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  •  Let principals evaluate teachers? (2+ / 0-)
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    scarvegas, maf1029

    You undersatnd that far too often the worst of teachers become principals.  Try having some "real world" conversations with teachers and ask them about their administrations. From principals all the way up to superintendents, school administrations are one of the biggest problems with education, not teachers.  BTW if you have a good principal at your school you are very fortunate, and I am sincerely happy for you and your children.  

    I take political action every day. I teach.

    by jbfunk on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 09:06:26 AM PDT

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    •  Inexperience, too. (2+ / 0-)
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      jbfunk, maf1029

      It only took four years in the classroom to match the teaching experience of every principal I worked for. Having a person who taught math for four years and became a teacher only because it was the best avenue to be a football coach evaluate how I taught writing was a complete joke.

      Administration is in deeper need of reform than teaching.

    •  Great principals and great superintendents (0+ / 0-)

      are key to strong school systems, no doubt. A good principal gets the most from the staff and attracts better staff. A sucky principal can destroy a school in no time.

      In our district, interview panels for a new staff member always try to include at least one member of the community. (When we interview for high school principals, we involve students as well. Having a few students give a prospective principal a tour of the campus with no other adults is useful too.) Don't let them settle for someone terrible.

      Get involved. Go to your school board meetings. Attend site council meetings at the school, if your school has such a thing. If your district doesn't involve the community in interviews, ask them why not. If your district is making bad hiring decisions, make your concerns known to the Board of Education. That's what they're for, to direct the school system and to ensure it is populated with high quality people.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 10:00:26 PM PDT

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