Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Why so many teacher resignations in September?

There appears to be an unusual number of teacher and teacher aide resignations on the Sept. 24 2012, Human Resources report shown below. Isn't this unusual for this time of year? Don't most resignations occur at the end of the school year or the week before school starts? 

From what I understand, evaluations began almost immediately after school started. In light of that, we know that some teachers are in fear of their jobs, do you think they just quit instead of being fired.

Board Report 9-24-12 APPROVED

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

All but one are subs (who probably got full-time jobs elsewhere).

Anonymous said...

I know several teachers retired(without notice) this summer because of the new evaluation system. I have to say, I am tired of all the NEW things every year in D150. I can't keep up with my JOB, which is teaching, because of all the new initiatives constantly thrown at us. And they are constantly walking through our rooms while we teach. NO! That's not a distraction at all, is it???

Anonymous said...

Being evaluated stressful? Think of how that reflects on your students and all the stress/baggage THEY carry, and you evaluate them all the time - cuz it's always about the kids - ain't it teach?

Sharon Crews said...

Evaluating and intimidating are two different things--may not be so easy to distinguish the difference these days. However, I did hear that all Illinois evaluators have to pass a test. I heard that it was 11 hours long--5 modules and that no one in Illinois has passed it yet. Maybe everyone suffers under this system. Does anyone know if there is any truth to what I heard--about the evaluator test?
To the above Anonymous--never before has there been an evaluation system like NCLB that is so devastating to students--almost all are labeled as behind grade level by this test. For those who have decried labeling students, why isn't there an outcry against NCLB?

Anonymous said...


Since teacher evaluations are connected to student performance, does anyone know when school report cards will be published?

Dennis in Peoria said...

I'm waiting for one of the usual Dr. Lathan critics to blame her for the accidental chemical spill at Rolling Acres.

I have always disagreed with NCLB, especially after Pekin High School failed to make AYP because they had to lump test scores of Special Ed students in with regular students. Anyone think that most Special Ed students can score as high as regular students on these tests?

Anonymous said...

I know some of the teachers who resigned are subs but not 'all but one'. Who in their right mind would sub in some of these schools under the present conditions. The behavior issues are out of hand and a sub gets the worst of that. I recently resigned myself and I know of many great teachers with years of experience that have plans to resign in te next few months. When teachers teach because they love their job and want to make a difference they quickly understand that under Dr. Lathan's dictatorship of insanity that is no longer possible. So plan on more resignations and retirements this year. Maybe Lathan can bring in her NC black college grads to do the job. It is still a setback for our children. The evals themself are more about paperwork and following lesson plan rules than about teaching. We have great teachers in our schools that are ready to leave because they can't do the job they were originally hired to do, teach.

Anonymous said...

One more thing, by not being able to do their job I meant not being allowed to do their job.

JC Friberg said...

Dennis...of course there are many special ed students who are able and do pass the ISAT tests each year. It absolutely depends on the type and severity of the disability the IEP is written to address. Any student receiving special services, even those with IEPs for speech therapy, are lumped into that subgroup...so the variance in this group is large.

That said, if a child has an academic IEP because of a learning disability or a mental impairment which affects his ability to complete classroom work, that's an issue. Students who aren't working at grade level, who have a diagnosis and are receiving services to address their learning issues, should not (IMO) be tested at grade level. It's ridiculously counterproductive and counterindicated as a valid measure of achievement.

Sharon Crews said...

I just read on PJS online that Dana Davis died. I am so sorry to hear that news. Wayne McClain, who also made the PJS today with news of his new job, and Dana grew up together. Both succeeded against a good many odds--proud of both of them.

2 Anon said...

Rumor out there is that 9 of the teachers who resigned came from Manual.

This is crazy. What has become of the classrooms of the teachers who resigned?

They used to put a reason for teachers leaving the district next to the name. I wonder what happened to that part of the HR report?

spikeless said...

Anonymous @ 11:30 a.m. you wrote "I know some of the teachers who resigned are subs but not 'all but one'." When I look at the document in question I see 28 teacher/teacher aide/attendant resignations listed. Of those 28 resignations, 27 are designated as being substitutes and 1 is designated as certified personnel. What am I missing?

Anonymous said...

spikeless, you are probably right about the list above but I resigned and my name is not listed. So the list must be incomplete.

Anonymous said...

What is spikeless missing? Endless cynicism? An axe to grind, maybe?

Anonymous said...

