Perdido 03

Perdido 03

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Chancellor Farina: Policy Changes Coming Soon

Lindsey Crist interview Chancellor Farina on NY1 and asked the following:

Christ: So obviously, so much of the first two-and-a-half months, the conversation in the city has been about pre-K and after school, and there's many years after pre-K and many hours before after school in the day. When are we going to start hearing more about these concrete proposals and policy changes related to the rest of the system?

Fariña: I think most of the policy changes, you're going to be hearing probably within the next month to six weeks. We have made a very strong statement that in order to become principal or an assistant principal in the city of New York, you need at least seven years of pedagogical experience, and that's a big shift from the last few years. Leaders need to have experience in the classroom. They need to know what the job is before we tell other people how to do their job.

Most of the interview was spent on charter schools and the pushback from the charter lobby.

Just as charter schools only educate a small percentage of students in the city, charter school policy is only a small percentage of the overall education policy that Farina is setting.

But the charter school agenda has hijacked the education narrative these past few weeks and seems to be crowding out almost every other story.

I, like many of my colleagues, await to hear the policy changes Farina and de Blasio plan to bring.

Will they re-negotiate the insanity that is the Commissioner King-imposed teacher evaluation system? Will they reduce the performance assessments and other test-centric policies we are educating students with now? Will there be any change to the messages that come from Tweed to administrators on how to work with teachers?

So far, I see little-to-no change in my day-to-day work.

The policies we labor under remain FEAR-based, we continue to be told there is one way to teach, one way to lesson plan, one way to assess and anybody who isn't doing it this way during a drive-by Danielson observation will be punished with an "ineffective" or "developing" ding. 

Chancellor Farina said she wanted to restore joy to the school system, to make learning fun again.

As I give yet another monthly performance assessment in preparation for the second Measures Of Student Learning (MOSL) assessment in May that will be used to grade all the teachers in the building as part of the APPR teacher evaluation system, as I continue to spend hours a day on compliance paperwork in order to play CYA in case there is a drive-by Danielson observation, as I walk the building and see the demoralization of my fellow teachers and hear of yet another one who has quit mid-year because he/she is sick and tired of being sick and tired, I do hope that whatever policy changes Farina announces in the next six months, they will alleviate some of the FEAR that inflicts students and adults in the NYC school system.

It would be nice to see joy back in the school system again.

10 comments:

  1. Yeah you go girl we love you ms farina anything but the bloomberg klein poverty years with his infamous kathy black and who could not forget the puppet himself mr walcott.....wow love you ms farina...welcome dear

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. She stepped in it with the snow day comment, but her treatment of people at the PEP shows a humanity that Klein, Walcott, Shael were missing. Here's hoping we get more of that from her.

      Delete
  2. Even though we all want to see her change things now.. I think most of the big changes which is system structure will be coming forward once this school year is over. As much as it sucks to be in a classroom or school now, I think the new administration is in a tough situation where they dont want to disrupt the current system until its finally over...as sad as that reality may be.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Seeing that even with the MOSL. The directions for the spring assessment were kinda half-assed, as if the old administration at the DOE didn't care because they were out of there and the new one doesn't care because they just don't care.

      Delete
  3. I agree with TF, the real changes will be next year. However, I'm disappointed that she hasn't changed the "gotcha" culture at Tweed and remove many of it's architects at the present.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too - but the middle of the year start and the late appointment by BdB put her behind the eight ball. To be fair, they're very focused on pre-K too. That's a huge undertaking they've got to get up and running.

      Delete