Work to the contract or keep doing ‘extras’?

Q: This is the time of year when my district is developing its budget and my union is negotiating a new contract. Things are always tense when this happens. The [...]

April 17th, 2018|

Principal upset that parents escalate complaints above him 

Q: I’m a reasonable person and a responsive principal. I say no to parents when I need to, but I’m always happy to consider their point of view. I try [...]

April 10th, 2018|

Librarian feels misunderstood and mistreated

Q: I’m a librarian, and my role is often misunderstood. Some parents think of me as a dinosaur and don’t understand why the school wastes money on my position. They [...]

April 2nd, 2018|

Principal wants to convince teacher to retire

Q:  I’m a principal in California. We have a teacher on staff who’s nearing the end of her decades-long career. She’s a sweetheart and highly respected, and she’s been an [...]

March 27th, 2018|

Teacher thinks principal selection process is a sham   

Q:   I'm stuck on the baffling process/non-process of new principal selection at our school. The central office of our large county touts collaborative parent and staff involvement to find the [...]

March 20th, 2018|

Teacher seeks help in dealing with ‘mean girl’ administrator

Q:  I teach in a large public middle school. There's a new administrator in our building — though not my direct supervisor — who's the definition of a "mean girl." She has a select clique of teachers [...]

March 13th, 2018|

Teacher upset that her supervisor chose work over friendship

Q: I’m a high school English teacher, and I’ve been thinking about leaving my school. I’ve been hesitant to make that public, though, because my principal’s ego is notoriously tied up in his [...]

March 6th, 2018|

Teacher has no time to teach (badly needed) social-emotional skills

Q: I’m an 8th-grade language arts teacher in a public school in California. My school talks a big game about educating the “whole child,” but we need every minute to [...]

February 27th, 2018|

School shootings: Educators have more questions than answers

  In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, teachers, principals and superintendents everywhere have questions. “We’re expected to play so many roles these [...]

February 22nd, 2018|

How do I decide whether to email, call or meet with a parent?

Q: My principal is always telling us to carefully consider how we communicate with parents. We're required to reply to emails within 24 hours, but sometimes she says we should [...]

February 20th, 2018|

Throwing A Life Preserver In The Sky

Phyllis Fagell on what she’s learned through Career Confidential

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