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LA Unified wins 11 Telly Awards, Dr. Bob Bravo signs off

Craig Clough | June 18, 2015

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school report buzzWhen it comes to MiSiS, the troubled computer system LA Unified launched at the start of the 2014-15 school year, the news apparently isn’t all bad.

LA Unified recently announced that it won 11 Telly Awards, which honor local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs from around the country. Of the 11 winners, one is called “Voices From the Field,” and features interviews with district staff about the infamous MiSiS system.

The video includes only indirect references to the fact that the system has some serious problems and makes no mention of the rising cost and endless bad press it has produced. Instead, it focuses on staff members’ saying what they like about MiSiS and what they think they will like about it when they day comes that it works, as one staffer says, “without the glitches.”

Oh, yeah, the cost. MiSiS went from an initial estimate of $29 million and has ballooned to $133 million, with another full year of work likely needed to get it running properly.

“Eventually, I think the system will end up saving a lot of time,” says one staffer in the video.

‘Ed Talk with Dr. Bob Bravo’ has last podcast

LA School Report had the pleasure this spring of sitting in on an episode of ‘Ed Talk with Dr. Bob Bravo,’ the weekly podcast of the former Instructional Service Center-South superintendent. The podcast, which was unique to LA Unified, focused on classroom instruction techniques with Bravo interviewing different teachers and staff from around the district.

Bravo recently left LAUSD to become the chief of school leadership for the Dallas Independent School District. Bravo’s last podcast, posted June 4, features an interview with Principal John Vladovic of Dodson Middle School, son of the LA Unified board president, in a discussion about steps the school took to become a Gold Ribbon School.

First Lady supports National Summer Learning Day

Hey kids, First Lady Michelle Obama doesn’t just want you to eat your vegetables and exercise more. She also wants you to spend time less time at the beach and more time learning over the summer.

Tomorrow she will be voicing support for National Summer Learning Day, an initiative that promotes hundreds of summer learning opportunities around the country. Check out the below YouTube video for more.

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