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We hear the term "bad teacher" thrown around in schools, homes and in the media to support the attacks against them. Cities are laying off teachers in droves because of lack of money and failing education systems. Is it the teachers faults that these systems are failing? Are the schools saturated with so many bad teachers that our children aren't learning? Or does society create the bad teacher as a villain? Tune or Call in to weigh on this topic
This Tuesday night, February 28 at 9 PM EST United Federation of Teachers Vice President Leo Casey joins us live to discuss the new NYS as well as NYC teacher evaluation that Governor Andy Cuomo brokered. Mr Casey wrote a piece defending, as well as explaining, the new evaluation agreement at Edwize (the official blog of the UFT) yesterday, http://www.edwize.org/setting-the-record-straight-on-teacher-evaluations-scoring-and-the-role-of-standardized-exams and has taken a lot of heat. Though we at SBSB disagree with Leo, we do applaud him for taking the heat.
The call in # for the show is (213) 943-3735
Yes, after a long hiatus The Mind of a Bronx Teacher Internet radio show returns this coming Tuesday night, January 24, 2012 at 9 PM EDT. On the first show back we welcome New York Daily News journalist Alexander Nazaryan. This pst Sunday, Alex wrote a op-ed piece in which he supports tougher evaluations for teachers. http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/teacher-evaluation-faking-success-york-city-school-system-fooling-kids-article-1.1006336
A fun Twitter discussion with Alex (@alexnazaryan) ensuedlater Sunday afternoon with Alex and he has graciously agreed to appear Tuesday night.
For those that have forgotten, the call in # is (213) 943-3735
This coming Tuesday night, July 12 at 9 PM EDT we welcome the one, the only, the fantastic, the lovely, the affable Frustrated Teacher from The Frustrated Teaher blog; http://www.thefrustratedteacher.com/ He will square off against a mystery conservative guest that will be revealed Tuesday night. TFT will surely P3WN this guest with the greatest of ease. Fascinating radio it shall be!!!!
Tonight's mystery guest will be Dr. Stephen Guffanti MD who has never taught before and blames teachers for all the is wrong in education, believes in charter schools, home schools is children and believes that God is missing from Education.
Dr Guffanti also has a program, "Rocket Phonics" that promises to take a child to a 5th grade reading level within two years.
Don't forget, tonight at 9 PM EDT. And call in! 917 932 8721
Call in # 917 932 8721
This coming Tuesday night, June 14 at 9 PM EDT. One of the most egregious cases of Teacher Abuse ever!
My guest works in a District 26 MS. She has been with the DOE for 12 years. Her current principal hired her at his school. She went back into the classroom signed a grievance, got a U rated lesson. She then became chapter leader and never got anything but U ratings.She is now facing termination charges for incompetence based on 3 years of observations that are poorly written fiction. There has to be someone to look into all of the authority that principals are being given. The evil villains are being trained en mass at the Leadership Academy and then are continuing to be empowered by the Teacher Performance Unit (TPU).A good teacher removed and subject to this humiliation while the DOE pays an "attorney", to write up formalized papers Her finger prints are flagged, so that all chance of extra income, tutoring, camp counselor, is lost. She has lost so many employment opportunities due to this man's vendetta. Some attention needs to be paid to the smoke and mirrors of Last In First Out as that whole argument just allows the DOE to prosecute tenured teachers and have them removed. If we examined this issue more closely, we would see that this same principal has brought these charges on 3 teachers in less than 6 months, all of whom earn at least $76,000. In essence if this attack is successful and this principal does in fact win all of the cases he will have managed to cut $250,000.00 from his budget.
Yes, after a two week hiatus I am back with an all new episode.
This Tuesday, June 7 at 9 PM EDT I will interview Karen Horwitz, author of the book White Chalk Crime (http://whitechalkcrime.com/)(http://www.amazon.com/White-Chalk-Crime-destroyed-cleansing/dp/1419694073/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307244471&sr=8-1) owner and writer of the Internet website, National Association for the Prevention of Teacher Abuse (http://endteacherabuse.org/), and blogger at White Chalk Crime blog (http://www.whitechalkcrime.com/Blogs/)
Teacher Sabrina joins us Tuesday night, April 5 at 9 PM EDT. Teacher Sabrina is one of the tri-authors of the Failing Schools Blog; http://failingschools.wordpress.com/ The topic will be Michelle Rhee's failings, which are too many to list, and how the shine is starting to come off her apple. As always the call in # is 917 932 8721
This Tuesday night, May 10 at 9 PM a historic meeting of the minds. Returning is anti-union stalwart Larry Sand of the California Teacher Empowerment Network. Larry is a so called "ed reformer."
Also returning for a second gig is the intelligent, the witty, the unafraid, the great Julie Cavanagh. Julie is at the forefront of the fight vs the deformers. Julie's reputation goes without saying. The deformers are seriously afraid of debating her. Julie and her group, Grassroots Education Movement is a force to reckon with. Julie is also one of the forces behind the highly anticipated movie, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman. Julie is a rising star!
The Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Program is the largest school based father engagement program in the nation with over 4000 schools participating.
This week, we are so proud to have as our guest, National Teacher of the Year - Mr. Sean McComb. Mr. McComb is a 9-12th grade English teacher at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Baltimore, Maryland. He is currently completing his eighth year as an educator and has been at Patapsco since beginning his teaching career.
“A strong teacher-student relationship facilitates the opportunity for deeper learning and more critical thinking,” says McComb. He firmly believes that public education is the foundation for opportunity and success for any child. In addition to his role as an English instructor, McComb helped develop, and continues to spearhead, Patapsco’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program which boasted a 98% college acceptance rate for its last two graduating classes.
McComb’s devotion to the teaching profession extends beyond the classroom as well. He also coaches the Patapsco Cross Country Team, supervises cultural exchange programs, and has led several university training sessions and presentations for future teachers. McComb says that he has found his purpose in teaching stating, “I have worked to engage my students and push them to achieve the excellence within them. Every child deserves nothing less, and my calling is to champion that effort.”
He holds a B.A. in English Literature and a Masters of Education in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a Certificate in School Improvement Leadership from Goucher College.
Each week, WatchDOGS Radio host Keith Schumacher and co-host Chris Danenhauer discuss how this program is impacting families and schools across our nation and in four foreign countries.
On February 1, we are welcoming Christal Watts, teacher and union president from Vallejo, CA. Christal has taught for 8 years in an urban school and has been president in my local, the Vallejo Education Association for the past 1-1/2 years. Christal went back to school with the intent of getting a law degree. When she saw the time & commitment (AND the money) involved, decided that perhaps that wasn't the wisest of choice for a now mother of three. Christal earned my BA in Government at CSU-Sacramento and worked for our former state superintendent of public instruction for three years (he was then a state senator). She has always considered herself to be an advocate and always wanted a way to give back to my community. She became active in her union in her second year as a teacher prior to earning permanent status (California does not have tenure although people erroneously believe that we do). Over the years, the activity increased with some years being more active than others. She was asked to run as President and won in a contested race that was very heated. Her term ends in May and yes, she’ll run and hopefully be able to continue to serve her hard-working, underappreciated and always inspiring colleagues for another two years.
You can find Christal on Twitter @christal_watts, on the Huff Post; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christal-watts/ and
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