Month: July 2016

Summer Musings Part II- Examining Our Union Structures

Last week I published my “Summer Musings Part I” post in which I posed a number of questions… As I begin to wrap my head around the idea of the 2016-2017 school year, I do so with the question in mind of how do we raise teacher voice across New York State and beyond?  How …

Jia Lee Reports on AFT Convention

The PJSTA did not send our delegates to the AFT Convention this year.  So I asked our friend Jia Lee to share her observations of the convention with us.  They will be published elsewhere as well.  Here are Jia’s take aways from the convention… AFT July 2016- Observations of a Rank and File Member By …

Summer Musings, Part I

Last school year was a particularly taxing year, for a number of reasons, both professionally and otherwise.  It left me wiped out and completely fried by the time we reached the last day of school.  So I took the first two weeks of my summer to pretty much disconnect from the education world.  No blog reading, …

More From McMullan

More from the PJSTA’s Melissa McMullan, who is a participant on the New York State Standard Review Committee.  Below are what she wrote up after the third and fourth days on the committee… Fearless advocates, this is for you! “Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” Chinese Proverb Today was the …

McMullan Reports on Standard Review Committee

PJSTA member Melissa McMullan reports on her experience on the New York State Standard Review Committee… The Cycle of Standards, Instruction and Assessment “Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.”  ~Jonathon Kozol Today was the second day of the New York State Standard Review Committee. In total, sixty-eight people responded to my survey. …