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Group B presentation for LIS 701 class Fall 2009

Group B presentation for LIS 701 class Fall 2009


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  • 1. CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS
  • 2. DEMOGRAPHICSCPS is the 3rd largest school district in the U.S
  • 3. DEMOGRAPHICS FOR CPS TEACHERS CPS teacher statistics (source CPS website 2008-2009 school year; % by race 2007-2008 school year): Annual average teacher salary $74,839 Total number of teachers 23,727 African-American teachers 31.4% White 49% Latino 15% Asian-pacific islander 3.5% Native American 1%
  • 4. DEMOGRAPHICS OF CPS TEACHERS State of Illinois teacher requirements:  Teacher certificate (specific time periods allowed to acquire it; college degree required)  Endorsement  Verification from state CPS Teacher requirements:  Residency requirement (includes grandfathered in clause & high- need areas such as special education exceptions)  Criminal background investigation  Certification licenses: nobody may be hired until he/she presents proof of appropriate licensing  Health investigations: TB test, post-employment health examination  10 month work year; option to receive paychecks year round
  • 5. COMMUNITY STANDARDS, RULES, & NORMS Illinois Professional Teaching Standards International Society for Technology in Education Illinois State Board of Education—Illinois Learning Standards 7 learning areas which have technology components
  • 6. ORGANIZATIONS THAT LEAD CPS TEACHERS Chicago Board of Education CPS CTU Chicago Teacher Union National Education Association Numerous professional specialty groups (e.g., the Illinois Association of Gifted Children)
  • 7. ORGANIZATIONS THAT LEAD CPS TEACHERS Chicago Board of Education www.cps.edu Located at 125 S. Clark St. (6th floor) Government of Chicago Public Schools (organization, policy, finance) founded in 1840 and today is made up of 7 members who are appointed by Daley meets once a month Vision: "We transform lives by building a foundation for excellence and a pathway for every member of the CPS community to dream, achieve and contribute to a global society."
  • 8. ORGANIZATIONS THAT LEAD CPS TEACHERS Chicago Teacher Union Largest Local in the state Affiliated with AFL-CIO CTU Quest Center handles Professional Development Institute CTU Facebook Page
  • 9. COMPONENT ONE:DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION
  • 10. TEACHERS TO STUDENTS
  • 11. BLACK BOARDADVANTAGES: left in view of the audienceDISADVANTAGES: anxiety-provoking for facilitator with poor handwriting or poor spelling messy for teacher
  • 12. XEROX COPIESADVANTAGES: easy and inexpensive to make and update portable and transportable
  • 13. SLIDESADVANTAGES: professional in appearance good for large groupsDISADVANTAGES: formal and impersonal shown in the dark not good for discussion and interaction more difficult to update than other visual aids require special equipment
  • 14. FLIP CHARTS/POSTERSADVANTAGES:• easy and inexpensive to make and update• portable and transportable• left in view of the audience• good for interaction with the audienceDISADVANTAGES:• unsuitable for large groups• anxiety-provoking for facilitator with poor handwriting or poor spelling
  • 15. VIDEOS/DVDSADVANTAGES:• professional in appearance• good for large or small groupsDISADVANTAGES:• more expansive than other visual aids• requires special equipment• not good for discussion and interaction• require accurate cueing
  • 16. OVERHEAD TRANSPARENCIESADVANTAGES:• good for large groups• easy to create• easy to transport• provide an informal atmosphere• open to interaction with groups• easy to updateDISADVANTAGES:• impermanent; they yellow with age• require less common equipment
  • 17. COMPUTER PROJECTIONS (E.G., POWERPOINT™)ADVANTAGES:• professional in appearance• evidence of preparation• good for large or small group• easy to integrate with classroom discussion• Animated• up-to-date technology• easy to updateDISADVANTAGES:• require special equipment/facilities• require initial training to create• require significant time to create• require basic graphics/composition skills
  • 18. WEBPAGES & E-MAILADVANTAGES:• professional in appearance• evidence of preparation• good for large or small group• up-to-date technology• easy to updateDISADVANTAGES:• require special equipment/facilities• require significant time to create• require basic graphics/composition skills
  • 19. TEACHERS TO PARENTS
  • 20. COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS Ways for Teacher to disseminate information:  Phone calls and Voicemail  E-mail  Newsletters  Parent Portals  School Website with Events Calendar  Face-to-face Conferences  Curriculum Night / Open House Teachers still rely heavily on  Handouts  Notes sent home with student  Paper permission slips Most Information also translated into a Spanish version
  • 21. CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEBSITE Has easy link titled “Resources for Parents” which then has pop out menu for other links including:  School Information  Calendars  Directories  Health and Flu Updates Pop out menu also includes ability to e-mail Questions and / or provide Feedback on a variety of topics.
