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DCSS Instruction Accountability Committee talks change

Dougherty County Schools Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Ufot Inyang told DCSS Instruction Accountability Committee members on Wednesday that, in order to pull the district out of its academic doldrums, some changes were coming for the district.

Dougherty County Schools Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Ufot Inyang told DCSS Instruction Accountability Committee members on Wednesday that, in order to pull the district out of its academic doldrums, some changes were coming for the district.

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County School System's Instruction Accountability Committee met Wednesday afternoon and heard new curriculum director Ufot Inyang lay out his preliminary plans for pulling the district out of its academic doldrums -- with special emphasis on 'accountability' for administrators and teachers.

"We can't do business like we used to. Changes are coming," Inyang said. We are going to tie contract renewals to performance in the future. We are going to use PDPs (professional development plans) as instruments for change -- like they are designed to do --which have not been used in the past.

"Our current position is untenable right now. Our future focus is strongly on change and accountability."

Committee chair Velvet Riggins agreed.

"Everybody from administrators to parents need to be held accountable," Riggins said.

Inyang said the only hope in improving student test scores and achievement in the DCSS begins with building level administrators and filters down into the classrooms.

"We have some outstanding teachers in this school system," he said. "But we also have some teachers who strongly need additional help. This is one reason we are restructuring the curriculum department. We want someone from the department in schools every single day to identify the teachers who need help and round them up quickly.

"We are going to monitor instruction. We'll need a few more people in the department to do it, but we will make it happen. It will be a difficult challenge and we will take action if we don't see results."

The committee was also told new student intervention programs were in the works focusing on the areas of reading and math.

Summer intervention for students include elementary math academies, summer school for promotion, a ninth-grade math academy and ninth- and sixth-grade bridge programs.

There will also be summer interventions for teachers including professional development activities, and May and June summer institutes.

Inyang said with the new Common Core Standards coming in August, time and implementation is of the essence because the district cannot continue to lag behind the rest of the state.

With the new common core standards, expectations are much higher, and officials have been warning for months that test scores will be lower.

"We are currently working on intense remediation or enrichment programs for the students who need it, but we still have to figure out how to put it in place," DCSS Testing Coordinator Renee Bridges said."

Comments

waltspecht 1 year ago

I guess student intervention is needed to make up for lapses in the past, but spending money to teach that which should already have been taught is not the way to run a business. Remove those responsible for this mess. Quit blaming the parents. Educators are paid to educate students, with or without parental support. Yes it is easier to do it with support from the home, however this has been going on long enough for someone to understand a different approach is necessary in this enviornment if there is to be success. I wish Director Inyang all the success in the world, but if one doesn't change horses, you'll still only plow five acres a day with the old one.

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OUTsiderLookingINalbany 1 year ago

I'm sorry walts, but parents are to blame as well. Teachers can only do so much. I think it should be 60% blame to the teachers, and 40% to the parents.

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OUTsiderLookingINalbany 1 year ago

These students now days have zero repect for their teachers, and respect starts at home!

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VSU 1 year ago

Sadly some students now days have zero respect for their parents (Or in some cases parent)

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VietVet1 1 year ago

"Everybody from administrators to parents need to be held accountable," Riggins said.

LOL now that's funny coming from her. Thanks for today's laugh.

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rightasrain 1 year ago

I guess that means Riggins is willing to step down?

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bigbob 1 year ago

That is funny vet, i'm suprised she just didn't finish with or enough friends on a jury to get you off. lol

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RedEric 1 year ago

Unfortunately, the older children who didn't get a paid for education are doomed. Young children are programmed to learn. The teacher has the Resposibility to fill that child with useful information. Information that will help the child make better choices growing up. Riggens is a prime example of a grown up child filled defective information that led her to poor choices. Schools are critical to our society. Good schools. That is why the liberals/progressives/socialists/communists went after our schools.

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FryarTuk 1 year ago

Red you were on to something but for me you went completely sideways when you got into the socialist-communist theme. As for Velveeta we are going to have to work with her. As long as we can keep distance from that one election which will throw us back into the zone of corruption we can probably keep her on the reservation. We lose the election, we lose Velveeta again because it is just like you have said, " a grown up child filled with defective information . . .(and) choices."

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FryarTuk 1 year ago

The new curriculum director is on target and needs to pay attention to at least a few more things: 1. be sure central staff are competent and know the material before they critique other professionals; 2. be sure they are on the team of reform rather than a self-serving agenda. 3. establish a strategy of seamless management so doors are open for everyone to pass through, no fiefdoms, no homage, no pecking orders.

DCSS central staff are notoriously incompetent and turf oriented.

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AuntieDee 1 year ago

FryarTuk, you are sooo right. Inyang must first put competent supervisors in place who know the content area in which they supervise. This has been a real problem with curriculum superviors especially on the elementary level. Secondly, they need to stop asking teachers do the workshops. They should hire professionals. Then they should stop holding workshops after school when teachers have worked all day. You can't learn anything when you are tired. Other school systems provide days after each grading period when teachers come together for professional development. DCSS should do the same.

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