Sunday, February 5, 2012

NY Principals in Revolt on Evaluations

I know. Some of you have revolting principals. But the under-reported story is the revolt by so many NY State principals, including a batch of gutsy ones from NYC, against the Cuomo/Obama/Bloomberg/Tisch/King attempt to railroad everyone into signing on to the evaluation plot. 

Here is an event worth attending at CW Post, Tilles Center, Brookville Campus with Sean Feeney and Carol Burris, two principals that teachers might love to work for.

"More than a Number" Symposium

posted by Sean Feeney 
On February 15th at 4:30 pm, Long Island University/CW Post is hosting a panel discussion on whether the NYS APPR system is undermining effective teaching and learning. The panel will consist of principals and professors of educational leadership.  You can request (free) tickets to this event through this link.

Join the more than 1,330 principals and
4,200 other educators and concerned citizens across New York State 

and our country who support our efforts to stop harmful educational practices that are not based in research!
Everyone is welcome to support the paper!

Across New York State, there is growing concern about the direction being taken by the State Education Department. In breathtaking speed, Education officials have made sweeping changes to how our schools operate, how our teachers and principals are evaluated and how our students are assessed.

As building principals, we applaud efforts aimed towards excellence for all of our students. We cannot, however, stand by while untested practices are put in place without any meaningful discussion or proven research. This is why we have prepared an Open Letter of Concern Regarding New York State's APPR Legislation for the Evaluation of Teachers and Principals. Written by two high school Principals — Dr. Sean C. Feeney and Dr. Carol C. Burris — this paper was reviewed and edited by Elementary, Middle School and High School principals. Although this letter had its origins in Long Island, the concerns expressed are shared by educators across New York.  In a very clear manner, this letter states why everyone who cares about schools should be concerned about New York's APPR Legislation. The letter also articulates a better path forward for our schools and students.

Visit the links on the side to read the paper, support the paper and read the research behind the paper. The key to change is to make your voice heard! Be sure to contact your local legislators in order to express your concerns about the APPR legislation.

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