Monday, August 13, 2007

School Reform

Today we had a discussion on our experiences with school reform. We honored our negative feelings and frustrations and we also found a what was positive about these schoolwide movements. Some of the frustrations were:
  • the amount of time and energy it takes to discuss and make changes
  • the emotional conflicts that occur as teachers feel their autonomy may be lost
  • the miscommunication that occurs between district, administrators, and departments relating to the reform and what is expected
  • having people feel like they can "opt" out of change

Positive discussions and results of school reform were also discussed:

  • brings new/fresh teaching ideas
  • creates focus for best practices
  • makes our teaching focus on student needs
  • creates relationships outside our own departments

None of these ideas were new, but it was good to feel that people had a place to voice a little dissent, while still realizing our impact on this change. We asked: in what way can we positively affect change and this was the response:

  • it is up to us, the teachers, to make this work
  • we all need to make a committment to change
  • we recognize that we need to keep each other accountable
  • we also recognized that we need expectations from the administrations, in terms of participation, long-term goals, etc.

We left the group thinking about our school vision and our CIT vision that we will create. Each person wrote down 3 words that they feel are key to creating a vision. We will discuss these ideas on Sept. 4th.



At 2:40 PM, Blogger Karl Fisch said...

Nice "scribe" post, Michele! Thanks so much for helping lead the discussion. I think it was very productive and, while acknowleding some of the negatives, allowed us to focus on the positives going forward. It really is up to us and, thanks in part to your efforts, I think we'll come through.


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