Notes from Sound of Ideas show May 23, 2012: Transforming our Schools
Host Mike McIntyre discusses the future of Cleveland schools with
, CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
, Sergeant-at-Arms, Cleveland Teachers Union
, Senior Program Officer for Education, The George Gund Foundation
,Tracy Radich, and
:Starting off the conversation is Eric Gordon.
We need to find a way for our charter and community schools to beaccountable. Gordon expressed he is most excited about the alliance and collaborationbetween the city, the district and the union on the Civic Commons.Everyone has a role. No one has ever done that. They have ministers and teachers,and foundations, public school people and charter school people in a room together deciding what quality options are for the children. How can we connect families to thebest options? How can Cleveland schools be high quality? The district wants fewer andfewer bad seats for kids.Together we are trying to decide what is the right level of autonomy with some qualitychecks.The district is using quality standards but we need to be flexible about how we do it.Tracy Radich:
says that David Quolke said the plan is a great opportunity for Clevelandschools. Tracy says it is a great opportunity. They were divided but at the end of theprocess it came down to quality education and collaboration. It is a collaborative effort.Teachers weren’t in the negotiating room so it is different for people who haven’t hadthat experience. Education of people who weren’t present is key.
Mike asks, what is different about this plan?When you are in a room and you take off the labels of who is who and positions peoplehold and start to have conversations you get to a point where we say “we are inagreement”. There is common ground on these issues you can support teachers andhold them accountable for the work that you want them to do. We have a frameworkand now we think about what it looks like.Caller:Scottin Oberlin