Should principal fire new, subpar teacher? 

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 [...]

May 8th, 2018|

How can betrayed administrator learn to trust again?

Q: I’m an assistant principal in a high school, and I’m in the applicant pool to become a principal. I’ve always had a strong, trusting rapport with a colleague who used [...]

May 1st, 2018|

Teacher fed up with administrators who bad-mouth central office officials 

Q: I'm a teacher who's training to become an administrator. I've become friends with directors in central office as a result. What's a good way to stand up for them when [...]

April 24th, 2018|

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|

Throwing A Life Preserver In The Sky

Phyllis Fagell on what she’s learned through Career Confidential

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