Compliance specialist to principals: Call before it’s a crisis 

Q: I’m a compliance specialist in a large district in New York. I’ve worked in my department for years, so I’ve learned how to handle a wide range of issues. Some [...]

July 17th, 2018|

9 ways educators can fight corruption

Q:  A teacher I work with was shaking as he told me a senior had failed his class — one he needed to graduate. My colleague knew his supervisors were [...]

July 9th, 2018|

Teacher feels threatened by colleague’s public recognition 

Q:   I’m a teacher in a district where the central office recognizes outstanding educators at the elementary, middle, and high school levels with an annual “best educator” award. There’s a big [...]

July 3rd, 2018|

Principal upset by staff response to school climate surveys

Q:  I’m your typical “open door” principal. I have a parade of teachers coming in and out all day long to share concerns or solicit advice. I don’t think I [...]

June 26th, 2018|

Burnout prevention: 3 ways teachers can recharge their batteries

Q: I’m a seventh-grade teacher, and I’m so fried. This year kicked my butt, though I can’t put my finger on any specific “why.” Today is the last day for students, [...]

June 19th, 2018|

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

  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 [...]

June 12th, 2018|

Teacher annoyed that academics lose out to sports

  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 [...]

June 5th, 2018|

Principal’s attention to girls’ dress code disturbs teacher

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; [...]

May 29th, 2018|

Teachers and social media: A cautionary tale about the risks

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 [...]

May 22nd, 2018|

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

  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 [...]

May 15th, 2018|

Throwing A Life Preserver In The Sky

Phyllis Fagell on what she’s learned through Career Confidential

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