Create Demand for Our Schools

Create Demand for Our Schools

Jason Russell
on Jan 14, 2013

CONVERSATION CLOSED The district remains committed to ongoing dialogue with all stakeholders. Please visit the www.cmsdnet.net for more information. As the district’s transformation unfolds, and as the portfolio strategy is developed, the results will send the message that public schools in Cleveland are a high quality option for effectively preparing students for success in life, careers and in post-secondary pursuits. CMSD is committed to regularly and intentionally communicating both progress toward goals and outcomes schools are achieving to drive demand for our schools.

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gaby roberts
on Feb 01, 2013
"i agree with you because i dont think many students want to walk a long distance to get to school..."
Ron Soeder
on Jan 29, 2013
"I think community partners play an important role of communicating to students to convince them..."
Dan Moulthrop
on Jan 28, 2013
"Another key strategy has to do with expanding the role of school-based advisory boards. The new..."
Dan Moulthrop
on Jan 28, 2013
"A key part of to creating demand for the schools--and this is identified in the implementation..."
Matt Orehek
on Jan 24, 2013
"In order for us to build a better CMSD, it is important that both sides of the coin are..."
Matt Orehek
on Jan 24, 2013
"Speaking of great partnerships for out of classroom learning, who saw..."
Joe Cimperman
on Jan 24, 2013
"Thank you for the kind words and participating in order to make a better CMSD. Community..."
Laura McShane
on Jan 23, 2013
"Kimberly F. Brown Last evening I attended the Community Engagement meeting for Cleveland..."
Laura McShane
on Jan 23, 2013
"What: Cleveland Metropolitan School District Focus Group When: Monday, Jan 28 from 6-8PM Where:..."
Laura McShane
on Jan 19, 2013
"City of Cleveland has announced that road resurfacing will take place along Denison.  There is a..."
Laura McShane
on Jan 18, 2013
"In other words-Let STAR teachers SHINE -and let them work with the students who have demonstrated..."
Matt Orehek
on Jan 18, 2013
"The idea of schools taking better advantage of the surrounding resources came out in the meeting..."
Laura McShane
on Jan 18, 2013
"Here is a link to the presentation: ..."
Laura McShane
on Jan 18, 2013
"Matt: THIS is very good news and I hope you can personally follow-up with Councilman Joe..."
Laura McShane
on Jan 18, 2013
"Thank you Matt.  Why do I think Lincon West doesn't receive more credit for it's..."
Matt Orehek
on Jan 17, 2013
"The Cleveland Metroparks were in attendance at Esperanza today. Their overall message was, they..."
Matt Orehek
on Jan 17, 2013
"That's great, Laura. Why do you think it is that Lincoln-West doesn't receive more credit for its..."
Laura McShane
on Jan 17, 2013
"Thank you Dan"
Laura McShane
on Jan 17, 2013
"Thank you Matt - I really appreciate the run-down.  The overall perception of Lincoln West is not..."
Matt Orehek
on Jan 17, 2013
"Laura, it's too bad you could not attend the Esperanza meeting today. We had an excellent group..."
Dan Moulthrop
on Jan 17, 2013
"Laura, these are great stories that should be told and highlighted and told some more. Thank you..."
Laura McShane
on Jan 17, 2013
"Ms Durkalski at Denison is a seasoned distance runner and she organizes student participation in..."
Laura McShane
on Jan 17, 2013
"Also, CMSD Denison should and could be promoted as a "walking bus" school with amenities and..."
Laura McShane
on Jan 17, 2013
"Please post the outcomes from the discussion at Esperanza today.  I live and work here in the..."
Dan Moulthrop
on Jan 14, 2013
"There are a lot of questions and concerns we'll be raising here, and we invite the entire..."

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Ron Soeder
on Jan 29, 2013 - 1:21 pm

I think community partners play an important role of communicating to students to convince them to apply to schools that have higher ratings.  Many time the difficulty is getting the students and parents to deal with the obstacles of distance and tranporation barriers to get to that higher rated school.  Providing transportation plays a crucial role in getting kids to consider leaving their neighborhood for a better performing school.

 

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gaby roberts
on Feb 01, 2013

i agree with you because i dont think many students want to walk a long distance to get to school but i also disagree with you because if a students really cares they will be willing to literally walk the extra mile to go to a better school. for example i walk a total of four miles to get to and from school because i think that newtech facing history is worth it.

