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10 LOST INSTRUCTIONAL DAYS…AND COUNTING!!!

After three weeks of ONLY District Deeds publicly shaming Elementary School Superintendent (ESS) Cindy Marten (aka: CINDY-20) and Trustee Richard “Tricky Dick” Barrera for neglecting to have any semblance of a Disaster Recovery or Educational Continuity Plan, the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) has FINALLY initiated a sketchy plan to initiate distance learning.  The result of this gross SDUSD mismanagement by Marten, Barrera and their cronies, is 10 lost instructional days…and counting!

The REAL impact, sad fact and huge disappointment for ALL SDUSD Stakeholders is that when schools were closed on March 16, 2020, there was virtually NO DISASTER RECOVERY/EDUCATIONAL CONTINUITY PLAN including REAL, GRADED, remote learning by Elementary School Superintendent Cindy Marten (aka: CINDY-20), her staff or the “Empty Suit” Board of Education for the ongoing education of 103,000 Students and thereby causing the 2020 SDUSD EDUCATIONAL SANDEMIC.

Given the ineffective, inconsistent and erratic educational leadership Sandemic created by CINDY-20 during the COVID-19 Coronavirus shutdown, District Deeds will try and fill a small part of the huge educational gap with articles, news and a special Page dedicated to tools, strategies and  materials for families and employees who are bearing the brunt of CINDY-20 inexperience and incompetence.

The link to the new page (Also listed on the top of the District Deeds blog) is:

San Diego Unified School District “CINDY-2020” Sandimic Educational Resources

As an ongoing feature especially for the Coronavirus Pandemic, we will begin to show the progress, or total lack thereof, of the SDUSD leadership via relevant LOCAL news articles that focus on the SDUSD.  We will also post the name of the reporter (if available).

Below is an interesting local article and other information we received and discovered this past week regarding the Coronavirus impact to K-12 education…

BE WELL…TAKE PRECAUTIONS!

SDUSD to Launch Online Classes, Grading by April 27 

By: Kristen Takata

Link to Article PDF: SDUSD to Launch Online Classes, Grading by April 27

Quote from Article:

San Diego Unified will officially start conducting school online beginning on April 27.

It is one of the first large area districts to announce a plan to return to grading and formal instruction.

“San Diego Unified will return to instruction next month to guarantee students an opportunity to successfully complete the current academic year, even as physical school facilities will remain closed until public health officials determine it is safe for students to return to classrooms,” the district said in a statement Tuesday.

And…

The timeline means most students will get about six weeks of formal instruction for the rest of the school year, which for most students ends on June 9. 

San Diego Unified School Board Vice President Richard Barrera acknowledged that students will be losing several weeks of official instruction but said that the current circumstances make it impossible to replicate a normal education. 

 “Of course parents have every right to be concerned and students have every right to be concerned,” Barrera said. “What we’re doing is we’re providing the best possible educational program that we can to students under the circumstances that we’re in. So we need to be crystal clear that this is not in any way even close to what they would get if the schools were open.”

And…

The district’s plan is to launch a “revised online learning system” that will allow for interaction with professional educators, San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten said in a letter to families Tuesday.

The plan assumes students and staff will not return to physical school sites by April 6, which was the original re-open date San Diego Unified set.

On April 6, after the district’s spring break ends, there will be an online learning “soft launch” where teachers will start receiving training on how to transition to online instruction, according to the district’s plan.

And…

During the soft launch, district officials also plan to distribute about 40,000 district owned laptops and corresponding WiFi hotspots to students who need them, Barrera said.

Academic work will not be graded for credit during the soft launch, but it will count toward students’ academic progress in their courses.

Grading and formal instruction will begin three weeks later, on April 27, for most students.

And…

Because of the shortened timeline, teachers will have to cut down on the content they otherwise would have taught and prioritize content that is “absolutely essential,” Barrera said.

Students should not be expected to do a full school day’s worth of work online every weekday either, Barrera said, because that much screen time wouldn’t be healthy or realistic for students.

The district has not been requiring teachers to give any mandatory schoolwork for credit or assignments since it closed all schools starting last Monday.

And…

District officials say it will be difficult to switch entirely to distance learning, partly because it will require preparing teachers who have been trained to provide classroom-only instruction for their whole careers.

“How do you flip the switch and turn it into distance learning overnight? That’s a tremendous challenge that we are up for,” Marten said.

When it comes to grading, completing courses and fulfilling graduation requirements, Marten said she expects the rules will need to be re-shaped, because these school closures are unprecedented, and essentially all of the country’s schools are in the same boat in terms of being unable to complete the school year normally.

“Let’s not anybody fool themselves into thinking this is a traditional school day or a traditional school year. What’s happening right now is nothing close to traditional,” she said. “The context has changed so much.”

District Deeds Synopsis:

First of all District Deeds wants to thank Ms. Takata and the San Diego Union Tribune for presenting such a factual article without the typical spin of other San Diego news organizations that allow the SDUSD to manipulate them into printing/broadcasting warmed over SDUSD propaganda.

