Basinboi x about 1 year ago

As a student I find it concerning and dissapointing that my school district, the Highline School District, thinks of my education, and my future as a "Game"... We as a student population are not some experiment, we are infact people, we are infact living in the real world right now. We are infact not a game, if you want to make a difference in OUR community/district be more involved in the community. People who work at ERAC, well that is what they do is work at ERAC, if this system, that has been pushed and shoved on us for so many decades does not make an effort on their end to be more community based then the issues and problems are going to do nothing but further progress and evolve into even more issues and problems. The district needs to work on their communication to schools, families, and Students. Not just a couple times a year having a "presence" at some confrence but a contiuous line of communication and invoment.  

With Hope,

from a Two-Spirit, Cherokee, Blackfoot, activist, Sudent in the Highline District 

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There is nothing so wasteful of time as a "Student-Led" Parent/Teacher Conference. Especially in the elementary grades where report card grades are assigned without any data to support them. As a parent, I am not interested in having my child go through a rehearsed "show and tell" of the menial bits of projects they have been doing after just a couple of months back at school. I want the teachers feedback- the good, the bad and the UGLY. In fact, I expect and look forward to the "ugly." How else am I supposed to know what I need to be working on with my kid at home?

Without real and meaninful conversations with their children's educators, parents have been completely left in the dark about how they can better support their child's education. Contrary to popular opinion, MANY parents are capable of supporting the learning that is taking place in schools. Not only are they capable of doing this, many WANT to do this. The few, "bad apple parents" who abuse the system by expecting our teachers to be the SOLE provider of our children's education should not force the rest of us in to these silly conferences that end up being more of a cheerleading session than anything. 

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Nathan x about 1 year ago

Students in highline have been pressured and cajoled into signing up for AP classes despite clearly not being able to handle the fast paced and demanding environment. Staff is advising students based on the best interests of the College Board, NOT the best interest of the students.

Don't believe me? Check into the failiure rates for AP classes. They are unacceptably high. Students should not be allowed into an AP class at all unless they KNOW they can handle it.

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Wa Sykes about 1 year ago

Teach critical thinking skills from elementary school up.  This is a radical, game changing skill, essential to all members of a properly functioning civil society.  This skill is difficult to quantitatively assess, thus it is not a “no child left behind” core feature.  In the USA, teaching methods for the skill sets needed to communicate, analyze data, and accept authority in the public school systems have been well developed and heavily promoted.  Teaching mechanical and technological skills are important, never the less, I believe that critical thinking is one concept that should never be neglected after we have assured our students first: a safe learning environment, proper nutrition, and an abundance of love. Regardless of our varied chosen life paths; plumber, physician, parent …, we need every member of society to be able to listen to discussions, ask enlightening questions, and formulate rational personal responses. 

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There are a lot of very good ideas here that address the variety of issues that today's schools face on a daily basis. But the core of all of these problems is money. What schools need is a viable way for them to rally the community around them to fulfill the unique needs of their children.

With the support of community organizations such as the Community Schools Collaboration and the White Center Community Development Association, we have developed Locany.com: a local search platform that allows you to help local schools fund their needs by booking appointments with local service providers. This is program that allows schools to take an issue to the community and empowers that community to effect real change. What could a community accomplish when it comes together over a shared goal?

 

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Idea: Support

Terri Ainardi about 1 year ago

1.  Support for teachers/students has dramatically decreased over the past five years.  When I started teaching in 2008, in our building was a full time literacy interventionist, full time math interventionist, a math coach and each new teacher had a district mentor that met with them at least once per month to observe lessons and provide feedback.  We now have a .75 time literacy interventionist, a .6 time math interventionist, no coaches, and essentially no mentors for new teachers.  At that time we also had a sheltered ELL room and therefore general education teachers did not work with the enormous range of language development.  We now have level 1 – 3 students in our classes and a .4 ELL facilitator.  We need a full time interventionist for both math and reading, coaches in each area, and a full time ELL facilitator. 

2.  Beverly Park Elementary has been subject to fluctuating/decreasing enrollment for the past five years, and possibly longer.  Yet schools within a few miles of us are overcrowded and do not have enough space.  The current solution is to “balance” students from year to year between these schools.  This is not healthy for students and their families as they are unable to create the bonds needed to succeed.  It also creates fluctuations for the staffing of the school.  My grade level team has changed every year for the past five years.  This does not allow teachers to create consistency and it also means that new teachers are continually passing through without an ability to fully develop their teaching skills and collaborate with the same team over time.  The solution is to change the boundaries slightly to create stability for families and teaching staff.

3.  A real “game changer” would be to put two teachers in a room of 27 – 30 students, at the intermediate level; possibly lower numbers of students at the primary level.  Each teacher could focus on one or two subject areas, yet be available to work with small groups in any academic area when not leading his/her given subjects.   There are many benefits to this idea.  Teachers could focus on, and become experts in, one or two academic areas.  A built-in interventionist is in the room to work with small groups of students all day.  Teachers could receive PD during the day without the expense of subs and the fear of a “lost teaching day”. 

4.  Given the increased time demands on principals with the new review system, each building MUST have an assistant/co-principal.  Having been part of the pilot program, I can say with firsthand knowledge that principals are going to be pushed beyond their limits to carry out the increased observation duties required by this system and will be hard pressed to carry out all of their other important duties such as support for discipline issues, budget management, SIP plans, PD planning, etc. 

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Idea: Tech Tosas

Marianne Shibly about 1 year ago

Highline schools should have Tech Tosas that help train teachers to integrate technology in the classrooms and better prepare our students as well as make learning more meaningful to students.

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What a waste of time to have a higher level class be the same as it's prerequisite the semester before! How boring!

One special education teacher in the Highline School District considered all young people in special education as hopeless! In her opinion there is no sense teaching them because they can't learn. How wrong she is!!

 I would like to see more time spent in the classroom focused on teaching and learning.

Teaching in ways that support the different learning styles as much as possible would be very helpful.

Students should be given the opportunity to understand new tasks and ask pertinent questions before homework is assigned and class has been dismissed.

Young people need time to learn what is important, they are not computers that spit out data that is entered!

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Lovelyheart x about 1 year ago

You can't communicate in writting with poorly spelled words, it's too hard to understand. Who can teach the future and write documents, if no can spell well enough to be understood??? Calculators didn't do away math, the radio and TV didn't do away with reading and a spel chker izint going tu du uwa with speling! Bring bak speling!

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These are the following needs that need to be addressed:

1. The drinking water looks dirty and tastes bad and it's safeness is questionable.

2. Healthier meals in place of the more expensive unhealthy food that is offered.

3. Working heaters. Imagine being in a room with a heater that doesn't turn off and no windows to open!

4. Windows that open and close help control temperature and allow fresh air in the classrooms. They are also handy in case they need to escape from a fire.

5. Books for all students and whiteboards or overhead projectors as needed. Having neither in a math class is ridiculous.

6. Chairs and desks.

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