# District 299: The Inside Scoop on CPS

## Soul-Crushing (And Expensive)

Today's a PD day for Chicago teachers, and Catalyst has some ideas about how to make them more useful for teachers (Teachers suggest five steps to better professional development ).  They're also really expensive.  Last I remember, the days cost CPS and taxpayers some crazy amount of money -- \$7 or \$8 million in payroll alone for a single day (there are several throughout the year). There have been calls to mend or end these days for years, on and off, but when is something going to happen?    Meantime, what are they doing at your school or in your sessions?  Anything good in there to make us hopeful?

• we needed today just to deal with common core--what a mess-so time consuming. Cant get score on CIM.

• Yes! The new Common Core Standards! to the rescue!

Say goodbye to Goals, Frameworks and Benchmarks
Say hello to Standards, Clusters, and Domains!

Remember this oldie from 2011?:
Objective 8.8.04: Recognize and generate equivalent forms of algebraic expressions.

And who could forget State Goal 6:
Use geometric methods to analyze, categorize and draw conclusions about points, lines, planes and space.

And do you remember where you were when you first heard:
Identify, describe, classify and compare relationships using points, lines, planes and solids.

Well, say goodbye to those track-worn obsoletes - wouldn't you rather be seen teaching with the Common Core Standards written on your board?

Just imagine

Students will fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction…..

But wait! There's more!

Students will

G-SRT.1. Verify experimentally the properties of dilations given a center and a scale factor.

And if you buy now, you'll also get:

G-SRT.7. Explain and use the relationship between the sine and cosine of complementary angles!

Yes! Watch your CPS education improve overnight!

Say goodbye to those low ACT scores - say farewell to those dreary NAEP reports! The next PISA international comparison is ours for the taking!

Tell Singapore and Finland to kiss your butt with the new Common Core Standards!

That's hilarious!

The Common Core Infomercial!

There are people actually think this new set of magic standards will save the American mind!

New wine in old wineskins! No real support not even pacing guides! Common Core without fundamental changes on how schooling is done and building teacher leadership is done, will amount to another empty test prep curriculum. They sell assessments and tests now to the common core. You did not think common core was done for some atruistic reason. Follow the money!

Loads of money - Pearson and Gates - McGraw-Hill and Bush -

• Ours was Common Core Assessment and then 1/2 day in your classroom, mostly to finish Report Cards ( Track E ). Not a bad day and really useful to have the time to finish report cards , special ed. report cards, etc.

• My high school had an Open House for prospective students and their parents in the morning, and then self-directed teacher time (per the CBA) after lunch. The Open House was well attended, and I got a lot of essays graded during the afternoon.

Not one word about Common Core.

• At Clark the principal just yelled and screamed alot. The staff made fun how she tags her name with MBA. Oops, another failed business person trying to make it in education.

• Here is my incentive plan.
People whose kids do well and pass don't have to go to PD. No bonuses, just honor the contract and give scheduled raises and step increases.
Those whose kids consistently fail, have to go to PD. If they ditch PD, then no raises, and no step increases.

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I grew up near Roscoe &amp; Halsted in the 1970s, left for college and moved back in 2000, started this blog in 2005 (first on my own, then with Catalyst, and now with ChicagoNow). My dad went to Senn. I went to Near North Montessori and Parker. Since 2006 I've been living in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn -- the Wicker Park of New York City. I have another education blog called This Week In Education that focuses on school reform trends at the national level.

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