1. Teachers have no time, no voice, doing too many things, and living and working in a chaotic environment
2. Administrators lack management experience and skills, are not actively listening to teachers or parents, making decisions based on their own "inner" voice, not achieving results, and panicking about poor results.
3. Our Elected Leaders are not connected to Teachers or Parents, act only for their own self-interests, display moments of incompetence, and pander to the masses in order to get elected.
The problems schools, teachers, and parents face are all solvable. It will not be easy. It will not take a month to solve. The solution requires time, massive coordination, and monumental leadership.
The solution requires One Person, a Chief Education Officer, who is willing to put in the hours, the sweat, and also deal with the frustration of a system that was created in the 19th Century that fails to meet the needs of 21st Century students.
This person cannot be the savior of American schools on their own. In order for the Chief Education Officer to be successful they will need massive public support. They will need 1 million teachers in America, who say, "Please Help Us!"
The Chief Education Officer will need 1 million parents who say "We want a better education for our kids!"
Picking the Right C.E.O. is Key!
Qualifications of a Great C.E.O.:
1. School-based experience
2. Proven Results
3. Compassion for Teachers and Parents
4. Care Deeply About Student Achievement
5. Thick skin to deal with elected leaders
Why D.Scott Schwartz is Running for C.E.O.
1. He has school based experience, he has 20 years of experience in education, inside schools, public and charter. For the last 10 years, in addition to his position as Principal and Superintendent, he has been volunteering to train and run professional development workshops in public/charter schools across New Jersey.
2. His systems, methods and strategies have proven results. When he took over a special needs program in New Jersey, the graduation rate was hovering around 75%, when he left in 2019, the graduation rate was 99%. Ten percent of the students enrolled in his program were reading two or more grade levels below non-disabled peers, his literacy coaching program boosted literacy for 100% of those students, and in some cases, students returned to public/charter schools on grade level.
3. He works tirelessly to help teachers. Since the shut down in March 2020, he has been working tirelessly to advocate for teachers and parents, hosting zoom town hall meetings, writing white papers, debating with elected leaders, and answering questions from the Department of Education and the Department of Economic Development.
4. He is dedicated to student learning and achievement. If you wish to read more about student stories, follow the button below.
"Problems only get solved when you trust the solution..."
D. Scott Schwartz
KEY TO STUDENT SUCCESS
As educators, we stress over "how to reach" our students. We spend so much time with decorating our room, writing lesson plans, and worrying about Standards that we forget that kids need one thing first - Belief!
They need to believe that you are a GREAT Teacher. They need to believe that THEY can succeed and they need to know that the class you built around them will SUPPORT them throughout the year.
If you do not accomplish those 3 things, Believing in You, Believing in THEMSELVES and then Believing in their CLASSMATES. You will FAIL. Every single time, without exception.
KNOWING HOW TO TEACH
I trained, coached, mentored Teachers and other related educators for over a decade on the "Hows" of Teaching. During the 1st Session of Professional Development there was always One Teacher who said "But I'm already a great Teacher, why do I need you?" or "I've been teaching for 10 years with outstanding observation scores, and my students all pass the State test, Why do I need you?"
That Teacher suffered from being "IGNORED". No one had ever "listened" to that Teacher before. Principals, Supervisors and colleagues just "let" them talk, but no one listened.
So what I said was, "I'm not here to show you what to teach, you know that already, you went to school, you got certified, you are highly qualified to teach your subject, but I'm guessing no one ever taught you HOW to teach."
You cannot reach a class of kids if you don't:
1. Make them Believe You Know what you are doing.
2. Make them Believe in Their own Capacity as Learners
3. Show them hands-on all of the tools and resources you have provided for them "IF THEY GET STUCK!"
We think so much about Standards, we EASILY Forget the Fundamentals!