Wherever somebody is struggling to be free.
Hold on tight to your fears
Cause that's your hatred
And that's your love as well
Learn to use all your fears
As a fuel, an engine
To get you where you need
I must always remember
There's no point to surrender
I still lurk and keep in touch with my friends in DISD. We test our own kids for exams but not for STAAR (obviously).
6 months, 3 weeks ago on On January 6, DISD teachers will return to work - sort of...
I'm in Irving now, and the past few months have been eye openers. We are treated as adults and professionals. There are several teachers who are Dallas refugees also, and we are all pleasantly surprised by our new surroundings.
A brief example:
Exams were given Wednesday through Friday. On Monday, someone brought my exams to my room. I signed for them and was reminded to keep them in a secure location. Of I needed more, I could copy them and just had to make sure and note the new total for our testing coordinator.
After the students complete their exams, they enter their answers online, and the tests are graded instantly. No testing meetings. No bubbling answer sheets. No mad dash to the testing coordinator. No mad dash by the testing coordinator across town.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on On January 6, DISD teachers will return to work - sort of...
@spaceagekia You continue to leave out the fact that you assaulted two students in the presence of both students and staff.
Also, you bragged about the fact that you taught your students about the influence of the Illuminati on American history, Not only did you brag about it to multiple teachers, but the teachers in the classrooms around you heard lecturing on it, and students complained about it.
7 months ago on Mayor Rawlings: DISD Teachers Aren't the Problem
@CHOWUR Make sure to request your service record early. HR took over a month to process my request for my new district.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Miles’ Catch 22 Teacher Compensation Plan
For obvious reasons, I've been lurking quite a bit as of late. I feel for all of my DISD peeps and just want to say that better things exist beyond someone reading a fifty page power point to you for seven hours. There are staff development sessions that respect your time and intellect. Surrounding districts will value you and your experience.
10 months ago on DISD Teachers Want Better Professional Development
We tried to tell him in the TAC meetings but were dismissed out of hand.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 Reasons to Keep Mike Miles
@Persona non grata You don't really have to go much further than the first sentence. "I have not read the Coggins report on Mike Miles."
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Watching DISD Principals
@A is for Abigail @YouveBeenPeaked @rovebo That is beyond absurd. The culture shock of a new district has been almost overwhelming. Kids have three minutes to get to class and respect that limit. There are several former DISD (administrators and teachers) at my new campus, and we are all still having to get used to things.
The "tough" kids tuck in their shirts when you ask them the first time, kids show up with supplies, and the biggest problem at dismissal is that too many parents show up to pick up their kids.
Don't believe the hype. There are other districts that want you and will treat you like the professionals that you are.
@A is for Abigail @disgruntled @BobbyGarland @MrGlen Believe me, all of you are in my thoughts.
For the sake of all my friends and fellow teachers, I really hope Magic Mike doesn't make it past the winter break.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Dallas PTAs: Cookies or Something Else?
@A is for Abigail @BobbyGarland @MrGlen During the new teacher training for my new district, I ran into 5 teachers I knew from DISD, and there are 4 of us on the campus I am assigned to,
Each of us has had the same response; it's amazing to be somewhere where, top to bottom, we are made to feel welcomed.
@mired by mike Send it to some one still in the district? Copy the Conrad email list?
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Mike Miles’ “Deliverables” are Due in September – Get Out Your Red Pencils!
@A is for Abigail @Aztec Warrior @scantrons @CeeRadFugeee I can say that I know several of the teachers mentioned in the letter. One was my mentor during my first year as an (EVIL!) AC teacher, Even after being leveled, she remained as a support I could lean on (and still do).
From my experience with the mentioned teachers, none of them would be described as a part of the administration's inner circle. They are fierce and tireless advocates for their students.
@Disrupted DISD Because those figures aren't so easily juked?
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Who Let the Dogs Out?
@disdblogger To borrow from one of my favorite basketball players of all time, "Ball don't lie."
Thanks for taking the time to maintain this site and giving us a forum.
12 months ago on DISD Teachers: Should We Stay or Should We Go?
@Book Fairy Why are you on here just talking about what's good for the adults? Who will think about the children?
@A is for Abigail @Straight Talk Don't forget that many of those "hires" were actually placements. In some cases, principals were ready to hire people for administrative positions and were told to hire a fellow.
@Woodrow Alum "Moby Dick", but Magic Mike might think he's the whale being hunted.
