Believe it or not, our UFT leadership is in collusion with the DOE when it comes to the ATR issue. Both the DOE and UFT pretend that they want to get ATRs placed permanently in schools. Yet, as they go through the fiction of how to place ATRs in the schools, both agree to harass the ATRs by giving then field
Over the last couple of years the DOE would pretend to help ATRs land permanent positions by giving them no-credit workshops like resume writing, Common Core lesson planning and other useless and worthless clinics that resulted in a complete waste of time as none of them helped ATRs land permanent positions. Now our disconnected union leadership has joined the DOE in providing a no-credit workshop for high school ATRs called "Success Strategies for ATRs" The UFT workshop promises to maximize the talents, best practices, and communication skills to increase your chances of landing a permanent position and for all this the ATR only has to pay $10 for this privilege. The entire UFT workshop is listed below.
Thursday Oct 20. High school teachers in the Absent Reserve pool are invited to a workshop "Success Strategies for ATRs." The event will be held from 4 to 6 pm at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. Participants will explore ways to obtain a permenent position that will maximize their talents and interests. Best practices will be shared for effective communication, resume writing, and interviewing techniques and for navigating temporary assignments. A $10 fee is required to participate. Members will not receive CTLE hours for this workshop.
This UFT workshop is not only a waste of time but to have the audacity to charge a $10 fee is over the top in providing false hope that it will land a veteran ATR a permanent position. Because of the DOE's school-based fair student funding formula and Principal autonomy, the chances of a veteran ATR landing a permanent position, is like a one legged man winning an ass kicking contest.
If the UFT really wanted to get ATRs permanently back in the classroom they should force the DOE to stop hiring outside the District until all excessed ATRs are selected in their content specialty and if that means spending money for commercials showing how an experienced teacher helps student academic achievement and/or filing a lawsuit due to age discrimination or violations to PERB, that's what's necessary to get the DOE to resolve the issue not these useless workshops that accomplishes nothing and only gives ATRs false hope that.the light at the end of the ATR tunnel is not an oncoming train.
To the UFT leadership, Leroy Barr, Amy Arundell, and Janella Hinds, its an "urban myth" to believe that this UFT workshop will actually help high school ATRs get a permanent position. If you truly believe that then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.