May 3rd, 2009

Michelle Rhee in Washington, DC
Michelle Rhee in DC Series Podcast: The 90 Day Plan

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Darrin Slade is a veteran middle school principal in Washington, DC and like most school leaders he’s worried about academic achievement. Principal Slade uses the 90 Day Plan—the last chance for an ineffective teacher to improve and one of the few ways that DC public schools is able to fire an underperforming teacher.

Before Michelle Rhee became chancellor of the Washington, DC public schools in 2007, an average of 15 teachers a year were put on the plan. Today about 150 teachers are on the plan. Still, that’s not even four percent of the DC teaching force. The percentage is much higher at Darrin Slade’s school, where he has 40 teachers.

In this podcast, Darrin Slade talks with John Merrow about the 90 Day Plan and how he implements it in his middle school.

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What tools are being used to identify ineffective teachers? Also, let’s keep in mind all of the parameters that support and surround the field of teaching.




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