Post: How do you defend teachers you disagree with?
    Posted by: HS Admin on 9/25/13
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    I am a secondary director for my content area, and am the
    primary evaluator for all of the teachers in my department.
    I have one teacher in my department who is essentially
    trying to force students out of his AP class because he
    feels his numbers are too high. All of these students were
    recommended for that level, and many of them aren't doing
    particularly well right now.

    I voiced this concern to him a couple of weeks ago, when I
    told him that he needed to provide more support to his
    students. I sent him some materials to use, gave some
    suggestions as to how to approach planning, etc., and he
    has hardly taken any of the advice so far. I am obviously
    following-up by observing and documenting evidence, but
    that hasn't made a huge effect so far.

    As it stands right now, I have had parents calling and
    complaining about this teacher, and students coming to
    speak to me about dropping the class. Our policy is that
    you can't drop a class without a parent conference, so that
    has been what I have been scheduling.

    How do I handle the conference when the parents come in? I
    clearly disagree with the teacher's approach (this is my
    first year in the position), but I obviously don't think it
    would be appropriate for me to say that in front of
    students or parents. Up to this point, I have asked
    students about their own study habits or how they are
    advocating for themselves in class, but I don't know if I
    am even handling that the right way. If students drop down
    to a lower level, they will not be in an AP-track for other
    courses, and I have been discouraging them from dropping.

    How do you handle parent meetings/complaints when you know
    they are justified?

    Posts on this thread, including this one

  • How do you defend teachers you disagree with?, 9/25/13, by HS Admin.
  • Re: How do you defend teachers you disagree with?, 9/26/13, by Mom to Three.
  • Re: How do you defend teachers you disagree with?, 9/27/13, by AP courses are COLLEGE courses....
  • Re: How do you defend teachers you disagree with?, 9/28/13, by lynne.