Sunday, March 23, 2008

Why Choose the Edmonds School District?

Our Mission
To advocate for all students by providing a learning environment which empowers students, staff and the community to maximize their personal, creative and academic potential in order to become lifelong learners and responsible world citizens.

Three reasons to choose Edmonds

Freedom to be creative
Each school is encouraged to design innovative programs to meet the unique needs of students. As a result, there are many different models of school success across the district, and a host of resident experts to call on.

Shared decision making
Through a collaborative effort [insert laughter here], a set of principles for decision making have been established which reinforce the belief that those who are affected by the decision will be consulted and involved in the process [insert laughter here]. You really do have a say in what happens [insert laughter here].

Resources focused on schools
As a highly decentralized district [insert laughter here], Edmonds continues to shift resources to schools and to classrooms, and educators are charged with the responsibility for deciding the best use of resources [insert laughter here].

Edmonds is an affirmative action employer

We encourage inquiries and applications from minorities and women for all positions. We do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, or handicap, as required by state and federal laws.

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What is with all of the upcoming vacancies for Elementary School Principals? Meadowdale, Beverly, and Mountlake Terrace. The District is now starting an Elementary Principal Pool.


Anonymous said...

Yes, I read that often when I need a good laugh. The line about decision making is especially amusing; EEA calls that "Draft 5." "Those affected by a decision, take part in the decision." It was constantly violated at MMS under Houser and the union didn't do anything to stop it.

Eventually, there were no decisions made unless he made them. The math department once had the audacity to say that they had gotten together and decided which teacher would teach which math classes. Houser immediately (almost in a panic) contradicted them in front of the faculty and took the credit for ALL staffing assignments. The social studies department never got the "opportunity" to even pretend that we had any choices. You got the wonderful opportunity to watch "your" assignment drift all over the assignment board during planning for the following year. Favored staff got favored assignments. It was another example of the bullying that we were subjected to, a show of their power and our weakness. "If you don't like it here, you can go someplace else" was the response if you questioned the process or your assignment.

Independent curriculum in each school? Absolutly not. There was a massive effort to get everybody "on the same page." This would allow a student transfering from Alderwood to Meadowdale to have a seemless transition; leave one building Friday, arrive at the new one on Monday and you'd be on the next page of the text.

Dance band on the Titanic.

Anonymous said...

Draft Five is not recognized by the Edmonds School District.

Anonymous said...

Someone should do a study of the employee turnover at the Edmonds School District.

Anonymous said...

In a historical context, Draft 5 was put in place after the long 30+ day strike in the late '80's. As I was frequently told "That's history." Ancient history now, apparently. Current boards and administrations are not bound by past practice but may forge onward however they see fit. said...

"Past Practice" is the only reason the District refuses to pay out for accumulated vacation days beyond 30. That matter will see the inside of a court room sooner than later.

Anonymous said...

I wish Donovan could help us get to the human resources web page to say "run as fast as you can" to the poor people considering a job in the Edmonds School District. Does anybody wonder why there are so many vacancies every year?

Anonymous said...

And there will be plenty of people to testify against the Edmonds School District, and its crooked bunch of attorneys in that courtroom.

Anonymous said...

Draft 5 never really existed, and any remnant has been dead for the past two regimes.

Officially the District is moving away from Draft 5 with respect to curriculum. Apparently Tony Byrd knows better than anyone else what works (though many I have spoken with from his previous school do not share this opinion).

Anonymous said...

Just more "do as I say not as I do" management then. Does EEA know that Draft 5 is dead or should we just wait and see how long it takes them to figure it out?

Anonymous said...

An equal opportunity employer? Look around! They may "encourage inquiries and applications from minorities and women for all positions", but after you've "inquired and applied", you can be on your merry way. Encouraging applications does not translate into actual hiring. This is the whitest district around when it comes to staff, but take a look at the students - not the same story there.