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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dr Rock's "Superintendent’s Call to Action: Part II, EducatiokNOW!, Horace Mann, and Boiled Frogs" with my comments

Dr Rod Rock's "Call to Action II, EducatiokNOW!, Horace Mann, and Boiled Frogs" was available here:

It's now available here: 

In the "Call to Action II", Dr. Rock says, "Maybe it makes more sense to change the Governor’s approach than it does to put in place more punitive systems (like Race to the Top) and unneccarily (sic) cut educational funding. Maybe it’s time for the Governor to partner with MEA, AFT, MASSP, MEMSPA, PTA, MASA, MAISA, Learning Forward, Michigan ASCD, preschool groups, local school districts, and postsecondary educators to ensure that every child receives a world class education. I can’t imagine a counter argument for this line of reasoning." 

I can imagine a counter argument:  Dr. Rock has a conflict of interest...  Dr. Rock is the president of the MSDC Executive Board. The MSDC is the Michigan Staff Development Council, an affiliate of the National Staff Development Council. "It is a statewide organization that provides leadership and support which enhance the personal and professional growth of Michigan educators and their organizations" (that means "teacher unions", yet he is "management" now).  That national organization is now changing their name to "Learning Forward" and eventually MSDC will become "Learning Forward Michigan". It is an organization that gets $40/yr in membership dues per teacher who signs up to be a member. They provide teacher lobbying, professional development to the member teachers at a discount, and they also post job openings for school related positions - in teaching and administration.  The MSDC Mission Statement says: "The MSDC advocates for quality research-based professional development policies and practices to increase the capacity of those who work to improve student learning." (that means lobbying for teachers). 

Dr. Rock posts his CCS school email address as the email address to contact him in regard to MSDC/Learning Forward business.  See it here: Therefore, as he receives emails regarding MSDC business, he receives it via his CCS email.  Appropriate?  Do you believe that he in a compromising position with teachers due to his position in this organization?  

Here is how Dr Rock (aka "Superman") signed off on his "Call to Action II" (Where is his cape?):

Rod Rock, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Committed Servant of Children, American, Michigander, Teacher, Voter,
Citizen, Fervent Advocate of Local Education, and Horace Mann
Clarkston Community Schools
Claimer: I make no apologies for standing up for the people I serve. The stakes are high, the
challenges great, and the possibilities profound."

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