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Superintendent Matthew Wendt. Credit: File photo
Louisa Growler June 12, 2014 at 07:52 am
The superintendent is absolutely on track with this one! At the building level, communicationRead More between co-op and district staff is pretty good. However, the coordinators and other higher-ups do a terrible job of communicating. Showing up for a meeting every few weeks is NOT communicating, nor is telling someone how they are going to do their job. The coordinators, I think, have gotten a little too big for their britches over the years, and the lack of true communication that has developed as a result (co-op telling district staff how to do their jobs and limiting the availability of necessary services, district staff getting frustrated with having their hands tied at the service level) is the death knell of this partnership. I feel sorry for all of the building-level co-op staff, and hope that the district will give them ample opportunity to interview for positions within the new district-run program.
Meta Damm Mueller June 13, 2014 at 01:22 am
The superintendent seems to have some communication issues. He leaves parents out of the decisionsRead More quite frequently.
Paige Koos June 13, 2014 at 10:29 am
A separation from the coop is long overdue. Coop's were created to assist smaller districts inRead More meeting the needs of kids with low incidence disabilities. If done correctly, 308 could separate from the coop and create programming that is far better than what the coop has provided the district to date. 308 would then "own" the responsibility of educating 308 students with disabilities. Indian Prairie district 204 never belonged to a coop. They always took responsibility for their own students. As a result, their student scores and programming are far better than 308. This is based on ISBE reports - not opinion. Good for Dr. Wendt and Mary Redding (308 special education director) for making a bold decision that will hopefully result in better programming for our students!
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ayar June 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm
I have to admit, while rudely put, the program would be better served if it were more than justRead More one, excuse me, "two" languages. For example, China owns a lot of our debt currently, [the money and the jobs] and the Asian population in the U.S. is also a significant one. Pulling in Mandarin Chinese as an additional "immersion" language would allow for a good opportunity for students to practice their immersion skills since both Spanish speaking and English speaking students would not hold an advantage over the other in the study of it. They would be on equal footing. Having students able to negotiate with China companies directly would be a significant advantage "for the kids".
Monica Ploger June 19, 2014 at 08:06 am
Hi, Ayar. Mandarin is absolutely a language choice we should have available in our schools! TheRead More purpose of the DL program, however, is to get the kids who are native speakers of another language to speak English. The best way to do that is to teach them to read and write in their native language as well (they outscore kids in English who don't learn this way by the time they leave elementary)...the half of the class that are native English speakers (like my son) benefit from also becoming biliterate (and outscore other English speakers in English by the time they leave elementary). There have not been enough native speakers of Mandarin coming into Kindergarten in a year in the district to have this particular type of Mandarin opportunity available, but that doesn't mean that we can't advocate for Mandarin at younger ages. You'll want to educate the public quite a bit though on the value of Mandarin. I say this, because I teach world languages in a middle school in Indian Prairie School District; and we tried offering middle school German, Mandarin, Spanish, and French for three years and didn't have enough students enroll in German or Mandarin any of those years in any of our 7 middle schools so now just offer the other two in middle school but all four in high school where there are more students. If you are looking for Mandarin for your elementary level child, there is a Mandarin Saturday school program (teaches traditional method) at Jefferson Junior High in Naperville (uses their space but not a district program.)
Ruby Reveles June 24, 2014 at 07:26 pm
Thank you to everyone in the community who signed the petition! It was submitted to the BOE andRead More Administration at the 6/23/14 meeting with a total of 2,108 signatures!!! Very impressive to have gathered that much support in only 3 weeks. We thank you for the support.
Dr. Todd Martens. Credit: District 308
JimmyJ June 21, 2014 at 02:16 pm
@Kyle....not sure how old you are, I'm 50. I've worked in the corporate world and done my share ofRead More ladder climbing. When it's about money and getting as much as you can it ends up being more about politics and less about the goal other than the goal of your own wallet. I left the private sector and now work in the public sector for about half of what I made before and I can tell you I am VERY happy. I don't need a Tesla or a Cadillac, I'm quite happy with my Hyundai. I don't need a mansion I'm happy with my condo. I look forward every day to helping the people I'm fortunate to see. Many are HS age. The reward is seeing then go from troubled kid to successful adult. It's not about money. The saying used to be there is no money in education. To a degree that's true, it's in administration and I don't know of any administrator who directly effects an ACT score, which isn't the sole measure of what someone knows. Six figure administrator salaries are not what determine the success of students. If an administrator is there solely to make money, they are misguided and should seek employment in a different sectors that's not to say they shouldn't be fairly paid. My guess is you are a parent or a student or grad of OEHS as you seem solely interested in that one school. That's fine. But OEHS is a part of the whole not an island to itself. I was here before OEHS was even a dream. Frankly I find a lot of us versus them attitude on that side of town which is unfortunate.
ayar July 9, 2014 at 03:50 pm
@JimmyJ - congratulations, you looked through the other side of the curtain and found the wizard ofRead More Oz and his smoke trail - the difference between the "an employee is a light bulb to be replaced when it burns out or gets too old" and the "employee is there to make a DIFFERENCE" is a real awakening. Sadly, I have to agree with a lot of what you said. Not in all cases, but I noticed a huge gap between the teacher and the Manager [admin] in terms of philosophy, which is sad since the goal is to educate the kids.
ayar July 9, 2014 at 03:53 pm
oh, and Kyle, when you get into 3 figure salaries, special contributions, and such we're notRead More underpaying. Not by a long shot. That's Corporate-level pay compensation. Like JimmyJ said, something else is going on.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 09:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 03:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 03:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
A parent April 26, 2014 at 09:02 am
I couldn't help but to do some comparison between Stevenson and DHS as a resident in Deerfield,Read More since district has put up the news on the website. Operational spending per student is $16,839 in Stevenson and $20,821 in DHS. STEM ranking, #37 for Stevenson and #145 for DHS. I have been very disappointed in science teaching in DHS. Now I believe that there is some truth in the rankings.
Ying Shen April 27, 2014 at 10:05 am
都是公立高中么?
WLA May 1, 2014 at 07:18 am
I don't think magnet schools should be included. All the other schools have to take all students inRead More their district, magnet schools can pick and choose best students.
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