Secondly we want to thank all the dedicated San Diego Unified School District Employees who, in spite of negligent Disaster Recovery/Educational Continuity Planning by ESS Cindy-20, are willing to put in long hours trying to scramble together coherent online lesson plans from scratch.

The cleaning, distribution, replacing and maintaining of the thousands of  laptops and hot spots for Students bring with it the risk of “community acquired” exposure. We hope and pray that no SDUSD employees, Familes or Students will end up being exposed to the Coronavirus through trying to deliver this makeshift Disaster Recovery/Educational Continuity Plan in the middle of a Pandemic.

The real facts of the SDUSD educational malpractice is in the words coming directly from the mouths of Superintendent Cindy “ESS CINDY-20” Marten and Board of Education Trustee Richard “Tricky Dick” Barrera.

This Sunday Reads post will be a fact checker translation of the double-talk, spin and lies the desperate ESS CINDY-20 and Tricky Dick frantically spew on unsuspecting SDUSD Stakeholders.

Here we go!!!

***************Tricky Dick Barrera quote***************

“Of course parents have every right to be concerned and students have every right to be concerned,” Barrera said. “What we’re doing is we’re providing the best possible educational program that we can to students under the circumstances that we’re in. So we need to be crystal clear that this is not in any way even close to what they would get if the schools were open.”

District Deeds Translation:

“Parents and Students have every right to be concerned” and expect a totally inadequate education for the Students that “is not in any way even close to what they would get if the schools were open” because of “the circumstances that we’re in” caused by ZERO Disaster Recovery/Educational Continuity Planning provided by $330,000 per year ESS Cindy-20 and Tricky Dick despite a $1.4 billion budget and $4.9 billion from Props S and Z.

We have no idea why the local San Diego press has published NOTHING about the planning mismanagement SCANDAL that has caused the current and ongoing SDUSD educational Sandemic.

Let us make this clear:  Marten and Barrera, despite virtually an unlimited budget, a huge human resource pool of technical and educational experts, and 5 school years worth of time neglected to devise, test and deploy an Educational Disaster Recovery Plan for the 2nd largest school district in California WHICH CREATED THE CURRENT EDUCATIONAL “CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WE’RE IN”!

We are not journalists (as we are sure many of the official San Diego journalist will agree), but…

San Diego Unified School District Betrays Over 200,000 Students, Families and Employees by Disaster Recovery/Educational Continuity Planning Negligence

…sure looks like a great headline and story to us!

***************ESS Marten-20 quote***************

The district’s plan is to launch a “revised online learning system” that will allow for interaction with professional educators, San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten said in a letter to families Tuesday.

District Deeds translation:

The SDUSD does not have any current “online learning system” to revise or a plan to go with it.  The actual plan by ESS Cindy-20 and Tricky Dick is to frantically create a Disaster “online learning system” Plan in the middle of the Coronavirus Pandemic at the expense of thousands of talented and dedicated district Teachers, Technical Experts, Principals and Families who are also dealing with their own personal Coronavirus worries, anxieties and health risks.

District Deeds wonders what “online learning system” is being revised since the SDUSD currently has no “online learning system” in place except for the unproctored, “diploma mill” scam that ESS Marten-20 and Tricky Dick have used for the last 5 years to artificially pump up grad rates as we described in  “The San Diego Unified Supt. Cindy Marten 2015/16 DIPLOMA MILL SCAM – Marten Unethical Opportunism Exposed!!!

Ask the thousands of SDUSD students that have left with a SDUSD Diploma Mill sheepskin and then end up struggling to keep a job or remain in college without remedial intervention supports how the Marten/Barrera Diploma Mill tactic worked for them.

And according to the previous quote from Barrera, the NEW online learning “is not in any way even close to what they would get if the schools were open.”

WOW!!!  We didn’t know a SDUSD education could get worse than the Diploma Mill Credit Recovery…but Barrera promises that it will!!!

But wait…there’s more…

The negligence of Marten and Barerra to create a REAL Educational Disaster Recovery/Educational Continuity Plan stems from the “original sin” of selecting Marten for Superintendent with no senior administrative credentials.

For example, the Duval County Public Schools a district with over 129,000 students and over 8,000 teachers recently launched online learning initiative that took 3 days to initially implement by a Superintendent that was recently hired the right way (through a vetting and formal selection process)for the current school year.

Here is a segment from a KPBS article that includes a quote from Duval County School District Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene:

“Diana Greene, the superintendent of Duval County Schools where Robin Nelson teaches, sent an email to her staff on Friday, March 20 that illustrates the magnitude of the effort educators around the country are faced with: “It is amazing to me that it was just 3 days ago that we made the decision to close schools. In less than 72 hours, Team Duval moved the entire district to an at-home, virtual instruction model. We have managed to troubleshoot the mobilization of meal programs, lack of technology equipment, online teacher training, and a whole host of issues that come with a change of this magnitude. Three days! “Three days to create, print and distribute about 5 million pages of instructional content. Three days to load classes onto an online platform. Three days to gather online resources so aligned instruction could continue to take place. Three days to train about 8,000 teachers in a whole new way of work. Imagine that! “Three days to conduct a survey of technology needs from 130,000 students and to prepare thousands of computers for student use. Three days to prepare for neighborhood delivery of school lunches and snacks on our buses so children would not go hungry.”

