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  • #23193
    Rich Girard
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    Here’s the agenda. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6cNHOSIYKNZeGlEUXBIbDBSOWM/edit

    Interesting thing is that there is no item regarding assessments on the actual agenda, but there is a write up attached to the very end of the agenda packet about it. Oh, and we get to meet “Dr. Bob” the math guy overseeing the district’s Title I schools for the state (yup, real local control there) who tells math teachers what their lessons are going to be for the month. He’s giving a presentation, which, of course, isn’t on the agenda for anybody to look at.

    #23194
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    at building and sites committee now. Avard opposing the aldermen’s request to install Drug Free School Zone signs around Bronstein Park. Saying they’re “deep into the budget year” and the $43/sign cost should be referred to next year’s budget on the CIP list.

    Give me a break.

    Rokas questioning that. Saying 2 signs is less than $100, so why not do it?

    Staff saying there are only 6 no trespassing signs and they could piggyback them. Public Works Director willing to pay for them.

    Avard, Why is this here? (Actually, that’s a good question.)

    Oh, okay, it gets approved. Good grief.

    #23195
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Chairman Connors now convening the public comment session, the comments from which she’ll disregard because they come from the “usual suspects.”

    #23196
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Deb Olszta.

    Commenting on last night’s “dismissal” of the concerns raised over the testing. Saying kids anxiety over how they feel dumb, stupid or not able to learn because they don’t get the test. Why not listen to professionals in the classroom? Why should City Year be expected to teach the 5th grader whose reading at the Kindergarten level. Where are the reading teachers? Were they all fired, too? City Year are not teachers. Why are 8th graders being referred to VLACS if they want to take Algebra I? Children are suffering “common core syndrome.”

    Connors has blank stare, Ambrogi seems to be looking at a mobile device. Stewart, too. Neither looked up during her whole speech. Only Dunphy seemed interested. Administrators not paying attention either.

    #23197
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Patrice Benard.

    Referring to Anthem presentation. Saying that stress could be the reason for some of the health issues. Administrators bullying teachers into testing they believe is abusive to kids. Send Dr. Greenleaf and the state packing. Daily math drills are important, this testing is not. Ryan called it push back last night. In New England, we call it revolution. We were bullied by an English King. We didn’t have the fancy uniforms, armies and weapons, but we won. If you don’t take care of business, you’ll have a revolution on your hands.

    Same response from those around the table as to olzsta. The “facebook warriors” are going to have to show up if they want to change this stuff.

    #23198
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Patrice Benard.

    Referring to Anthem presentation. Saying that stress could be the reason for some of the health issues. Administrators bullying teachers into testing they believe is abusive to kids. Send Dr. Greenleaf and the state packing. Daily math drills are important, this testing is not. Ryan called it push back last night. In New England, we call it revolution. We were bullied by an English King. We didn’t have the fancy uniforms, armies and weapons, but we won. If you don’t take care of business, you’ll have a revolution on your hands.

    Same response from those around the table as to olzsta. The “facebook warriors” are going to have to show up if they want to change this stuff.

    #23199
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    “Dr. Bob” now presenting on “micro feedback” formative assessments in Math the district is using. This guy is one of the “regional directors” of the state Dept. of Ed calling the shots in our Title 1/SIG/”Innovation schools”

    Editor’s note: Dr. Bob sent his presentation to us the next morning. It can be found here: http://www.girardatlarge.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Greenleaf-presentation.pdf

    #23200
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Oh My Head: Eduspeak on steroids!

    Clear leanring targets witin learning progressions
    pformative assessement

    driven

    research based
    research driven
    embedded capacity building
    collaborative PLCs
    Focus, focus focus
    Results.

    Oy.

    #23201
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    On top of it, he’s going a mile a minute through a power point presentation he knows well, but we don’t. Grr.

    Upshot is that it’s “all research based.” At least he says that research based doesn’t mean it’s a wonderful thing.

    #23202
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Teacher subject matter only affects outcomes by .9%? (That’s supposedly good, I think.)

    Ah, they have to be able to teach what they know. Need “good instructional strategy.”

    Individualized instruction now being presented. He’s referring to a graph that the variables can’t be read on and colors I don’t understand.

    Class size only has a .21% impact on outcomes. Bet they don’t like that.

    #23203
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    “professional development” is only 19 of 20 in having an impact.

    Teacher student relationships is number 11

    Spending a lot of time on #12, “spaced vs. mass practice”

    #23204
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Culprits of poor performance:

    adoption of research based programs with low impact outcomes (faulty research basis)

    application of high impact research based programs/activites is fraught with…flipped the slide. (think it was distractions)

    This is why they test every 3 weeks, (take blood pressure, adjust medication)

    #23205
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    combine top 20 winners of common educational practices wit neuro research on memory and recall formation and you have success…

    Memories of what kids learn aren’t memories initially. They’re held in chemical soup which change when we sleep and have to be worked on to solidify into a hardwired memory. We’re trying to engineer strategies for student to make the memory solidify, not get lost in chemical soup.

    Cognitive structures of the brain is fundamental to all learning, underlies children’s abilities to learn. (Seems to me he just said that your brain structure determines whether or not you can learn or what you learn)

    Clarification (kayak), conservation (3/4, 6/8, 75%, etc), temporal (time sensitive), spatial (visuual 85% not eyes…huh?), etc…

    #23206
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    instructional progressions and pivotal lessons are based on addressing and developing fundamental cognitive structures. Oh, now I get it. The teachers are supposed to build brain structures while educating kids. ?!?!?!

    #23207
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Showing results from Caanan, NH. Showing jump from 61 percent proficient to 90.

    This is what was brought into Parker Varney in June. From 50% proficient to 90% in 3 weeks on fractions.

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