Pleasanton school district begins move toward teacher coaching
Original post made on Apr 12, 2013
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on Apr 12, 2013 at 8:48 am
This idea is nuts! Teachers are already overwhelmed with today's class sizes and the demands put on them by the number of "special needs" students in their classes (some real special needs and some fake special needs - i.e. those that need extra attention and extra time on thier tests because they don't study because sports and goofing off requires lots of time). Also, the lack of discipline in today's classrooms, because school administrators don't support the teachers in dealing with unruly students, is a real problem. Instruction and learning is taking a real hit, becuase so much of teachers' time must be devoted to special needs, unruly students, helicopter parents, tuned-out parents, and lazy administrators. Mainstreaming to the extreme needs to be reexamined. And no, I am not a teacher. Just a concerned parent.
on Apr 12, 2013 at 11:07 am
Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.
Palo Alto has Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs): Web Link They have tended to be teachers from the district that take time (sometimes years) away from the classroom. They work with all teachers in their area, not just struggling teachers. From what I could see, they had the respect of their peers.
Even having seen the benefits of PAUSD'S program, I continue to wonder about (a) district communication (or lack thereof) with parents and teachers to explain and support this change, and (b) an apparent lack of "ears" on the governance team when it comes to hearing what parents and teachers value most for students.
on Apr 12, 2013 at 11:36 am
These 8 teacher trainers are sure to cost the district close to a million dollars in salary and benefits. They could have saved approx two class levels of CSR with this money, and CSR is where the money came from to pay for this. CSR is subsidized by the State, so the cost per teacher is very low.
This is not a district that has many struggling teachers. And if they are trying to get more kids with special needs into the regular classroom, I would suggest more actual TEACHERS.