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
@CHOWUR Make sure to request your service record early. HR took over a month to process my request for my new district.
2 months 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.
2 months, 1 week ago on DISD Teachers Want Better Professional Development
We tried to tell him in the TAC meetings but were dismissed out of hand.
3 months 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."
3 months 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.
3 months, 3 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?
4 months 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?
4 months 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.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on DISD Teachers: Should We Stay or Should We Go?
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.