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Happy Summer Vacation and San Diego Pride Festival 2022 to all our readers in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) and worldwide!

Today, in our District Deeds Sunday Reads Summer Edition we decided to provide our readers some important Summer reading.  Posted below is a portion (and links) to the to the latest “Spotlight” Teacher Survey from The Inverness Institute in partnership with EdSource.  Here is a profile of the Inverness Institute:

Links:

Since the full 2 part “Spotlight” Survey and Analysis by the Inverness Institute is too large to provide in its entirety, we have provided our readers the introduction and first portion of each “Spotlight” to give you a general impression of what items were addressed.

Although each “Spotlight” is lengthy, we strongly urge our readers to click on both the Part 1 and Part 2 studies (in red) and review the full surveys and assess the implications for their own family.


TEACHER SURVEY PROJECT

Part 1

Teachers reflect on how students, teachers and the community are doing in the wake of Covid

BY THE INVERNESS INSTITUTE – JULY 13, 2022

Introduction

Teachers — California’s leading teachers — are telling us that students, teachers, schools, districts, and communities are struggling as schools return to in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year. Their experiences and observations are alarming.

In 2021, The Inverness Institute’s Teacher Consultant Response Network members responded to two surveys about their experiences in the classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Inverness Institute, in partnership with EdSource, published a series of spotlights portraying the different issues raised by accomplished teachers across California.

One year later, nearly 100 of these teachers have weighed in yet again and have shared their classroom experiences and perspectives on teaching in the current environment. This is the first of two spotlights highlighting their feedback. See the second spotlight here.

Our goal for this spotlight report is to elevate teachers’ voices. We begin each section with audio and video versions of a few teachers’ poignant and deeply honest commentaries, followed by samples of a wide range of teachers’ views. Next, we present the survey data on each of the topic areas. At the end of the spotlight, we present a brief analysis of the data and our interpretation of its significance.

This spotlight is divided into the following sections:

How are the students doing?

Leading teachers described their impressions of their students return to in-person instruction, and they have many and deep concerns about how their students are faring. Many teachers report that their students are not ready or able to participate constructively in or contribute to a positive classroom learning environment.

Survey Data

Teachers’ ratings of student-focused survey items support the comments above and provide more detail about how students are doing this school year, as well as compared to a year ago and before the pandemic.

EDITOR NOTE:  Continue Part 1 Survey results HERE


TEACHER SURVEY PROJECT

Part 2

Teachers reflect on the future of education, find silver linings and offer recommendations

BY THE INVERNESS INSTITUTE – JULY 13, 2022

In 2021, The Inverness Institute’s Teacher Consultant Response Network members responded to two surveys about their experiences in the classroom during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Inverness Institute, in partnership with EdSource, published a series of spotlights portraying the different issues raised by accomplished teachers across California.

One year later, nearly 100 of these teachers have weighed in yet again and have shared their classroom experiences and perspectives on teaching in the current environment. This is the second of two spotlights highlighting their feedback. See the first spotlight here.

Our goal for this spotlight report is to elevate teachers’ voices. We begin each section with audio and video versions of a few teachers’ poignant and deeply honest commentaries, followed by samples of a wide range of teachers’ views. Next, we present the survey data on each of the topic areas. At the end of the spotlight, we present a brief analysis of the data and our interpretation of its significance.

This spotlight is divided into the following sections:

What do leading teachers think about the future of public education in California?

We asked California’s leading teachers about how they saw the future of public education. Remembering that these teachers experience firsthand realities of the system every day, their responses are alarming.

The following themes run through the teachers’ comments:

The current situation is not better since schools have reopened. In fact, most of the leading teachers report that the situation is getting worse and they are deeply worried about the future.


DISTRICT DEEDS ANALYSIS:

After reading both these “Spotlights” by the Inverness Institute a HUGE discrepancy jumped out at us.

In answer to the statement “Students have incurred significant learning losses during the pandemic.” Teachers replied:

  • 56% of respondents say that students have incurred significant learning losses during the pandemic a good deal or a great deal.

Since the Covid Pandemic began in March, 2020, the SDUSD has grossly mismanaged the delivery of effective education to ALL SDUSD Students in the following ways:

  • ZERO SDUSD Standards Based Grading Plan Transparency, Accountability and Community Collaboration
  • ZERO SDUSD 2020/21 Reopening Plan Transparency and Community Collaboration
  • ZERO Operational Budget Transparency used to hide TOTAL Operational Budget Mismanagement.
  • ZERO Transparency of SDUSD performance BEFORE and DURING the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • ZERO Accountability for SDUSD LACK of performance since BEFORE and DURING the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • Phase 1 Educational Supports denied to tens of thousands of the most disadvantaged Students
  • OPTIONAL Boot Camp Professional Development for Teachers – FAIL.
  • Individualized “disadvantaged Student” supports with NO Equity Rules, Standards or Tracking.
  • Every Cluster, School, Principal, Teacher and Student for themselves “custom” school site  “strategy” by incompetent Supt. Marten creating gross inequities  from classroom to classroom.
  • Only 3 hours per day vs 5 hours per day of live teaching.
  • Only 3 periods per day vs 5 periods per day of live teaching.
  • No Teacher Evaluations.
  • No Smarter Balanced tests in Math and English language arts.
  • No California Science Test
  • No Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)
  • Minimal California (ELPAC) for English learners
  • Minimal California School Dashboard
  • Dysfunctional Standards Based Grading
  • Disorganized Four Phase School Reopening Scam/Plan

With all the evidence we provided above, it is not a reach to say that the conditions in the SDUSD have been MUCH WORSE than the “56% of respondents say that students have incurred significant learning losses”

And the “Silver Linings” provided by the survey?  Here they are:

Really?!?

Going back to in person school with improved technical skills, Student resilience and Teacher collaboration” is a “silver lining”?!?

That’s like saying the sinking of the Titanic had a silver lining by teaching some people to swim!!!

So after going through all of the horrible survey data, how can the following 2 items be valid and totally uncorrupted?

San Diego Union Tribune:

San Diego Unified Projects a 95 Percent Graduation Rate This Year

And from San Diego NBC 10:

All San Diego Unified Staffers May Get 4.5% Bonus, Including $17K for New Superintendent, Under Tentative Agreement

To simplifiy further:

Massive Learning Loss = Massive Illegitimate Positive Graduation Rate increases + Massive Bonuses and Raises for those responsible for the Learning Loss.

How does this make any logical sense except in a totally corrupt SDUSD? 

This isn’t rocket science.

Simple answer:

It only makes sense if the SDUSD Senior leadership is totally corrupt and financially self serving and is trying to cover its mismanagement guilt by attempting to use fake promotions/graduations to pay off Parents and actually using taxpayer dollars to buy the vote in an election year and convince SDUSD employees with a bonus to keep their mouth shut on how bad education in the SDUSD actually is, and has been, for the last 9 years. 

And that is the simple truth.


Now for our quote of the week, dedicated to ALL SDUSD Stakeholders being abused by this corrupt senior leadership and especially to all our readers celebrating San Diego Pride Festival this week:

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights … it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression. – Harvey Milk

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