WooF hates kids

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Jul 18, 2013
How “Reform” Killed My School: The Tragic Story of Delmont Elementary School
by dianerav

The following account of Delmont Elementary School was written by Jill Saia, who was its principal.

Two years ago when I was given the opportunity to become principal of Delmont Elementary School, I cautiously accepted the position. You see, I never wanted to be a principal. My graduate work in Educational Administration and Supervision confirmed this for me: being a school principal was too stressful and too far removed from teaching and learning. So I finished my degree and became certified, although I was certain I would never use this credential.

After 28 years in public education, I was offered the chance to become the Instructional Leader of Delmont. This would give me the chance to put into practice everything I had learned about high quality instruction and ongoing professional development. The position had been very carefully designed so that I would have autonomy in decisions and would be able to focus my time on classrooms and instruction instead of administrative duties. I would never have accepted this position if those guidelines weren’t clear.

Those guidelines remained in place for about two months. I was able to hire a very skilled staff, six of whom were National Board Certified Teachers. But my request for an Assistant Principal and Dean of Students was denied, even though there was money in the budget for it. I very quickly encountered resistance at all my personnel suggestions, and it began to seem as though the district didn’t really want us to succeed. The next two years were the most rewarding of my educational career, but also the most disheartening.

A change in top-level leadership at the district caused the team that had written the plan for Delmont to be totally dismantled. The new administration did not seem to know or understand why we were designated a “turnaround school” and what that meant in terms of academic freedom. I started carrying the SIG plan around with me when I went to meetings so I could explain what we were trying to do and show what the guidelines spelled out. Yet I increasingly encountered resistance from the Director of Turnaround Schools, who was a former superintendent of the failing Recovery School District. Looking back on it now, I think that this was all by design; “leaders” in the Central Office really didn’t think we would be able to turn Delmont around, so they created obstacles to keep it from happening.

We began to turn the corner – more children were reading, asking questions, and flourishing. Less behavior problems, more time on task. Children were communicating with each other, with teachers, with staff. They understood what the parameters were for being a student at Delmont, and they rose to our challenges. We planted our vegetable garden, had choir concerts, and participated in the Kennedy Center for the Arts program to integrate arts into the curriculum. We partnered with the local hospital’s health program to host the “Big Blue Bus” every week, which provided medical and mental health care to children and families. We were awarded a sizable grant from a local foundation to adopt a parenting program, and worked with a local university to design a new playground.
Then in November things started changing. Our new Superintendent announced his “Family of Schools” plan, which restructured many of the schools in the district. He called me into his office for a meeting on the afternoon of the first community forum held to discuss the changes. He told me that he was going to close Delmont. I remember being so stunned that I couldn’t even react at first. We did not see this coming; we were on our way up. But Dr. Taylor didn’t want to hear that, didn’t want to be reminded of how much he loved our school when he visited earlier in the year, or how endearing the kids had been to him. This was a business decision, and he preferred to keep emotions out of it.

Since: May 12

Santa Cruz, CA

#3 Jul 18, 2013
Maybe you don't want to goad Woof if he/she/it has the power and reach to close a school in Baton Rouge from here. Or it's working as designed to clog up the forum some more. Either way, doesn't make you look too smart.
Reality Check

Alamo, CA

#4 Jul 18, 2013
Ed Natol wrote:
Maybe you don't want to goad Woof if he/she/it has the power and reach to close a school in Baton Rouge from here. Or it's working as designed to clog up the forum some more. Either way, doesn't make you look too smart.
What do you think of this thread?

Will John molest sheep in Pogonip?
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/santa-cruz-ca...

Isn't that one of your Take Back Santa Cruz buddies who created it?

Since: May 12

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 Jul 18, 2013
First off, there are no sheep in the pogonip, so the question is kinda moot. Then you cut and paste spam again and then call somebody else for spamming. Doesn't make much sense, as you're the one trying their best to choke the forum. That's what I think of that thread.
Tick tick tick

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Jul 18, 2013
Careful Ed or he'll start calling you Buzz!

Since: May 12

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 Jul 18, 2013
He already has. Or maybe it was that I was/am DBS. Can't remember, but I'm not willing to go wading though hundreds and hundreds of zero content postings to jog my memeory.
Reality Check

Hayward, CA

#8 Jul 18, 2013
Ed Natol wrote:
First off, there are no sheep in the pogonip, so the question is kinda moot. Then you cut and paste spam again and then call somebody else for spamming. Doesn't make much sense, as you're the one trying their best to choke the forum. That's what I think of that thread.
You don't think that Buzz is trying to choke the forum with that ridiculous post?

How dumb are you to think that people don't notice you are taking the side of these trolls?

Is this an official Take Back Santa Cruz policy, to spam these forums so they are unreadable?

Why don't you call out the abusive trolls on this forum for doing so if you yourself aren't one of them?

Ed Natol, you are a ridiculous internet troll who has no credibility.

Now go troll another forum. Or go pray to Analicia Cube.
Reality Check

Hayward, CA

#9 Jul 18, 2013
Tick tick tick wrote:
Careful Ed or he'll start calling you Buzz!
Buzz, you really need to get some help.
Reality Check

Hayward, CA

#10 Jul 18, 2013
Ed Natol wrote:
He already has. Or maybe it was that I was/am DBS. Can't remember, but I'm not willing to go wading though hundreds and hundreds of zero content postings to jog my memeory.
This thread is all about you too.....

Take Back Santa Cruz Trolls who Spam are Smart
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/santa-cruz-ca...
Tick tick tick

Santa Cruz, CA

#11 Jul 18, 2013
Reality Check wrote:
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Buzz, you really need to get some help.
I'm not Buzz and why do you like sheep?

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