When Charter Companies Bail Out on Students

Charter companies have found a friendly home in Philadelphia. They are often granted charters over parental and neighborhood protests. Charter companies are more likely to be approved over parent-teacher groups wanting to focus on trying new educational ideas. Until recently, Philadelphia rarely refused to renew contracts with charter companies even when the schools they ran [...]

Got Discipline? (Charter School Diaries)

Year 2 Week 3- 1/21 – 1/25 One of my roles as an assistant principal is school disciplinarian. I loathe this role. My charter school uses a lottery system to enroll students. There are no requirements to apply to the school; prospective students are vetted somewhat, however we do not reject any applications. We have rules, [...]

By | January 28th, 2014|Charter School Diaries|0 Comments

Step Up and Teach – Part 2: ELA Writing Standards

Read Part 1 of this series about Reading Standards here.   picture courtesy corecommonstandards.com Princess, my first grader, writes all of the time.  One day in kindergarten, after getting into trouble at home, I found a note taped onto the wall beside her bedroom door: “Git my stompys or im not ginoo clen [...]

Educators Must Avoid Isolation (Charter School Diaries)

Year 2 Week 4 9/23 – 9/27 courtesy e-coach.com Educators in urban schools are constantly trying to figure out how to get students to perform better academically. Some establish strategies that help children achieve academic success. Others simply maintain the status quo. Some simply do not believe anything can be done to help [...]

By | October 28th, 2013|Charter School Diaries, Featured|0 Comments

Parents, Teachers, and Conflicts of Interest (Charter School Diaries #28)

Year 2 Week 3 9/16 – 9/20 courtesy nea.org One of the things that I loathe about my position is dealing with unhappy parents. One of my job duties concerns student discipline. I give out and schedules detentions for students. I also make phone calls to parents and inform them of detentions. During [...]

By | October 14th, 2013|Charter School Diaries|0 Comments