Teacher leaders must have support, financial incentives

Over the last 11 years, I have taught in three CPS high schools.  At my first high school, a large neighborhood high school in Roseland, department chairs would often teach five classes; they received no financial assistance and only occasionally got a class off to enable them to take care of their department-wide duties.  This led to a revolving-door at the school. 

For students’ sake, say no to ‘No-Zero Policy’ on grading

We are saying to young people in Chicago who have grown up in the deepest poverty, “You don’t have to work hard to pass. You can miss half of your assignments in all of your classes, and you can still graduate from our high school.”  Most suburban schools and selective enrollment schools would never even consider this rule.  Most colleges will not apply it either.  But we are allowing our students in CPS to believe they are on-track because of it.