Saturday, March 29, 2014

School in South Norwalk?

The superintendent announced that he is seriously considering putting a school in South Norwalk as a neighborhood school for those who live there. What do you think?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Briggs and Mosby Comments?

We would like to bring up Briggs and Mosby and the complaints/praises coming from all sources. Perhaps a good discussion with suggestions can take place here. What do you think?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Too Much Too Fast?

Slow down implementation?

New York Times

Common Core Curriculum Now Has Critics on the Left

But the newest chorus of complaints is coming from one of the most liberal states, and one of the earliest champions of the standards: New York. And that is causing supporters of the Common Core to shudder.
Carol Burris, an acclaimed high school principal on Long Island, calls the Common Core a “disaster.”
“We see kids,” she said, “they don’t want to go to school anymore.”
Leaders of both parties in the New York Legislaturewant to rethink how the state uses the Common Core.
The statewide teachers’ union withdrew its support for the standards last month until “major course corrections” took place.
“There are days I think, ‘Oh my God, we have to slow this thing down, there are so many problems,’   ” saidCatherine T. Nolan, a Queens Democrat who is chairwoman of the State Assembly Education Committee.

The objections in New York have become so loud, and have come from such a wide political spectrum, that even the governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, has become a critic. Governor Cuomo has called the state’s execution of the standards “flawed” and appointed a panel to recommend changes.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

All is that good?

All is quiet in the Norwalk Public Schools. Is that good? Let us know what you think. Any topic is fair game here.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Great Managers are Scarce

If great managers seem scarce, it’s because the talent required to be one is rare. Gallup finds that great managers have the following talents:
  • They motivate every singleemployee to take action and engage them with a compelling mission and vision.
  • They have the assertiveness to drive outcomes and the ability to overcome adversity and resistance.
  • They create a culture of clear accountability.
  • They build relationships that create trust, open dialogue, and full transparency.
  • They make decisions that are based on productivity, not politics.
Gallup’s research reveals that about one in ten people possess all these necessary traits. While many people are endowed with some of them, few have the unique combination of talent needed to help a team achieve excellence in a way that significantly improves a company’s performance. These 10%, when put in manager roles, naturally engage team members and customers, retain top performers, and sustain a culture of high productivity. Combined, they contribute about 48% higher profit to their companies than average managers. (by Randall Beck and James Harter, Harvard Business Review))

Thursday, March 6, 2014


The pen is passed to you.......

What will you write? Or question? Or comment on? Or praise?

It's up to you.....