According to her profile on the Duval County Public Schools website, here is the background of Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene:

Prior to becoming a superintendent in Duval County, Dr. Greene served as Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services in Manatee County. During her 33-year career as an educator, she has spent time as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal as well as in curriculum development, staff development and in senior executive leadership.

Compare Dr. Greene’s credentials with the meager ESS Cindy-20 credentials we highlighted in “Anatomy of a Failed Superintendent – Part 1 – Credentials Anyone?“:

According to her biography on the SDUSD website, her positions prior to assuming the Superintendent role in 25 years as an educator include:

Poway Unified School District approximately 15 years:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • School-wide Literary Specialist

San Diego Unified School District – approximately 10 years:

  • Elementary School Teacher – 3 years
  • K-5 Elementary Principal – 4 years

Essentially Marten has spent only 4 years out of her 25 year career managing a group older than 10 year old students…and that was only managing approximately 25 teachers and staff, 800 Students, with a budget of $5 million!

Is it any wonder why one Superintendent is wildly successful (Greene) and the other an abject failure (Marten)?

The choice of Barrera to improperly pick Marten as Superintendent has now potentially risked the educational/physical/psychological health of thousands of talented and dedicated district Teachers, Technical Experts, Principals and Families who are also dealing with their own personal Coronavirus worries, anxieties and health risks.

Disgraceful.

***************Tricky Dick Barrera quote***************

Because of the shortened timeline, teachers will have to cut down on the content they otherwise would have taught and prioritize content that is “absolutely essential,” Barrera said.

Students should not be expected to do a full school day’s worth of work online every weekday either, Barrera said, because that much screen time wouldn’t be healthy or realistic for students.

District Deeds Translation:

During a normal school year we have forced Students to receive a lot of instructional content that is not “absolutely essential” from Teachers who have been told it is essential for their performance reviews. We are now arbitrarily removing all of this not “absolutely essential” content filler that we have neglected to remove in the past since we are in a self generated destructive crisis because of no disaster planning and we can’t be caught for doing so since the only enforcement mechanism, the annual standardized tests, have been cancelled by the State and Federal government.

So now we have learned that our SDUSD Students have been forced to learn non-essential instructional content and Teachers have been forced to teach non-essential instructional content while we have thousands of SDUSD Students, especially Students of color, failing miserably on the annual performance tests.

This means that the current SDUSD Senior Leadership has knowingly allowed Students to waste educational time and fail to pass classes with non-essential content and done nothing about it!

ESS Cindy-20, Tricky Dick and their gang of sycophant’s continue to lie and the lies expose them for what they are…so incompetent that they all deserve to be replaced.

***************ESS Marten-20 quote***************

District officials say it will be difficult to switch entirely to distance learning, partly because it will require preparing teachers who have been trained to provide classroom-only instruction for their whole careers.

District Deeds Translation:

Despite billions of prop S and Z dollars spent on the i21 Classrooms, thousands of fully paid teachers attending hundreds of thousands of mandatory and optional Professional Development (PD) classes over the last 5 years, and the need to provide Students educational access when schools are closed for recent disasters (fires) the SDUSD  senior leadership has neglected to train Teachers how to effectively teach students online.

On the SDUSD website here is the description of the i21 classroom:

“The i21 classroom is an engaging and personalized learning environment designed to optimize teaching and learning through the interconnected use of mobile computing, audio, visual and formative assessment technologies across the curriculum.”

Does that mean that the internet is NOT part of “mobile computing, audio, visual and formative assessment technologies”?!?

Apparently not since according to the UT article, Teachers have been trained to provide classroom-only instruction for their whole careers.”

This is even a BETTER example why a Disaster Recovery/Educational Continuity Plan should have been developed when there was no disaster.

***************ESS Marten-20 quote***************

When it comes to grading, completing courses and fulfilling graduation requirements, Marten said she expects the rules will need to be re-shaped, because these school closures are unprecedented, and essentially all of the country’s schools are in the same boat in terms of being unable to complete the school year normally.

District Deeds Translation:

Rules will need to be “reshaped” means that I, incompetent Superintendent Cindy Marten who neglected to create any type of Disaster Recovery/Educational Continuity Plan that caused thousands of Students and employees to educationally suffer, will NOT be held responsible for Student performance or graduation requirements and I will be able to COVER UP my total incompetence in the role of Superintendent for at least another year. 

The PERFECT closing statement by ESS Marten-20 to fit her new motto:

Hardly Work, Act Blind, Lie Big, Make Excuses

Now our Quote of the Week:

“The most serious failure of leadership is the failure to foresee”
-Robert Greenleaf

Have a great week!!!

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