@Aztec Warrior @Fed up and ready to go Haven't you Schutze and that other blowhard at D magazine? You're just being ignorant, hateful, and/or hysterical.
@MrGlen @disgruntled Thanks. I'm just waiting for HR to contact me with the information about the new hire orientation session I need to attend.
I interviewed and was offered a position in another district yesterday. The third question in the interview that was asked dealt with the letter DISD sent to the other districts in Texas and if my situation fell under the scope of the letter. For better or worse, it seems as if other districts are taking notice.
@A is for Abigail @Ft Worth bound @Petpau I talked to my former AP a few days ago and he told of three specific cases he's encountered where a principal had someone lined up to fill and administrative position and was directed to hire a fellow rather the person they selected.
@Persona non grata Y wood ewe knead two spill Czech?
12 months ago on DISD: Jobs for Adults and Contracts for Friends
@Beer in Hand @SeenTheLight I miss his moved goal posts and constant non sequiturs.
Also, do you have any data to support that?
@MrGlen @disgruntled One of the former P-card heroes was re-hired as a part of the fellowship program and is now the principal at my former campus.
1 year ago on Chillin’ at DISD, With the (Legal) Heat On
@MrGlen Don't forget that they had to scrap the whole bus thing halfway through and told the rest of us to fit as many people as we could into our personal vehicles and drive there. Imagine that, a disorganized clusterpluck under the Magic Mike Regime.
@DOL doo doo Exactly. Though "humble" is most assuredly not in Magic Mike's vocabulary, he has hubris in spades.
1 year ago on DISD Convocation: Should We Save a Spot for Coggins?
This is the first thing that came to mind after reading Schutze's latest offering.
1 year ago on OPR Report on Mike Miles: Case 11335
@Persona non grata With all the efficiency that Magic Mike has implemented, I'm TRULY surprised his cracker jack squad doesn't have talking points already distributed.
@Just an Observer @CallTheAG @disgruntled @A is for Abigail So, you're going back to just observing and not actively commenting?
@CallTheAG @A is for Abigail She was one of the first rats to cut bait. She never even made to the first TAC meeting.
@Vendetta Don't worry. Schutze will 'splain how it's really JWP's fault, and teachers are just against real reform in the southern sector.
@A is for Abigail It's sort of the reverse of what I learned to do in my previous work when I would evaluate employees who worked for me. if there was an area that I felt needed improvement, I used a compliment sandwich.
You do x well, you need to improve y, and z is another strong suit of yours. The conversation had nothing to do with x or z. It was all about the y.
It's a great thing that the whole transparency thing applied to all of us.
I know Magic Mike is fond of this clip, but I don't think it means what he thinks it means,
@Beer in Hand Had, that is.
1 year ago on The DISD Shell Game on Class Sizes
@Beer in Hand Wow. It's a good thing Magic Mike has his evaluation pushed back 3 months.
@Rear View Mirror @abcteacher I received mine today as well.
1 year ago on Deadline for Resignations
@Quo Qu ohhh But, what DATA do you have to back that up?
1 year ago on A Dallas ISD Trustee’s Guide to Superintendent Training
@Aztec Warrior @Persona non grata Well said.
1 year, 1 month ago on Why I Didn’t Sign Up for Summer School
@Goodbetterbest You would be correct.
1 year, 1 month ago on We Gotta Kill This Switch
@DISD soaps To oversimplify it, the ESL/Bilingual department.
@Quo Qu ohhh There's no way of knowing because people are quitting faster than the line grows at Pecan Lodge.
@Retaliation Time If would be as if the VP resigned, and, rather than appoint a new VP, the President chose to just assign the VP's duties to other people.
@Disrupted DISD Last Thursday, we had a farewell breakfast for our principal. (She's being forced out/"demoted"). One of the counselors made 3 separate pleas for us to reconsider teaching summer. Needless to say, there were a lot of collective eye rolls and no takers.
@Quo Qu ohhh Don't feed the trolls.
1 year, 1 month ago on Roll Call for DISD Teachers
@ghost X @disgruntled You could very well be right. I went through the DISD AC program and assumed my experience just applied to ACers and TFA kids. But, you know what happens when you assume . . .
@NAIVE @ghost X A probationary contract is for people who go through something like TFA or the AC program.
@A is for Abigail @disgruntled To borrow from George Orwell, "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal that others."