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Re: “A new superintendent for OUR Schools

Hello, I am Peter Burkin and I can help save children's lives.

As a former teacher for the Rochester City School District, I saw many effective programs come and go with new superintendents.

I created two blueprints to help eradicate bullying, poverty and hopelessness. I am a certified life coach and Passion Test facilitator. I am passionate about helping our kids and community heal from trauma.

It is my intention to be part of the discussion of being the next superintendent of the Rochester City School District.

It would be contingent on the district adopting my two blueprints and implement the steps. To be open to change the consequential system to help better support the kids and staff. The board would have to be willing to see the community inspired and passionate about what they do.

The Rochester City School District is responsible for the well-being of our kids and to ensure they have the skills to be successful, all of them.

Many of our students are failing and not completing high school, it is time to nurture our kids as they were our own. The time to take action is now.

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Posted by Peter Burkin on 12/06/2018 at 12:02 AM

Re: “School board race comes at tough time in the district

"Former UR President Joel Seligman said that this isn't an education project, it's a whole university project," Nelms says, one that "will require a full attack on the problem."

Outside of the Rochester City School District, there seems to be solutions to the problems.

The first key is to identify the problems and then provide solutions to it.

My name is Peter Burkin and I am a former teacher for the Rochester City District. I have created a blueprint to bully proof people, so they can bring out their unique genius. This includes administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents and the community. It takes a commitment by the school and community to embrace positive change. My blueprint breaks down the problems facing our community in the area of bullying, it focuses on solutions. It lists the benefits and outcomes and the tools and resources to implement the change.

Here is a sample of my blueprint:

1. The problem is outside influence- families and community feel powerless. The solution is to have focus groups run by parents and students, instead of school officials. The benefits is getting buy-in and getting to the heart of the matter. The tools and resources would be to use my blueprint as a guide and hire me as a consultant.

2. The problem is students and staff are being bullied. The solution is having a well-structured consequential system. The benefits and outcomes is better behavior and more time on instruction. The tools and resources is to take a successful In School Suspension teacher and train other teachers the model. In 2002-2003, I ran a highly successful room at Monroe High School. This room helped support administrators, teachers, staff and students. Besides East High School, these rooms are run by teacher assistants. I believe this is the key to make schools better, ISS is only one part of an effective consequential system.

3. The problem is there is much frustration and anger with regard to school and community issues. The solution is to acknowledge the problem and implement the Nature's Guidance System. This will curb habitual acting out and put more focus on instruction. The tools and resources is again, hiring me as a consultant. As a life coach and Passion Test facilitator, I would administer the Passion Test and present the Nature's Guidance System.

4. The problem is students are passed to the next grade without mastering the grade level. The solution is to keep the student at that grade level until they master the material. You will have less acting out, less suspensions and less frustration for everyone. State and national mandates and the use of NCLB national exams. Pass the test or repeat the grade.

5. The problem is many students lack social and cooperative skills. The solution is to expose the children to board games/playing cards and intramural sports before and after school. Part of the solution is using volunteers from the community. Students will learn cooperation and getting along with each other. The tools and resources would be games/cards and adults to teach and model.

Here are just five problems my blueprint covers, there are many more. I can provide an authentic and alternative program as a consultant/Life Coach/Passion Test facilitator in improving results. I would be honored to work with Dr. Nelms, the University of Rochester and the Rochester City School District.

Any comments from the board members?

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Posted by Peter Burkin on 09/06/2018 at 5:31 AM

Re: “The East-UR 'experiment'

"Former UR President Joel Seligman said that this isn't an education project, it's a whole university project," Nelms says, one that "will require a full attack on the problem."

Outside of the Rochester City School District, there seems to be solutions to the problems.

The first key is to identify the problems and then provide solutions to it.

My name is Peter Burkin and I am a former teacher for the Rochester City District. I have created a blueprint to bully proof people, so they can bring out their unique genius. This includes administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents and the community. It takes a commitment by the school and community to embrace positive change. My blueprint breaks down the problems facing our community in the area of bullying, it focuses on solutions. It lists the benefits and outcomes and the tools and resources to implement the change.

Here is a sample of my blueprint:

1. The problem is outside influence- families and community feel powerless. The solution is to have focus groups run by parents and students, instead of school officials. The benefits is getting buy-in and getting to the heart of the matter. The tools and resources would be to use my blueprint as a guide and hire me as a consultant.

2. The problem is students and staff are being bullied. The solution is having a well-structured consequential system. The benefits and outcomes is better behavior and more time on instruction. The tools and resources is to take a successful In School Suspension teacher and train other teachers the model. In 2002-2003, I ran a highly successful room at Monroe High School. This room helped support administrators, teachers, staff and students. Besides East High School, these rooms are run by teacher assistants. I believe this is the key to make schools better, ISS is only one part of an effective consequential system.

3. The problem is there is much frustration and anger with regard to school and community issues. The solution is to acknowledge the problem and implement the Nature's Guidance System. This will curb habitual acting out and put more focus on instruction. The tools and resources is again, hiring me as a consultant. As a life coach and Passion Test facilitator, I would administer the Passion Test and present the Nature's Guidance System.

4. The problem is students are passed to the next grade without mastering the grade level. The solution is to keep the student at that grade level until they master the material. You will have less acting out, less suspensions and less frustration for everyone. State and national mandates and the use of NCLB national exams. Pass the test or repeat the grade.

5. The problem is many students lack social and cooperative skills. The solution is to expose the children to board games/playing cards and intramural sports before and after school. Part of the solution is using volunteers from the community. Students will learn cooperation and getting along with each other. The tools and resources would be games/cards and adults to teach and model.

