A Superintendent Writes… Changing Tires Doing 75 m.p.h.

A LYS Superintendent shares the following: I don’t think the changes to the Texas math standards are getting nearly enough attention. I have heard complaints from math teachers all year about how convoluted and confusing the entire situation is. If you are late to the game, let me catch you up. Some high school math…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of February 23, 2014

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of February 23, 2014. 1. The greatest challenge for school leadership is to…

A Superintendent Writes… An Attempt at Meaningful Dialogue – Round 2

A LYS Superintendent shares the following: SC, A teacher (with a known agenda) sent a mass email to a bunch of superintendents. As you know, I love reasoned and spirited discussions so I responded. And in return, I received a second round of “questions.” See below for the new questions and more of my responses.…

A Superintendent Writes… What Do You Really Think – Part 4

In response to the 3/19/13 post, “What Do You Really Think,” a LYS Superintendent writes: SC, Amen, Sean. CSCOPE is a tool and a tool that we had to find in order to align the three curriculums Fenwick English identified: the written curriculum (TEKS with SEs); the taught curriculum (scope and sequence tools with lessons…

A New Principal Asks.. We Think We Do Enough

A new LYS elementary school principal asks the following: SC, As you know, my instructional experience is at the secondary level, but saying, “No” to a leadership opportunity was never an option.  I recently met with two teachers on my new (to me) elementary campus.  They were so glad to hear I am CSCOPE expert,…

A Reader Writes… Assessments vs. Benchmarks – Part 2

In response to the 11/17/2011 post, “A Reader Writes… Assessment vs. Benchmarks – Part 1,” an old school LYSer writes: SC, I completely agree with your comments on November 17, 2011 about Assessments vs. Benchmarks.  While our superintendent wants benchmarks at mid-term across the district for STAAR and EOC/TAKS, we are only using the unit…

A Principal’s Petition

This post highlights a petition created by LYS Principal, Sammy Wyatt.  A petition that exposes Sammy to the wrath of the Anti-CSCOPE zealots, meaning that this is a case of courageous leadership. This is because Sammy isn’t just arguing for his school, he is advocating for every school district to retain the power to select the instructional…

A Reader Writes… Best Tweets From the CSCOPE Debate – Part 1

In response to the 8/27/2013 post, “Best Tweets From the CSCOPE Debate,” a reader writes: OK, let’s just face it; a good teacher doesn’t need CSCOPE. The real question is the money trail to a few at the ESC’s that profit from this. SC Response It amazing how wrong you are able to be in…

Exposing the Idiocy of the Anti-CSCOPE Zealots

I have brushed my teeth twice a day, almost every day for 45 years.  During that time I have purchased and used scores of toothbrushes, miles of floss and gallons of toothpaste.  Because of this experience, I now consider myself to be an expert in dentistry.  And due to this expertise I will now determine…

Best Tweets From The CSCOPE Debate

This past Saturday night, State Board of Education Member Thomas Ratliff and Senator Dan Patrick debated CSCOPE.  The debate was streamed live and it was fascinating viewing.  Both men did something that is rare in today’s political world.  They engaged more in argument and discourse than scripted made for TV sound bites.  And for those who think this…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 18, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of August 18, 2013. 1. I had two teachers tell me (at different…

Dr. Rich Allen Writes… CSCOPE – Make It Work For You

SC, I’ve been following your posts, and certainly saw the recent (and on-going) CSCOPE exchange.  I agree with MANY of your thoughts in this matter… When I spoke at the CSCOPE conference in August, my basic theme was, “Take what works for you, then add your own ideas and style to make it come alive!”…

A Reader Shares… A Resounding Win!

A LYS Assistant Superintendent shares the following: SC Just had to report… Our accountability ratings came in.  All of our campuses met standards, and 43% of our campuses earned state distinctions! Time to celebrate for one day and then get back to work. SC Response Congratulations. Exemplar work in a Title 1 district that uses…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 11, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of August 11, 2013. 1. If after 1st grade we can identify that…

A Reader Shares… CSCOPE is SAFE

A long time LYSer shares the following: LYS Nation,  Generally, opinions (especially those in letters to the editor) garner responses based on further opinions and do little to promote a resolution of any problem.  Opinions to the side, I want to give reason as to why CSCOPE is a valuable tool in the advancing of…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 4, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of August 4, 2013. 1. Advice to the new and veteran LYSers for…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 21, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of July 21, 2013. 1. Those who can… Teach.  Those who can’t… Are…

A Reader Asks… What Will Districts Do Now?

