Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Considering a career change - consider Education Administration

The business of education - it's where the money is these days. As a matter of fact, I am starting to encourage folks who are entering college to consider a career in Education Administration. The payout is worth the effort - here's an example:

Pamela Schau (District 150's former Treasurer/Comptroller) retired as assistant superintendent of business at suburban Chicago's Maine Township High School District 207; she has more than 25 years of finance experience; has worked as a public accountant and auditor as well as with school finances at an elementary school district, at a community college district and at a high school district. She holds an undergraduate degree in business and accounting, a master's degree in school business, a superintendent certification and is taking classes to earn a doctorate in educational leadership.

Before she retired, she was raking in a *monthly pension of $7,749.00, with a salary of $175,182.00. When she retired from Main Township to come to Peoria, her retirement payout was $244,263.00. Not a bad retirement, eh?

Then after retirement, your career is not over, you have the option of going to another school District, or getting hired as a consultant for your current one. In Schau's case, after retirement, she took a job with District 150, with a salary of $125,000 per year. She was at District 150 for one (1) year, before they let her go and paid her "roughly $12,000, plus any accrued vacation time".

The turn-off for many people who won't consider a field in Education, is they don't want to deal with children. Good news for those folks, because in some of the best jobs in Education, you don't have to deal with children.

Education Administration, definitely worth consideration.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The District must do better to increase parental involvement

District 150 has a Parental Advisory Group Committee that has been active for the last three years. Parental Involvement in Title 1 schools is a mandate. Unfortunately, there are no parents from Title 1 schools (schools South of War Memorial) on the Parental Advisory Group Committee. There is no PTO representative from Woodruff, Manual or Central, but two from Richwoods.

Mrs. Dryden has a platform that has allowed her to be able to speak on behalf of the interests of the people in her school; she would be remiss if she didn't take advantage of it. However, as long as the District does not have parents from schools South of War Memorial on this Advisory Group Committee, I will continue to raise the issue.

York Powers is the District's new student, family and community coordinator, who replaces Sandra Burke. I have let Mr. Powers know about my hope that the District would make an effort to reach out to a more diverse group of parents. Although Mr. Powers has not seen fit to respond to my e-mail inquiry that I sent approximately a week ago, I remain hopeful that he has taken it into consideration. We'll see what happens.

Our school is better than your school

One of my biggest pet peeves with District 150 is the appearance that the only parents, who have opinions that matter, live North of War Memorial.

First we get reports that the Richwoods PTO feels that uniforms are a negative and Richwoods students should be exempt from wearing them.

Now we have a report that the Richwoods PTO feels that because they are entitled to their tradition and school pride, District 150 should not hold graduations at the Civic Center.

Why is it that we only hear what the parents on the Richwoods PTO want? Don’t we have other PTOs in District 150? What about what they want?

Contrary to what the Richwoods' PTO appears to believe, Richwoods is not the only school in District 150 that matters. Hopefully Lathan & Co. will make this clear.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bullies driving parents over the edge

Did this Dad go to far? What would you do? Personally, the only thing I think he did that was wrong was threatening to kill the little knuckleheads. Additionally, I understand why he felt the need to check the bus driver - but threatening the bus driver with bodily harm, was a bit much...

A father furious because his 13-year-old daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy had been bullied stormed onto a school bus and threatened the children who teased her, deputies in Florida said.

The girl had to be hospitalized because of stress from the confrontation. The father, James Willie Jones, was arrested Thursday after he stormed onto the bus two weeks ago and later released on bail. He hopes to apologize to the children, said his attorney, Natalie Jackson.

"The little girl was scared to go to school. There has to be something done about school bullying," Jackson said.

Jones boarded the school bus on Sept. 3 because several boys were allegedly bullying his daughter, according to the sheriff's office report. He told deputies the boys placed an open condom on his daughter's head, smacked her on the back of her head, twisted her ear and shouted rude comments at her, the report said.

Video surveillance from the bus shows Jones asking his daughter to point out the students accused of harassing her. Jones is heard threatening those who bully his daughter, and he also threatens the bus driver.

Read the entire article here.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Who's running 150's community schools initiative?

The Bradley Scout is reporting that Bradley is "running" the community schools initiative. The College of Education and Health Sciences and the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service have reportedly developed an advisory council that meets monthly and works closely with principals.

I'm curious about the cost of running the program. Who foots the bill for the schools being open after hours? Will the school district be able to make money for letting service providers use their buildings and having access to their "client" list?

Bradley Running Peoria's Community Schools Initiative.
Bradley is taking the lead in integrating full service community schools with the Peoria community.

The full service community schools project, started in 2006, is an effort to enrich not only students’ education, but the welfare and stability of the families and neighborhoods. This initiative centers on the school as a community hub that includes mental health services, health clinics, drama club, business classes and more.

Garfield Primary School, Trewyn Middle School, Manual Middle and High School and Harrison Community Learning Center all participate in the full service community program.

“We’re used to the school day being 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., but a community school allows for all of these outside activities,” Executive Senior Outreach Program Director Julie Schifeling said. “There is a program at Manual where students and members of the community can take free computer classes, a resume building course, apprenticeship programs and access job availability lists.”

Schifeling said the College of Education and Health Sciences and the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service have developed an advisory council which meets monthly and works closely with principals to bring in partners willing to help.

Dean of Education and Health Sciences Joan Sattler said Bradley’s role involves coordinating organizations to help support the schools. “We want to turn schools around and help support student achievement,” she said. “So we bring in agencies, health care and business consulting for parents and others looking for jobs.”

Sattler said Bradley has been involved with these schools in various ways for many years, and this initiative allows students a greater opportunity for real-world experience. “Schools are a living laboratory and we are learning from that,” she said. “Our students from nursing, physical education, elementary education and even our faculty can be involved in helping.” Sattler said full service community schools have proven successful in aiding student achievement all over the world. Source

2009 - 2010 EHS College Advisory Council Members
Nina Lou Baird, Civic Leader - Peoria, IL
Dr. Gerald Michael Brookhart, Regional Superintendent - Peoria County Office of Education
Laraine E. Bryson, President - Tri-County Urban League
Jan Deissler, Director (retired) - Illinois Central College Child Care Connection
Charla Lynne Draper, Associate Foods Editor - Southern Living Magazine
Anne Maple Fox, Executive Director - American Red Cross
Anne H. Griffith, Vice President - Lincoln Farm Corporation
Ken Hinton, Superintendent (retired) - Peoria Public School District #150
Joseph Henderson, Strategic Consultant- Central Illinois Bank
Dr. John Kauffman, Vice President, Marketing - Scholastic Testing Service, Inc.
Rose Marie Langfels, Vice President (retired) - Commerce Bank
Justice Mary Wheeler McDade, Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court
Dr. Joy Erlichman Miller, Psychotherapist - Joy Miller and Associates
Sean T. O'Grady, FACHE, Senior Vice President - NorthShore University HealthSystem, Vice President - Evanston Northwestern HealthSystem
Judy Oakford, Community Development Specialist - Red Cross
Michael Riley, President, Professional Therapy Services, Inc.
Dr. Joan L. Sattler, EHS Dean - Bradley University
Betty Joanne Schlacter, President - Jones Brothers Jewelers
Claire Widmer, Consulting Dietitian
Susan C. Wozniak, Chief Operating Officer - OSF Saint Francis Medical Center