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March 23, 2015

Leveraging Teacher Evaluations in Los Angeles

The opportunity is there to negotiate for their priorities - smaller class-sizes, fully staffed schools, and a pay raise - if they are willing to accept three levels of performance in teacher evaluations. I think the three levels are worth it, if it means better conditions for teachers and students.

March 03, 2015

Vergara Part 3: Reimagining Tenure

In my 20-plus years of teaching one thing I have learned is teachers need the protection of tenure to effectively advocate for their students. I joined the most recent Educators 4 Excellence-Los Angeles (E4E-Los Angeles) policy team out of a strong desire to preserve tenure, along with collective bargaining rights and our unions. Here are some of the big takeaways of our recommendations for creating tenure for teachers in California.

January 03, 2015

Resolve to Get Involved With Policy in 2015

I know you may be thinking, I don't have time to get involved in something else! But taking the time to get involved in education issues outside your classroom is a great way to stay connected with the larger issues at your school, in your district, and in your state. It's also a great way to keep recharging those batteries.

December 01, 2014

What I've Learned About Being a Good Collaborator

This entry explores collaboration between teachers. What is collaboration, how to go about collaborating, and the results are all topics discussed.

November 23, 2014

Stepping Up to Serve on My Union's House of Representatives

Why I made the decision to run for a seat in my union. I am not Pollyanna. I don't think that joining my union's 350-member house of representatives will cure the ills of education in this country, let alone in my state. But what's the old saying, "If you're not part of the solution then you're a part of the problem."

November 10, 2014

Why I Joined Educators 4 Excellence

As a veteran teacher, I feel it's more important than ever for classroom teachers to speak up about their profession and to drive education policy instead of reacting to what the policymakers do.

November 03, 2014

Moving Forward After The Resignation of Dr. John Deasy

Some things to keep in mind in the Los Angeles Unified School District in moving forward after the resignation of Dr. John Deasy. Thoughts on what policies to keep, what the interim superintendent can do, what the United Teachers of Los Angeles can do, and what the school board can do.

October 26, 2014

A Veteran Teacher's Blog on Putting Policy Into Practice

This entry is an introduction to Phylis Hoffman, a veteran teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Phylis will share her insights on putting policy into practice in the real world, with real kids, through real experiences.

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