District Administration - October 2011 - (Page 12)

Letters National Conference on District-Charter Collaborations I enjoyed your article, “District-Charter Collaborations on the Rise,” (September 2011) and wanted to add that the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools held the first national conference on best cooperative practices (another is scheduled for the fall of 2012) between districts and charters funded by the e Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. e conferences have two purposes. First, we hoped that the demand for innovation and reform in American education would transcend “tribal” differences between traditional districts and charter schools. Second, there are great examples of innovation germinating in both sectors of public education, and therefore we need to encourage and reward collaboration and cooperative practices. Collaboration is a powerful multiplier of invention and it can also be an important source of ecumenical satisfaction. William J. Sims, President and CEO Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools RTI Promoting Triage Education? I read with interest “Multi-Tier Systems of Support,” (September 2011). Identifying students who demonstrate need is relatively easy. e hard part comes in distinguishing student need and teacher need. Student data may help teachers become aware of an instructional mismatch, but such data often don’t help teachers to design more effective instruction. In other words, consciousness doesn’t equal competence, and we’re ultimately looking for both. I am concerned that RTI promotes instructional systems where resources are invested heavily toward screening and sorting of students—in other words, “triage education.” If effective instruction is our bottom line, we have to ask ourselves whether investing resources into screening and sorting students helps classroom teachers to develop the skills they need to teach all learners. Jim Ansaldo, Project Coordinator Instructional Consultation Teams Letters to the Editor may be sent to jhartnett@ promediagroup.com, or mailed to Judy F. Hartnett, District Administration, 488 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. Selections that are published may be edited for length and clarity, and become the property of D A. 12 October 2011 District Administration http://www.AceItTutoring.com http://www.AceItTutoring.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - October 2011

District Administration - October 2011
Contents
From the Editor
Letters
News Update
Transportation Update
District Profile
Administrator Profile
Building a Blended Learning Program
How Are Science Fairs Fairing?
A New Age for Algebra
Early College High Schools
Changing of the Guard in Florida
CIO News
How Much Computing Power Do You Need?
An Unconventional Approach to 1:1
New Books
Problem/ Solution
Research Center
Product Focus
New Products
Professional Opinion
Going Mobile
Online Edge

District Administration - October 2011

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