 
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Dan Moulthrop
on Jan 28, 2013 - 6:00 am

Another key strategy has to do with expanding the role of school-based advisory boards. The new and innovative schools have these, and the Breathrough Charters have been very effective and strategic with them, creating a Friends organization that has even engaged in effective lobbying at the Federal level. I serve on one at the new Facing History New Tech west side high school. This is an important and effective way for the district to engage members of the community who otherwise might not be connected to the schools.

What role can you imagine these "friends of" organizations playing (that would actually take work off the plates of teachers and administrators, or make their work more effective)?

And the implicit question--can you see yourself joining one of these organizations? 

 
Dan Moulthrop
on Jan 28, 2013 - 5:54 am

A key part of to creating demand for the schools--and this is identified in the implementation strategy--is improving school safety and enforcing discipline. Specifically, the district plans to "engage students in school management and safety." There are a number of ways that can work, and a number of pitfalls, too. What are the best ways to do this, and are some schools better equipped for this to work than others? If so, how can we equip all schools to do this? 

 
Matt Orehek
on Jan 24, 2013 - 9:45 am

Speaking of great partnerships for out of classroom learning, who saw this? http://www.cleveland.com/bernstein/index.ssf/2013/01/music_education_program_at_rai.html 

 
Laura McShane
on Jan 17, 2013 - 11:58 am

Also, CMSD Denison should and could be promoted as a "walking bus" school with amenities and programming offered by Art House and greater potential with a partnership with the Cleveland Metroparks.  Councilman Joe Cimperman has helped to promote this potential partnership.  Please see him for details. Two exceptional programs are also part of afterschool programming at Denison.  Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs and We Run This City.  I don't get why this has not been made more widely known.

 

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Laura McShane
on Jan 17, 2013

Ms Durkalski at Denison is a seasoned distance runner and she organizes student participation in this program.

 
Dan Moulthrop
on Jan 17, 2013

Laura, these are great stories that should be told and highlighted and told some more. Thank you so much for adding them to the conversation.

 
Laura McShane
on Jan 17, 2013

Thank you Dan

 
Matt Orehek
on Jan 17, 2013

The Cleveland Metroparks were in attendance at Esperanza today. Their overall message was, they want to help and they want to help more! 

Partnerships, such as this, go back to my response on your other message of the need to get students out of the classroom for applied learning. It's good for so many reasons

 
Laura McShane
on Jan 18, 2013

Matt: THIS is very good news and I hope you can personally follow-up with Councilman Joe Cimperman on the potential for a partnership with Art House and Denison School in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood.  The historic interpretation potential and linkage with the National Park are amazing.

I work with the teachers at Denison School and we just talked about settlement.

 
Laura McShane
on Jan 18, 2013

Here is a link to the presentation:http://www.thinkfinity.org/groups/ohio-ambassadors/blog/2013/01/05/township-settlement-1812-2012

Classes have also explored the history found at Denison and Riverside Cemetery.  Horizon Denison should be mentioned here, too--they actively take advantage of their location and the access to resources in the community.  All CMSD schools have this potential.

 
Matt Orehek
on Jan 18, 2013

The idea of schools taking better advantage of the surrounding resources came out in the meeting last night as well. Attendees were in accordance that the schools have a larger role to play in the neighborhoods/surrounding area than they are currently playing.

All schools have assets surrounding them, ranging from the Cleveland Metroparks to CWRU to locals businesses and philanthropy. Last night, attendees voiced their opinion that the District needs to do a better job linking the resources to the schools. They cited these resources, the need for these resources, and also the need for better relationship fostering between the resources and schools.

This can be related back to my earlier post about the schools being woven into the neighborhood fabric much better. As one women said last night, she is retirement age, has a school near her home, and would want to donate time. However, she has no idea of what iat going on at the school, their needs, etc. The lack of communication has come up in conversation several times. 

Attendees last night also cited the need for better customer service on behalf of school faculty and staff in regards to visitors entering the building. They feared that this poor customer service would prevent long-term, meaningful relationships from forming. 

 
Laura McShane
on Jan 19, 2013

City of Cleveland has announced that road resurfacing will take place along Denison.  There is a meeting scheduled most likely starting at 6:00 rather than 5:30:There will be a community meeting to discuss the repaving of Denison Ave starting this year and going through 2014. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb 5th at 5:30 at Metro Catholic School at W53rd and Denison. City representatives will be there to discuss the plans and they will provide time for community input.

I have contacted Council reps and discussed potential for bike connectors between the Gordon Square and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods.  With resurfacing and construction work scheduled, this is opportune time to capitalize on resources along this corridor as Matt Zone did with reconstruction of Detroit Ave.

