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Shawn Daley

Oct 1, 2014

Why do effective teachers leave some schools, and not others?

While some analysis of the initiative seems to indicate that Secretary Duncan is at least aware of the need for equitable (read: more) pay for teachers in needy schools, he makes no effort to address other factors that steer teachers away from disadvantaged schools, such as high student-teacher ratios, demanding and often hostile conditions, poor classroom environments, and lack of parent and community support.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Staffing
  • Educator Workforce
  • Career Pathways
  • Compensation
Apr 2, 2014

What are the underlying causes of student absenteeism?

The “Empty Desks” series thoughtfully investigated the ways in which younger students weren’t in school either, and their classes were often much smaller. In those cases, it’s a parent issue, and I wish the series probed the way in which the greater community perceives schools.

  • Student Success
  • Policy
  • Accountability
Jan 21, 2013

A month after Newtown

Last month I was driving back to Portland from a visit to my friend Sol at Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove. Sol had informed me before I left about the tragedy in Newtown, but I hadn’t heard much in the way of details, so when I listened to the various NPR correspondents offering segments, I found myself having to pull my car over to cry. Part of my grief was out of empathy for all of the parents who would find out that their child had been killed, but a part of me also struggled with this tragedy because of where it took place.

  • Accountability
Aug 30, 2012

The challenges of contract negotiations

As a former East County educator, I struggled watching the rancor between districts and unions in Reynolds, Parkrose, and Gresham-Barlow this past spring during teacher contract negotiations. Having friends on both sides, it was challenging to see each district struggle to balance competing demands. Hopefully, in all three cases, the beginning of this year will afford enough respite to focus attention on academic tasks and rebuilding frayed relationships.

  • Finance and Accountability
  • Compensation