Today I Had my First Professional Development in 940 days

I haven’t blogged much in the last three weeks since my decision came in and I was returned to the front of theclassroom. It’s a big change to go from 6 hrs and 50 minutes a day of thinking to only 45 minutes for lunch.

This week I am at my fourth great school in four weeks. I have visited, learned, taught, fixed tech issues and met over a thousand students and staff members in four elementary schools on Staten Island. Next week I go to a very special school. I will be at PS 54. That is theschool I went to from 1st to 5th grade. I wonder if Ms. Berje, Ms. Biren, Ms. Amarale, Ms, Jacobson, Mr. Dugan and Mr. Lords are still there. In any case, I thank them for building my educational foundation. I have so much more respect for elementary school teachers. We all should.

I have formulated and drafted severalposts the last few weeks, but I just don’t have the time to finish and publish them. That’s because I am teaching, followed by my involvement in the Movement of Rank-and-file Educators (MORE), grieving my ATR status (post coming soon), my ever powerful Federal lawsuit, involvement in Don’t Tread on Educators (DTOE) and of course my amazing family. That does not include a plethora of other obligations I have.

Today though was very special. There were no students in class and thestaff at the school I am assigned to had Professional Development. As I sat in the first session, I picked up my handy smartphone and entered Election Day 2011 into the day counter app. That was thelast professional development I had as an educator. That was 940 days ago.

Really For 940 days the NYC DOE barred me from obtaining additional education. What is this Danielson and Common Core you all speak of

See my post from December 2012Professional Undevelopment

Coming very soon is the description of the arbitrator’s findings in detail. Get your popcorn and snuggy ready. It’s going to be a big one and I have been working on it for three weeks.

BIG NEWS: We have been busy planning a rally at Tweed, the headquarters of the NYC DOE. Fight is not over.

Summer Cleaning Rally June 10


About Francesco Portelos

Parent and Educator fighting for the student and the teacher.
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