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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…

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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, http://teamschurz.tumblr.com/ , 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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Jun 21 2011

Musings

So, I told myself I would be in bed early tonight. Early meaning 11. At this point, my action plan is done and in progress, my CMs blew me away with their internalization and level of discourse, we are administering our diagnostic Wednesday, when for most, that data won’t come in until next Monday, I’ve…

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Jun 18 2011

all systems go

i get to sleep in until 7:15 am today. then sunday as late as i want. that is making the hard work worth it. collabs are solidified tomorrow. corps members arrive in 31 hours. let’s get this party started.

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Jun 17 2011

Subscribers to The Dish

I want to shout out to my 89 year old Grandpa who is following my blog!  I love you Oompa

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Jun 16 2011

Day One Reflections

Day one is behind me.  I’ve gotten to work on my week one schedule, assigned my CMAs to the subjects they will be supporting, planned my meeting with the school administration I am having tomorrow am, talked about the Thursday school team meetings I will be facilitating throughout the summer to monitor the performance of…

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I’ve now officially joined the ranks of dorm living for the first time in 6 years. The last dorm I lived in was in Long Beach, California when I was attending the LA Institute in 2005. Prior to that, it was the Southeast Dorms at the University of Wisconsin waaay back in 2001. The set…

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Jun 11 2011

Approaching blast-off!

Well, final preparations have begun for my move to IIT and the Chicago Institute. I am having conversations with my team about logistics of Weekend 0 (for staff only) and Week 1 (with CMs). Teaching begins Week 2 with observations at our school site during the first week which seems so far away but work…

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Jun 07 2011

Summer School Site Assignment

I’ve been initially told my placement for the summer. It’s a north side Chicago school that boasts the third highest enrollment in the state of Illinois (~2200). It is 81% Hispanic (with the rest being a mix of white/black/asian) student population that has a 59% graduation rate. 49% of freshman are on track to graduate…

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I have said goodbye to the students and staff of my school for the year.  The book has pretty much closed on my sixth year working for and leading reform at the building level here in Saint Louis at my original placement school.  In just 10 days, I will journey to Chicago to serve as…

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