About Patrick Kobler

Patrick Kobler is an inner city high school social studies teacher and charter corps member for Teach For America San Antonio. He recently founded, an education reform website that seeks to bring all backgrounds and viewpoints to the table for thoughtful solutions and bold actions to end America’s education crisis. For the past few months, Kobler has written on education reform for many outlets, including Education Week and San Antonio's "The Rivard Report." He’s a Dallas native who grew up in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, a small town turned suburb of Milwaukee. Kobler graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2010, where he majored in political science and served as Student Body President as a senior. His term at Sam Houston High School on the city’s East Side runs from June 2010-June 2012. His future remains open.

Weigh In: We want to know about your principal

Photo from flickr user ecastro.

As Teach For America Corps Members we are highly articulate with the inner workings of “Teaching As Leadership” commonly known as TAL. (Bring back memories of Institute?)  But what about the idea of PAL – Principal as Leader?

When compared to teacher effectiveness, few studies have been conducted around the idea of principal impact on student achievement.  This seems strange, as The Wallace Foundation recently found that principal effectiveness is second to only teacher performance in terms of influences on student achievement.  In fact, students with a highly effective principal boasted achievement at a rate 50 percent higher than those who do not.

So building upon my last call to action, I decided to conduct research on this topic. If you have a moment, please take this poll and share with your educator friends.   Thank you.

One San Antonio 2010 CM sparks conversation around testing

After a year and a half of thinking district curriculum was based on low-expectations and designed for the sole purpose of getting students to pass a state standardized test – turning them into zombie bubble fillers as opposed to innovative thinkers – I decided to take action. Recently, I wrote an article for San Antonio’s “The Rivard Report.”   In the piece, I call upon the city to create a 21st curriculum that prepares students for a 21st century world.

How many times have you been at a professional development, sitting with a groups of your TFA friends or called home when you inevitably find yourself complaining about all the problems you see within the communities we teach?  The pent up frustration building and feeding upon one another.  We have all had these moments and they are fine, as long as we build action upon them.  Our students are the leaders of tomorrow.  They will soon be the next generation and it is our job as corps members to ensure they are instilled with knowledge and skills far beyond that required to pass a state standardized test.

I hope you enjoy the article. I look forward to your feedback and hope we can all start doing less talking and much more doing.