Here are just five problems my blueprint covers, there are many more. I can provide an authentic and alternative program as a consultant/Life Coach/Passion Test facilitator in improving results. I would be honored to work with Dr. Nelms, the University of Rochester and the Rochester City School District.

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Posted by Peter Burkin on 09/06/2018 at 5:07 AM

Re: “School board race comes at tough time in the district

This was an email that I sent to the superintendent on August 16, 2016:

I am still waiting for her response.

Dear Dr. Deane-Williams,

Welcome to the Rochester City School District!

My vision is to help people find solutions to their problems, so they can live a more happy and fulfilled life.

I have a blueprint to make Rochester Public Schools extraordinary. My USP is: "Education on Truth."

I would like to offer a strategy session, lasting 30-45 minutes. .

The agenda is presenting a methodology to use to help eradicate bullying, reduce suspensions, decrease dropouts significantly, increase parent connection, greatly increase graduation, bring laser focus and passion back to Rochester. We have 1-2 years to change our results, can we afford to wait that long?; the time is now! What is our COI?

"The time is always right to do what is right." Reverend Martin Luther King

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Peter Burkin

I am putting this here because I would like to hear from Judith, Melanie and Beatriz on the lack of accountability from our current superintendent. What is your thought?

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Posted by Peter Burkin on 09/05/2018 at 8:49 PM

Re: “School board race comes at tough time in the district

I have sent emails to both Ms. Lebron and Ms. Funchess. Neither of these two board members have acknowledged the emails I have sent. This is the email I sent to the board members on July 4, 2018:

I would like to see a board member elected that would acknowledge emails and look to help make positive change in the Rochester City School District.

Reverend Davis, would you have acknowledged this email if you were on the board?

Dear xxx,

Safety is a concern in our schools and in the community, many students stay away or drop out. Our school's suspensions are a concern. Some parents are involved, but not nearly enough. Our graduation rates are a concern.

I believe your heart is in it, but the politics are holding you back. Our schools, families, and community are feeling hopeless.

I can help by offering my blueprint and my consulting services.

May we talk and set up a meeting this week to discuss my blueprint? My email is: xxx@gmail.com and my phone number is 585-xxx-xxxx.

Please see the attachments below to give you some ideas that I have.


Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Posted by Peter Burkin on 09/05/2018 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Report challenges city school district's spending

I have created a blueprint to bully proof people. The RCSD and superintendent has been aware of the work I have been doing to eradicate bullying and suicide for almost two years now. The first step in healing past trauma is to acknowledge/ become aware and then begin to understand that there are solutions to the many problems. I was taught at home and in school that for every problem, there is a solution. It is time to do what is right. This is an email I sent to a very influential person, but I am leaving out their name. I challenge this community to heal.

Dear so and so,

These documents have not been acknowledged by the superintendent. It has been two school years without hearing from her.

This can be said about Parent Engagement too.

Do you believe that one person can make a difference?

I think the work I have been doing is a game changer. It makes me sad that so few people, the ones in control, affect the masses.

You have known about this work I have done, since April 25th. The time is now to do what is right.

Please forward our emails to the rest of the parents, they deserve to know what you and I know.

If I were you, I would feel the obligation to do something about this. Namely, set up a separate meeting and let me present my ideas.

Our kids, families, and community deserve it. I am passionate about this community and planet and I am sickened by the people in power that think the status quo is acceptable. This includes you so and so, you are a person in power.

In conclusion, I am asking you to pass these emails to the parents and community and set up a meeting.

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Posted by Peter Burkin on 06/28/2018 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Another special ed reboot

To whom it may concern:
Anybody can tell you that over the years there have been many great programs that have come and gone from the RCSD. Supposedly, education is all about "best practices". If that is the case, why do new superintendents get away with getting rid of programs that are successful? Why is it whenever you see progress with an administrator and their school, they are switched out of the school or transferred to central office? Education is cyclical, which means old programs that worked well will come back.
What would be wrong with bringing back all the old programs that were effective at the same time?
"In the end, though, success will still be up to the district's superintendent, its central office administrators, its special education staff, its principals, its teachers, its substitute teachers, its paraprofessionals. They will be the ones responsible for doing a better job educating thousands of the district's children, properly assessing whether each child needs special education services, providing those services, and providing professional development, encouragement, leadership, and inspiration to the staff who work with the children."
I agree, but to put all of the blame on administrators and staff is not the whole picture. Parents and everyone in the community that influence a child before school needs to be held accountable too. They are a child's first teacher(s).
Let's talk values and beliefs for a moment. These are firmly established before a child enters school. They are programmed at an early age to have beliefs that do not serve them. Staff have to realize this and help and inspire a child to change this software in their brain.
Each one of us have an inner critic that holds us back from reaching our fullest potential. Assumptions, interpretations, and limiting beliefs also does the same thing, hold us back. The key is to break thorough the beliefs that do not serve us and replace them with ones that do.
This is done by building a school based on RESPECT and SAFETY. It is very challenging to do this when the "system" is broken.
I believe that politicians which includes judges, administrators, unions, human resources, and colleges/universities all work together to make the "system" broken.
It is my hope that "our" kids, families, and community find this out before it is to late.
I have created a blueprint to help bully proof people, so you can bring out your unique genius. We all have it in us.
I have been trying to reach the superintendent, Dr. Barbara Deane Williams since August 2016 and she has not responded to me. It is time to make her accountable.
I'm Peter Burkin and I am a former teacher for the Rochester City School District. I am a certified life coach and passion test facilitator.
It is my intention to work with the district in implementing the many solutions to the problems. It is time to do what is right.

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Posted by Peter Burkin on 05/24/2018 at 8:51 PM

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