How 30 ATRs Are Fighting for Over 100,000 NYCDOE Employees

It comes down to this… salary matters. Experience not so much. Or at least the DOE’s budgeting system discourages the hiring of higher salaried and more experienced staff. Continue reading

How to Pull Back the Curtain on the NYCDOE Legal Army.

The NYCDOE has a legal army and its reach is deeply entrenched in many school decisions, both big and small. From hiring and firing, to closing schools and approving grievances. You need to know who they are, pull back the curtain, and know when to contact them. Take good notes…… Continue reading

The “GOTCHA” Freight Train Cometh. Derail it.

There are many common themes and tools used when an educator is targeted. This post specifically looks to help derail and stop the subjective observation freight train. Continue reading

My Official DOE Personnel File Undergoes Cell Division

According to the UFT-DOE Agreement, an employee is supposed to have only one official file. I seem to have several unofficial ones. Grievance time. Continue reading

Unsatisfactory Teacher Part 1- The Birth of this Evaluation

In this series we are going to place a spotlight on observations and how they are used as a tool to cause harm and not support teaching and learning.  Today,  just take some time and watch this video that explains how we got to where we are. Tune in this… Continue reading

Throwback Thursday, Thank You Emails and Tenure

A section of my blog I have not touched in over 2.5 years. The “Thank You” emails I received before I raised concerns and became a “bad teacher.” Continue reading

Back to “Work”- 500 Days Out of the Classroom

Welcome back to school fellow educators, students and parents. I envy you educators, if you can believe that. As you sat meetings discussing the new exciting and totally objective evaluation system and flawless Common Core standards implementation, I just…sat. See picture above. Don’t be jealous as I would pay to… Continue reading

Teacher Observations & Traffic Stops- If They Want to Get You, They’ll Get You.

Two scenarios. One of someone taking a drive past a police cruiser in BLUEandOne of a teacher preparing for a class lesson observation by their administrator in RED. I left my house and walked down to my car that was parked in my driveway. I was going to take a… Continue reading