One Year into Turnaround: How CCSD Schools Have Performed
AIR DATE: June 14, 2012
This year Clark County School District implemented an ambitious plan to turnaround five of its worst performing schools. The schools are Western, Chaparral and Mojave high schools and Hancock and Elizondo elementary schools. The plan included radical changes in the classroom and curriculum as well as the replacement of many teachers, administrators and staff. Has it succeeded? We talk with two principals from turnaround schools about their first year and the challenges they face.
David Wilson, Principal, Chaparral High School Jerre Moore, Principal, Hancock Elementary Laura Pappano, education scholar and writer in residence, Wellesley Centers for Women Lee Hernandez, Producer, KNPR's State of Nevada
Correction to my first post:
Teachers' hands are tied when it comes to disruptive students.
No, I am not one of those teachers who do not know how to use apostrophes correctly (of whom there are too many - you get what you pay for). Just an oversight.justateacher –Jun 14, 2012 09:27:33 AM
The bottom line problem is that academic standards at CCSD are so low as to be essentially zero. Since any number of studies indicate that a typical university B.S. degree these days is roughly equivalent to a high school diploma from 50 years ago, I would guess that a high school diploma from CCSD these days is equivalent to perhaps a 6th or 7th grade education of the past. So, whether improving or not, CCSD is pretty pathetic and has a long, long way to go.Tim Hunt –Jun 13, 2012 13:34:31 PM
Incidentally, the CCSD seems far more interested in pleasing parents than in educating children. Just because parents are being placated doesn't mean children are learning. Many parents don't have a clue where their children fall in proficiency compared to others, or what they should know at various ages. justateacher –Jun 11, 2012 21:06:44 PM
Thank you for this informative discussion, and especially for letting people know that teachers are afraid to speak out.
I think a balance between lecture and active group work is best.
However, a major elephant in the classroom is the lack of discipline. Teachers hands are tied when it comes to disruptive students, and even students who are not disruptive are often lazy. (Sorry, but there's no other word that really captures the essence of what I see daily.)
Additionally, students come in woefully unprepared for the grade they are placed in. Ending social promotion is a no-brainer, in my opinion.
The public should be aware that listening only to administrators is not going to help much. Until teachers can speak out without fear of retribution, things will not improve. A top-down, dictatorial, "I know and you don't" approach from administrators - who may know little about actual teaching, and have little experience - is not productive, yet it is rampant in this district.
Listen to actual teachers if you want to know what's going on. But don't use their names. They're scared to speak out for a reason.justateacher –Jun 11, 2012 20:44:17 PM