do so. How about:
"An education that enlightens, empowers and motivates"

Anonymous said...

Instead of just looking for volunteers to help craft a vision, how about hiring a real leader who has both vision and the talent to help lead his staff to it?

What has our current superintendent done for us??

Anonymous said...

5:50 He's lowered the standards, but kept APAC from falling..

Can anyone tell me of THREE goals GCSD ever set and actually met without having to revise the way they calculate the data???

Anonymous said...

5:50PM hit the nail on the head. If the Superintendent has to get "volunteers" to come to a meeting to help him figure out what our mission statement should be THEN FIRE THE MAN for crying out loud. This is ridiculous. Super A. makes over $200,000 a year and needs help. Lord help us all especially the kids.

Anonymous said...

To 8:45 It's called participatory leadership and that is recommended in terms of school improvement. SA is empowering the people closest to the action to make decisions that affect them. That's the right thing to do. If you don't know about school improvement theories, check out some business strategies.

Anonymous said...

10pm - "Theories" are just that. There once was a theory that the world was flat. See how well that worked out?

Anonymous said...

10:36 doesn't understand what the word theory means (a common problem that right-wingers seem to have.)

But in the grand scheme of things there are worse things to be confused about... like the direction the super is taking the district.

Anonymous said...

I wrote 10:36 and since I am an employed scientist, I can assure you that I DO know the meaning of the word "theory." Since you didn't bother explaining what was wrong, I'll assume you are just blowing off steam. Thanks for your 2 cents though.

Anonymous said...

Scats - am i missing something here?
There are people upset about the mission statement?
There are people who believe "this" is our problem?

SCATS said...

To 11:49AM ~~ I've always thought that "Student learning is the goal" was one of those great "DUH!" insights. I shudder every time I hear it. I can't quite explain why (other than the over-simplifying of what getting an education should be all about), but it seems almost demeaning to and blaming towards our students.

Why not change it to "Teaching students is the goal"? Oh wait. I know why! Because that would mean it was the teacher's fault if the students didn't learn and we already know it's not their issue.

I think changing the slogan to: "Achieving Honor Roll status means you significantly surpassed NY State educational standards" would be a huge step in the right direction. I know, I'm dreaming ...

Anonymous said...

Dr. Steven L. Walts changed the mission statement because nobody could remember the wordy one that preceded it.

It is one of a long list of ways in which he touched our region and people in it.

SCATS said...

To 11:55AM ~~ I'm suddenly feeling the need to shower after reading that Walts may have "touched" me!!