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

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  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 school where I work. It’s almost recruiting season for schools, and I’m wondering if I should start looking for a new job. I’m barely holding [...]

Should principal fire new, subpar teacher? 

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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 hired. I thought I got lucky. He was relatively inexperienced, but he was energetic and had a glowing recommendation from his last employer. He had taught [...]

How can betrayed administrator learn to trust again?

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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 to work with me. She was a teacher then, but she’s now an assistant principal at the high school where I hope to be placed. I [...]

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

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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 my school administrators (a.k.a. my bosses) publicly discredit their work in meetings with colleagues? The principal and his assistant principals give off this vibe of, "Central people don't [...]

Work to the contract or keep doing ‘extras’?

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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 union has not instructed us to “work to the contract,” but many teachers have decided to limit their extra work to make a point. For [...]

Principal upset that parents escalate complaints above him 

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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 to help when I can. I’m willing to meet in person, and I almost always respond to every email within 24 hours. I know I [...]

Librarian feels misunderstood and mistreated

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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 think that because information is available online, there’s no need for library instruction. One parent even emailed the principal to argue that the school needs [...]

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 [...]

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