The Dean's Dish

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jan 17 2012

MLK Day of Service

Today, over 65 volunteers gathered for three hours of service at Roosevelt High School.  Several teachers and students came to represent the school but the majority of the crowd was comprised of citizens from the surrounding neighborhoods of Shaw and Tower Grove(s) East and South.  The law firm of Bryan Cave LLC and the TALX corporation also turned out a significant number of volunteers who quickly rolled up their sleeves and got right down to work.  We spent our time today cleaning out two old audio-visual closets (small rooms with unbelievable capacity!) in addition to several other rooms and closets around the building.  Now, the fashion teacher will have storage for donated materials and the freshman team has a space for a student lounge and future computer lab.  The ESOL classrooms were prepared for WIDA Access testing this week, as around 150 students will have their language skills formally assessed…

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Jan 08 2012

Second Semester Progress

What you see above are a series of before and during construction pictures from Roosevelt High School science labs 013 and 108.  Due to the generous support of the citizens of the city of Saint Louis, a bond issue was passed in August of 2010 called Proposistion S .  The Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS) district…

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Sep 01 2011

Catching my breath

Dear Readers, What a whirlwind the last 3 weeks have been. However, before I talk about school, I want to address the original reason I started this blog. For those of you that don’t know, Teach For Us is the national non-profit organization that hosts this and 800+ other teacher/administrator/TFA Alum blogs. It started in…

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Aug 15 2011

On your marks, get set, go!

There is simply not enough time to dedicate to this post. I am currently putting together the floor ‘teams’ for the START tardy procedure. The positive incentive cards are ready to catch some Rough Riders in action! Suit is picked out for tomorrow. I cannot wait to greet the 1000 students tomorrow morning! If the…

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Aug 12 2011

A New Home

Greetings Readers! It is with great elation that I relay some exciting news!  Today I accepted a position at a high school just two miles from my previous school.  It differs greatly in student population and is not a magnet program.  Around 1000 students will report on Monday with approximately one out of every five…

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Aug 09 2011

Twist of Fate

Readers, It is with a heavy heart that I report some devastating news. In the swift stroke of a budget cut, I have been removed from my full-time (non-institute) position as Dean of Academics. Today, instead of reporting to the school I have called home for the last six years, I reported down town to…

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Jul 24 2011

The Summary

Check out our team, , the journey is there. Thanks to my CMA Adam (and the rest of the team) for the idea to log our time together this summer. This, and the end of the summer Schurz slideshow, are fantastic CMs and a large majority of staff (CS/SOM/CMA/LS) moved out today. A large…

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Jul 07 2011

Sitting on the Edge

So, I know my corps members and my staff are working furiously tonight to input their data for the MAJOR mid-institute data roll-up tomorrow. Here I sit, anxious as a kid on Christmas eve, wondering what picture it will paint for us tomorrow. I already know students are behind where their growth goals say they…

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Color cards for in moment coaching ready to go. All school email with SD updates sent. Action plans received, made, and copied, yet to be internalized. Data is key in week three. The half-way point looms on horizon. Session two starts next Tuesday. Barn party is next weekend.

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I started first grade in the West Lafayette Public School system and graduated in 2001 from the Junior/Senior High School which is nestled in the heart of the city, mere blocks from Purdue University. The community is small and produced many high achieving students. State tests did not run my schools, instead they were grounded…

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