Since our UFT President, Michael Mulgrew, believes the Charlotte Danielson rubric is a good evaluation tool for teachers. Therefore, its only fair if we rate Michael Mulgrew the same way, using the Charlotte Danielson Rubric on how he treats the members. I took into account his 2016-17 actions, like the negotiations with the DOE on the ATR Agreement, his usual lateness to the Executive Board meetings, and his undemocratic control of the Delegate Assembly. Below are the 8 standards and how he rated on each, including his final grade.
1a - Demonstrating knowledge of content and pedagogy. - Ineffective
How much Michael Mulgrew really knows is uncertain or is he simply a mouthpiece? Since he fails time and again to include the rank and file in any decisions and how he arrived at them. Moreover, he severely limits information to the members. Is this on purpose or is it because he doesn't know himself?.
1e - Designing coherent instruction - Ineffective
Fails to completely identify issues and sows confusion by making deals behind the back of the members. All negotiations are secret and does not include affected members. Example, the ATR Agreement
2a - Creating an Environment of Respect & Rapport. - Ineffective
Mr. Mulgrew does not care to hear or entertain dissenting opinions and never runs a democratic meeting. Pester him with complaining emails and he will ignore you completely. Further, his agreeing to make ATRs a second class citizen and allowing for forced placement shows his lack of respect for dues paying members.
2d - Managing student behavior - highly effective
Michael Mulgrew totally controls the process at meetings and bad behavior is not tolerated, except when its in support of him. Remember, he will punch you in the face if you touch his beloved Common Core?
3a - Using questioning & discussion techniques - Ineffective.
Questions and discussions are frowned upon and only those questions are allowed that are closely controlled to come up with one correct answer, Mulgrew's.
3c - Engage students in learning - Highly Effective
Dissidents learn quickly that discussions are one-sided and the outcome is predetermined.
3d Using assessments in Instruction - Ineffective.
Mulgrew needs no damn assessments on the issues. He is always right, even when he's wrong.
4e - Growing and Developing Professionally - Ineffective.
There is no critical thinking or independent thought under Mulgrew. In fact, critical thinking skills and independent thought is frowned on and can result in the loss of perks, if Mulgrew so wishes.
Final grade "Ineffective".
Due to Michael Mulgrew's rating of "ineffective", Mr. Mulgrew will need a teacher improvement plan that includes but not limited to::
- Obtaining kindergarten skills on how to get along with others
- How to include different opinions in discussions and instruction
- Encourage critical thinking and higher learning skills in questioning techniques and assessing the results.
- Be inclusive and allow for dissenting opinions and effectively lead the search for the truth.
Maybe Mikey can file an appeal of his rating with the DOE and see how useless the process is for the rest of us.