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|

Teacher struggles to involve parents from all cultural backgrounds 

Q: I’m an elementary school teacher, and I welcome parent involvement. We have a large immigrant population in my school. Without fail, the parents who come on field trips, volunteer to [...]

February 6th, 2018|

Confronting a teacher with disturbing behavior   

Q: I’m a principal, and one of the teachers in my school is in a bad state. He doesn’t practice proper hygiene and often takes off “ill” in the middle of [...]

January 30th, 2018|

What should teacher do if coworker lied on resume? 

Q: I’m in a weird position. I work at a high school, and I have a pretty good relationship with another teacher in my science department. He’s a respected teacher. The [...]

January 23rd, 2018|

Teacher can’t move beyond her mistake

Q: I’m a high school math teacher. Five months ago, I made a stupid mistake. I accidentally sent personal information about one of the students in my class to a different [...]

January 16th, 2018|

Principal frustrated by rigid teacher’s lack of empathy

Q: I’m a principal at a large public high school in Wisconsin. As principal, I know some teachers will need more hand-holding than others, but one of my 9th-grade science teachers [...]

January 9th, 2018|

How should principal handle teacher’s vague sexual harassment report? 

Q: I’m a principal, and one of my teachers recently confided in me that she’s been sexually harassed by a male colleague. She said that he’s been asking her to perform [...]

January 3rd, 2018|

Throwing A Life Preserver In The Sky

Phyllis Fagell on what she’s learned through Career Confidential

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