  • 22. SCHOOL WEBPAGE SHOWING PARENT DROPDOWN OPTIONS
  • 23. PARENT PORTAL Implemented in 2008 by CPS Information and Technology Services as a pilot program in 37 schools. Now used district wide. The Parent Portal is a web-based tool that allows parents to securely view a child’s grades and attendance online. Parents with more than one child can view and manage their children’s information with a single account. ―Triggers‖ feature allow you to register to receive e-mail or text notifications when the child is absent or when his or her grades drop below a point that the parent can specify. Ability to communicate directly with a child’s teachers, enhancing the opportunity for parent- teacher interaction. A Spanish language version was added this Fall.* Last year more than 30,000 parents signed up for Parent Portal accounts. Figures not available yet for 2009 – 2010.* * Information based on Chicago Press Release dated September 17, 2009.
  • 24. TEACHER INTERVIEWElizabeth RyanGlen Grove Elementary School5th Grade Teacher Teacher for 11 years – 9 years in Chicago Public Schools and 2 years in Glenview District 34 Feels that technology has improved her teaching by making it more dynamic. Document Camera and Laptop used daily for classroom instruction. Communicates regularly with parents via e-mail. Uses phone calls to parents infrequently – only a handful of calls a month. Keeps parents updated on classroom with a weekly e-mailed newsletter. Highlighted differences in technology from Chicago Public Schools to suburban Glenview district. At CPS she received 1 e-mail from parent in 10 years. Suburban district she receives 10 – 15 a week from parents. Reports that e-mail is a fast, effective way to be in contact with parents. Most are parent questions that she can quickly respond to.
  • 25. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ANDIDEA SHARING AMONG TEACHERS
  • 26. PROFESSIONALDEVELOPMENT AND IDEA SHARING AMONGTEACHERS Before 1990’s  Teachers had to create their own networks for idea- sharing  Other teachers within the same school  Friends who taught similar subjects  Mentors (Golden Teachers)  Teachers used materials that they received in college  Teacher Magazines  Publishing house catalogs
  • 27. Information Dissemination: Professional Development and Idea Sharing among Teachers 1990’s to present Higher standards for teachers and students New measurements of student performance Mounting efforts to increase professionalism ofteaching Professional teachers require professional development
  • 28. Information Dissemination: Professional Development and Idea Sharing among Teachers Professional Development CPS has a mandatory professional development dayonce every month  Starts with a meeting of all teachers, where administration distributes school-wide news  Teachers then meet within their departments, for a meeting run by the department head  Teachers then meet within smaller groups, based on the subjects they teach  Technology training  Teaching strategies to use in the classroom Keep up with changes in the curriculum
  • 29. Information Dissemination: Professional Development and Idea Sharing among Teachers Professional Development CPDUs—Continuing Professional Development Units  Credit for a broad range of activities:  Action research  Staff development programs  Curriculum design  Mentoring  Supervision of a student teacher  Workshops and seminars by approved providers
  • 30. Information Dissemination: Professional Development and Idea Sharing among Teachers Mentoring New teachers have 2 years of mentoring provided byexperienced teachers who have received training to equipthem as mentors  New teacher spend no less than 1.5 hours per week in contact with the mentor assigned  Classroom observation of the new teacher by the mentor  Other interactions between new teacher and mentor
  • 31. Information Dissemination: Professional Development and Idea Sharing among Teachers Sharing Ideas through Technology Teacher Magazines Professional Journals Publishing House Catalogs Sample materials from workshops Teacher Websites Teacher –specific ―social networking‖ websites CPS First-Class (email, online conferencing, etc.)
  • 32. Information Dissemination: Professional Development and Idea Sharing among Teachers Sharing Ideas through Technology Teacher Magazines Professional Journals Publishing House Catalogs Sample materials from workshops Teacher Websites Teacher –specific ―social networking‖ websites CPS First-Class (email, online conferencing, etc.)
  • 33. Information Dissemination: Professional Development and Idea Sharing among Teachers Sharing Ideas through Technology Teacher Magazines Professional Journals Publishing House Catalogs Sample materials from workshops Teacher Websites Teacher –specific ―social networking‖ websites CPS First-Class (email, online conferencing, etc.)
