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 Solutions-for-Schools.com, 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.

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.

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