I know of districts where 95 -100%of the special ed kids met or exceeded the ISAT. It can be done! Special ed students also should be getting accommodations for the test. District 150 has not had a competent sped director for YEARS! The buck stops with the director.

Anonymous said...

No wonder the majority of resignations came from Manual. Weren't four Manual students charged with first degree murder this week? That is one scary school. I always dread having to go over there for PDs.

spikeless said...

Cynical by nature but no axe to grind...nonetheless the question spoke for itself and the answer was reasonable and explanatory of the comment...

Anonymous said...

Sharon,

I am an administrator and can answer some of your Evaluator Training questions. Yes, it is 5 modules, but the total hours is somewhere between 32 and 35...that is if you pass each module the first time. Module 2 is the longest, 12-20 hours, and is the most important in terms of learning how to observe and write these up in an objective format. This training is about exactly what you see, not making judgment calls. (I.e. "The classroom is nicely decorated." falls under judgments where, "grade appropriate academic posters are hung at eye level for the students use" counts as an objective comment). Evaluators may start observing teachers AFTER they have successfully completed the 1st three modules and not until. Any observations done before the successful completion of these modules can be grieved by the teacher as not following the process (as everyone is aware the only thing that can be grieved about evaluations is the process itself).

In my opinion, the training is thorough and very helpful...it is making me a better observer. However, trying to find the time to watch all the videos and complete the tests is difficult.

If you have any more questions, I will be happy to answer them.

Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe that every administrator in D150 has had the oppkrtunity to complete one module, let alone 3. Almost every teacher in the district has already been observed. So, does that mean all those observation should be voided because the administrators had not passed the first three modules prior to the observations? If that is the case, there will be approximately 1,100 grievances filed fairly soon.

Anonymous said...

"Special ed students also should be getting accommodations for the test." The only accommodations for standardized tests are really having the test read out loud minus the section testing reading, extended time, and use of a simple calculator. Those accommodation are not going to really help a 10th grader working at a 4th grade level pass the test.

Anonymous said...

Sharon,

The last update on the Growth Through Learning site where the evaluation training is found said that over 1,500 administrators have passed the entire 5 modules with over 5,000 having passed modules 1-3 to be certified to observe teachers. November 1st is the deadline for all administrators to complete the full training.

Anonymous said...

In my district, all administrators complied with the original September 1st deadline. All passed Modules 1-5. We rock!

Anonymous said...

ISAT accommodations:
http://isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/ISAT_accommodations_grid.pdf

Sharon Crews said...

Thanks for the info--I was having a hard time believe the part of what I heard that said no one had passed. I am curious as to what kind of questions, etc., are on the test.

Anonymous said...

well we are getting away from the true subject. A large number of teachers resigned in Sept. between the Sept. 10th board meeting and the 24th. Regardless of the fact ( if really true) that most of the teachers were subs. What does that say about the condition of our district and the desire to keep consistency in the classroom. It is obvious to me by the number of resignations that something is very wrong that we cannot keep consistency in the classroom. Look at the number of teaching positions in the district. If these so called subs. were being supported in the classroom they could have taken a long term assignment and make decent money doing so. District 150 needs to wake up and smell the coffee no one wants to work there. This is just the beginning of trend keep looking at the HR minutes and see what happens.

Anonymous said...

there is currently positions posted on the district web site for
(18) support staff
(17) elementary teachers
(7) high school
(7) middle school
(3) special ed


for a total of 52 job openings why would so many subs. leave when there is so many openings?

Anonymous said...

It is funny how there must only be a mass amount of unemployed teachers that would love to have my job when our Union is negotiating our contract in good faith. All other times, D150 is begging any first year teacher to take the jobs that are open.

Anonymous said...

Oh let's not forget that the district offered a $15,000 bribe to tenured teachers to resign instead of offering them remediation due to unsatisfactory evaluations. Think of the years of experience that went out the door. These teacher's evaluations were done with intent to fire them. I know because I am one of them. Look out tenured teachers you are on the chopping block.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they all quit to help make sure our POTUS doesn't look like a DOUFUS on the next debate.

Anonymous said...

Well, teaching at Manual is not for the meek and weak! I do blame the admin. There was about a 50% turnover at MANUAL, this year. (Better than thehe 80% for thethe previous year) The open positions were know of by June, but not listed until the end of the summer. MAny positions did not make the Aug board meeting,so these teachers started 2 days before school started. The new teachers have little support or guidance. It could be also that teachers do not want to have their career defined by the students at MANUAL. 80% of the students are below grade level--little hard to teach reading, math at the high school level if your students are at rhe 5th grade level rit score.