  • 34. TEACHER PRESERVATION, STORAGE, AND DESTRUCTION OF INFORMATION
  • 35. STUDENT ATTENDANCE  Rosters were handwritten and then typed along with blank attendance sheets  Attendancewas given to the attendance office and then a monthly summary was mailed to the board  Rosters were printed out and given to teachers along with blank attendance sheets  Attendance was reported to attendance office on a handwritten sheet, which they entered in the computer system Student Information which went to the board of education  Only the attendance office had access to the Student Information system
  • 36. STUDENT ATTENDANCE CONT. For the past four years teachers have done their attendance on the computer which goes directly to the attendance office and the board of education Attendance is done on a system called Impact, and is supposed to be done during the class period Computer attendance is mandatory, although many teachers still take attendance on paper and then enter it into the computer at a later time At the end of the school year rosters and attendance are collected by the administration for long term storage in the basement. (If you still take paper attendance) Since paper attendance is not mandatory, and Impact only saves the attendance for the year, our administration is putting yearly attendance on flash drives so that we still have records of attendance.
  • 37. STUDENT ATTENDANCE CONT. Conclusion: Using technology to store attendance has its advantages and disadvantages  Advantage: The attendance office and board of education get the attendance much quicker and the computer calculates the attendance statistics for them!!  Advantage: Teachers don’t have to have a paper trail and it is less to carry around  -Advantage: There are fewer errors when reporting attendance because teachers are doing attendance individually vs. the clerk in the attendance office inputting it for them  Disadvantage: All teachers might not have access to computers in their room, which forces them to take paper attendance and go elsewhere to use a computer  -Disadvantage: The attendance system has been known to go down or malfunction, and because of this many teachers still take paper attendance  -Disadvantage: You can only access that day’s attendance.
  • 38. GRADING Report Cards  Carbon copy report cards and transcripts ended in the 70s  Handwritten and copies were made (Ended around 89)  Each teacher had a 3 ½ floppy with their rosters saved and we entered the grades (every 5 weeks) and a comment using a number  Report cards were printed out by school programmer  Today and for the past 4 years, grading is done on an online system called Grade book.  Letter grade and comment
  • 39. GRADING Teacher Calculation of grades  Before computers all grades were calculated, written and stored in the same bluebook where attendance was kept.  When computers became more common so did grading programs that do all the calculations for you!!  Common grading programs include: 1st Class Grade Book, Auto Grade, Class Action Grade Book, Class Builder, and Easy Grade Pro  Conclusion: Use a flash drive to save your grades and print paper copies!!!
  • 40. GRADING Long Term storage of Grades  Schools store transcripts from past years in a secure location!  Paper grades (if they are still done) are also collected and put in a secure location
  • 41. CURRICULUM What kind of paperwork do teachers have besides attendance and grading?  lesson plans, unit plans, readings, worksheets, notes, chapter tests, unit tests, semester exams, old examples of student work Storage of this paperwork  lesson/unit plans in notebooks, binders, on disk and flash drive  file cabinets for paper copies  3 ½ floppies and now flash drives
  • 42. TEACHERS CHEATING? ”Teacher cheating is rarely looked for, hardly ever detected, and just about never punished.” (Levitt, 2005)
  • 43. TEACHERS CHEATING? . . . and you always thought that the No. 2 pencil was for the students to change their answers.
  • 44. ReferencesAmerican Educator, 33(3).Chicago Public Schools, about CPS, at-a-glance, stats and facts, Retrieved on10/23/2009 from http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/At-a-glance/Pages/Stats%20and%20facts.aspxChicago Teacher Union, Photo of teachers protesting, Retrieved on 10/23/2009from http://www.ctunet.com/ Drew, Lindsay (1996) Whodunit? Officals find thousands of erasures onstandardized tests and suspect tampering. Education Week (10/02/1996), 25-29Farnsworth Riche, Martha & Gaqin, Deidre, A. (Ed.) The who, what, and whereof america understanding the census results.Garougian, David (Ed.). (2006) Profiles of Illinois History, Statistics,Demographics for all 1,313 populated places in Illinois. Millerton, NY: GreyHouse.
  • 45. Illinois State Board of Education , Learning Standards, Retrieved on 10/23/2009from http://www.isbe.state.il.us/ils/Default1.htmInternational Society for Technology Education Standards http://www.iste.orgLevitt, Steven D., & Dubner, Stephen J. (2005) What do school teachers and sumowrestlers have in common? In Levitt, Steven D., & Dubner, Stephen J., Freakonomics: arogue economist explores the hidden side of everything (pp. 19-51). New York, NY:Harper Collins.Madison, Charlotte, (2003) Adapting to change. Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin,69(2), 58- 59.In Statstical Abstract of the United States: 2009, (128th ed.)United States Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract, Table 252, Computers forstudent instruction in elementary and secondary schools: 2005-2006, Retrieved on10/23/2009 from http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/tables/09s0252.pdf Yahoo! Answers, Quick! Can someone tell me some words whose meaningshave changed over the last 20 years? Retrieved on 10/23/2009 from
  • 46. THANK YOU