Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Educated Reporter: EWA Webinar for Journalists: Adding Teachers' Voices to School Reporting

The Educated Reporter: EWA Webinar for Journalists: Adding Teachers' Voices to School Reporting:

EWA Webinar for Journalists: Adding Teachers' Voices to School Reporting



When I was an education beat reporter, I spent a lot of time in August at office supply stores. Over the years I discovered this was fertile territory for meeting teachers as they re-stocked their classrooms for the coming academic year. Away from the hubbub of a union vote or school board meeting, the conversations I had struck up strolling the aisles of bulk copier paper and hand sanitizer were often enlightening - and usually less harried than the ones squeezed in during a school board meeting or contentious vote at the union headquarters.

Talking to teachers isn't just a technique for amplifying a story's impact - it's a vital component of thoughtful education reporting. On Tuesday, EWA will host ajournalists-only webinar looking at innovative ways of connecting with classroom educators. Our presenters are Melissa Bailey (New Haven Independent); Molly Bloom (StateImpact Ohio); and Erin Richards (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel). We'll also get a New Haven teacher's perspective on what it's like to interact with reporters, and he'll share some tips for making the most of those interviews.

"Adding Value: Giving Teachers a Voice in School Reporting" will be held at 1 p.m. EDT. Space is limited, so I suggest you register today.

Have a question, comment or concern for the Educated Reporter? Email EWA public editor Emily Richmond at erichmond@ewa.org. Follow her on Twitter: @EWAEmily.

The UTLA Election Season is Upon Us by Dr. John Fernandez - Perdaily.com

The UTLA Election Season is Upon Us by Dr. John Fernandez - Perdaily.com:

The UTLA Election Season is Upon Us by Dr. John Fernandez



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Anyone running for UTLA President or any other UTLA city-wide office should have a platform and how he/she is going to implement it. I remember Warren Fletcher's big campaign promise was that he was going to hire a professional negotiator--which he did not do--and appointed Betty Forrester Chief UTLA Negotiator, what a mistake! Forrester was completely out negotiated by the likes of the District's Dick Fisher. Forrester/Fletcher produced three disastrous TAs: The local School Initiative (2011), which virtually gives no power to parents--but gives some power to teachers and most of the power to principals. In this TA, there is no grievance provision for teachers. The Local schools Initiative model gives automatic waivers of most the Collective Bargaining Agreement to Local Initiative Schools. Sounds good on the surface--but a Local Initiative School can waive seniority among teachers for assignments and election of deans and department chairs and can eliminate lead teachers. Parents only have two representatives on a Local Initiative School Council of eight.

The Jobs and Restoration TA (2012) was another joke; about 4,100 teachers were hired back but about the same amount or more were ultimately RIFd. Many teachers that were hired back were hired as subs. The Jobs and Restoration 

Hire Ground in School Hiring #edchat #savmp | Connected Principals

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Hire Ground in School Hiring #edchat #savmp

August 4, 2013
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With the school year only a few weeks away, this administrator is finally about to wrap up the process of hiring all the staff I need for the year.

It all started this spring…

Due to changes in grant funding, a para-educator getting a teaching job, and one of my best teachers leaving to become a principal, I found myself finishing the school year in June with three unanticipated openings. Now, many hours later, many resumes later, many interviews later I am just about done. Two candidates have signed on and the last one has a little more work to do to make her final decision.

The process of hiring is time-consuming and one of the most important tasks for a principal.
It starts with creating the ad. In Vermont, most schools use schoolspring.com to post jobs and collect resumes.

Aspiring to be a connected principal, I use many of the built-in features of school spring instead of just printing resumes and going old-fashioned route. I let schoolspring manage the process for me wherever possible first by setting up evaluation rounds where, as resumes come in, I evaluate them 

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James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."


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