Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2 Greece Teachers Obtain National Certification

  
CONGRATULATIONS

Nancy Kehoe
&
Delaina Grasso-Infantino

"A good teacher is the single most important ingredient in student success.” ~~NY Education Commissioner John King

 
SCATS ~~ King is 100% correct. GCSD can stop blaming the parents, the kids and the free lunches now. It's frequently the poor teaching that pushed Greece's test scores down into the basement.
  
    

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

The single most? I think not. What about the parents?!?! Speaking of parents - where is your post about last nights community input forum?

Anonymous said...

Bad curriculum is a far greater contributor to poor student performance than mediocre teaching skills. The best of our best teachers cannot significantly overcome bad math and other lousy required curriculum materials. Blame the people that AREN'T in front of the kids every day.
Why you choose to use the recognition of two fine teachers to lob a grenade into the entire population of Greece teachers is beyond reason. But I am sure you will respond with one of your classic "I am the smartest person in the room" answers. Can't wait!

Anonymous said...

There is no doubt that free or reduced lunch figures are the latest excuss for poor performance.

SCATS said...

To 7:15AM ~~ EXCUSE ME!? Ithink you are taking me for granted ... and in the holiday season !!

To 10:15AM ~~ A good teacher can overcome a bad curriculum. I'm tired of all the excuses for Greece heading to the bottom of the educational rankings in the county. EVERYONE & EVERYTHING HAS BEEN BLAMED EXCEPT THE TEACHERS!

If you want to give kudos to teachers for making a "Blue Ribbon" school happen, then you MUSTalso give them recognition for when a school fails ;) You can't pick & choose with me ;)

To 10:34PM ~~ Now that 1 of 2 people in this country are considered to be low income or below the poverty level, almost no one will graduate in the future.

Anonymous said...

You failed to mention the Closed Clubby and Corrupt meeting last night. Which I might add, Rita Garretson was not in attendance. I thought she promised all of us who voted for her that she had planned to stay visible and front and center of Auberger. Guess that was more political inneuendo.

SCATS said...

To 2:34PM ~~ I didn't "fail to mention it" as much as I decided to focus on the more pressing BOE forum.

How do you know she wasn't ill? Or possibly out-of-town? Or maybe tied up at work?

By the way, in case you haven't noticed, it's the week coming up to Christmas and people are pretty overloaded with family and other obligations ... at least the ones are who have a real life ;)

Anonymous said...

Man, you have all the answers. Go back to school and become a teacher then. Make a difference if you think teachers are so poor. My kid does well in school and has a great teacher...and she's at Brookside. Have you seen the behavior of some of these kids in schools? Sure blame teachers for poor attendance, no returned homework, and the failing kid who has no support outside of school. Clearly you or your own children struggle and you need to blame someone else right? Apples don't fall far and teachers can't make a 20 watt lightbulb a 60 watter.

SCATS said...

To 7:41PM ~~ I have no interest or need to go back to school and am proud to be 100% debt-free.

As far as making a difference goes, I already do make a difference :D Just this morning, I received a note from someone who wrote: "If you google ANYTHING with our district or community your blog comes up in the top 3 list! Your blog and the work you do gives many a voice! ... you are a messenger of the truth...sometimes it is quite ugly truth, but you deliver it!!! God bless you for that! It is much needed in a community like ours where segregation, deceit and scandals have reigned for a while! "

IMHO, too many Greece teachers ARE a 20 watt bulb anyway.

You brought up poor attendance, so why don't we talk about teacher attendance and the impact of that on student learning? Ah yes, back to the sound of crickets chirping ;)

Anonymous said...

Go SCATS!

Anonymous said...

North Carolina has the greatest number of these certified teachers, yet their education system is horrendous compared to New York's. I have many friends who have relocated there and every single one of them is unhappy with the school system there.

Anonymous said...

Right on 7:41! SCATS - you're all wind. You have no idea about what impacts education - you just want to trash teachers. Free and reduced lunch is a measure of poverty.

Even you should be able to understand that kids from low income single parent homes (where the parent often does not have time each night to sit with their child, make sure they're doing their homework, holding them responsible for doing their work and getting good grades etc.) usually do not do as well as kids from financially secure 2 parent homes.

Do some research - read a book. Find out what happens when a school population has an over 40% poverty rate. Does this mean there are no bad teachers out there, of course not. But only a fool would paint everyone with the same broad brush.

SCATS said...

To 1:19AM ~~ If I'm "all wind" then why are you so riled up?

Guess what, Sherlock? I'm not dumber than a 5th grader. I already know free/reduced lunches are "a measure of poverty."

I also know that just because someone is on a free/reduced lunch doesn't make them stupid, or their parents inattentive. In light of the FACT that recent Census data shows that 1 out of every 2 Americans is now low income or poverty level, it's high time that YOU LEARN THIS, TOO!

(http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-12-15/poor-census-low-income/51944034/1 )

The problem with Greece teachers is that they demand kudos for when things go well in the classroom, but they refuse to accept any role in the outcomes from the other end of the spectrum. Of course, everyone can smell the BS!

Anonymous said...

North Carolina has the greatest amount of Nationally Certified teachers, and they get a pay raise for receiving that certification.
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/fbs/finance/salary/schedules/2011-12schedules.pdf
The pay for teachers in NC is much lower, so many need that certification to make ends meet.
The president of NBCC is from North Carolina, hence the push for the certification as well.

The educational system there is not as bad as one thinks. I have experienced both and prefer NC.

Anonymous said...

Free lunches ain't a poverty indicator, they're an indicator of people being able to fill out forms and take money from the fruit of someone else's labor.

NY now has a website where you can prework the system and find benefits you can qualify for. It's a damn dirty joke.

Yhe only dirtier joke is what Union members calling themselves teachers are doing to kids futures. When in hell will somebody be held accountable?

SCATS said...

To 1:08AM ~~ What website is that?

Anonymous said...

http://educationnext.org/fraud-in-the-lunchroom/

SCATS said...

To 2:21PM ~~ TY for the link, very informative. I was curious to know what website was referred to by 1:08AM who wrote: "NY now has a website where you can prework the system and find benefits you can qualify for."

Anonymous said...

They might mean this.


https://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/

SCATS said...

To 10:41AM ~~ Interesting ... thank you.

Anonymous said...

Is it the Parents fault a third grade teacher at Kirk Road only teaches 2 of the 7 things needed to do well on ELA? Is it the parents fault after this was proven , nothing was done? Is it the parents fault she still "works" there? Keep pushing them through and collect a paycheck,great idea.NOT