Changing the Conversation: Teacher Tenure

“When I first started teaching, I thought that I was doing it for all of the right reasons: shorter hours, summers off, no accountability.”- Bad Teacher In one of my undergraduate courses, we analyzed the culture’s view of teachers.  Although inspirational teachers like Mr. Feeny (Boy Meets World), Mr. Holland (Mr. Holland’s Opus), and Mr. [...]

By | March 24th, 2016|Featured, Legal, Recruitment & Retention, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Student Violence Against Teachers

A few weeks ago, a student needed a pencil. In my classroom, when students don’t bring in their own supplies, I will lend them one, when they give me some sort of meaningful collateral like their student I.D. (needed for lunch and library), a sweatshirt, or even their shoes. I need my pencils back for [...]

By | March 24th, 2016|Educator Professionalism, Featured, Legal|0 Comments

20 More Weeks of Blizzards: A Groundhog's Day Pred-Election

Today marks the 129th year that Punxsutawney Phil (well, maybe the 30th version of him) will come out of his burrow to either see his shadow or not, declaring whether winter will be extended by 6 weeks, or whether spring is pending. However, after today, there's still 20 more weeks of blizzards to endure. They [...]

By | February 2nd, 2016|Featured, Legal, Management, Opinion, Social Studies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Friedrichs v. CTA – Supreme Court Hears a Major Education Case

Today (Monday, January 11, 2016), the Supreme Court will hear the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA) in what could be a pivotal moment educators, their unions, collective bargaining, and fair share fees. In case you haven't heard of this case, the crux of the issue is that 9 teachers in California are suing their union to [...]

Teaching in Kansas: How Much More?

A teacher friend of mine was attending a conference and upon learning that she taught in the state of Kansas, someone asked her the question, "Why would you want to teach in Kansas after all that's going on in your legislation?" My friend was taken aback by that question, and as she began to form the words to [...]