Sunday, September 5, 2010

Crappy! Chart! Cagematch!: SPS vs. Crazy Goat Lady... with Voting!

You should read this. I've included a wee .jpeg so you can admire its crappy-chartness right here, right now.
If you scroll down to about page 3 on the link, you can admire, in better resolution, the district's very own crappy! chart!. Strategies (and this is for realsies, not me goofing around with Satiric Bureaucratic Titles) include "Ensure Excellence in Every Classroom" and "Strengthen Leaders System-Wide." Which sounds alot like "Make Stuff Better for kids" and "Make Stuff Better," just with Self-Important Capitalization And Titling. I've popped the other day's crappy chart in, as well, so you can contemplate the difference between a spoof "analysis" of Performance Management and a professionally produced summary of The Accomplishments Of The Strategic Plan.It's hard not to notice the SPS's luuuuurve for Making Every Little Thing into An Acronym-o-rific Title. And also that "Status" doesn't really mention any "results." I know. Picky, picky.
Anyway, the poll's in the sidebar. Vote away, even if you're a dead Chicagoan who's already voted twice.

12 comments:

Dorothy Neville said...

I had to vote for the district as winning because yours was too clear. I could actually tell what you meant to say in your chart, and that's not good for morale. Or the levy.

Charlie Mas said...

I voted for Crazy Goat Lady's chart because I absolutely adore the word "dunno". It forms such a perfect finality to any discussion by expressing ignorance, apathy, impatience, and irritation all at once.

Anonymous said...

I'm voting "2 Thumbs down" for both...They're missing Don Cherry's jackets to really dress them up for School Board presentations!
ken berry

another mom said...

Reading "Excellence for All A Two Year Perspective," was a coma inducing exercise - they do use some pretty cool blue boxes that are full of interesting aren't we wonderful, pats on the back. Also lots of words in bold probably to keep the reader awake. Can anyone tell me what the Superintendents Institute for Leadership Development is? Broad maybe? This organization and something called the Center for Educational Leadership are being sought out to build "internal capacity," which sounds like some kind of stomach enlargement surgery...and what is the budget impact of using these orgs? Also, these folks are helping with the development of evaluations. Hmmmm. And in this data driven universe they may have a typo - at least I hope its a typo - pg 17- "(at least 2% of funding for schools is drive by performance.)" What in the heck...as in like we will drive by and throw the resources at you? I could not stop laughing -tears in my eyes. It's gotta be a typo.

Dorothy Neville said...

Charlie, you got a point, I have to agree with the beauty of "dunno." And Another Mom, I missed that myself. I think I was pondering the 2% without paying attention to the drive by nature of the money.

I just wrote what I think accurately states the question of how the marriage of Title I and Performance Management might lead to an annulment.

Magua said...

Crazy Goat Lady in a landslide. Less is more. Verbose SPS chart is waaay too bulky -- looks like 80s retro shoulder pad fashion redux.

Maureen said...

Goat Lady wins: I prefer clear and eloquent (even if the content is a bit wispy!). The SPS chart reminds me of The Emperor's New Clothes, lots of heavy descriptive words - but nothing there.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that your survey does permit multiple voting, which, being from the Chicago area, I LOVE. BTW, it's not a good sign when, given Chicago's & Illinois' reputations for corruption, you (meaning Seattle SD) look bad by comparison.
Sort of like that church with the crazy-mean people who scream at veterans' funerals being denounced on the website Even Evil Has Its Standards. By the KKK. No kidding.

Anonymous said...

Dear Seattle Public Schools staff:

Welcome back! I know that students and families were happy to see their teachers, principals and other staff yesterday. I’ve heard reports from all across the district that we had a great start to the 2010-2011 school year. That would not have been possible without the efforts of every staff member. I want to send a sincere THANK YOU to each of you for all you have done to be ready to welcome students and families back to our schools.

I experienced the excitement of the first day of school through two lenses this year – as the mom of a new kindergarten student, and as Superintendent. THANK YOU to the principals, staff and students at Graham Hill Elementary and the newly-named Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Elementary; Salmon Bay K-8; South Shore K-8; Hamilton International Middle School and STEM @ Cleveland for extending a warm welcome to me yesterday. I had the opportunity to greet families, students and staff; observe students fully engaged in a discussion of requirements for graduation – and for college entry; and join in an elementary physical education class. We are in the process of posting first day photos from around the district on our website and will include a link to them in the next issue of School Beat. I look forward to visiting many more schools in the year ahead.

