Program Synthesis - Donna A. Cooke

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Portfolio Presentation &

Program Synthesis

Donna A. Cooke

SJU Doctoral Candidate

Cohort 2003

November 14, 2005



Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening


by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village, though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.



My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.


He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound's the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.



My Journey through SJU
Coursework…

Knowledge

&

Learning

Life is
Good
Group

MCCSD
Community
of Learners


THEORISTS

COHORT 3
MEMBERS

Technology

Theorists


CES Fall Forum

Ted Sizer
, “Becoming educated is deathly dull!”

Participants at the Fall Forum where challenged to answer “What is
core?” & “What is essential?” Pleads in the “Red Pencil” to brake the
silence which surrounds education.

Deborah Meier
, “Schools are disrespectful to parents,
teachers & students”.

Spoke passionately about social justice and rhetoric around “equity”.
Central Park East Secondary School history told.

Peter Senge
, “we live in a era of massive institutional
failure: none of our major institutions of commerce,
education or governance are serving the public”.

Theme was schools & businesses are different because of the political
aspect of the BOE influence.



Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Physiological Needs}Food, Drink, Warmth

Safety Needs} Security of : Home,
Family & Protection

Love Needs}

To

love & be loved

Self
-
Esteem & Self
-
Actualization
will not be obtained when the
basic needs of an individual are
ignored.

Savage
Inequalities
by J. Kozol

A Framework for
Understanding
Poverty

by

Ruby Payne

Dr. Hughes
explains,
“Belonging is
important, a social
endeavor, labor
asks, “am I
productive and
significant?”

EDU 5721

School Reform Conceptual
Framework


SCHOOL REFORM

&

SMALL SCHOOLS

TED SIZER

The Coalition of
Essential
Schools


The Common Principles

1.
Learning to use one’s
mind well

2.
Less is more, depth over
coverage

3.
Goals apply to all students

4.
Personalization

5.
Student
-
as
-
worker &
teacher
-
as
-
coach

6.
Demonstration of Mastery

7.
A tone of decency & trust

8.
Commitment to the entire
school

9.
Resources dedicated to
teaching & learning

10.
Democracy and equity


School Reform Conceptual
Framework


SCHOOL REFORM

&

SMALL SCHOOLS

TED SIZER

CES


Doctoral
scholarships

The Coalition of
Essential
Schools


“Mentor Schools”


Michael Fullen

“keys to successful
change is the
improvement of
relationships”

Coherency


Peter

Drucker

“The
Leader of
the
Future

Richard

DuFour

“Whatever it
takes!”

Peter

Senge
“Systems
Thinking”

Dennis
Littky

Differences
between
teaching &
learning…


SCHOOL REFORM

&

SMALL SCHOOLS

TED SIZER

The Coalition of
Essential
Schools


Michael
Fullen

Peter

Drucker

Richard

DuFour

Peter

Senge

School Reform Conceptual
Framework

Bill &
Melinda
Gates
Foundation

Bay Area
Coalition
for
Equitable
Schools

Dennis
Littky


School Reform Conceptual
Framework


SCHOOL REFORM

&

SMALL SCHOOLS

TED SIZER

The Coalition of
Essential
Schools


Michael
Fullen

Peter

Drucker

Rick

DuFour

Peter

Senge



Bill &
Melinda
Gates
Foundation

Bay Area
Coalition
for
Equitable
Schools

Springboard
Schools
(BASRC)

Cycle of
Inquiry

Dennis
Littky


SCHOOL REFORM

&

SMALL SCHOOLS

TED
SIZER

The Coalition of
Essential
Schools


Michae
lFullen

Peter

Drucker

Rick

DuFour

Peter

Senge

Bill &
Melinda
Gates
Foundation

Bay Area
Coalition
for
Equitable
Schools

School Reform Conceptual
Framework

Deborah
Meier

Central Park
East
Secondary
School

(Wiseman

Study)


SCHOOL REFORM

&

SMALL SCHOOLS

Springboard
Schools
(BASRC)

Cycle of
Inquiry

Dennis
Littky

OVERALL SYNTHESIS OF DOCTORAL EXPERIENCE


STORM CLOUDS...

The agitation and excitement of "new" storm arriving, including the curious
anticipation, observations, and hopefulness of calmer times. Each class brought
new challenges, vocabulary and skills.


The Puzzle…

Change is Difficult!


Which matrix fits?

Achievement
Gap

vs.

Opportunity
Gap

Small Schools
vs.

Large School
Accountability

Courageous
Conversations

Dissertation
Title or basic
ideas?

Deborah Meier’s advice…

Wherever you are that is the place to start!