Principal wants to convince teacher to retire

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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 excellent teacher for decades. Unfortunately, she’s not performing well anymore. She doesn’t want to learn new technologies, whether it’s analyzing tests or using online grading [...]

Teacher thinks principal selection process is a sham   

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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 very best candidate possible, but the reality is far from that. Only current county principals and people who have completed a "principal internship" may apply [...]

Teacher seeks help in dealing with ‘mean girl’ administrator

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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 with whom she socializes outside of school, employs to give private sports coaching to her children, etc. She makes it very clear which staff members [...]

Teacher upset that her supervisor chose work over friendship

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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 staff retention numbers. Even if I ended up staying, I think he’d hold a grudge. Here’s where things get messy. I decided to share my [...]

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

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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 get through the curriculum. My students need more than academics, though. I’m amazed at how rude they can be --- to me, to each other, [...]

School shootings: Educators have more questions than answers

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  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 days, from social worker to parent to nurse, and now we’re expected to be human shields,” one teacher says. “I run through scenarios. I visualize [...]

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

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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 just call them instead. Unless, of course, it would be best for us to meet with them in person. This is NOT intuitive for me.  I've [...]

Teacher struggles to involve parents from all cultural backgrounds 

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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 read the students stories, or act as room parents are the U.S.-born parents. I think there are several issues at play. In some cases, there are language [...]

Confronting a teacher with disturbing behavior   

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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 the day. He’s forgetful, irresponsible, and seems to have an altered view of reality. Conversations indicate that his perception of events is off, whether he’s [...]

What should teacher do if coworker lied on resume? 

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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 kids like him, and they perform well on the AP bio exam after taking his course. He’s been at the school for four years, and [...]

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