A LYS Teacher asks: SC, I really like the alignment component with CSCOPE… and the scope and sequence helpful as well. What will districts do now? SC Response At this point, the only thing that won’t be available in CSCOPE will be the lessons. And the lessons were simply an add-on.  The power of CSCOPE…

A Reader Writes… What Do You Really Think – Part 1

In response to the 3/19/2013 post, “What Do You Really Think,” a reader writes: SC, Yellow journalism is used to sway public opinion. When you use the term “loonies” to refer to people who object to CSCOPE, you are using an editorial devise to sway the reader. That immediately alerts the savvy reader that you…

Top Tweets From the Week of June 16, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of June 16, 2013. 1. (SBOE member) Thomas Ratliff about Texas Senator Dan…

A Superintendent Writes… Remember Who You Voted For

A LYS Superintendent writes the following: SC, I’m lamenting the crippling blow inflicted on CSCOPE.  I’m sorry to see this happen and I know this is not the ESCs’ wish. It’s all part of a public school witch-hunt. So last session, Senator Dan Patrick votes to strip away our funding, which requires us to cut…

A Board Member Writes… CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil (Part 4:3)

In response to the 2/15/13 post, “It Seems That CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil (Part 4 of 4),” a school board member writes: SC, I appreciate the information that you have provided as I currently serve as a school trustee. We are currently discussing purchasing CSCOPE. However, your presentation reeks of ill will…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of May 26, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of May 26, 2013. 1. Students who take at least 2 AP courses…

A Reader Writes… CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil (Part 4:2)

In response to the 2/15/13 post, “It Seems That CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil (Part 4 of 4),” a LYS Assistant Superintendent writes: SC, I wholeheartedly thank you for your genuine use of honest, forthright language in gauging the importance of CSCOPE and its invaluable resource qualities.  You have called out the critics. …

A Reader Writes… CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil (Part 3:2)

In response to the 2/14/13 post, “It Seems That CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil (Part 3 of 4),” a reader writes: SC, CSCOPE may have limited access, but there is a resource that I believe is similar and is open source: http://cte.unt.edu/ There is a ton of curriculum material here that, as far…

A Reader Writes… CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil (Part 4:1)

In response to the 2/15/13 post, “It Seems That CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil (Part 4 of 4),” a reader writes: SC, If I were Dr. Labay, I would be furious about the way this was presented. SC Response JV, I’m genuinely curious. What about this do you think would make him furious? …

A Superintendent Writes… Texas “Sort of” Forced the Adoption of CSCOPE

A LYS Superintendent sent in the following: SC,  Today I was asked a question regarding CSCOPE, textbooks, and TEKS.  Here was my response. First, state adopted text books “sort of” don’t exist anymore. Which is to say there are state adopted textbooks, but districts are longer limited to using just them.  The old EMAT system…

A Reader Asks… CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil (Part 3:1)

In response to the 2/14/13 post, “It Seems That CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil (Part 3 of 4),” a reader asks: Mr. Cain, Have you actually used this mess in-depth, in a real classroom, with real students? SC Response That is an excellent question!  To which the short answer is “No.” Now before…

A Reader Writes… CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil (Part 2:1)

In response to the 2/13/13 post, “It Seems That CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil (Part 2 of 4),” a reader writes: SC, Yea! Glad I’ve escaped the loonies. SC Response You are an astute reader.  There were a couple of readers that were worried that I believed that if they had a concern…

A Reader Writes… CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil (Part 1:4)

In response to the 2/12/13 post, “It Seems That CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil (Part 1 of 4),” a reader writes: CSCOPE, like the “new math program ” of the 1960s, is failing.  It is hard for those who spent all the money on it to admit that most of it is badly…
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