Speak Out: Join our Middle School Makeover design team

"Extreme Home Makeover" by flickr user Patrishe.

Each week, ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover” selects a deserving family that has been going through a recent rough patch. Ty Pennington’s design team spends time with the family at the beginning of each episode. The team listens to find out what isn’t working with the family’s old house and plans design changes accordingly. Over the course of seven days, the old house is demolished and rebuilt. The new home is dramatically presented to the family at the end of the episode. Because the design team took the time to listen, the new home meets the family’s needs.

CEA can think of no family in Columbus City Schools more in need of an extreme home makeover than the district’s middle schools. Recently, the administration announced changes at the middle school level. We would like to think the administration followed the lead of Ty Pennington’s design team and listened to our middle school teachers, but we have our doubts.

We at CEA wonder what Ty Pennington would have done differently. For example:

• Pennington would not have eliminated block scheduling from the middle schools. He would have listened to middle school teachers’ feedback about how critical blocking is for the success of their students.

• He would never have placed a high-school credit-bearing course like health in the middle schools. Pennington would have heard the concerns our teachers had about the use of tenth-grade textbooks and curriculum for eighth-grade students.

As a leader, Ty Pennington knows each “Extreme Home Makeover” project owes its success to his team’s collaboration. Because of this, he would not have made decisions that constricted the ability of our middle school grade level teams to work together.

CEA would like you to join our middle school makeover design team. As the experts, what do you think should be done to improve our middle schools?

CEA would like you to join our middle school makeover design team.

As the experts, what do you think should be done to improve our middle schools?

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