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I still lurk and keep in touch with my friends in DISD. We test our own kids for exams but not for STAAR (obviously).

10 months, 3 weeks ago on On January 6, DISD teachers will return to work - sort of...

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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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on On January 6, DISD teachers will return to work - sort of...

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@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.

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Mayor Rawlings: DISD Teachers Aren't the Problem

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@CHOWUR Make sure to request your service record early.  HR took over a month to process my request for my new district.

1 year, 1 month ago on Miles’ Catch 22 Teacher Compensation Plan

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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.

1 year, 1 month ago on DISD Teachers Want Better Professional Development

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We tried to tell him in the TAC meetings but were dismissed out of hand.

1 year, 2 months ago on 5 Reasons to Keep Mike Miles

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@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."


1 year, 2 months ago on Watching DISD Principals

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@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.  

1 year, 2 months ago on Watching DISD Principals

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@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.

1 year, 3 months ago on Dallas PTAs: Cookies or Something Else?

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@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.

1 year, 3 months ago on Dallas PTAs: Cookies or Something Else?

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@mired by mike Send it to some one still in the district?  Copy the Conrad email list?

1 year, 3 months ago on Mike Miles’ “Deliverables” are Due in September – Get Out Your Red Pencils!

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@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.  

1 year, 3 months ago on Mike Miles’ “Deliverables” are Due in September – Get Out Your Red Pencils!

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@Disrupted DISD Because those figures aren't so easily juked?

1 year, 3 months ago on Mike Miles’ “Deliverables” are Due in September – Get Out Your Red Pencils!

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@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.

1 year, 3 months ago on DISD Teachers: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

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@Book Fairy Why are you on here just talking about what's good for the adults?  Who will think about the children?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh2sWSVRrmo

1 year, 3 months ago on DISD Teachers: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

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@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.

1 year, 3 months ago on DISD Teachers: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

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@Woodrow Alum "Moby Dick", but Magic Mike might think he's the whale being hunted.

1 year, 3 months ago on DISD Teachers: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

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@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.

1 year, 3 months ago on DISD Teachers: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

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@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.  

1 year, 3 months ago on DISD Teachers: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

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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.

1 year, 3 months ago on DISD Teachers: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

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@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.

1 year, 3 months ago on DISD Teachers: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

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@Persona non grata Y wood ewe knead two spill Czech?

1 year, 3 months ago on DISD: Jobs for Adults and Contracts for Friends

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@Beer in Hand @SeenTheLight I miss his moved goal posts and constant non sequiturs.  

Also, do you have any data to support that?

1 year, 3 months ago on DISD: Jobs for Adults and Contracts for Friends

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@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, 3 months ago on Chillin’ at DISD, With the (Legal) Heat On

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@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.

1 year, 3 months ago on Chillin’ at DISD, With the (Legal) Heat On

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@DOL doo doo Exactly.  Though "humble" is most assuredly not in Magic Mike's vocabulary, he has hubris in spades.

1 year, 3 months ago on DISD Convocation: Should We Save a Spot for Coggins?

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This is the first thing that came to mind after reading Schutze's latest offering.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zKhEw7nD9C4

1 year, 4 months ago on OPR Report on Mike Miles: Case 11335

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@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.

1 year, 4 months ago on OPR Report on Mike Miles: Case 11335

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@Just an Observer @CallTheAG @disgruntled @A is for Abigail So, you're going back to just observing and not actively commenting?


1 year, 4 months ago on OPR Report on Mike Miles: Case 11335

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@CallTheAG @A is for Abigail She was one of the first rats to cut bait.  She never even made to the first TAC meeting.

1 year, 4 months ago on OPR Report on Mike Miles: Case 11335

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@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.


1 year, 4 months ago on OPR Report on Mike Miles: Case 11335

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@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.

1 year, 4 months ago on OPR Report on Mike Miles: Case 11335

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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,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guA_4AzXqh0

1 year, 4 months ago on OPR Report on Mike Miles: Case 11335

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@Beer in Hand Had, that is.

1 year, 4 months ago on The DISD Shell Game on Class Sizes

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@Beer in Hand Wow.  It's a good thing Magic Mike has his evaluation pushed back 3 months.

1 year, 4 months ago on The DISD Shell Game on Class Sizes

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@Rear View Mirror @abcteacher I received mine today as well.  

1 year, 4 months ago on Deadline for Resignations

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@Quo Qu ohhh But, what DATA do you have to back that up?

1 year, 4 months ago on A Dallas ISD Trustee’s Guide to Superintendent Training

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@Goodbetterbest You would be correct.

1 year, 5 months ago on We Gotta Kill This Switch

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@DISD soaps To oversimplify it, the ESL/Bilingual department.

http://www.dallasisd.org//Domain/127

1 year, 5 months ago on We Gotta Kill This Switch

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@Quo Qu ohhh There's no way of knowing because people are quitting faster than the line grows at Pecan Lodge.

1 year, 5 months ago on We Gotta Kill This Switch

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Sorry, "It".

1 year, 5 months ago on We Gotta Kill This Switch

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@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.

1 year, 5 months ago on We Gotta Kill This Switch

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@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.

1 year, 5 months ago on We Gotta Kill This Switch

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@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 . . .  

1 year, 5 months ago on Roll Call for DISD Teachers

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@NAIVE @ghost X A probationary contract is for people who go through something like TFA or the AC program. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Roll Call for DISD Teachers

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@A is for Abigail @disgruntled To borrow from George Orwell, "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal that others."

1 year, 5 months ago on Roll Call for DISD Teachers

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