The Dean's Dish

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Jun 21 2011


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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