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A tempting offer for one year

Original post made by Tim Hunt, Castlewood, on May 9, 2013

The non-profit group supporting district-wide education in the Pleasanton school district has put forth a tempting offer to the school trustees and administrators.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 9, 2013 at 8:56 am

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". . . the district may well be better off supporting teachers with well-trained aides who can provide focused attention to students who are lagging behind their peers. . . . It would be a much better investment in student learning to provide skilled aides to first through third grade classrooms to work with students who need extra help than to add a few class sections to first grade on what could be a one-time effort."

One way to accomplish this in a cost effective manner is through scheduling . . . one aide who covers core topics with Mr. A's class in the morning and then in Ms. B's class in the afternoon. An alternative would be to have one aide for reading/language arts and one for math at each grade level. One concept that could make that more effective is in depth learning schedules. Monday/Wednesday/Friday for reading/language arts; Tuesday/Thursday for math; alternating weeks. This has been used in some high schools across the country which allows for longer blocks of time to master concepts.

Perhaps teacher interns (paid) could be hired for a year in the classroom to be (a) mentored by experienced teachers and (b) gain experience to apply to their own learning (c) share new teaching methodologies with current teachers and (d) for the district to look at a potential future candidate.

It is encouraging to see parents and PPIE looking at and pushing for new approaches. A great opportunity for PUSD to step out as a leader in K-12 education.

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