5 Ways For A Successful End of the School Year For Teachers, Parents and Students

Nathasha Alvarez Ending the School Year
Advanced Students Exhibit Their Projects

This year Miami-Dade County Public Schools start Spring Break at the end of the third quarter which will be March 22, 2013. Nice! When we return, we have two weeks left until FCAT takes over our lives and the rest of the time to tie up loose ends. Continue reading “5 Ways For A Successful End of the School Year For Teachers, Parents and Students”

Some Watch Flowers Blossom, I Watch My Garden of Students

Sometimes there are groups of students who capture your heart as you capture their minds. This year, while my students may not be Einsteins, they have a heart of gold. It does happen every now and then. The last group of students who made me feel like this are now graduating seniors at their local high schools. This year, the kids have been amazingly kind and well mannered. Now to get them to have the hunger for more knowledge is the last piece to my puzzle. I don’t have much time. The school year ends at the beginning of June. The FCAT, statewide Reading test, isn’t my primary goal. Getting them to think on their own, use critical thinking skills, love novels and understand themselves is more important.

Continue reading “Some Watch Flowers Blossom, I Watch My Garden of Students”

The Golden Rule of Accountability: VAM Unto Others as You Would Have Others VAM Unto You

Rick Lapworth’s view on Value Added Models takes on a funny yet, truthful view of the hypocrisy that goes with it.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho bought out UTD for pennies.
United Teachers of Dade sold the teachers of Miami Dade County County Public Schools for pennies to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho

What are your thoughts on VAM? Continue reading “The Golden Rule of Accountability: VAM Unto Others as You Would Have Others VAM Unto You”

Not Your Normal Thanksgiving Day Grace

Miami-Dade County Turkeys of 2012

 

It’s Thanksgiving in America. Can’t lose this opportunity to share with all of you my reasons to be so thankful this year.

 

  1. I am thankful that I am not a school board member of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Continue reading “Not Your Normal Thanksgiving Day Grace”

Occupy UTD: United Teachers of Dade Is Not Too United

 

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho bought out UTD for pennies.
United Teachers of Dade sold the teachers of Miami Dade County County Public Schools for pennies to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho

From noon today until tomorrow at 3 pm, Miami-Dade County Public School teachers will be occupying the United Teachers of Dade building. They are protesting the contract which we all will be voting on tomorrow.

1. Many teachers realized that Continue reading “Occupy UTD: United Teachers of Dade Is Not Too United”

Seventeen-year-old Nikhil Goyal speaking at Florida International University

Ceresta Smith A Miami-Dade County Public School Teacher
Ceresta Smith is a Miami-Dade County Public School teacher

“NCLB effectively created the system of “teaching to the test” and “canned curricula” giving teachers less and less control over their classrooms, while  students spend more and more time preparing for Continue reading “Seventeen-year-old Nikhil Goyal speaking at Florida International University”

Superintendent Carvalho Throws Crumbs at Teachers

Miami Dade County Public School Teachers' Salary Scale
Miami Dade County Public School Teachers’ Salary Scale

This post is dedicated to my childhood friend, Bernabe Perez. He doesn’t fully understand my gripe with Miami-Dade County Public Schools treatment toward teachers and most importantly toward the students. This post might clear up some misunderstandings.

Today The Miami Herald wrote about a tentative agreement between the school board and the United Teachers of Dade. This new contract wants teachers to accept crumbs. Continue reading “Superintendent Carvalho Throws Crumbs at Teachers”

Miami Dade County Public School System Pays The Miami Herald $16,000 Per Month To Report

Think about this quote as you quickly rush to believe what The Miami Herald prints about Miami Dade County Public Schools.

I am really enjoying this challenge to blog a post once a day. I didn’t know I had so much I wanted to share with the world. It’s very therapeutic.

Last night, I couldn’t take reading The Miami Herald online articles anymore. Its one sided reporting on the issues regarding Miami Dade County Public Schools, its school board and its Superintendent Alberto Carvalho were sickening.

The people who were reading these articles probably believed all of these untruths. There was no way that I could reach them with the truth as fast as the newspaper. It was like yelling into an empty room. Very frustrating.

I know I have better things to do with my time than focus on a system that is too corrupt to know the difference between right and wrong. But I do it because I can’t help not to do it. I can’t watch something wrong happen and stay quiet.

But I am thinking that if I share what I know with all of you, I might feel better. Maybe one day someone will stumble upon my blog and say, “Hey! Look! Someone was speaking the truth!”

So here goes. Continue reading “Miami Dade County Public School System Pays The Miami Herald $16,000 Per Month To Report”

Are You Looking The Other Way?

Not looking the other way makes me a rebel.

A good friend of mine asked me why I bother discussing the corruption in our school system when it’s obvious no one cares. He is right to a degree. Almost no one cares. I care. As long as I care, I will continue to speak about the injustices and financial mismanagement in Miami Dade County Public School System. I can’t look the other way because I know that this will have an impact on our students which in turn will have an impact on our economy and the world around us.

I have a better question: Why do people look the other way? Continue reading “Are You Looking The Other Way?”