on October 31, 2000
Starting the conversation
Welcome to Jan Hustler, Samantha Tate, Tom Archer, Kay Coleman, Ethan
Allen, Mona Kunselman, Gail Paulin, Jerry Valadez, Virginia Kammer, Anna
Lopez, Linda Gregg, Everly Broadway, Ellen Lee, Mike Lebda, Curan Resciniti,
Carol Bohlin, Charles Mathews, Kathryn Kelsey, Connie Early and Jeff
Barrett. I figure it is easier to "speak" when you know who is in the room.
Please do post, I am counting on each of you to share some of your
questions, concerns, thoughts, and strategies of coping with being a part of
a reform, funded by NSF, but situated within a specific local context.
All of you are involved in Systemic Change. For the purposes of the LSCs
the unit of measure is a district or set of districts. Yet you are also all
part of a larger "system." So far those who have signed up for this
discussion are from California, Washington, Arizona, Missouri, Nevada, North
Carolina, and Illinois. Clearly the educational agendas in each of your
States has influenced your original vision of your LSC.
Each of the LSCs are committed to provide at least 130 hours of
professional development to at least 100 teachers and to work to align
curriculum, assessment and pedagogy. Yet, clearly pedagogical, assessment,
and curricular concerns are also influenced by parents, school boards, State
and National politics. Let us start with
introductions, and some first comments about how your LSC has adjusted or
adapted to the pressures and politics or your local contexts.
I look forward to a lively discussion. Let's begin .
----Joni Falk (from Massachusetts)