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What can principal do about aggressive parents who attack him, his staff? 

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  Q: I’m a principal, and there are two or three parents that attack me or my staff regularly, often on email. They threaten to call the police, sue us, beat us up by the flagpole (kidding, kind of), etc. We’ve had countless face-to-face meetings with them, I've engaged my boss, tried to get help from central [...]

Summer learning that sticks

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Students learn line dancing as part of the Super Summer Academy program at St. Claire Evans Elementary School in Duval County, Fla. Photo by Lisa Spofford Children from low-income families had higher test results following participation in structured summer learning that shared some key characteristics. By Daniel Browne After spending the morning learning fractions, a [...]

Solutions to summer boredom are at our fingertips

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Low-income children need more intellectually stimulating options in the summer when learning wanes and sometimes violence flares. Last August, I read an article about a group of 13- and 14-year-old boys who beat a Cincinnati man to within an inch of his life. They said they did it because they were “bored, just looking for something [...]

Teacher annoyed that academics lose out to sports

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  Q: I’m a high school math teacher in California, and sports in my district seem to take precedence over everything else, including academics. It seems like my students are constantly leaving early for a baseball, basketball, or football game. It’s disruptive and disrespectful, and I don’t get why this is allowed in a school. Sure, sports are great, but the [...]

Principal’s attention to girls’ dress code disturbs teacher

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Q:  I’m a teacher in a large school system with a pretty detailed dress code policy. Among the rules are ones stating that students can't wear straps less than one-inch wide; their bra straps can't be visible, even when bending or stretching, and cleavage of any kind is totally verboten. We have a male principal who often [...]

Teacher activist groups: What are their missions? How influential are they?

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For teacher activist groups, the professional is political and the political is professional.  By Tricia Niesz  Ever since the 1990s — when the accountability movement entered into a loose coalition with the movement for school choice and market-driven reform — U.S. teachers have been all but shut out of federal, state, and local educational decision making. [...]

Teachers and social media: A cautionary tale about the risks

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Q: I am not friends on social media with parents. I don’t decline; I just ignore the requests. I feel more comfortable setting that boundary. But here’s the thing. That’s not enough to protect teachers. You have to be smart. Here’s an example. Recently, one of my part-time teacher colleagues got involuntarily transferred to a new [...]

Does teacher need to find new job after romance with colleague ends badly? 

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  Q: I’m an elementary school special education specialist in my early 20s, and I just broke up with my boyfriend. Here’s the issue: He’s a 5th-grade homeroom teacher in the school where I work. It’s almost recruiting season for schools, and I’m wondering if I should start looking for a new job. I’m barely holding [...]

Teachers lead the way in Denver 

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A school born through collaboration attracted accomplished teachers, exemplifies leadership by teachers, and sets an example for students.  This story was originally published in April 2014. By Lori Nazareno  In 2007, I reached what I thought was a dead end. I had been teaching for 20 years, achieved my second National Board Certification, and founded an [...]

Should principal fire new, subpar teacher? 

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Q: I’m the principal of an elementary school. Last August, when we still didn’t have a 3rd-grade teacher, it was slim pickings. Still, I felt pretty good about the person I hired. I thought I got lucky. He was relatively inexperienced, but he was energetic and had a glowing recommendation from his last employer. He had taught [...]

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