The Economy of Education (taken from School Administrator, June 2012) The value of quality public education can be economically measured and demonstrated to taxpayers and lawmakers in a variety of ways:
Economic value of degrees awarded by public schools.
Reduction in future public costs
Economic Impact on local wealth
Learning from Lawyers (The following was taken from Ethics Training for Educators: Lawyer Thoughts by Bennett Rodick) Note: Your professional association, MESPA, is the first call to make: 651-999-7310. They serve and advise their members on a variety of issues.
Phone Calls: Have an administration/board understanding of the following:
Who is authorized to contact attorneys?
Does the District use different attorneys for different issues?
Does the District’s attorney have some form of retainer relationship with the District or are you billed by the minute?
Don’t end the call to an attorney without either an answer or a plan and/or a timeline for getting the answer.
Do you need an attorney at a meeting?
Make sure you have the information/documentation the attorney needs available.
Let your administrator know of any threatened legal action.
Meet early with your attorneys to plan a strategy and/or consider settlement options.
Only share the information with those you have been told are to know.
Ethics in Education Guiding principles:
What is best for students comes first.
Be consistently honest even when honesty might cause conflict.
Be open and transparent about funding and spending.
Protect confidentiality when appropriate and legal.
Consider the implications of your words on the organization and others.
Put yourself in other people’s shoes.
Sailing toward September This is a good time for educators to communicate with parents about how they can help their child reduce the summer learning gap and prepare for a successful academic year. The following points may be helpful in that communication.
Students lose some of their learning from the previous year over the summer months.
Computation and spelling are some of the areas of greatest loss.
The learning loss is most pronounced in children from low income homes.
The summer months may account for most of the learning gap among students.
The learning loss can be reduced through intentional activity like the following:
Give children age appropriate responsibilities that require grade level computation.
Have spelling bees at home with words selected for the age of the individual children.
Have children develop a meal budget and do a nutritional assessment.
Provide diverse free or affordable experiences for children.
Use vocabulary that stretches the child’s and parent’s or caretaker’s mind.
Have children of school age create a calendar for the remainder of the summer and have them include one learning item for each day.
Include a social service opportunity that will help your children to grow and benefit someone else.
Give children money (as little as $1 and as much as appropriate for your family) and bring them to the grocery store to spend wisely to feed the hungry.
Read to them, read with them, and let them see you reading. (If the parent or caretaker can not read they can listen to the child read.)
Parents identify the children’s interest and find creative ways to use those interests to build learning, spelling, computation and reasoning opportunities.
Did You Know?
Americans spent $55 billion on pets last year. Much of that money was spent on luxury items for pets.
No one intervenes in 77 percent of the aggressive incidents that are witnessed.
Minority children spend about 4.5 more time on media use than their white counter parts.
Four out of ten high school graduates attending college will require remedial courses.
QUOTES AND QUOTABLES
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” --Rosalynn Carter
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right , but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” --Annonymous
Smart educators use ethical reasoning to negotiate ethical compromises resulting from the conflicting demands of the populations they serve.” --The Burgett Group
“If a movie were made of my life it would be called increments. Every test, every quiz, every paper adds up to the final grade. In life, everything counts. So do life right and make I count!” – Wentworth Miller
Just for Fun
“If success turns your head you are facing the wrong way.” -- unknown
“One of the scariest things you can hear an attorney say is, ‘you said what?’” --The Burgett Group
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