Thursday, July 26, 2012

Test Blogging

Hi All,

I am just learning about blogging and am curious if a superintendent's blog would be beneficial to our school community.  My understanding is that it might be more interactive than my weekly Superintendent's Notes.  Please share your thoughts.

5 comments:

  1. Dear Superintendent:

    Just read your blog. Good luck with
    your new site. Keep up the good
    work. Nice picture.
    Regards,

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  2. A blog is welcome; but your Weekly Notes are appreciated. You/your staff does a great job rounding up school & community information and putting it together in a succinct and interesting format via your weekly notes.

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  3. Dear Mr. Gerardi,

    I'm new to blogging too, so here goes...As a parent of two children in the system, I am curious about the Teachers' Professional Development Days and the type of seminars and activities that are conduced. Are there programs for all staff members on these days? Is attendance mandatory? Is there an accounting available to the public of those who attend and those who - were scheduled - but did not attend?
    I'm not trying to insinuate the teachers are taking advantage in any way. I'm simply asking if the process is - or can be made more transparent - to the parents and the community as a whole.
    Too often, parents are left in the dark about how the process works. We see the notices that are sent home, go on the web-site to read the news, and edline to progress reports, but I personally have not seen much about the Professional Days.

    Thank you and good luck with the blog,

    Vin Potenza

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  4. Hi Vin,

    I am new to blogging technology as well. Many other people probably have similar questions so it would be good for me to post the answers for them as well.

    Let me answer your questions and concerns as follows:

    1. I am curious about the Teachers' Professional Development Days and the type of seminars and activities that are conduced.

    Each year the professional development is aligned to the District Improvement Plans (except when we have important state legislated requirements which override the District Improvement Plans as we did this year).

    I just wrote an article that will be published in next Thursday's Beacon Villager. That article will explain a little more about the content and quality of presenters for the recent professional development days. The short answer is that most of our professional development this year will be on the legislatively mandated new educator evaluation system. We are proud that the Maynard Public Schools is one of twenty five districts in Massachusetts that have an agreement to start this year.

    2. Are there programs for all staff members on these days?

    Professional development obligations and expectations are spelled out differently in the different contracts, For the most part teachers and administrators attend all of the same professional development. Paraprofessionals attend some of the same professional development as Administrators and Teachers but not all of the same activities.

    There are also times when it is appropriate for different groups of teachers to receive different types of training based on the Districts Improvement Plans. During those years, there may be many different activities going on during one professional development day.

    3. Is attendance mandatory?

    These two days are mandatory for all teachers. There are some exceptions for Administrators and Paraprofessionals.

    4. Is there an accounting available to the public of those who attend and those who - were scheduled - but did not attend?

    There is definitely an accounting of those who attend and those who don't. We don't find this to be a problem and the rare occasions when someone doesn't attend is when they are very ill. Often it is an inconvenience for them to makeup the training they missed. We do not make personnel information available to the public because of confidentiality reasons.

    I hope that this information was helpful and please feel free to email or call me at any time.

    Sincerely,

    Bob Gerardi

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