NCLB Waiver

26 Sep

Click the link below to listen to Laura Knoy’s conversation with state officials regarding New Hampshire’s NCLB waiver. The story reiterates our discussion from the August faculty meeting and provides an outsider’s view on the education reform process in New Hampshire. NHPR Story

There is a lot of change to come in our educational system, and, while we wait for the important decisions to be made, a lot of uncertainty exists. What we do know, however, is that the more we reflect, devote ourselves to continuous improvement, use data, and have high expectations for our students the more prepared we and our students will be.

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One Response to “NCLB Waiver”

  1. Mary Lou Donahoe September 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    This is a very interesting topic and obviously controversial. As a teacher I need to focus on what these changes mean to us as educators, whether I like the changes or not or my personal feelings about NCLB is irrelevant. The changes are here. The guests discussed quality of instruction. In my mind this means we reach each child at their level. I like the aims are to set students for higher education. They are also looking at teacher effectiveness. This is open for debate as one could ask what does it mean to be an effective teacher? As an ESOL educator to me it means I reach each student at their language acquisition level and developmental level and I work collaboratively with each teacher to ensure the same happens in the classroom. This translates into working effectively so each student achieves their full potential. That the student is receiving differentiating instruction in the classroom that meets his language acquisition level. I am a strong believer of the wholistic approach instead of “one for all and all for one.” Each child and classroom teacher are different. Lets look at the whole, and not just focus on the test results. These changes also mean to me that as teachers we need to work smarter not harder because we work very hard. It is just a different approach and it will require change in our belief systems about how we work, more workshop time for the students, more collaboration amongst teacher teams, a good RTI model and good will. In essence a change in our schools cultures and belief system.

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