Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College has teamed up with numerous school districts in regards to many offered programs. Student teaching is one of the most important parts of teacher training. Local school districts allow college students such opportunities.
Located just 3 miles north of ASU is the Scottsdale Unified School District, a proud partner with ASU and a leading district in the state. National and State budgets have had disastrous effects on districts across the country. The worst being when districts must close schools due to lack of funding. The bottom of the barrel is when the schools in question cater to the types of students that need them the most. One of the most cherished campuses in the valley of the sun must cap off teachers and go to online education. Classroom structure for at-risk education has elements that computer learning can’t offer:
Save Sierra Vista Academy, Again!
Compared to a majority of mainstream students, very unlike conditions produce the students of alternative education. Research abroad and more importantly within our district has chronically proven that an alternative campus is dire for our demographic highly at-risk students. SUSD is a leading district in the state, 62 out of 414 isn’t bad especially with more than 25,000 students in comparison to most. This means better decisions need to be made, especially for the condition of Arizona nationally.
We understand the issues and challenges such as our urgent budget and funding situations locally and nationally. Nonetheless, board decisions must be made based on the facility in which education operates, that is student learning first for best possible academic progress. Included with prescribed curricula needs to be safety, discipline, and improvement in non-academic learning, especially for the demographic in question. Online schooling does not offer this aspect.
School boards these days are more important than ever. Fiscal situations look grim sweeping the nation. States and their districts are bound to face years of complicated budgets, and our government will continue making decisions that will postpone any forthcoming bailouts. Good luck with Common Core! But, this state needs help through leadership and better decision-making processes that will affect students and their families for the better.
School boards along with educators should develop legislation and make final compromises together. This is a way board members can further develop complex comprehension for their pathos and kairos behind research for big decision-making.
3 brief points of research:
- Specifics– Sierra Vista Academy serves as the only Alternative Education campus for a great population in need, including students residing outside SUSD boundaries. These students are the subjects and this act of the SUSD board is their situation. These are some points that many SVA students made at a spring ’08 district forum, the district was thinking of shutting the school down then; Erika Novitch- “you can’t build a school just to see if it will be successful, you have to work to make it successful”. Julio Gomez-“There is a waiting list to get into SVA, how is that not successful”.
- Values– Where do alternative students stand a better chance to earn a diploma? There is community concern for reintegration. How do your insightful studies resonate with your community? Are your decisions helping our initial plan evolve? S.V.A. offers fewer distractions and more motivational individualized student attention. S.V.A. is a prevention program within itself.
- Audience– S.V.A.’s audience doesn’t mix with mainstream; many have relocated there for that exact reason. Do the kids know this was an issue prior to a decision? How involved have they been in this process? Where is there a larger competing interest, especially for these exact kids who deal with the poop end of the stick every day? Have they been considered?
We cannot expect every student to learn exactly the same and at an exact rate. The S.V.A. climate creates conditions that have been successful for student achievement. Their culture, influences, and attitudes are much different from the mainstream. S.V.A. has had great effects and success with these students’ creativity, respect for individual talent, innovation, divergent thinking, leadership, and especially at that campus, toleration for deviation from the norm.
Your decisions directly affect innumerable students, their families and situations.
Given these challenges, what has tripped up improvement efforts? Please, provide examples of expertise to explain your research.
Jay Tucker Morganstern
P.S. Teachers should be evaluated and rehired based on student progress, not seniority.