The conclusion of a wonderful day was a special ceremony – renaming the former Brighton Elementary to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School.

A great start to the school year sets students, teachers and principals up for academic success all year long. The work you do – from preparing lesson plans and instructional strategies to improving facilities – all contribute to ensuring we will deliver on our promise of Excellence for All. In fact, the summer break is the busiest time of year for many staff members. I’d like to thank you for your accomplishments over the last few months:

• Employees all across our system supported implementation of the first year of the new student assignment plan by helping families understand the new system and making technology changes;

• Teachers and other staff prepared classrooms and lesson plans and readied schools to welcome students and families;

• Nearly 2,800 students attended summer school – enabling them to be better prepared for academic success this year;

• 2,200 students were enrolled – during August! – through the new SPS Service Center at JSCEE;

• 766 bilingual families were served through the Service Center, and 285 language proficiency tests were given to students;

• 27,400 students received notices for transportation services
• More than 17,000 meals were prepared and served yesterday

Anonymous said...

continued-
• Since the hiring cycle began in March, Human Resources has filled more than 550 positions (including transfers)

• Grounds crews, custodial engineers and staff members skilled in the trades groomed, maintained and made ready our school buildings;

• More than 1,300 teachers and other staff participated in professional development courses;

• The new online Individualized Education Plan (IEP) system is ready for launch on September 13th and nearly 400 staff and administrators were trained on the use of the system;

• More than 700 computers and 250 phones were installed in schools;

• The purchasing department bought – and warehouse delivered – more than 118,000 books;

• Facilities teams completed 21 major repair projects at 16 buildings (BTA II funded).

• The newly renovated Hamilton International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School were ready to receive students on the first day of school; another phase was completed for Nathan Hale High School (additional 20 classrooms, gym, locker room and greenhouse); all funded by BEX III. Click here for photos of the ribbon-cutting celebrations at Hamilton and Chief Sealth.

• Sand Point Elementary renovations were completed and SPS students are being served in this building for the first time in nearly 30 years; Lincoln was made ready as an interim site for McDonald and Queen Anne elementary schools;

• Some 80 classrooms – in 50 schools across the district - were created and equipped with furniture and technology;

• And so much more!



Thank you for your amazing work and commitment to our students and families in Seattle Public Schools. I look forward to opportunities this year to collaborate and talk about our work. I wish you all the best for the coming school year.

Sincerely,

Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson, Ph.D.

Superintendent

Meg said...

Dorothy- you have a point. Saying what you mean is not the SPS way. Also, I think you explained the possible Title/LAP violation pretty clearly. The use of LAP money in Performance Management may be more acceptable - it can be used in any school to help supplement academic achievement, I think - but Title looks to me like it crossed from supplement to supplant.

Charlie- "dunno" is a really good word, isn't it?

Ken- you have a point. Don Cherry's jackets make everything better. And they always raise the question "Why?"

Another mom - "drive by" is funny. But sad. And I'm torn between laughing and crying when I then consider that SPS spends around $600k annually on PR. I think SILD is professional development for principals, but I'm not positive. I wish I could tell you the budget impact of "building internal capacity" (it does sound like an uncomfortable surgery) but the district is pretty mum about that.

Magua and Maureen- I like less-is-more brevity in charts, too. The best charts communicate simply and concisely - you can see what's happening, warts (including the "dunno" sort) and all. In fashion, Magua, I have to admit that particularly when it comes to be-dazzling and be-feathering things, I am less on the side of minimalism. Although I am never on the side of huge eighties shoulder pads.

Anon from Chicago - I did say dead voters from Chicago could vote a coupla times. If the district can pretend their "scientific" surveys are legit, I can pretend that my survey is legit, too. And scientific. Super-scientific, even. Also, feel free to vote again.

Anon with the letter - I don't want to snark about this. It had to be incredibly disheartening, faced with a difficult situation at the beginning of the year, to receive a staff letter of "everything's great!" propaganda. If the Superintendent actually believed in accountability (as in: it applies to everyone, not everyone but management), her letter would have acknowledged that her management and her decisions have left some schools with huge problems. I hope things get better for you, your colleagues and your students.

PurpleWhite said...

Commenting on your blog :) I have already forwarded to our PTSA too...so maybe that will help.