Anonymous said...

Apparently teachers/coaches have to worry about their cars in the parking lot. 4 cars were vandalized, air let out tires, mirrors broken, license plates bent etc. It's private property, so there's nothing that could be done. It's out if control around there.

Anonymous said...

Is there a list that one can check to see if my evaluator passed ....

Anonymous said...

Anonymous,
Doubt if you can find out if your evaluator passed the required test. Why would the district want you to know that you have an unqualified evaluator?

Sharon Crews said...

Where do you get the idea that vandals can't be prosecuted from damage to cars in the MHS parking lot? How can the parking lot of a public school be private?

Sharon Crews said...

The original restructuring of Manual was a mistake for which Manual has suffered greatly. I grieve in remembering the great school Manual once was--even though the average Peorian never gave that credit where it was due. I remember and as I communicate with so many of my students from the past 50 years, I am angry that their alma mater is close to unrecognizable. Ultimately, NCLB is to blame.

Anonymous said...

Blame? I believe the trail of Blame leads back to society...Schools are a wreck and society blames the teachers; killings in our streets and who is the blame? There is NO respect for teachers and the VERY difficult job they have to do. It takes 3 to succeed. Teacher backed by administrator, student, and parent working TOGETHER to educate the student to be a productive citizen. Since society blames teachers for low scores and the present administration of 150 blames teachers for unruly students, where is there HOPE? Let's stop blaming teachers and start placing the responsibility back on the parent and child.

Anonymous said...

I have heard there is a list on ISBE website of the administrators that have passed but I cannot find it. Would love to know how to access that list. Also there are many subs teaching when teachers quit and they get little support but then again we, the regular teachers get very little support either. It is difficult to work in D150 because you never know when the knife will show up in your back.

Anonymous said...

Heard today there are several teachers from the past year that had satisfactory evaluations, but were pinked slipped due to being 2, 3, or 4 years under 5 years that are not being hired to fill these positions. Anyone want to guess why? Come on now--wait for it--there white! This district isn't now waiting for certain types of teaching graduates that will be able to teach after december. Or have their north carolina certficates approved with the two classes needed in illinois to become a certified teacher illinois. You know like all our north carolina administrators had to do to have their certficates recognized in illinois. By the way having all these subs learning will be lower and isat scores will suffer again. Wonder if all teachers per grade level will be judged on their evalutions because scores did not improve. Especially in junior high and high school were students see 5 to 6 teachers per grade level. Keep watching your back in 150.

Anonymous said...

I hope your not a teacher. You're understanding of the English lanuage is appalling.

Anonymous said...

You're right, it is appalling how many subs are at Manual and can't teach and the principal got rid of good teachers just to bring in inept new teachers. The children there aren't learning a thing. Too many disruptions for all the good teachers to teach effectively: fights, disruptions by students, administrators constantly walking in and out, cell phone texting by students from parents and friends. The cell phone rules and dress code policy. You can have two teachers or administrators. A student can be on the cell phone or wear in appropriate clothing and go by them both. One will enforce the policies the other won't. This goes on continually. No wonder students think rules won't be enforced. Depends on who you are too. The principal and academy leaders each have pets and it is well known by other students. The pets do not have to follow the same rules as the non-pets. There are two very incompetent high school academy leaders. They are doing the evaluations and if they were evaluated themselves, shouldn't even have a job, but are friends of the principal. What a mess! Since restructuring there has been a large turn over in personnel every year, which isn't good for the students. And it will continue to get worse with Lathan wanting her pals in.

Anonymous said...

I heard from a friend that last year at her school, a somewhat large group of students refused to do any work. The school wanted to retain them but the powers that be would not allow them to retain so many. Guess what? This year, those same students are refusing to do any work in the new grade and bragging to teachers that they will not be held back.

Anonymous said...

This should help. You can navigate around:

https://sec1.isbe.net/ecs/aspapps/TeacherSearch02.asp

Anonymous said...

Wait, try this one:

https://sec1.isbe.net/ecs/aspapps/TeacherSearch02.asp

Anonymous said...

Just spent time on the ISBE website looking up all the D150 administrators' credentials for the new evaluation. Seems that most of the principals/administrators completed the first three modules on OCTOBER 3, 2012. Did they work as a group? Hmmm, what about all the observations done prior to that date.....null and void, I presume. Guess the Lathanator passed out some poor advise and now her principals are going to pay the price...again. When will the people/boe of Peoria wake up and smell the coffee?

