Here are some interesting articles District Deeds received and discovered during the past week…


Mind/Shift Teaching Strategies

– KQED Public Television – Northern California

Quote from Article:

Several years ago, Waltham High School educators were trying to think of some way to enliven summer reading. They had tried book lists and they had tried letting students just read what they wanted but they were missing a deeper level of student engagement.

“We felt like we needed something different that was more meaningful,” said English teacher Emilie Perna.

They wanted a reading program that would be fun, multidisciplinary and included the community so that students would learn that reading is a life-long adventure. The educators developed a “One School, One Story” program that gives students more voice in which book gets selected during the summer and continues the dialogue with authors and members of the community throughout the year.

District Deeds Synopsis:

Throughout the 20 years we have had our Students attending San Diego Unified School District schools there has been a wide variety of strategies to maintain a level of reading throughout the summer months.  The strategies employed by our Teachers ranged from NO assigned reading to a list of books required with accompanying book reports for each to be returned at the beginning of the new school year.

The appealing components of the “One School, One Story” strategy outlined in the article is five-fold:

  • It is focused, consistent and bridges leaning from Spring to Fall
  • It is personalized to the school site community
  • It includes ALL school site stakeholders and educational departments
  • It  promotes constructive open and engaging conversations on difficult subjects
  • It is created through democratic participation of Students and enhances Student Voice

A program like this can be measured and ensures a degree of educational equity across different SDUSD Clusters.  We like it!!!

Six Lies Most People Believe About U.S. Schools

The Federalist

Quote from Article:

Popular lies about U.S. education certainly don’t do the kids any good. They just let the adults continue to feel comfortable while kids receive increasing diagnoses of ADHD (one in five boys now) and special needs, delay life milestones like marriage and buying a house, enter a crippled workforce, and face paying off the biggest debt in the history of humankind while receiving no government benefits in return. All these, and more, are directly related to education quality. No wonder the kids are getting antsy.

So, in the spirit of “the truth shall set you free,” here are a few lies it’s time to dispel about U.S. education. I call them lies because they’ve been repeatedly publicly disproven but remain driving forces for education policy.

District Deeds Synopsis:

This is definitely a stimulating article no matter what side of the political spectrum you are on!

District Deeds reads ALL types of articles to better understand the wide variety of educational positions from the full political spectrum.  We do not agree with some of the items categorized as “lies” in this article but it is definitely puts a stake in the ground on some of the more controversial and widely discussed initiatives including Common Core, “Critical Thinking”, Poverty, Teachers and College Bound Curriculums.

In our opinion, the most interesting part of this article is the positioning of the arguments against well established educational legends and the opportunity to view many of them through a different perspective.

Quote from Article:

The school year is coming to an end at most kindergarten-12th grade schools, and many districts across the country are in the process of determining staffing plans for the coming year.

That means the time is right for teachers to find a job in a new area.

A recent analysis from GoodCall shows that many of the 2017 Best Cities for K-12 Teachers are those in suburbs surrounding some of the largest cities. Seven of the top 10 were suburbs of Chicago and Detroit, boosted largely by their impressive salaries – teachers in those areas earned at least 60% more than the median in the area – highly educated populace, and low crime rates.

District Deeds Synopsis:

For the nearly 1,000 teachers leaving the SDUSD by SERP or Layoff due to the gross financial mismanagement of Supt Cindy Marten, this list gives those teachers some good locations to begin their new job search.  There are a number of California schools districts that are ranked in the top 100 including Laguna Niguel (34), Irvine (38), Burbank (67), Santa Monica (89), Redondo Beach (93), and Pasadena (97).

Nearby Encinitas (144) and San Clemente (169) rank relatively high.

San Diego ranks 424.

Here is the Best Cities For Teachers 2017 full ranking list…Good Luck!!!

Fittingly the District Deeds quote of the week applies to both real estate and Teacher jobs:

Location, Location, Location.

– Lord Harold Samuel, William Safire, et. al.


 Have a great week!!!



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