Thursday, May 22, 2014

Principal Resignation Letter

Principal Resignation Letter

http://iamschicago.com/sites/iamschicago.com/files/ResignationfromInter-American.doc.pdf

Excerpt:
"In my vision about student achievement, a principal needs to be proactive and have autonomy in making decisions that work with her school and vision. In my four years at Inter-American, I have had four CEO’s. Each CEO has had a drastically different agenda. In all of these changes, principals have been left out of the dialogue about the work that they want us to do in our school and often left me with reacting to rapid changes and misguided directives."

Monday, May 19, 2014

Four sitting CPS principals who spoke out have student growth percentages above the CPS average.

CPS might want to listen to its outspoken principals. Their students' growth is far above the CPS average.

Click the "Student Progress" links below to see student growth percentages.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

PRINCIPAL: I REALIZED THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH ME

Principal Laraviere, 

As the gasps subsided and the tears rolled down my face on Saturday,  I finally realized that maybe their was nothing "wrong" with me.

 Maybe I was okay, and was in fact, doing my job everyday to the best of my ability but, the conditions were wrong. Thank you for letting me know I am okay and not crazy and not worthless in this work I love SO much but, had given up on in this system. 

You have no idea what you have done for so many of us who cannot speak out and who are frankly, afraid to do so. 

I just wanted to extend a deep heartfelt thank you. thank you. thank you. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Principal Adam Parrott-Sheffer: How CPS turns promising ideas into harmful practice

This article was released today.  It is an absolute must read.  It is a bit long for this blog so please click THIS LINK or paste the address below into your browser.
http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/news/2014/05/12/65939/how-cps-turns-promising-ideas-harmful-practice

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Eloquent Call to Action from Northside CPS Mother and Principal: It's time for us to organize


I've been fortunate to work as principal of a school in Network 1 where there is less micro-managing and harassment of principals than in other networks in Chicago.  I have not been subjected to as much hushing or humiliation as others have.  Yet I, too, am deeply frustrated with the state of education in our city.  

My own child will begin kindergarten this September and I have decided to enroll her in a neighborhood school. We didn't apply for magnet or lottery programs because philosophically those feel at odds with what I value in education - high quality education to EVERY child in EVERY neighborhood.  The discrepancy in funding between neighborhood and selective enrollment schools alarms me.  Eight years from now when she is ready to apply for high school I will feel torn in helping her navigate such a cut-throat system of inequity in Chicago high schools. I love living and working in Chicago, but I understand why families move to the suburbs where school systems are more equitable and more beneficial to all students (high achieving and otherwise).

The privatization of education in our city and nation wide alarms me.  Unfunded mandates (PE and Art) weigh heavily on my shoulders as I prepare to present a budget recommendation to my LSC.  My deep passion for differentiation and meeting the needs of all students is extremely difficult to make a reality with such a bare-bones budget.   

I've been part of multiple conversations about over-hauling the Chicago Principal and Administrators Association or launching a different and coordinated effort to speak out for what our students need.  Principals and the Chicago Teachers Union should be working shoulder-to-shoulder and standing together at microphones on most matters in education.  I'm ready to organize and speak out. Who will join me in organizing our principals? 

Heather Yutzy
principal,
Belding School

Saturday, May 10, 2014

CPS ADMINISTRATOR - Failed leadership from the CEO and a zero track record of education excellence from mayor

I am a [deleted] with CPS and at the beginning of my career as a school administrator. … The day to day work that the district expects of me is not only so far off from the training and experience I have to be a professional educator, but takes me away from the basic mission to prepare our children to be educated to live in and contribute to a democratic society. 

We must begin to ask for the evidence on the successes that the mayor, his CEO and the many people she has brought from Detroit and Cleveland attained as educators.  What models of excellence are they following or creating and where is the research to support these models?  How do we ignore a history of failed leadership from the CEO and zero track record of educational excellence from the mayor? The paradigm is one of compliance and empty business jargon. We work in a culture so cut-throat and anti-child that highly educated professionals are forced to scramble to complete checklists and perform data-entry rather than think, plan, and empower the children of the city.


Thank you for speaking up.  Things are more profoundly backwards than parents realize and only truth will set us free. I admire your bravery.