TEI or How to Insult a Real Teacher

My disdain for The Teacher Excellence Initiative (TEI) is obvious. As a former science and math teacher I find the TEI process both unconscionable and to be honest, insulting. I rarely talk about myself and prefer to use data to support my assertions but it is my understanding of data as an educational researcher that is confirming this contempt. I taught AP and IB level physics and chemistry in four countries and at a school for truly gifted children with IQ values over 150. My challenges were different, not higher, than when I taught struggling students. As an AP/IB teacher I considered myself adequate. I knew my subject matter and how to deliver it but my students absorbed it like sponges

TEI or How to Insult a Real Teacher

My disdain for The Teacher Excellence Initiative (TEI) is obvious. As a former science and math teacher I find the TEI process both unconscionable and to be honest, insulting. I rarely talk about myself and prefer to use data to support my assertions but it is my understanding of data as an educational researcher that is confirming this contempt. I taught AP and IB level physics and chemistry in four countries and at a school for truly gifted children with IQ values over 150. My challenges were different, not higher, than when I taught struggling students. As an AP/IB teacher I considered myself adequate. I knew my subject matter and how to deliver it but my students absorbed it like sponges

Runoff, Recapture and Enrollment

While testifying in Austin before the Texas Commission on Public School Finance earlier this year, I heard a school superintendent recall an elementary student say to him, “It’s not rocket surgery!” This has become one of my favorite sayings. Recently, we have seen a number of individuals with school-aged children running for DISD Trustee who send their children to private school. As some of you know, the District 9 Trustee election has gone to a runoff and Trustee Bernadette Nutall’s opponent, Justin Henry, has a daughter who attends a private school. Now, some people might argue that a parent should decide what is best for their child. I don’t disagree with this. However, if someone makes