“We want the worst possible teachers in the classroom” – Said no one ever.
What I attempted to do, while in educator exile, is learn. Learn about law, physics, earth science, read up on other cases, read up on labor law and union contracts etc.
I had ZERO professional development on the new Common Core Learning Curriculum Standards, Danielson Framework etc.
Want to hear what is even worse I have made several attempts to obtain access to any kind of professional development and was ….denied.
Date: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 5:51 PM
Subject: Fwd: Special education workshop on Oct. 4 & 5
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, Shawn Thompson <email@example.com>
Cc: Sean Rotkowitz <firstname.lastname@example.org> Greetings Ms. Claudio and Ms. Thompson, I would like to partake in this PD and need the OK from one of you. Thank you. -Francesco Portelos
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— ———- From: “Carmen Alvarez, VP for Special Education” <email@example.com>
Date: Sep 24, 2012 2:36 PM
Subject: Special education workshop on Oct. 4 & 5
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> You are invited to a two-day special education workshop
Date: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 5:58 PM
Subject: RE: Special education workshop on Oct. 4 & 5
To: Francesco Portelos <email@example.com>
Cc: Sean Rotkowitz <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Claudio Erminia <email@example.com>
Wait, there is more….
I attempted to sit in on an iPad PD here in the conference room where I usually sit and was told to leave and sit in a cubicle alone and without anything. That is what they are doing here.
Dear Ms. Thompson,
I was given the opportunity to sit in on an iPad training taking place across from room 308 2 weeks ago. I went up to find you but you were in a meeting. I asked Diane Ali “Would it be ok, since I finished the phone list” She responded, “It should be OK”. I sat in the training for about 2 hrs. It was beneficial to my professional development as well as to the instructors whom I helped troubleshoot network problems that halted training. You then came down and stated that I’m “not supposed to be in there” (training) since I was placed across the hall. I packed up my things and returned to my designated desk.
Last week you came down to my designated cubicle in room 308. You wanted to discuss a paper I was to fill out for HR. My laptop was on the desk and open. On the screen I had the official DOE website up. More specifically it contained information about the new Special Education reform I was reviewing. You stated something like “you can’t help yourself, can you” in reference to my persistent computer use. I responded that I’m following the guidelines you gave me and using the laptop in connection with my “DOE position”. You responded that my position is no longer a classroom teacher. You wanted me to put the laptop away and I did. I asked if “I’m not allowed to professionally develop myself”
I have been denied again and again from furthering my education. It’s not just me though. I hope you, the reader, are getting a better understanding of what the Rubber Rooms are really about.
Today we just had a new teacher come in. We are at about 16 in the building and at least 3 new inmates in the last week and a half.
Wake up public…something dirty is brewing and you are drinking it up.
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