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This profile was last updated on 7/21/01  and contains information from public web pages.

Superintendent

Salt Lake City Schools
 
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William Bainbridge: Inflating grades simply deflates education
www.dispatch.com, 21 July 2001 [cached]
SchoolMatch Advisory Board Chairman M. Donald Thomas , former education adviser to the governors of three states and superintendent emeritus of the Salt Lake City Schools , points out that while one would expect high grades to indicate high achievement , the reverse is found in most high schools.
Grade inflation is particularly extensive in high schools with a high percentage of disadvantaged students , '' Thomas told a national audience of school administrators.This indicates clearly that expectations for students are very low , and standards do not match those of testing agencies.''.
He is concerned that students in such environments receive inferior instruction and get good grades for mediocre work.
High schools in large cities and poor rural areas have the worst grade-inflation problem.While scores on nationally normed tests may be in the average range , grade- point averages tend to be about a B+ in many schools serving students from disadvantaged homes.If the grade-point average were to mirror the results on test scores , these schools should have a GPA of about 2.0 , or C average.
While grade inflation may make teaching and pacifying parents and administrators easier , it provides a low-quality education.Insisting on more accurate grades requires intensive evaluation of student work and a greater variety of learning experiences.
Self Esteem: Connections: National Association for Self-Esteem
www.selfesteem.org, 1 Feb 1986 [cached]
The idea for a National Council (original name) was formulated at the California Self Esteem Conference in San Jose, February 1986, during a discussion including Don Thomas, former superintendent of Salt Lake City Schools, Jack Canfield and Robert Reasoner.
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Connie Dembrowsky was elected as the first President along with an Executive Board consisting of Charollene Coares, John Dewell, R. Smith Kiliper, Joan Lkankowitz, Robert Reasoner, and Don Thomas.
Organization Chart | Agency for Persons with Disabilities - APD
apd.myflorida.com, 20 Nov 2009 [cached]
Superintendent Tacachale, Gainesville - Don Thomas #12648
The Pavlov effect > In response ...
www.sltrib.com, 9 May 2012 [cached]
The Pavlov effect > In response to my Monday column about the Secret Service hitting on Parent Teacher Association moms at a PTA convention in New Mexico in 1983, Don Thomas, former superintendent of the Salt Lake City School District, shared this anecdote:
Thomas attended the convention and was at the luncheon where President Ronald Reagan spoke.
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Thomas wondered who had taken God out of the classroom and what power Reagan had to put him back in.
He asked one woman sitting next to him what that meant. She said, "I don't know.
"Today we are at war," said ...
www.standard.net [cached]
"Today we are at war," said Donald Thomas, former Salt Lake City School District superintendent and an educational consultant to various political leaders.
"Our war is with extremist forces in our own society who are hell bent on destroying American public education."
Thomas told the crowd, estimated by event organizers to be 650 people, he believes the Ogden School Board is not evil, just misguided.
"What they have done is a violation of professional ethics and an attempt to break the spirit of its teachers," Thomas said.
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