Saturday, December 5, 2015

Another angle to the Zuckerberg LLC

Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he is donating his vast fortune to and through an LLC instead of a non-profit like a 501-c-3. He says that this is to allow him to invest these funds rather than simply to give them away. However, he may well have another reason.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Where evaluation meets merit pay

I have written previously about merit pay for teachers, and about teacher compensation in general. Today I read an article, based on the results of a serious UK study and analysis, which provides recent and concrete evidence of the problems of linking pay to student "performance".

Teacher retention

Business sees value in customer retention; studies have shown that new customer recruitment costs 5 - 30 times as much as keeping an existing customer. Surely the same is true of teachers, especially when the processes of understanding and adapting to a new school and a new culture and of developing relationships with superiors, colleagues, students and parents, all of which can take two years, are taken into account. So how can schools improve teacher retention?

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Vahey Report Two

Further to my earlier post on the William Vahey pedophilia case at a school in the UK, I have read a report of the official report. Unsurprisingly, the blame was attached to the Principal for a failure of supervision and action. However, I think some blame should also be apportioned to teachers' common rejection of a Principal's efforts at supervision and action.