Thursday, November 01, 2012

Appeal to the Mayor for Stranded Teachers

Mr. Mayor,

If ever there was a time for distance learning, now is it. Many of your city educators are currently coping with the aftermath of this catastrophe. Some have power, some have not.

What cannot be accomplished online that you are going to make us take risks to come in for on Friday?

Professional Development you say? That can be accomplished easily online. You have the tools. Just have the materials uploaded and contact us with the necessary links via our DoE email you expect us to check anyway. You can have online discussions via Aris or any number of quickly configurable online spaces.

For those teachers without power; do they really have any business coming in on Friday? Odds are they have enough to deal with.

So, cancel the call in to work on Friday and send us the PD materials via email with online discussions.

It's time to think on our feet. This is the 21st Century. Let's leverage the new assets we have at our disposal like blended learning online.


John Elfrank-Dana
UFT Chapter Leader
Murry Bergtraum High School

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