Did you see Teacher’s Union President Paul Georges Letter to the Editor in Today’s SUN? In Part it read:
But perhaps the most significant factor in the Murkland transformation was a shift in climate and culture beginning well before Level 4 designation. It emphasized enhanced communication, team building, data analysis, appropriate professional development and the empowerment of teachers, paraprofessionals and all school staff to make key decisions of how best to educate students …It emphasizes a shared decision-making model and ownership of outcomes toward improved student performance… You stand as a great example of common sense, teacher-centered education reform and thank you to all our teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and support staff that continue to work in support of our students.
John Leahy was very excited by this Letter and shared the following:
Did you see Paul Georges letter to the editor today. It was very well written and inspiring. It mentioned all the good work the everyone did to turn that school around. The bottom-up approach, which was first brought to the city by the AFT center for school improvement. It got me thinking that we should be doing this for all of our schools.
We should use the money set aside to institute this and make it happen for all the students we serve. Paul was correct that this model works and the teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and support staff should be congratulated. More importantly they should be allowed to continue this in all the schools.
How do we do this? Maybe we settle the contract for a small percentage, then we use this pay as you work method. This model does add extra hours to the day but look at the results, you can’t argue with success. If we all participate, we all get paid more, the students improve, the collaboration continues, and the school district should have amazing results.
Imagine the transformation in culture, climate, and moral this would have. I hope Paul and others realize what is in front of us and take hold of it.
NOTE: Fried Brain, My apologies to John Leahy, trying to post while my sister calls to tell me she is picking up Mom because her bld spells like gas..Lowell Fire Dept. checking it out now!