See Wirth House in this Dwell Magazine post:

 
Joe Cimperman
on Jan 24, 2013
Thank you for the kind words and participating in order to make a better CMSD. Community participation is essential to creating a thriving community and one in which everyone feels welcome and included. We know that one person's leadership and vision working with the community makes this a stronger city.Unlike many other cities, Cleveland is unique in its capacity to build community partnerships between various organizations. Cleveland is plentiful with ripe resources, waiting to be harvested in order to provide for its people. Matt Orehek mentioned above about the Cleveland Metro Parks wanting to expand its role in education of Cleveland's children. This partnership is just one of the many partnerships that needs to be fostered.The deep need to get children out of the classroom and into the world occurred to me while I was working on a community garden project. Children are taught about fruits and vegetables in school, but as I was working on this garden project and it came time to harvest, the children had never before tasted a carrot. They had read about carrots and looked at pictures, but never had the experience of tasting one.We need more engaged learning. Not only does it provide our children with experiences, but it builds future civic-minded individuals who are invested in their community and want to invoke change not to make a profit, but to make a better Cleveland. Not for themselves, but for their children, their children's children, and others.Getting students out into the world also opens their eyes to experiences they may not have in the classroom. It teaches them how to interact with diverse groups of people in various settings. I believe that the social competency developed through these community partnerships is key to the young people's success. 
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Dan Moulthrop
on Jan 14, 2013 - 5:08 pm

There are a lot of questions and concerns we'll be raising here, and we invite the entire community to ask questions, make suggestions, offer ideas and raise concerns. Here's a first question to start off this conversation:

What are some specific things the district can do to help get the message out about our best schools and about the transformation that is happening? 

 

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Laura McShane
on Jan 17, 2013

Please post the outcomes from the discussion at Esperanza today.  I live and work here in the neighborhoods served by Lincoln West High School and would like to learn how the many assets of this school can be promoted especially through a co-op program at Metrohealth Hospital.  The language bank at Lincoln West is astounding and underutilized. Teachers like Olga Gueits are exceptional.  Nearby assets include South Branch of Cleveland Public Library and recreational facilites like Meyer Pool in the summer. And, Boys and Girls Club on Trowbridge.

 
Matt Orehek
on Jan 17, 2013

Laura, it's too bad you could not attend the Esperanza meeting today. We had an excellent group of leaders, neighborhood residents, and community organizations all gathered with the intention of participating in a process to make the district better. It was a great group.

One of resounding ideas was the need for students to have "real-world" experience as part of the curriculum and by "real-world" we do not mean classroom replication. There were organizations present who have tremendous resources to offer students and they want to offer them. I know I feel, and you can offer your opinion as well, that so much of what makes a person successful and productive occurs outside the classroom. Through community partnerships, we can offer students exposure to social experiences that teach them valuable skills in collaboration, innovate, and problem solve. Students learn professional behaviors that they can take with them back to the classroom and carry throughout their daily life. 

Along these lines was the community's believe that the school is part of the community and needs to be treated as such. the district appears to understand this per CEO Eric Gordon's comment this afternoon that if individual schools want autonomy, they need to be better woven into their community's fabric. 

A major focus was the ability for individual schools to cater to their own needs. This was a topic that came up often during the levy campaign - autonomy with the passage of the House Bill that has really allowed this whole process to be started, the district has more autonomy, and it is the idea to offer schools more autonomy. This may mean Lincoln-West can hire more bilingual teachers or an east side school can hire an art teacher. By having more autonomy, principals can make their schools better by hiring who they need or implementing the strategies they need to implemennot which often, are not the same as what the district as a whold needs. 

Another topic that emerged was the need for the district to provide better customer service. Parents want homer information, better information, and individuals who are willing to explain it to them and help them through the process. And in Spanish. 

Although you couldn't attend the Esperanza meeting, try to get to anothereally was very good. Together we will collaborate, innovate, and create a better CMSD.

 
Laura McShane
on Jan 17, 2013

Thank you Matt - I really appreciate the run-down.  The overall perception of Lincoln West is not accurate. Lincoln, MCStem and John Hay students partcipated at the City of Cleveland Sustainability Summit.  Lincoln students take prizes every year at Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair.  Perception would be that MCStem schools perform better, but that is not the case. Not putting down MCstem, just noting that credit is not given to Lincoln West teachers for consistent performance year after year - that preexisted MCStem schools.

 
Matt Orehek
on Jan 17, 2013

That's great, Laura. Why do you think it is that Lincoln-West doesn't receive more credit for its accomplishments? Do you feel there is a communication breakdown? Why dont we know? 

