very well paid consultant and retired principal, Joseph Belesi presented some workshops on how principals can be rid of tenured teachers. Entitled, "Performance Management," Belesi and his cronies presented a treasure trove to principals. A step by step guide on how to get rid of "incompetent" teachers. The Crack Team is in possession of the 43 page handbook for the principals which will be presented not all at once, but rather in little bits and jabs over the next several weeks.
In today's story we will learn who is behind PIP+ and the document known as the "Principal's Guide To The New Supports Addressing Low Performing Tenured Pedagogues: The Teacher Performance Unit, The Labor Support Unit And The Peer Intervention Plus Program."
As Chaz the Blogger and Admiral Ackbar have warned on many occasion, PIP+ is a trap.
PIP+ is run by (guess what?), a corporation known as RMC Research Corporation. As it says on it's website, RMC;
is a national leader in program research and evaluation, professional development, consultation, and product development. From small studies to multi-year projects, we support national, state, and local clients who serve schools, families, and communities. RMC's six regional offices conduct national and regional work, with each office maintaining specialty areas of work. Through technology, our offices collaborate with each other and with partners across the country.
We are enthusiastic about the opportunities for educational innovation and reform afforded to states and districts by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). With many years of experience, staff from all of our offices look forward to providing information and resources and partnering with districts and states to advance best practices in teaching and learning.
RMC is run by Everett W. Barnes Jr.who saw in 1991 that education was to turn into big business.
But wait, there is more weirdness. The project manager for, or at the time for PIP+, was Dr. Sandra Kase, currently the 2nd in command at the Bridgeport, CT schools. Turns out though that Dr Kase was employed by the NYC DOE apparently before she came to RMC Research. Hmm, what a coincidence.
What a tangled web.