Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Congratulations To Teacher Karen Schindler

 
She is one of eleven Monroe County teachers (117 total from NY State) awarded the "gold standard of teaching" with certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

Candidates spend 200-400 hours of their own personal time having their teaching measured against  very high, rigorous standards through an extensive series of performance-based assessments. Teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and thorough analyses of the candidate’s teaching and students’ learning are included in the assessments.

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SCATS ~~ GCSD is the largest local suburban district, but has only one winner. Why is that the case when Fairport has FOUR??

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd bet that if Ann Mitchell was in charge of Curriculum and Instruction in Fairport, the data would compare much differently.

Anonymous said...

Because Fairport 1. Has a contract 2. Better community supporting their schools and 3. They don't have a SCATS or a Moscato always trying to stir the pot.

SCATS said...

To 6:41AM ~~ Interesting thoughts, however you have overlooked a few things.

1 - The work for this award is done on PERSONAL TIME, not contract time

2 - Teachers aren't rushing to leave Greece for Fairport

3 - Greece has NO PROBLEM attracting large pools of teachers who want to get a paycheck here ;)

Charlie Hubbard said...

Wouldn't it be nice to have 'contracts' that recognise this type of excellence and effort. But thanks to administration, school boards, and union efforts, mediocrity and the continued and established taxpayer 'giveaways' continue to rule the day.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting that after all the nay-sayers, this group has found a way to evaluate teaching quality. Guess it can be done after all...

SCATS said...

To 1:57PM ~~ I'm not sure what you meant by "this group." If you meant SCATS & our readers, then all I can say is that true excellence is a rare find within the halls of GCSD. When I see it, I make the effort to recognize it.

In this case, the teacher must be truly dedicated to have devoted so much of her OWN TIME (i.e. not for pay time) to bettering herself and her abilities.

Anonymous said...

If ever there was a pot that needed to be stirred, it GCSD. Are you trying to say this district would improve if we just let them go on in their totally inept way. Absolutely not!!!

Good citizens should always stir the pot.

Anonymous said...

This is proof that superior teaching can be measured. It should be obvious that inferior teaching can also be measured.

Let me know when the committee to provide guidelines for the next teacher contract is being formed. I want in!

SCATS said...

To 4:05PM ~~ this is Greece. We don't have committees charged with doing anything productive like you are suggesting. You do realize the current contract is at impasse?

Charlie Hubbard said...

A note to 4:05
When I said earlier that contracts are 'giveaways' I meant exactly that. The taxpayers have been getting sc###ed for years. I never blamed the unions, It has been 100% the fault of the school board. Everything has evolved around 'add ons' rather than making the contract productive.
Don't misunderstand the administration has had plenty of fault also - unfortunatly the focus of administration is to 'just get it done' and THAT is a big part of the problem.
We also have the problem of 'other' districts. When other districts give say 4% well THAT becomes the 'reason' this union wants 4% - no merit - just more, more, more, entitlement, entitlement, entitlement.
Because 'other' districts have been so important you must also appreciate the problem of how most school boards are nothing but PUPPETS of the superintendents. You also can see the 'reason' why the monroe county school board assoc. exists - to keep everybody in line - in the meantime the taxpayers continue to get sc###ed.

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