Was head of NYC District 2 for over 10 years (87-97?).
Pushed out non-performing principals and teachers (where did they go?).
Focused heavily on professional development: mentoring, consultants, etc. Strategies for fixing failing public schools says this became 6% of the total district budget! (Maybe a typo? A Chicago article quotes it as 3%.)
Left NYC to become "chancellor of instruction" for San Diego in Jun98. Interesting structure partnered with "CEO" Alan Bersin, who seems to have been focused more on being Mr Outside. Alvarado found some money for professional development by firing lots of school aids ("paraprofessionals").
Related: http://www.departments.bucknell.edu/res_colleges/socjust/Readings/readingsindex.html Deborah Meier chapters (principal under Alvarado)
What's what with Alvrado now. Is he still working for SD Unified School District? N Mann
Is this the same Anthony Alvarado who was married to Ellen Kirshbaum?
2003/11/30 21:47 GMT
Right on all fronts-only difference is that Alvarado got along with the NYC teachers Labor Union and, although not as well-he doesn't believe in assistant principals-the supervisors union. Is he close to LucyCaulkins: Teachers College literacy/coach guru?
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