September 26, 2009 by readlisaread
My school district is on the small side- around 9, 000 students, and about 600 teachers. The district surrounds a smallish town on a Vancouver Island. So, yes, in some ways, we are like a Colonial outpost, but only geographically. My colleagues are well read, attend professional development and are up on all the latest trends (or bandwagons).
However. Despite our collective expertise, when the Board Office decides it’s time for a change, their first impulse is to look for an expert who can be flown in, at great expense, and School us in what it is we should be doing in our classrooms. One such expert was Dr. Rick Dufour, a well known name in Education. His name jumped out at me as author on the article about “Merit Pay”: http://www.allthingsplc.info/wordpress/?p=226
It was about 7 or 8 years ago when he was booked for a 3 day-blitz up here– a couple of days with Admin and a day addressing the 600 employees. His talk to us was great– he was inspiring and funny and all of his ideas seemed eminently sensible and do-able. Of course, we knew that any suggestion that cost money (ie, extra assistants, early dismissal days, extra resources) would never happen. Why? Because of the blessed perversity of our great district. The tally? They spent $10, 000 to bring him up and make recommendations, not one of which was ever followed through.
But they will do the same thing all over again when the next band wagon rolls by.
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