Friday, July 26, 2019
The Union Must Negotiate With The Chancellor To Eliminate Danielson
New York City is one of the few New York State districts that evaluates teachers by using the Charlotte Danielson rubric. This evaluation tool, when used appropriately by fair-minded administrators, the Charlotte Danielson rubric is an efficient teacher evaluation tool.
However, there are far too many incompetent and vindictive administrators who use Charlotte Danielson as a weapon to rate teachers who are effective as developing or ineffective. Moreover, approximately 33% of the principals are graduates of the infamous " Principal Leadership Academy". These principals are selected, not by talent, but who they knew who can recommend them. Finally, these Leadership Academy graduates are told that they should run their schools as a CEO and not as the instructional leader.
These Leadership Academy principals are told they should demand staff cooperation and not collaborate. In other words it's "my way or the highway". In addition, due to tight school budgets and Fair Student Funding, these principals are sure to target senior teachers. Since they can save money if they encourage the senior teacher to leave and replace that teacher with an inexpensive "newbie". The difference can then be used by the Principal to put in his slush fund and use it as he or she sees fit.
Will the union push for the removal of Charlotte Danielson as a teacher evaluation tool? Don't count on it since Michael Mulgrew and company are not in the classroom and are not subject to the Charlotte Danielson rubric. The union does not even try to remove these vindictive principals who make teaching a living hell in their school.