If you need money, here are some ideas….

Change the schedule for high school students to later in the morning. If  students  live less than 2 miles away, there will be no transportation for them. In doing this, we will save money on transportation costs, but we  will also help our students’ health: they will have the sleep they need, and get the exercise they need as they will walk to school. We must remind our community that transportation is a privilege, not an obligation, that’s the rationale for community schools.

Students in K-6 should have a  current high school schedule, early in the morning. They will learn more because they would not have wasted time watching TV/playing video games while they wait for the bus. Remember many parents leave early for work!  If they learn more because they are alert then we do not need the $$$$ we spend in remediation.

Invest in ideas that will promote more time to teach: No unnecessary clerical work for teachers,   Strategies to keep students engage in instruction, need more? Let’s have a conversation…..

Do not purchase textbooks : Balanced literacy is not dependent on textbooks but on  good literacy teachers and a sound amount of trade books.  This initiative alone will save a substantial amount of money. The money we spend on textbooks has more to do with tradition than what is good for student learning. We must keep our eyes and souls fixed on our mission: student learning.

Stop benchmark testing, teachers know how to test their students; they can tell if a student is learning. Do not trust teachers to do this? Have administrators visit the classrooms more often. If a teacher is not effective, get rid of him/her. Students do not need ineffective teachers. This initiative will save money and will be environment friendly.

Interested?  Email me at gladyslanding-corretjer@timetoteach.com


About drcorretjer

Doctorate in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning. Vast experience working with English language Learners and their families. Has successfully implemented programs that increased parental involvement in schools and professional collaboration among teachers. Has presented at local, state, and national levels on the topics of curriculum and best teaching practices for English Language Learners. Specialized in alternative assessments for English Language Learners to include portfolios. My goal at this time is to mentor,and nurture new teachers or prospective teachers. I'd like to create a bridge between their college education and the realities of a public school classroom. I believe we can attract and retain the best and the brightest if we provide them with a real foundation and help them be successful. Our children deserve that. Publications: Listen to me: Exploring students' voices regarding homework Lambert Academic Publishing |May 11, 2011 Most of the research conducted about homework is based on adults’ perspectives. This case study explored the perspectives of 5th and 6th grade students in comparison with 10 teachers’ perceptions regarding homework completion. The author administered questionnaires and conducted in depth interviews using a stratified purposive sample and extreme case sampling; which educed the participants’ perceptions and practices about homework. The students’ represented 4 distinct groups: English Language Learners, general education, gifted and talented and special education. The teachers’ instruct 5th and 6th grade. The results of the study indicate that students do not complete their homework because they find it too hard, boring, or they do not understand it. Interestingly, students think that worksheets are hard and boring. However, they are not against homework! This book should benefit teachers, parents, school administrators and staff developers. It would also help develop homework practices that would increase homework completion and student learning. This book brings out the voices of the students to the forefront. After all, they are the ones doing the homework. Listen to them!
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