If only our current union leadership could communicate to teachers how best to protect themselves in what is going to be a very challenging and dangerous school year for everybody - students, teachers and administrators - as well as Julie Cavanagh does. ....Perdido Street School blog
Decide to get involved: I am convinced the overwhelming majority of educators, after navigating this evaluation system, will be moved to action. Do not get discouraged; do not believe we cannot affect change. Whether you donate, sign a petition, attend a rally, come to a meeting, run for office, or join an organization-- the time is now to stand up and fight the tidal wave of attacks on public education.... Julie CavanaghJulie has spent a lot of time this summer learning the ins and outs of this mess. She shares her thoughts in this post on the MORE blog which I am cross posting.
This is not only about Julie's wonderful work in breaking all this down but also expresses Julie's philosophy of working together which so attracts people.
Make decisions based on what will bring you together: do not allow these decisions to divide you. Stand in solidarity together, take care of each other, and do what benefits students and teachers collectively.This is important stuff to working teachers but for people like me the details give me a headache. But if you want clarity, read this all the way through. Julie's piece should actually be a pamphlet.
- Non-Compliance: There is an argument to not comply or participate in this evaluation system at all. The consequences of this decision would be that embedded in the law are defaults for all decisions. So, your principal would choose your observation course, you would not submit and therefore would not have anything counted in terms of your artifacts for Danielson, and the principal could trigger the default for the committee which would mean state tests and growth model.
- Uber Compliance: Make decisions/choices that would result in the most work possible, particularly for the DOE and administration. This would flood the system with responsibilities and paperwork and highlight the sheer insanity of the evaluation system.
- The Middle Way: Make decisions and choices that will produce the best anticipated outcomes in terms of ratings for teachers and will mitigate the negative consequences of this system on children and staff.