What do you think would help improve the perception of schools such as Kincoln-West? 

 
Laura McShane
on Jan 18, 2013

Thank you Matt.  Why do I think Lincon West doesn't receive more credit for it's accomplishments? 

I don't think that folks want to hear it, but there is an entrenched administrative level at CMSD.  There are a lot of over paid administrators who dictate programming and policy and switch up the players mid-season. 

A while back, CWRU professors had to issue a vote of no-confidence in Ed Hundert.  In the same way, Cleveland teachers should be empowered to help shape the Cleveland School District.  Are leaders, principals and administrators taking their schools in the right direction?  The blame is always put on the teachers while the administrators hide behind the curtains.

Also, the policy of open enrollment is killing any attempts by good teachers to keep classrooms manageable.  A few years ago, a number of students were dumped at Lincoln.  This is a practice that has to stop. 

 
Laura McShane
on Jan 18, 2013

In other words-Let STAR teachers SHINE -and let them work with the students who have demonstrated a commitment to LEARN.  There are AMAZING CLE teachers and I think if more folks knew -they would vie to get their kids in these classrooms, even, consider moving to CLE to put their kids first in line for these teachers.  Kids who live in the vicinity of specific schools should get first dibs on these great teachers.  The media also needs to do a much better job of highlighting these teachers.  BTW-Phil Bucur at MCStem is phenomenal and deserves a write up. He has led summer Robotics Camp for years.  Toni Starinsky was recently "retired" from School of the Arts.  Admin knows how bad that decision was in terms of her STAR appeal.  Ask alumni of School of Arts, who most affected their success??  

 
Laura McShane
on Jan 23, 2013

What: Cleveland Metropolitan School District Focus GroupWhen: Monday, Jan 28 from 6-8PMWhere: Grace Church, 2503 BroadviewMore info: Jaymel@oldbrooklyn.comOld Brooklyn CDC is hosting a focus group with parents, community members and other stakeholders. At this meeting, a CMSD representative will present the 4 year Implementation Strategy via a video and then a short presentation. Facilitators will lead small group discussions to get feedback on the different sections of the plan.Feedback will be compiled and shared with the community. This feedback will be incorporated into the final plan which will be presented to the Board of Ed. and adopted at BOE meeting in late January.

 
Laura McShane
on Jan 23, 2013

Kimberly F. Brown Last evening I attended the Community Engagement meeting for Cleveland Municipal Schools sponsored by the Neighborhood Leadership Institute located in Slavic Village. Surprisingly only a mere 25 people attended this meeting when in fact 76,000 (plus) residents in Cleveland supported Issue 107. (Many of the people in attendance partner with the district. In essence they have yet to figure out how to engage the community). Most people know I staunchly opposed Issue 107.I was pleased to see CEO Eric Gordon present. He finally "showed up" and made a presentation. He stated that he is committed to "trying" to help Cleveland's children and families.As an opponent of the Issue but an avid supporter of education, I ponder the sincerity of proponents for these reasons:1. As I stated for 6 months, there is not a viable transformation plan in place. However they are "trying" to create and formalize a workable "trying" plan. Gordon stated that the final draft will be created in February following a mandatory retreat with board member and his senior staff. Question: - Who will be paying for this bill?2. Following criticism of the plan not having appropriate time tables and limitation on proposed steps - Gordan stated that these quarterly measures will be implemented in the final draft. As of yesterday, there are no viable measurable outcomes noted.It is my sincere hope that school officials, legislatures, stake holders and others micro manage and assist this process regularly as we can not afford to engage in wasteful spending.I will continue to do my part and I hope you will. Stay tuned for more updates on how out "tax dollars" will be spent - and who will be held accountable and responsible for success as well as failure(s)...

 
Matt Orehek
on Jan 24, 2013

In order for us to build a better CMSD, it is important that both sides of the coin are represented in discussions about what needs to be changed. This being said, we need to do more than just say, "Eric Gordon's plan isn't good enough." Input is important. 

What would a viable transformation plan consist of? What needs to be included in the plan that is not present in the draft? What is a critical attribute that we include? What is in the plan that may not be necessary? 

Secondly, what would be a viable, measurable outcome? Clearly we need some sort of metric to gauge process. What would one look like? 

Addressing the accountability, Eric Gordon and Mayor Jackson have been religiously stating that their careers and political capital are on the line. They will see the plan from levy through implementation. Is this good enough? Tax payers will pay up to several hundred dollars in additional taxes. Is this "good enough" for them? 

 
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