AP: The evaluator chooses if video will be used. (She points out rightly that the UFT gave the discretion of video to the evaluator instead of the evaluated. Way to go Mulgrew!)... JEDAnother gem from John. Isn't it great to be on F-You time?
Warning – Kids don’t try this at your school. This teacher has one year to go before retirement.TIP Responses:AP: Mr. Elfrank-Dana, What are your areas of strength?Me: Why don’t you tell me? This is your meeting?AP: Oh, no this is a collaboration.
Me: So, I can leave and it won’t be considered insubordination?
AP: uh…Me: Look, YOU gave me this Developing rating. It’s not mine. So, you need to answer the question.AP: What are your areas for improvement?Me: You tell me. You tell me what I have to do to be an Effective rated teacher, You tell me what you are going to do for me to get me there.AP: What were your strengths?
Me: This process is a fraud. It’s a product of Bloomberg and my union president who has the IQ of a tree stump. It’s an illusion of due diligence. This process is a part of a larger war on public education. I will answer as a prisoner of war.AP: What are your MOTP and MOSL goals for this year and your timeline to meet these goals?
Me: John Elfrank Dana, Teacher/Chapter Leader, File no. XXXXXXAP: When would you like your summative meeting to take place?Me: John Elfrank Dana, Teacher/Chapter Leader, File no. XXXXXXAnd so on…AP: The evaluator chooses if video will be used. (She points our rightly that the UFT gave the discretion of video to the evaluator instead of the evaluated. Way to go Mulgrew!)Me: Why would you not want to use video? (background, I had formals videoed last year and they had to give me Effective, as they couldn’t make stuff up. But, they refused to look at them as I argued I should have gotten Highly Effective and the proof of 100 percent engagement for both formals was in the video).
AP: I am not saying I won’t.
Me: So, what do you say?
AP: I won’t say now.Me: This is symptomatic of what I am talking about.This whole process is a fraud.I said staff should request no more than one unannounced observation (as is the minimum stated in Advance p.9) The principal said no. I argued, in other TIP meetings, that this is supposed to be collaborative and not dictatorial. The minimum of one informal unannounced is there. Why would they put it in if it’s not an option? We will file APPR complaints if they don’t concede. Janella Hinds shared with me that she thinks unannounced observations are a good thing. I said, it sounds like I’m talking to the Gates Foundation. And that the UFT can ignore our complaints but a judge down the road may not.In solidarity,JohnJohn Elfrank-Dana
UFT Chapter Leader
Murry Bergtraum High School