On 6/22/13, AdminIntern wrote:
> Hello! I am beginning my internship for my administrator's
> degree and I a few questions about equity within the
> classrooms. The school that I am interning in caters quite
> a bit to parent requests for teachers. If the teachers give
> a "valid" reason the request is typically filled and it
> seems as if some of the classrooms are bit unbalanced. In
> your schools, how do your class placements work? How do you
> make fair classes in your buildings? How do you deal with
> parent requests for teachers?
We do not place students based on parent or student request.
We have this stated in the school handbook and even have it
posted on the wall in the office.
For "fair classes" we try to balance factors like gender, IEP,
gifted, etc. In some cases we will place a cluster of students
with similar needs (for example, a cluster of gifted students
who might work together, a cluster of ELL students who might
work with a bilingual para). If there are students who have
special needs it sometimes works better to place them in the
same room and provide that classroom with extra support,
rather than scattering the students throughout the school and
being less able to provide extra support to those numerous
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