Dennis in Peoria said...

Thought I would jump in here with a video preview that includes Mayor Ardis and why he supports Dr. Lathan, along with the "Don't Shoot Initiative", plus other area mayors who say without Peoria, their cities would not be what they are.

http://youtu.be/jm-lSaexQHc

Anonymous said...

Whats Artis going to say? D150 is going to hell in a handbag? Get real Dennis.

Anonymous said...

At RHS, the cheerleading coach and its assitant quitted because the Lathanator overturned their decision to dimiss some black cheerleaders for their gross misconduct on the team. Apparently, Lahan and their mom go to the same church and they smoothed things over. How about holding the students accountable??!!

Anonymous said...

No surprise there. She is making like decisions all over the district. She has taken the teachers and building admin powers away. Her and mckinnon run the diztrict with heavy black hands...

Emerge Peoria said...

Hey Anonymous @ Monday, October 8, 2012 10:26:00 AM...

There are two sides to every story and although this is the first I have heard of this issue, I doubt it very seriously if a decision about cheerleaders was made in church.

The fairness of who can be a cheerleader in District 150 (especially Richwoods) dates all the way back to when I was in District 150 and couldn't be on the squad because of where I lived - SO this is not the place to come and talk about black girls and cheer leading.

People continue to want to get mad at Dr. Lathan for defending the civil rights of black children. If the situation in this District was not bassackwards she wouldn't have so much power.

Anonymous said...

So, if you are a black student in D150, you can cuss out a teacher, assault other students, be verbally loud and abusive, but never see a REAL consequence? That is what the norm is. That is why the crime rate will continue to rise, until they are finally held accountable by the criminal justice system.

Emerge Peoria said...

No student in any school district should be allowed to cuss out a teacher, assault other students, be verbally loud and abusive, without ever seeing a REAL consequence.

Anonymous said...

It happens in almost every school in the district EVERY DAY Emerge. The teachers phone parents DAILY and nothing changes. We finally write the student up after putting up with it for weeks on end, I have a student that has not stopped talking and making noises and getting out of his seat since the first day of school. I call his mom every day and NOTHING CHANGES. I will not call her anymore. She can just be called by the office that her child is going to be suspended. If I am going to be held accountable for student achievement, then I have to get these few disruptive students OUT of my room. It has to stop.

Anonymous said...

That is if the computer write up isn't deleted. Better check your write ups. Several people i have spoken with have had student write ups deleted. Thus, any record you had created is now gone. I had a student physically attack me and was told to document on the computer what happened. Had to write up the student the next day, because nothing happened to him, and like "poof" no write up on the attack was in the computer the next day. And it is the principals that have the ability to erase the documentation. Want to tell the teachers again, it is not them against teachers. The only thing i want to know is where is our union representative. He works in administration offices everyday. Must be taking one for the lathanator.

Janet Schwarz said...

@Anonymous 2:25pm...what exactly is the protocol you are told to follow as a teacher? I'm not talking about what district "policy" says, please share with us the real dope. (pun intended)

Why are you obligated to call the mother so much? Give us the low-down. As a high school teacher I called the parent once, and that AFTER having jumped through a few previous 'hoops'. I wasn't obligated, at least on paper, to call more than that.

If I did make another call to the parent, it was simply to inform them that I had started the paperwork and with the next infraction it would be out of my hands. Amazing how many parents called immediately whenever I left that on their voicemail.

I'm not saying that my example is the solution because I realize you don't have the administrative backing, I'm just curious what 'hoops' you have to jump through.

Anonymous said...

Janet: we are expected to work with parents, come up with a behavior plan, implement the plan with integrity (2_3 weeks minimum), then take all this to the csss team who will give me more "ideas" for reigning in this child....funny thin, kid is diagnosed ADHD but mom doesn't believe he is. At this rate, it will be March before anything will be done. I feel sorry for the kid because other students shun him because he gets them in trouble when they are around him(not in my room).

Sharon Crews said...

After all the damage NCLB has caused, it is now dead in Illinois. We predicted this would happen when few, if any, schools could reach the ridiculous goals. Now after millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to buy miracle cures that didn't work, NCLB is deemed to be too faulty to continue.

Anonymous said...

All the schools are failing, now the propensity to privatize will spread. Mission accomplished George Bush and NCLB

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