Beasley Weekly Bulletin
Week of 05/02/2016
Interesting Washington Post Article
I read a very interesting article about why teachers really do not feel appreciated. What I have learned is that gifts, praise, treats, and flattery are nice but that is really not what teachers want. What teachers want is to be respected as professionals and experts in the field of teaching. Teachers are underpaid and need decent pay, to have a true voice in schools, and to have decent funding in schools to address what always inevitably happens...CHANGE. Whether it is changes with the learning standards, students, testing, technology and etc. Teachers need support.
I wanted you to know that I am very reflective and I do listen because there is always something that can be learned. I always see myself too as a teacher and a learner. Overall, real teacher appreciation is reflected by action--not flattery and I know that is what you want to see!
What I have done to make sure that you have a true voice in Beasley is that our proposed CIWP Strategic Priority Goal #1 is based upon your input.
If we promote a customized restorative justice model program based upon our Beasley Bottom Line Framework (Culture of Achievement, Culture of Respect, Culture of Safety) as a restorative approach to discipline, behavior, and social/emotional learning; then the instructional core improves with the implementation of the following: 1) Quarterly Second Step professional development training for teachers, staff, and parents (PAC) to address discipline and the social/emotional development for improved classroom management and relational trust; 2) Service Learning (volunteerism) for improved student activism, values, ethics, socially conscious living, local issues and global issues, 3) Positive Behavioral Incentives to reward students when they adhere to our framework, 4) Consequences that redirect students unwanted behaviors, and 5) Added community partnerships that will help to provide supplemental social/emotional services.
Student Attendance Initiative
What I am asking teachers to do is to let students and parents know that for the 4th quarter that students are required to come to school for their participation grade in all subjects. Outside of medical reasons, students are expected to come to school and that we will include participation grades for attending school. This could be very helpful for students who may fell short of a higher grade. We will track students attendance progress and we propose to assist teachers in entering the grades in GradeBook. We would like to meet with the PPC first to make sure that we get the appropriate input (teacher voice) first before implementing this strategy.
Grade Preference Sheets
Open Transfer Period to Other Schools 04/7/2016 - 05/30/2016
Under the CTU collective bargaining agreement, teachers may transfer effective next school year without the consent of their current principal only when the Talent Office receives the transfer request signed by the receiving principal between April 7th 2016 and ends May 30th 2016.