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BY JENNIFER ANDERSON
The Portland Tribune, May 28, 2009, Updated Oct 30, 2009
She issued an apology of sorts to the staff of Northeast Portland’s Madison High School, what some might call the Rodney Dangerfield of high schools in this city.
The May 11 e-mail addressed the staff’s frustration about having a new principal placed at their school without a process to solicit their input, which typically occurs when a principal vacancy occurs. (The current principal is moving to the district’s central office.)
Smith acknowledged the oversight. “Before making that selection, the district missed a key step,” she wrote. “We did not invite the broader Madison community – including students, families and partners as well as staff – to share what they wanted to see in a leader. While I believe everyone was acting with the best of intentions, this failed to fulfill a primary value of our district to involve our communities in key decisions.”
BY JENNIFER ANDERSON
The Portland Tribune, Dec. 16, 2010
It’s considered a political hot-potato, however, because no one wants to label teachers as “bad,” and also because it’s subject to the technical machinations of bargaining. Now, finally, the issue will get its time in the light, and major changes may be in store
Now, finally, the issue will get its time in the light, and major changes may be in store.
“I’m pretty positive we can work with the district and come up with a fair, equitable evaluation teachers could support,” says Rick Kolinsky, a Lincoln High School teacher who chairs the union’s five-person teacher evaluation bargaining team.
Smith says the district is on board, and she’s excited about the collaborative efforts so far by the district-union work group that’s been meeting to discuss the issue prior to formal bargaining.
The team of teachers, principals and administrators is “jointly invested in coming up with a better tool that lets us provide quality feedback to teachers,” she says. “Something that’s more descriptive of their performance, that lays out expectations as opposed to a letter” indicating their work is satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
Both she and teachers like Kolinsky are looking at the pilot project at Roosevelt High School as inspiration. Read more
By Alan Dessoff, May 2009