H/T Jerry Mulvihill.
Thanks to the Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss, this video of Chicago Public School ISAT preparation and Professional Development has gone viral.
This presenter was one of several consultants flown in from California and the United Kingdom for the Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Strategic School Support Services’ special network. This is a professional development for teachers of Saturday ISAT [Illinois Standards Achievement Test] preparation classes.
Frankly, although it is teacher professional development at its worse, it is only the extreme version of what I experienced more often than not for 30 years.
Teacher professional development on crack.
Some folks are pissed at Grant Wiggins because he came out in support of value added evaluation of teachers and supported the LA Times travesty.
Teacher and blogger Tim Furman concisely get the points down about him here.
And I’m with Tim. A few years ago I sat on a district committee when Wiggin’s Understanding by Design was the buzz. Administrators were gaga.
As for me, I simply got other work done in those meetings.
The value of it all to what we do can be measured by how quickly it came and went.
Just another cover on Ed Leadership.
Just another couple grand spent on some UbD consultant that could have been better used in the classroom.
Just some more three-ring binders filled with pie charts and copies of PPts that we clicked open, tossed out the innerds and then used the binder for something else. Or nothing else.
Do we care what Grant Wiggins has to say about value added testing?
My blogger buddy JD2718 gets it right. I won’t tell you how it ends.