kitchen table math, the sequel: 217

Friday, March 5, 2010


So... the state of Wisconsin mentioned "professional development" 217 times in its Race to the Top application and still didn't make the final 16.


update: uh-oh

from Fred Hess:

New York's 908-page application included some choice phrases. It promises, "An intense focus on curriculum and meaningful professional development based on student performance; data-drive instruction where teams develop individual student action plans based on data from formative and interim assessments; differentiated professional development and coaching based on data" (page 6).

It also declares that it will create "clear, content-rich, sequenced, spiraled, detailed curricular frameworks" (yes, five adjectives) for new assessments (page 10).

And, impressive for the sheer amount of jargon that could be wedged into a single sentence, New York's app promises "to support differentiated professional development closely linked to student growth data, identify coaches and mentors using effectiveness ratings closely tied to student growth data, and build data-driven feedback loops between professional development, coaching/mentoring activities, and teacher effectiveness" (page 144).

Spiraled frameworks, differentiated professional development, and coaching ----


I have to move.

Possibly to Wisconsin.

Or Guam.

Basically, any place not in danger of winning Race to the Top.

1 comment:

Catherine Johnson said...

I say 'good' because the other night, at the 'leadership' meeting, a parent asked our administrators what they would do if someone gave them an extra $2 million to spend.

Answer: professional development and curriculum development

$2 million bucks

For professional development

And curriculum development