Consultants are profiting from telling the obvious to Arkansas schools, writes Brian Kisida of Mid-Riffs.
Fayetteville School District’s new Phi Delta Kappa curriculum audit will bear an uncanny resemblance to a Dilbert cartoon, Kisida predicts.
Of course, Phi Delta Kappa’s report will turn community members’ idea into “consultant-speak gobbledy-gook,” as it did for the Rogers School District.
Develop and implement a comprehensive curriculum management system that delineates short- and long-term goals, directs curriculum revision to ensure deep alignment and quality delivery, and defines the instructional model district leaders expect teachers to follow in delivering the curriculum.
Translation: Establish a system to set and achieve goals. And make it a good one.
The Rogers audit also recommends:
Research, identify and implement strategies to eliminate inequities and inequalities that impede opportunities for all students to succeed.
Translation: Do what you and every other school district has already been doing (or should have been doing) for decades.
I wonder if hiring a consultant is the only way to build support for change. You’d think any decent school district would have people on staff who can write badly.
Via Jay P. Greene, who suffers from blog envy.
Denver Public Schools has hired a therapist who specializes in marriage counseling to help the school board get along. (Via Eduwonk.) That inspired a friend of Alan Gottlieb of Education News Colorado to ask: Who will get custody of the kids if it doesn’t work out?