Showing posts from April, 2019

Why This Teacher Needs Jackie Goldberg on the School Board

As I wind up my 24 th year of teaching in Los Angeles classrooms , I pause to think of my past lives in different schools and neighborhoods. While presenting to students in Finland I always included a slide of past eras of my life such as   growing up in the Eastside, college and adulthood in the Westside, teaching on the Southside, and married life in the Valley. Apart from being a native Angeleno, significant years of my life have been spent living in many parts of town, and teaching in many communities. I love all of them. Which is why I have no doubt in my mind that what students all over L.A. need more than anything is an ally on the school board. My South Central students need a warrior who recognizes that our teachers’ strike was more than just a salary dispute, but a movement to reclaim our rightful place as agents of change in the profession we love. One that will help us do our jobs serving students. My West Valley students need a fighter who will challenge our

Three Ways the L.A. Strike Profoundly Changed the Teaching Profession

They look the same. They talk the same. But if you observe closely, you will find your local neighborhood teacher has undergone a deep transformation that will forever change the course of education in Los Angeles, the state, and beyond. Here are three ways the L.A. Teachers Strike changed teachers forever. NEWFOUND AGENCY No longer do the classroom teachers shrug their shoulders and accept working conditions that are neither beneficial to students or themselves, like partners in an abusive relationship. After years of the de-professionalizing our careers due to the effects of GERM: the Global Education Reform Movement , teachers realized enough was enough. Veteran teachers close to retirement refused to leave the profession in this state for the sake of newer teachers and the students in their charge The UTLA Strike was our way of leaving behind a legacy we could be proud of. Our ranks have never been more united and proud. Facebook group You now see teachers disc