According to a national survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute, 35 percent of American workers report bullying on the job, and schools are not immune to that. Twenty-five percent of employees in a survey of medium-sized school districts report they have been bullied according to the National Association of Educators. For those bullied, it’s frustratingly difficult to explain their abuse to others and many feel powerless to stop it.
If you feel like there are ongoing problems at school that need to be addressed, let me encourage you to address those issues with the school before the holiday break. If things aren’t right at school, or if your child isn’t being adequately supported, you should ask for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting before the break so that these concerns can be addressed.
I believe in the ability of knowledge and learning to empower and free students, even those who will have an uphill battle most of their lives. Being a teacher allows me to indulge my love for learning while equipping the next generation to achieve.
I adhere to the belief that a parent can’t be an equal member in the planning process of an IEP without the ability and opportunity to visit their child’s classroom (or proposed classroom) to see the environment and how their child is functioning in that setting.
At one point in time, during the days of slavery, Reconstruction, and the Jim Crow era, education was seen as the best means to combat a racist society, to provide for greater economic opportunity, and to rebuild our communities by empowering and educating others. We have to find a way to make education of value again.
A recap of the responses we received when we asked our audience to share experiences with Turnaround Schools. Are there characteristics that are common to all turnaround schools and can other schools use them as a model for achieving their own success? What are the elements needed to turn a school around?
See how Georgia students and teachers are adapting to a world of learning through the use of technology in the second part of my GPEE bus trip photo feature.
Variations in leadership preparedness exist within the school district superintendent selection practices in Mississippi, and the focus of this piece is on the levels of preparation of candidates for elected superintendent positions.