My 4 Subsummers

By , June 25, 2011 3:06 pm

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Grades submitted? Check. Classroom cleaned? Check. Students departed? Check.

In the words of Alice Cooper, “school’s out for summer”. And yet, contrary to the notions of our students, teachers do in fact have a life in which summer is just as refreshing, relaxing, and reinvigorating as can be possibly imagined. I’m looking forward to doing all of that, and a little bit more. And just like any teacher, I’m already thinking of grouping my summer into “chunks” of time (or, like any good mathematician might title them, “subsummers”). Here’s a brief overview of the summer before me: a summer that begins today!

25 June– 4 July: Chilling here in Los Angeles. No real plans. Perhaps some beach visits. Perhaps some mountains. I’ve heard that Malibu is nice this time of year. I’ve always wanted to visit Los Angeles as a tourist would. Next week is the week to do it. Fellow Angelenos, what must I be sure to check out????

5 July – 5 August: As alluded to in a previous post, I’ll be participating in the inaugural (ready? take a deep breath here…) Teach For America Los Angeles District Leadership Fellows Program, or more simply, TFALADLFP. For these 5 weeks, I’ll be working with leaders at the LA Unified headquarters (pictured above) on two related projects the district is pursuing. One project is that of developing a better system of teacher observation, feedback, and improvement. The other project will involve the district’s usage of the contentious value-added model, which is called Academic Growth Over Time. I’m excited to be a part of TFALADLFP, and I expect to be able to have conversations not only about how to use these new measures correctly, but how to reconcile them with already-in-place district policy.

6 August – Mid-August: After 5 grueling weeks of work, I’ll take another vacation, perhaps a road trip of some sorts just to get out of this crazy city. Anybody want to come to Portland?

Mid-August – Late-August: I love New York, and it’s been a while since I’ve been back east, so I’m hopefully going to get a chance to do this. My goals? Visit parents, long lost sisters, nieces, nephews (maybe even a new one), grandparents. Maybe even see the Mets beat the Phils once or twice.

And that’s it. School is back in session. A fun summer? Yes. A quick summer? Yes. Will I keep blogging this summer?

You bet.

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