[Hall Monitor] What We Talk About When We Talk About Safety and Discipline

Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. When I first started reporting on school discipline, I thought there was near consensus on the need to move toward restorative practices.… Continue Reading

SAISD Trustee Elections: Stay the Course or Put on the Brakes?

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With a crowded field for three trustee seats, the San Antonio ISD school board elections on May 4 are poised to be a referendum on recent efforts to turn around the struggling district—either to stay the course with non-traditional strategies… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] Meet Doug Dawson, the Guy You Should Have Already Met

Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. Doug Dawson does not sound, look, or act like the kind of guy who might wake up to find himself at the… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] SAISD Approves New Generation of Autonomous Schools

Chief Innovation Officer Mohammed Choudhury speaking to the San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees about nonprofit partnerships on March 25, 2019

Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. At the March 25 meeting, the San Antonio ISD board of trustees unanimously approved management agreements for 18 district schools, and new in-district… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] The McNeels Choose a School, Part Six–What’s Going to Happen at Hawthorne? And Why?

[Hall Monitor] The McNeels Choose a School, Part Six–What's Going to Happen at Hawthorne? And Why? | San Antonio Charter Moms

Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. Applications are in for our three choice schools. It was super easy. Everyone should do it. While we applied, we were automatically registered… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] SAISD Is About to Find Out What It Looks Like When Educators Design Their Own Schools

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Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. It’s not uncommon for educators to feel like they are too boxed-in by layers of standardization to be able to meet the needs… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] Like Master Teachers, SAISD’s New Network Principals Can Advance in the Jobs They Love

Hall Monitor: Lamar Elementary Principal Brian Sparks having lunch with students | San Antonio Charter Moms

Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. Promotions have long been one of the most unfortunate aspects of the education profession. If a talented teacher wants to advance beyond a… Continue Reading

SAISD’s Big Picture: Superintendent Pedro Martinez and the System of Great Schools Model

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In 2011, my family moved out of San Antonio ISD in search of the right schools for our children; this 2012 post at the Rivard Report captured our situation at the time. In 2018, the landscape is different. Families now… Continue Reading

Parents for Pedro: Why Parents in San Antonio ISD Should Support Superintendent Pedro Martinez

Twain Dual Language Academy students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the San Antonio ISD State of the District address | San Antonio Charter Moms

The headlines coming out of San Antonio ISD lately have been alarming: “Teacher Layoffs,” “Making Cuts to Teaching Staff,” and more. Superintendent Pedro Martinez is facing strong criticism. But I want to assure families and people who care about the long-term success… Continue Reading

Lamar Elementary: a neighborhood school in a cultural corridor

Last week, my daughter, G.N., and I attended a Spotlight Breakfast at Lamar Elementary, 201 Parland Place, San Antonio, TX 78209 (map), an elementary school in San Antonio ISD serving kindergarten through fifth grade and offering pre-K for three- and… Continue Reading